January 7, 2014

January 7, 2014

                The Miner County Board of Commissioners held their reorganization meeting January 7, 2014, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present: Alex Protsch, Pat Maroney, Donald Bowman, LaVonne Durant and Roger Wentland.   Members absent:  none.  

                County Auditor Susan Connor called the meeting to order.   It was moved by Durant seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the agenda. 

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

                Motion by Durant, seconded by Bowman and carried to elect Alex Protsch as Vice-Chairman.

                Motion by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to enter into executive session to discuss personnel matters (SDCL 1-25-2(1) at 9:07.  Returned to regular session at 9:18.

                The minutes of the December 17th meeting were approved.  The minutes of the December 30th meeting were amended to reflect Maroney making the second to the motion for an operating transfer.

                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 2014.

                The following appointments were made Jerry Johnson, Barb Esser and Lanny Klinkhammer 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)         1-1-17

                            Barb Esser (Medical)                                      1-1-17                   
                            Jerry Johnson (City)                                         1-1-17

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

                The roster for 2014 for the Miner County Ambulance Service volunteer attendants and drivers is as follows:  Jody Becker, Angela Beyer, Ashley Callies, Cathy Cavigielli, Barb Genzlinger, Jay Goldammer, Donna Klinkhammer, Lanny Klinkhammer, Kay Kramer, Amy Neises, Colleen Noid,, Jill Eggert,  Diane Stangohr.   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)      1-1-17             Wally Jacobson (NE Area)             1-1-17

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

                The following commissioners' appointments were made for 2014:

                        Entire board-Zoning, and Emergency Management Boards

                        Weed Board-Durant                                                                                                       
                        Dispatch Board/Law Enforcement-Protsch

                        Community Action Board-Protsch                                                                            
                        Legislative Representative-Maroney

                        Ambulance Board-Durant                                                                                            
                        Farm-Protsch & Wentland

                        First District Board-Maroney                                                                                       
                        Courthouse-Wentland & Protsch             

                        Highway-Wentland & Bowman                                                                                  
                        Juvenile Detention Board-Durant                            

                        Vermillion Watershed Dist.-Wentland                                                                    
                        4-H Promotion & Expansion-Bowman

                The following persons serve as weather spotters:  Bob Calmus, 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 Bowman and seconded by Maroney 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 2014 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: Protsch, Bowman, Maroney, Durant and Wentland.  Nay: none.

Resolution approved this 7th day of January, 2014.

                                                                                                   Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                   Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

                It was moved by Durant and seconded by Protsch 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 2014.

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

Resolution approved this 7th day of January, 2014.

                                                                                            Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

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




                BE IT RESOLVED that the following wage scale for Miner County employees be in effect for fiscal year 2014 (annual salary unless otherwise specified).

Commissioners-Chairman                                                                               $9,825

Vice-chairman                                                                                                   9,387

Commissioners                                                                                                 8,892


Appointed boards                                                                                                  25.00/ meeting


Auditor, Susan Connor                                                                                    45,183


Treasurer Debra Eggert, Register of Deeds Karla Neises                             43,287                                                                                  

Director of Equalization Tami Severson                                                         40,608


State's Attorney Gregory Protsch                                                                   42,765


Sheriff Lanny Klinkhammer                                                                            49,149


Deputy Sheriff Robert Eggert                                                                         41,709


Deputy Sheriff Mike Clary                                                                              34,677


Part-time law enforcement                                                                                   15.96/hr.


911 Coordinator Cora Schwader                                                                            37,236

                plus a $1.00 per hour bonus for providing dispatcher training


Guards-                                                                                                                 15.26/hr.



Level 1-                                                                                                              14.89/hr.

Level 2- Joni Jacobson,   Melissa Kleinsasser, Jennifer Bolden, Stacey McCoy  15.12/hr.

                Level 3- Joey Klinkhammer                                                                                   15.38/hr.

                Level 4- Sara Rentschler, Randall Schwader                                                        15.60/hr.

                Level 5- Jerald Sprecher                                                                                        15.82/hr.

                Level 6-                                                                                                                  16.04/hr.

                Level 7-                                                                                                                  16.26/hr.

                Level 8-                                                                                                                  16.48/hr.

plus a $1.00 per hour bonus for providing dispatcher training


Full-time clerical:

Level 1-                                                                                                          27,100

Level 2-  Rebecca Mommaerts                                                                       27,520

Level 3-                                                                                                          27,994

Level 4-                                                                                                          28,393

Level 5-                                                                                                          28,795

Level 6-                                                                                                          29,194

Level 7-  Diane Rentz                                                                                     29,596

Level 8-  Pat Carmon                                                                                      29,995

Part-time clerical:

Level 1-                                                                                                                 14.89/hr.

