May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013


The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session May 7, 2013, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Don Bowman, Pat Maroney, Alex Protsch and Voni Durant.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Bowman, seconded by Maroney and carried to approve the agenda as amended. 

The minutes of the April 29th and 30th meetings were approved.

The Auditor’s account with the County Treasurer showed an April 30, 2013 balance of $5,658,677.63 in all state, county, civil, school, and trust accounts.

State’s Attorney Greg Protsch reported that he attended the SD Water Management Board’s meeting last week in Pierre.  The board allowed all counties located downstream to intervene and set the board’s prior decision aside.  The outlet elevation will be reconsidered at the Water Management Board’s July meeting allowing for further testimony from the intervening counties, Game, Fish and Parks and Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources.  

Greg Protsch also requested the commission review the drafted road haul agreement between the county, Clearwater Township and Shannon Colony. 

Motion by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to authorize the auditor to make an automatic supplement $12,000 to the emergency management fund for homeland security grant funds received. 

The commission acknowledged receipt of the Safety Benefits property valuation program and loss control survey.  Various areas of concern will be addressed by the departments mentioned in the survey.

Auditor Connor made a request to purchase software from Ultra for lien recording.  The program will be utilized by the auditor’s and register of deeds’ offices.  Motion by Maroney, seconded by Bowman and carried to allow the purchase of the lien software from Ultra, Inc.

Review of the estimate for repair of the courthouse chimney from Midwest Masonry Restoration Co. was held.   Motion by Protsch, seconded by Maroney and carried to sign the contract for restoration of the courthouse chimney, $5,784 submitted by Midwest Masonry Restoration Co. 

Barb Esser presented the quarterly Community Health Nurse report. 

Ron Krempges, Miner County Highway Superintendent, approved the draft of the road haul agreement between Miner County, Clearwater Township and Shannon Colony.  He also reported that he along with Clearwater Township officials and Greg Vavra from Local Transportation Assistance Program inspected the township roads that would be used for transporting to and from the proposed dairy.  Motion by Maroney, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the drafted road haul agreement and to forward it to Shannon Colony and Clearwater Township for their consideration.

Krempges made the request to use the stock piled gravel which was hauled for the construction of the Howard School track.  Commissioners instructed Krempges to inform the track committee of his intentions to use the gravel and that if the track should be constructed the gravel shall be made available at that time. 

Emergency Management Director Bob Calmus reported on maintenance issues with warning sirens placed throughout the county. 

The annual report of programs and services offered through Inter-Lakes Community Action was presented by Arleen Weerheim.  She informed the board that the Nearly New Store has been operating with a loss each of the last two years.  The commission will consider providing additional funding for the store at its May 21st meeting.

Claims:  Alliance Communications $300.00, Santel Communications $55.12, Triotel Communications $167.53 911 charges; Interlakes Community Action $527.65 community action payment; Miner County Treasurer $3.65 domestic abuse administrative expense; Domestic Violence Network $16.43, Mitchell Area Safehouse $16.42 domestic abuse pay to others; Xcel Energy $23.15 electric service; Madison Radio Shack $269.99 equipment below capitalization; Howard Farmers Coop $13,829.26, Sturdevant’s $89.76 fuel; Bob’s Electric $3,416.00 homeland security highway repairs; California Contractors Supply $110.00 LEPC due to other governments; Miner County Treasurer $100.74 postage; Lake Co Auditor $260.00 prisoner care; Aramark Uniform $71.11 rent; Homestead Building Supply $941.01, Office Peeps $238.61, SDN Commmunications $1,500.00X, Zepeda Painting $2,254.20 repairs; Miner Co Conservation Dist $7,000.00 soil conservation grant; Gregory Protsch $900.00 state’s attorney off. exp. allow.; Anderson Landscaping $1,802.00, A-Ox Welding $49.19, Dust-Tex $114.98, GCR Tire $338.00, Homestead Building Supply $75.37, Howard Farmers Coop $313.58, Kimball Midwest $808.52, Krug Products $75.07, Matheson Tri Gas $76.61, Mighty Auto Parts $38.06, Miner Co Treasurer $37.10, Office Peeps $796.07, RDO Equipment $1600.00, Rusty’s $284.20, Cora Schwader $19.31, Sturdevant’s $1,149.52, Tom’s Hardware $381.36, Van’s Auto Electric $100.00, Wheelco $90.30 supplies; Alliance Communications $756.16, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00 telephone; NCRAAO 2013 $260.00, Tami Severson $39.96 travel; City of Howard $1612.88 utilities; Al’s Service $49.43, Graham Tire Co. $247.98, Howard Auto Clinic $258.49, Howard Farmers Coop $100.78 vehicle repairs

The meeting adjourned to May 21, 2013.  Dated this 7th day of May, 2013.

                                                            Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Commissioners

Attest: Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor














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