February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015

              The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session February 17, 2015, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Voni Durant, Garrett Gassman, Tom Reisch, and Alex Protsch.  Members absent:  none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

                Motion by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the agenda.  The minutes of the February 3rd meeting were approved. 

                Commissioners discussed adjusting the personnel policy dealing with the accrual of vacation hours for full time employees.  Reisch and Protsch were appointed to a committee to draft several options that will be studied at the next meeting. 

                Todd Kays of First District of Local Governments presented information pertaining to activities in which the district has assisted entities within Miner County.  Current legislation, GIS progress, and personnel policy were also reviewed by Kays. 

                Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges joined the meeting reporting on several inquiries on the drainage and farming the road right of ways; assisting with the removal of buildings on Canova’s Main Street; equipment repairs and load limits and enforcements on county oil roads.

                Motion by Durant and seconded by Gassman to adopt the following resolution.

RESOLUTION 15-5

MINER COUNTY WEIGHT LIMIT ENFORCEMENT

                WHEREAS, seasonal climatic changes can be detrimental to our highways, and

                WHEREAS, the Miner County Board of County Commissioners desires to protect existing Miner County Highways, ultimately saving tax dollars, and

                WHEREAS, the Miner County Board of County Commissioners desire the enforcement of weight limitations on Miner County roads as set forth and posted by the Miner County Highway Superintendent

                NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the limits on Miner County Highways shall be set at 7 ton per axle/40 ton gross vehicle weight, with the exception of county road 17 (425th Ave.) from Carthage south to SD Hwy #34 and county road 22 (242nd St.) from Canova east to US Hwy #81 shall be 40 ton gross vehicle weight, during spring thaw period and when weight limit signs are in place and that the South Dakota

Highway Patrol be and hereby is authorized and requested to enforce weight limitations on Miner County roads.

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the penalty for the violation of the load restrictions shall be set forth in SDCL 32-22.55.

                Voting aye:  Gassman, Reisch, Protsch, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none. 

                Resolution adopted this 17th day of February, 2015 at Howard, South Dakota.

                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

                Motion by Reisch, seconded by Gassman to adopt the following resolution.

RESOLUTION 15-6

                WHEREAS, excessive loads can be detrimental to our highways, and

                WHEREAS, the Miner County Board of Commissioners desires to protect existing Miner County Highways, ultimately saving tax dollars and,

                WHEREAS, the Miner County Board of Commissioners desire the enforcement of weight limitations on Miner County Roads as set forth and posted by the Miner County Highway Superintendent

                NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the limits on Miner County Highways shall be set with South Dakota weight limitations with the exception of 425th Avenue (County Road #17) between 220th Street and 233rd Street (SD Hwy #34) and 421st Avenue (County Road #21) between 233rd street (SD Hwy #34) and 244th Street will be set as 80,000 pounds gross weight for any vehicle or combination of vehicles.

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that seasonal spring thaw weight limitations will preside over such weight limitations when signs are in place and displayed and that the SD Highway Patrol be and hereby is authorized and requested to enforce weight limitations on Miner County roads and that the penalty for the violation of the load restrictions shall be set forth in SDCL 32-22-55.

                Voting aye:  Gassman, Reisch, Protsch, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.

                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

                Motion by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to authorize the SD Highway Patrol to enforce weight limitations on Miner County roads. 

              Motion by Reisch, seconded by Gassman and carried to enter into the agreement with the State of South Dakota Department of Transportation for the striping and continuing maintenance of county roads within Miner County. 

              Director of Equalization Tami Severson presented applications for abatements associated with the tax exemption of disabled veterans and surviving spouses of disabled veterans (SDCL 10-4-2410; 10-4-40 and 10-4-41).  An error was made in entering the valuation of these type of properties.  Motion by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the abatement applications submitted by Severson.

              Howard City Mayor Andrew Dold addressed the commission inquiring if the county would be interested in sharing an employee with the City of Howard.  At the present time the commission could not identify a position within the county that would be available to share in employment.  Dold will research legal issues that would need to be addressed if such an agreement could take place. 

              Motion by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to declare the 2009 JCraft pup trailer as surplus as it has been totaled by Insurance Benefits and payment has been received by the county. 

              Commissioners noted that the contracted amount for 911 services for Sanborn County has been adjusted to agree with Sanborn County’s budgeted amount.

              Emergency Management Director Robert Calmus presented the Emergency Management Mutual Aid Agreement for consideration.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the mutual aid agreement and to authorize Calmus to contact surrounding counties and municipalities within Miner County to enter into the agreement.

              Calmus also reviewed the finance planning for disasters strategy.  Each county must develop a plan on how to fund possible disasters.  Several procedures and options for funding were reviewed.  Calmus will draft a written process and present it at a future meeting. 

              Claims allowed: SDSU Extension $11,140.00 4-H pmt to state; Alliance $300.00, Santel $55.12, Triotel $171.53 911 charges; Ericsson Law Office $765.38 absd/neg child defense atty; ICAP $603.08 community action payment; SD Dept of Revenue $1,545.00 county nurse payment to state; Issenhuth & Leibel $180.00, Philip Parent $400.60 court appointed attys; Midstates Organized $100.00, National Sheriff’s Assn $56.00 dues; Xcel Energy $23.97 electric service; HFCA $5,927.34, Sturdevant’s $27.54 fuel; Lincoln Co Auditor $18.00 mental illness hearing expense; A-Ox Welding $11.47, Aramark Uniform $53.90 rent; Bob’s Electric $741.07, Dakota Body Shop $2,957.87, Kieffer Oil Co $10.00, Office Peeps $43.22, Titan Machinery $1,423.10 repairs; Brock White Co $31,321.12, Spencer Quarries $20,412.35 road materials; Butler Machinery $40.76, Dust-Tex Service $137.82, Homestead Building Supply $135.00, Howard Farmers Coop Assn $7.50, Mid-American research $242.64, Office Peeps $2,129.66, Pharmchem $25.00, Rafferty’s $9.89, RDO Equipment Co $473.69, Rockmount Research $1,357.83, Rusty’s $86.46, SD Dept of Public Safety $80.00, SD Federal Property Agency $41.50, SDSU Print Lab $245.38, Stan Houston Equipment $51.25, Sturdevant’s $313.95, Titan Machinery $3,274.69, Tom’s Hardware $1.36, Wheelco $226.23 supplies; Alliance $33.00, Verizon Wireless $74.06 telephone; Bob Calmus $29.60, Voni Durant $29.60, Fairfield Inn $57.00, Garrett Gassman $23.31, SD Ambulance Assn $100.00, SD Asphalt Conference $100.00, SD Assn County Highway Supts $80.00 travel

The meeting adjourned to March 3, 2015.  Dated this 17th day of February, 2015

                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

 

 

 

 

 

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