September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014


                The Miner County Board of commissioners met in regular session September 23, 2014, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Don Bowman, Garrett Gassman, Alex Protsch and Voni Durant.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Protsch, second by Durant and carried to approve the agenda as amended.  The minutes of the September 2nd meeting were approved. 

                The board acknowledge receipt of the Miner Conservation & NRCS reports. 


For the year January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2015

                                                                                    Tax Levy in                             Tax Levy in

                                                                                       Dollars                                    $’s/1,000


WITHIN LIMITED LEVY:                   

County Purposes (SDCL 10-12-9)                 $2,628,357                                          4.466

(Includes $5,510 to be distributed to the cities.)

         It was moved by Durant, seconded by Bowman and carried to pass the following resolution.





            WHEREAS, (7-21-5 through 13) SDCL provides that the Board of County Commissioners shall each year prepare a Provisional Budget of all contemplated expenditures and revenues of the County and all its institutions and agencies for such fiscal year, and

            WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners did prepare a Provisional Budget and cause same to be published by law, and

            WHEREAS, due and legal notice has been given to the meeting of the Board of County Commissioners for the consideration of such Provisional Budget and all changes, eliminations,

and additions that have been made thereto;

            Revenue:                                                      FROM                   TO

            General Fund

            General Cash Applied                              391,821.00        432,450.00


            Tax Levy                                                   2,668,986.00    2,628,357.00


            NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that such provisional budget as amended

and all its purposes, schedules, appropriations, amounts, estimates, and all matters therein



all its institutions and agencies for calendar year beginning January 1, 2015, and ending

December 31, 2015, and the same is hereby approved and adopted by the Board of

County Commissioners of Miner County, South Dakota, this 23rd day of September, 2014. 

            The Annual Budget so adopted is available for public inspection during normal business

hours at the office of the county auditor, Miner County, South Dakota.  The

accompanying taxes are levied by Miner County for the year January 1, 2015, through

December 31, 2015.



Roger Wentland, Chairman

Don Bowman, Commissioner

Garrett Gassman, Commissioner

Alex Protsch, Commissioner

Voni Durant, Commissioner

Attest: Susan Connor, County Auditor

Motion by Bowman, seconded by Protsch and carried to authorize the auditor to make an operating transfers as provided for in the 2014 budget from the General Fund to the Road & Bridge Fund, $250,000 and to the Emergency Management Fund, $20,000. 

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


WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2014 budget for the following departments to discharge just obligation of said appropriation; and

WHEREAS, SDCL 7-21-32.2 provides that transfers may be made by resolution of the board from the contingency appropriation established pursuant to SDCL 7-21-6.1 to other appropriations;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the appropriation be transferred from contingency to Courthouse Building $55,000.  Voting aye:  Protsch, Bowman, Durant, Gassman and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 23rd day of September 2014. 

                                                            Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners


Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor

Motion by Protsch, seconded by Bowman and carried to authorize the auditor to make an automatic supplement to the Emergency Management Fund for grant funds received $15,375.

Flu shots will be available through the Community Health Nurses office for all county employees, Miner County Ambulance volunteers, and Carthage Ambulance volunteers.

Motion by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to authorize the auditor to abate the real estate taxes associated with the following tax deed properties:  Lot 10, Block 13 Canova Village OP; Lot 11, Block 13 Canova Village OP; and Lot 12, Block 13 Canova Village OP.

Motion by Bowman, seconded by Gassman and carried to declare the above mentioned properties as surplus and to transfer ownership by quit claim deed to Canova Village.    

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


WHEREAS the Miner County Board of County Commissioners is interested in the analysis of rural sites for potential agriculturally related economic development; and

WHEREAS this research is based upon various infrastructure, road and land use factors; and

WHEREAS the research may identify sites that are suitable for agriculturally related economic development according to a classification scale, ranging from “good” to “best”; and

WHEREAS granting permission for such research is not a public declaration of county support for any specific agriculturally related economic development activity or project; and

WHEREAS the cost of the research is being addressed by other sources, such as the South Dakota Department of Agriculture; and

WHEREAS the results of the research will be made available to the county commission and general public.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Miner County Commission that it authorizes First District Association of Local Governments to conduct the research on behalf of the county and other interested parties.

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that Miner County officials will cooperate in providing any readily available data or information that may be needed in conducting the research.

Adopted this 23rd day of September, 2014.

                                                            Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

Director of Equalization Tami Severson reviewed progress on several projects and educational opportunities within her office.

Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported on an accident in which a county owned JD tractor tipped onto its side while being used to mow road ditches.  Minimal damage was sustained to the tractor.  The mag water has been applied to 235th Street from US Hwy 81 west to Shannon Colony.  This was a combined project between Shannon Colony, Miner County and Clearwater Township.  Krempges also discussed equipment replacement and repairs and other highway matters.