Level 2-                                                                                                                 15.12/hr.

Level 3-                                                                                                                 15.38/hr.

Level 4-                                                                                                                 15.60/hr.

Level 5-                                                                                                                 15.82/hr.

Level 6-  Cindy Foster                                                                                           16.04/hr.

Level 7-  Gibi Page                                                                                                16.26/hr.

Level 8-  Deanne Krantz                                                                                        16.48/hr.


Temporary clerical                                                                                                14.89/hr.


Custodian-Louise Rentschler, Henry Rentschler                                                  15.82/hr.


Emergency Management Director-Robert Calmus                                        28,098


Veterans Service Officer-Terry Lee                                                                  9,246


Ambulance Manager-Cora Schwader                                                               9,048


Welfare Director-Gibi Page                                                                                   16.26/hr.


Ambulance EMT- Molly Steeneck, Erin Feldhaus                                           25,101

     Kelli Smith                                                                          26,325

Ambulance Volunteers

                Weekday-24 hr shift                                                                                     $48/day

                Weekend-24 hr shift                                                                                     $78/day

                Holiday-24 hr shift                                                                                      $100/day

                3rd Attendant                                                                                                $20/run

Weed Supervisor-Robert Calmus                                                                       9,576

Highway Department:

Superintendent-Ron Krempges                                                                49,836

Level 8- Joe Erpenbach, Grant Stevens                                                           16.48/hr.

Level 7- Harvey Schrank, Donald Eppe, Terry Carlson                                    15.98/hr.

Level 6-  Darwin Callies                                                                                  15.56/hr.

Level 5-                                                                                                            15.35/hr.

Level 4- David Laible                                                                                       15.12/hr.

Level 3-                                                                                                            14.90/hr.

Level 2-                                                                                                            14.68/hr.

Level 1- Jeremy Beyer                                                                        13.89/hr.


                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that longevity pay based on $25.00 per year of employment be paid in November for 2014.

Voting aye:  Maroney, Bowman, Protsch, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 7th day of January, 2014.

                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor

Motion by Maroney, seconded by Durant and carried to set the following holidays for 2014:  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. 

Motion by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the rates charged for dispatching and 911 services as presented by the sheriff’s department in its 2014 budget excluding the stated amount for Sanborn County.  A formal request for financial support for services to be provided to Sanborn County will be sent to the Sanborn County Commission.

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

                Miner County Treasurer Debbie Eggert presented an application for an elderly freeze that was received after that application deadline.  The application was previously approved by the Howard City Council.  Motion by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the abatement application.

                Commissioners discussed moving the existing electrical pole on the north side of the courthouse parking lot.  Wentland will gather information on burying the electrical line.   

                Highway superintendent Ron Krempges joined the meeting.  The capital accumulations schedule was reviewed.  Commissioners instructed Krempges to begin the process for requesting bids to replace the 2005 Cat motor grader.  This purchase was inadvertently left out of the 2014 budget.  Therefore a supplemental budget will be used to make the purchase.  Krempges reported on equipment issues including problems with the 2005 Cat motor grader and future road project plans.

Claims allowed: Alliance Communications $300.00 911 charges; Miner Co Treasurer $19.50 domestic abuse administrative expense; Domestic Violence Network $87.75, Mitchell Area Safehouse $87.75 domestic abuse pay to others; SD Assn Assessing Officers $55.00, SD Assn County Commissioners $834.46, SD Assn County Officials $692.23, SD Assn Weed Supervisors $50.00, SD Sheriff’s Assn $421.67 dues; Howard Farmers Coop $156.87 fuel; Kim E. Callies $169.20 judicial transcripts; Thomson Reuters-West $88.50 law library law books; CLIA Laboratory Program $150.00 license; Gregory Protsch $900.00 off. exp. allow.; Stamp Fulfillment $643.60 postage; Barry Callies $500.00, Judy Calmus $300.00 rent; Dan’s Heating & Cooling $537.49, Dware, Inc $1,550.00 repairs; Dakota Fluid Power $1,879.63, Homestead Building Supplies $135.03, Mid-American Research $429.30, Rusty’s $18.82, Superior Lamp $488.01, Tom’s Hardware $50.59 supplies; Alliance Communications $784.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00, Mike Clary $30.00 telephone; City of Howard $1,925.55 utilities.

                The meeting adjourned to January 21, 2014.  Dated this 7th day of January, 2014.

                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor



Contact Info

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Physical Address: 

Miner County Courthouse

Park Ave. & Main St

401 N. Main St.

Howard, SD 57349


Office Hours: 

7:30am-12:00pm & 12:30pm-4:00pm

Monday - Friday

(Sheriff/Dispatch Office Open 24/7)