January 3, 2013

January 3, 2013

            The Miner County Board of Commissioners held their reorganization meeting January 3, 2013, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present: Heath Thompson, Pat Maroney, Donald Bowman and Roger Wentland.   Member LaVonne Durant joined the meeting by phone.   Members absent:  none.  

County Auditor Susan Connor called the meeting to order.  

It was moved by Wentland seconded by Bowman and carried to elect Heath Thompson as Chairman.  Thompson took the chair.

Motion by Bowman, seconded by Maroney and carried to elect Roger Wentland as Vice-Chairman.

            The minutes of the December 18th and 28th meetings were approved.

            The Miner County Pioneer was designated as official county newspaper, the Miner County Courthouse, Canova Community Hall, and Carthage Community Room as mortgage sale sites and the Miner County Bank at Howard, Miner County Bank at Canova, Farmers State Bank at Carthage, and the SD Public Funds Investment Trust as official depositories for the county for 2013.

            The following appointments were made Kari Jo Carlson, Barb Genzlinger and Valera Anderson to 3 year terms on the Ambulance Board.  Members and the year their term expires are as follows:                          

Kari Jo Carlson (SE area)        1-1-16              Valera Anderson (NW area)                           1-1-16

Barb Genzlinger (EMT)          1-1-16              Lanny Klinkhammer (Law Enforcement)       1-1-14

Barb Esser (Medical)              1-1-14              Jerry Johnson (City)                                        1-1-14 

Mike Connor (NE area)          1-1-15              Denise Gassman (SW area)                             1-1-15

            The roster for 2013 for the Miner County Ambulance Service volunteer attendants and drivers is as follows:  Angela Beyer, Ashley Callies, Cathy Cavigielli, Dave Claussen, Barb Genzlinger, Jay Goldammer, Janet  Haak, Donna Klinkhammer, Lanny Klinkhammer, Kay Kramer, Holly Litterick, Jessica Meyer, Amy Neises, Colleen Noid, Rick Olson, Jill Solinger,  Diane Stangohr, Kimberly Halverson  Ambulance drivers:  Jerry Adler, Mike Clary, Rob Eggert, Nathan Kizer, Henry Rentschler, Ken Ruml, Mike Sebert, Josh Esser and Jerry Sprecher.

Weed board members, their year their terms expire and area represented are as follows:

Dan Page (NW Area)  1-1-14                          Wally Jacobson (NE Area)     1-1-14

John Haak (SE Area)  1-1-15                          Robert Peterson (SW Area)    1-1-15

The following commissioners' appointments were made for 2013:

Entire board-Zoning, and Emergency Management Boards

Weed Board-Durant                                       Dispatch Board/Law Enforcement-Thompson

Community Action Board-Maroney               Legislative Representative-Maroney

Ambulance Board-Durant                              Farm-Thompson & Wentland

First District Board-Maroney                         Courthouse-Wentland & Thompson  

Highway-Wentland & Bowman                     Juvenile Detention Board-Durant                  

Vermillion Watershed Dist.-Wentland          

The following persons serve as weather spotters:  Jerry Hodges, John Mengenhausen, Ron Krempges, Ken Ruml, Lanny Klinkhammer, Matt Bornitz, Russ & Sue Dillon, Voni Durant, Reginald & Kathy Faber, David Hattervig, Norman Madison, Randy Lager, Grant Stevens, Ron Miller and Mike Genzlinger.

It was moved by Wentland and seconded by Durant to approve the following resolution.


            WHEREAS, SDCL 12-15-11 provides that the Board of Commissioners shall by annual resolution at the first regular commission meeting establish the rate of compensation to be paid the judges and clerks of a necessary election;

            THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the rate of compensation for judges and clerks for any county-wide election in 2013 be established at $150.00 for a general election, $150.00 for a primary or special election, and $25.00 for attendance of election schools.

            Voting aye: Thompson, Bowman, Maroney, Durant and Wentland.  Nay: none.

Resolution approved this 3rd day of January, 2013.

Heath A. Thompson, Chairman

Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:    Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

            It was moved by Bowman and seconded by Wentland to pass the following resolution.


            WHEREAS, SDCL 7-7-25 states that the Board of County Commissioners, by resolution, may authorize county officials to attend educational conferences, meetings, and conventions held and conducted within or without the state of South Dakota pertaining to the betterment and advancement of county government;

            THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the county commissioners, highway superintendent, auditor, treasurer, register of deeds, state's attorney, sheriff, assessing officer, coroner, and veterans service officer be authorized to attend conferences, meetings, and conventions called for the purpose set forth in SDCL 7-7-25 and that the mileage and necessary expenses to attend such be allowed.  This resolution shall be in force for fiscal year 2013.

            Voting aye: Thompson, Bowman, Maroney, Durant and Wentland.  Nay: none. 

Resolution approved this 3rd day of January, 2013.

Heath A. Thompson, Chairman

Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:    Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

            It was moved by Maroney and seconded by Bowman to pass the following resolution.


                                                      2013 SALARY RESOLUTION

            BE IT RESOLVED that the following wage scale for Miner County employees be in effect for fiscal year 2013 (annual salary unless otherwise specified).


Commissioners-Chairman                                                                    $9,621

Vice-chairman                                                                                      9,192

Commissioners                                                                                     8,706

  Appointed boards                                                                             25.00/ meeting

Auditor, Susan Connor                                                                       44,454

Treasurer Debra Eggert, Register of Deeds

Karla Neises, Director of Equalization Kay Hageman                          42,558

Tami Severson                                                                                    36,000

 State's Attorney Gregory Protsch                                                      41,883

 Sheriff Lanny Klinkhammer                                                              48,420

 Deputy Sheriff Robert Eggert                                                           40,980

 Deputy Sheriff Mike Clary                                                               33,948

 Part-time law enforcement                                                                15.61/hr.