Motion by Bowman, seconded by Gassman and carried to increase both Tom Glanzer and Logan Calmus from level 1 ($13.89/hr) to level 2 ($14.68/hr.).

Shawnie Rechtenbaugh of the SD Dept. of Public Safety 911 Coordination Board and Cora Schwader, 911 coordinator joined the meeting to review the SD Dept. of Public Safety Compliance Review Checklist Public Safety Answering Points (ARSD 50:02:04).  Ms. Rechtenbaugh explained areas of noncompliance and suggested ways to bring the Miner County 911 center into compliance.  One of the most difficult areas listed is noncompliance with public access to the 911 center.  The Miner County Commission will work towards bringing the items highlighted into compliance.  Schwader and Rechtenbaugh briefly

reviewed the state wide “Next Generation” project which will assist all PSAPS across the state in providing upgraded service to SD citizens. 

Brad Stangohr of Ulteig provided an update on the parking lot project.  He also explained the request for the change order for engineering services.  The change order was for an additional $2611.36 in services and mileage.  Motion by Durant, seconded by Bowman and carried to approve the change order from Ulteig for engineering services and additional mileage ($2611.36) associated with the courthouse parking lot project.  

Claims allowed: Road & Bridge $33,554.82, Wellmark $30,284.35, Reliance $1,301.73, Retirement $4,949.90, OASI $7,419.51, Commissioners $3,824.00, Auditor $6,058.75, Treasurer $6,107.00, States Attorney $3,563.75, Govt Building $2,440.00, Director of Equalization $6,741.24, Register of Deeds $5,160.49, Vet Service $770.50, Sheriff $10,089.81, Contract Law $3,260.00, Welfare $272.00, Co Nurse $1,870.48, Ambulance $7,469.09, WIC $164.80, Extension $1,131.64, Weed $798.00, Dispatch $8,802.32, Emergency Mgt $2,341.50; 

SDSU Extension $10,815.00 4-H payment to state; Alliance Communications $300.00, Century Link $99.37 911 charges; ICAP $534.42 community action payment; SD Dept. of Transportation $8,815.92 contracted maintenance; Community Counseling Service $1,750.00 drug abuse grant to others; Natl. Association of Counties $450.00 dues; Xcel Energy $10.66 electric charges; SD Continuing Legal Education $500.00, Ultra $185.00 equipment below capitalization; Canova Service Center $3.69, Cardmember Services $174.75, HFCA $15,309.26, Sturdevant’s $114.73 fuel; Miner Insurance Agency $1,123.02 insurance; Community Counseling Service $1,750.00 mental health center grant; Ulteig $10,111.36 miscellaneous service; Horizon Health Care $45.00 other professional service; Lake Co Auditor $4,160.00 prisoner care; Miner Co Pioneer $290.05 publishing; Aramark $107.80 rent; Bob’s Electric $2,519.66, HFCA $134.89, Mobile Electronic Service $1,933.84, Office Peeps $120.39, Robert Johnson Construction $112,284.10 repairs; Jebro $75.00 road materials; Boyer Ford $117.53, Canova Service Center $17.42, Susan Connor $27.00, Diesel Machinery $61.33, Dust-Tex $122.97, Emergency Medical Products $867.16, Fleetpride $14.12, Homestead Building Supply $269.32, HFCA $210.58, Inland Truck Parts $216.81, James River Equipment $560.87, Kimball West $303.76, Mcleod’s $236.26, Mid-American Research $823.51, Office Peeps $782.60, Rockmount Research $607.13, Rusty’s $43.22, SD Assn Assessing Officers $55.00, SD Federal Property Agency $58.50, Sheehan Mack $420.15, Sturdevant’s $387.74, Tom’s Hardware $78.38, True North Steel $8,080.81, Wheelco $1,127.05 supplies; Alliance Communications $870.00, Verizon Wireless $68.92, Colleen Zobel $60.00 telephone; Best Western Ramkota $889.95, Robert Calmus $219.36, Cardmember Services $184.12, Clubhouse $666.00, Susan Connor $175.44, Debra Eggert $33.00, Maria Feldhaus $1,113.65, Ron Krempges $18.00, Karla Neises $33.00, Ramada Mitchell $380.00, Ramkota $255.00, Cora Schwader $46.78, Tami Severson $280.22, Kelli Smith $53.40, The Lodge at Deadwood $424.64, Water Resources Institute SDSU $100.00 travel; City of Howard $1,965.27 utilities

The meeting adjourned to October 7, 2014.  Dated this 23rd day of September 2014.

                                                                        Roger Wentland, Chairman                             

                                                                        Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor



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Howard, SD 57349


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