April 19, 2016

April 19, 2016


The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session April 19, 2016, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Tom Reisch, Garrett Gassman, Voni Durant and Alex Protsch.  Absent: none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the agenda.


                Commissioners acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:  SD Dept. of Revenue Sales & Compliance Audit Reports; SD DOT Community Access, Industrial Park, and Agri-Business Grant Program.


                Due to the recent rain and the forecast of more rain the board did not implement the county’s burn ban ordinance.


                Jen Fouberg SD Dept. of Health Regional Manager and CHN Kayla Austerman met with the board to discuss the transition for the Miner County Community Health Nurse office.  Ms. Austerman has started serving the Miner County office 1 day a week.  She will begin serving Miner County 3 days a week beginning in June.  The schedule for the 3 days of operation per week will be considered at a future commission meeting.  Clerical staffing and duties were also discussed.


                The board reviewed the current “Hold Harmless” agreements that have been used for the use of county facilities.  Commissioners requested that the 4-H office keep the board informed on a monthly basis as to activities taking place at the 4-H grounds.  Revised “Hold Harmless” agreements will be drafted and considered at the next commission meeting.


                Highway superintendent Ron Krempges reported on personnel, removal of load limits on county roads and highway software options.


              Deputy Sheriff Rob Eggert informed the commissioners that he has applied for a grant to replace one of the bullet proof vests.  The grant will require a 50% match from the county (approximately $400).  Eggert also reviewed the panic alarm project.  Several issues have occurred due to the age of the telephone wiring within the courthouse.  Alliance Communications and the vendor will meet with Eggert to troubleshoot those issues.


              Custodian Colleen Zobel reported on quotes for replacement of the carpet in the 3rd floor courtroom. Three quotes were received for various types of carpet and installation.  After consideration of the quality of carpet; non-zipper vs. zipper features, installation; removal & installation of all benches, chairs and existing carpet the commissioners instructed  Zobel to request information on the price difference of the 28 oz tufted weight carpet from KolorWorks.


            Wade Sands of Direct Digital Control and Mike Trudeau of Midwest Boiler Repair joined the meeting to review the updated plan for heating system upgrades.  After further inspection of the building, radiators, piping and boiler it was determined the original plan is not feasible.  Sands reviewed another option which included modifications to piping in the basement storeroom and would require the removal of asbestos.  The total cost of the project would be $16,720 from Direct Digital Control and added costs from Midwest Boiler for the installation of the piping.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the upgrades to the control of the boiler only ($4200) and table any further upgrades at this time eliminating modifications to the piping within the courthouse.  Mike Trudeau will be providing an estimate for the replacement of the 70 some radiator traps located throughout the building.  That estimate will be considered at a future meeting.


           It was moved by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to enter into executive session (SDCL 1-25-2 (1) at 11:15.  The board returned to regular session at 11:30.


CLAIMS ALLOWED: Butler Machinery $9,640.00 CONTRACTED MAINTENANCE; Central Electric Coop $66.22 ELECTRICITY; Cardmember Services $139.98, SD Federal Property Agency $2,625.00 EQUIPMENT; Butler Machinery $332.92, Miner Co Treasurer $67.01, Sturdevant’s $27.96 FUEL; Miner Co Treasurer $1.20 POSTAGE; ABC Rentals $682.00, Auca Chicago Lockbox $77.74, Howard American Legion $90.00, Winker Stump Grinding Service $6,750.00 RENT; Butler Machinery $594.80, Howard Heating & Plumbing $318.32, Office Peeps $452.14, James Valley Nursery $252.33, S&S Contracting $321.02 REPAIRS; Brock White Co $2,655.00, Team Lab Chemical Corp $12,100.00 ROAD MATERIALS; Butler Machinery $2,127.50, Bob Calmus $21.99, Campbell Supply $474.99, Cardmember Services $121.54, Dawson Construction $53.24, Dust-Tex $154.58, Gall’s $73.55, Grapevines $65.00, James River Equipment $239.08, Mcleod’s Printing $50.40, MH Equipment $107.31, Miner Co Treasurer $21.00, Northern States Supply $106.03, Office Peeps $2,071.56, Gibi Page $25.98, Pheasantland Industries $1,216.11, Quill Corp $55.98, Rafferty Robbins $19.22, Rusty’s $64.45, Cora Schwader $73.35, SD Federal Property Agency $33.80, Sheehan Mack $44.95, Sturdevant’s $263.23, Ultra $670.00 SUPPLIES; Alliance $24.00 TELEPHONE; Best Western Ramkota $98.99, Jeremy Beyer $11.00, Logan Calmus $11.00, Terry Carlson $11.00, Deadwood Mountain Grand $114.00, Joe Erpenbach $11.00, Maria Feldhaus $510.08, Ron Krempges $22.00, Grant Stevens $11.00 TRAVEL


The meeting adjourned to May 3rd.  Dated this 19th day of April, 2016. 


                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor




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