911 Coordinator Cora Schwader                                                       36,507

            plus a $1.00 per hour bonus for providing dispatcher training

Guards-Jenny Grendler                                                                      14.91/hr.


Level 1-Melissa Reisch, Jennifer Bolden                                            14.54/hr.

Level 2-           Kathryn Haak, Joni Jacobson, Joey Klinkhammer     14.77/hr.

Level 3-                                                                                           15.03/hr.

Level 4-           Sara Rentschler, Randall Schwader                          15.25/hr

Level 5-           Janet Haak, Jerald Sprecher, Jenny Grendler             15.47/hr.

Level 6-                                                                                           15.69./hr

Level 7-                                                                                           15.91/hr

Level 8-                                                                                           16.13/hr

plus a $1.00 per hour bonus for providing dispatcher training

Full-time clerical:

Level 1                                                                                                26,463

Level 2                                                                                                26,883

Level 3-                                                                                               27,357

Level 4-                                                                                               27,756

Level 5-                                                                                               28,158

Level 6-                                                                                               28,557

Level 7-Diane Rentz                                                                           28,959

Level 8-Pat Carmon                                                                            29,358

Part-time clerical:     

Level 1-Rebecca Mommaerts, Jennifer Harrington                                14.54/hr.

Level 2-                                                                                               14.77/hr.

Level 3-                                                                                               15.03/hr.

Level 4-,                                                                                              15.25/hr.

Level 5-                                                                                               15.47/hr.

Level 6-Cindy Foster                                                                          15.69/hr

Level 7-Gibi Page                                                                               15.91/hr

Level 8-Helen Sprecher, Deanne Krantz                                               16.13/hr

Temporary clerical                                                                               14.54/hr.

Custodian-Louise Rentschler, Henry Rentschler                                    15.47/hr.

Emergency Management Director-Robert Calmus                                26,319

Veterans Service Officer-Terry Lee                                                      9,054 

Ambulance Manager-Cora Schwader                                                   8,862

Welfare Director-Gibi Page                                                                15.69/hr

Ambulance EMT-Molly Steeneck, Erin Feldhaus, Kelli Smith              24,582

Ambulance Volunteers

            Weekday                                                                                 $24/day

            Weekend                                                                                 $39/day

            Holiday                                                                                   $100/day

            3rd Attendant                                                                         $20/run

Weed Supervisor-Robert Calmus                                                         8,778 

Highway Department: Superintendent-Ron Krempges                           48,846

Level 8- Joe Erpenbach,                                                                      16.13hr.

Level 7-Harvey Schrank, Donald Eppe,  Edwin Meyer,

Grant Stevens                                                                                     15.63/hr.

Level 6-  Terry Carlson                                                                       15.21/hr.

Level 5-                                                                                               15.00/hr.

Level 4- Darwin Callies                                                                      14.77/hr.

Level 3-David Laible                                                                          14.55/hr.

Level 2-                                                                                               14.33/hr.

 Level 1-                                                                                              13.54/hr.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that longevity pay based on $25.00 per year of employment be paid in November for 2013.

                        Heath A. Thompson, Chairman

                        Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor

            Motion by Bowman, seconded by Maroney and carried to approve the rates charged for dispatching and 911 services as presented by the sheriff’s department in its 2013 budget. 

            Motion by Wentland, seconded by Durant and carried to set the law enforcement clothing allowance at $200/yr./employee and $125/yr/employee for high visibility clothing for highway workers.  

Motion by Maroney, seconded by Bowman and carried to set the following holidays for 2013:  New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Native American Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), and Christmas Day. 

Tami Severson, Director of Equalization discussed the personnel policy as it applies to the DOE position.  Further review will take place at the January 15th meeting.

Commissioners discussed the request from VanTek Communications concerning a possible sale of the county owned communications tower.  Commissioners agreed that they are not interested in selling the tower.

            Commissioners Durant and Maroney left the meeting.  Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges informed the commission that he has been appointed to the resolutions committee for the Highway Superintendents’ Assoc.  The committee is currently working on legislation to update current laws associated with bid requirements.  Krempges will keep the board informed of progress on this legislation. 

Claims:  Miner County Pioneer $214.57 publishing; SD Assn. Co. Commissioners $834.46, SD Assn. Co Officials $692.23, SD Assn Assessing Officials $55.00, SD Assn. of Weed Supervisors $50.00 dues; SD Assn Co. Commissioners (CLERP) $113.60 Catastrophic Legal Exp. Relief Program; Alliance Communications $768.01, Rob Eggert $30.00, Mike Clary $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00 telephone; Greg Protsch $900.00 office allowance; Superior Lamp $585.79, GRC Tire $1591.40, Homestead Bldg. Sup. $63.77, Mighty Auto Parts $357.08, Office Peeps $56.80, Prostrollo Auto $199.31 supplies; Howard Auto Clinic $499.14, Audio Electronics $120.00 repairs; Community Counseling Services $3500.00 grant; SD Assn. Co Weed & Pest Supervisors $170.00 travel.

            The meeting adjourned to January 15, 2013.  Dated this 3rd day of January, 2013.

                                                Heath A. Thompson, Chairman

                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor

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Howard, SD 57349


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