December 6, 2016

December 6, 2016


The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session December 6, 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 Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the agenda as amended.


The minutes of the November 10th & November 15th meetings were approved. 


The Auditor’s account with the County Treasurer showed a November 30, 2016 balance of $6,091,148.99 in all state, county, civil, school, and trust accounts.


The board adjourned as a Board of Commissioners and reconvened as a Planning Commission.  Due to the number of attendees the meeting was relocated to the 3rd floor courtroom.  Planning Commission Chairman Alex Protsch called the meeting to order.  Those present included board members Protsch, Gassman, Durant, Wentland and Reisch; State’s Attorney Gregory Protsch and his assistant Kristian Ellendorf; Zoning Administrator Tami Severson and her assistant Darcy Albert; Auditor Susan Connor; and numerous community members.  Tyler Oliver representing Colby Capital joined the meeting telephonically. 


Chairman Protsch requested a motion be made by a member of the planning commission to adopt resolution 16-99 recommending approval of the ordinance to the County Commission.  Chairman Protsch read resolution 16-99 to those present.  It was moved by Wentland and seconded by Durant to adopt Resolution 16-99.  


Protsch then opened the Public Hearing allowing the applicant (Mr. Oliver) to describe the proposal.  Mr. Oliver is the developer for Dollar General Stores and explained that his job was to discover locations & obtain proper permits for Dollar General’s intended construction sites.  He estimated that Dollar General would at this location employ between 7-9 full time employees and Dollar General would be open to any annexation requests made by the City of Howard.  The original agreement was for approximately 1 acre but that was changed to 2 acres due to the requirement of Miner County’s Zoning Ordinance of 2 acres for commercial use. 


Proponents were given the opportunity to speak.  There were no proponents.


Opponents were given the floor.  Several questions were asked pertaining to the construction requirements for a commercial site including required acres for a septic system.  Other questions were asked pertaining to the operations of Dollar General.  Chairman Protsch reminded attendees that the matter before the board is strictly whether to change the zoning classification from ag to commercial.  The construction of a commercial building would need to be handled at a conditional use hearing that would be held at a later date pending the outcome of the zoning ordinance change.  Protsch asked for any additional comments.  Hearing none he formally closed the public comment portion of the hearing. 


The planning and zoning board held their discussion of the rezoning of the property.  It was then asked by Chairman Protsch for a roll call vote on the following resolution. 




BE IT RESOLVED that the Miner County Planning Commission recommends to the Miner County Board of County Commissioners that they approve and adopt Ordinance 16-01, an ordinance to amend Section 302 adopted by Ordinance 2004-1, May 4, 2004 as amended, of the Zoning Ordinance of Miner County be amended to classify the following property:

            Tract 1 of Weishaar’s Addition in the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 12, T106N, R 56W, Howard Township, Miner County, South Dakota.


            To “CI” Commercial/Industrial Zoning District from “A” Agricultural Zoning District

            Voting aye:  Gassman, Durant, Wentland, Reisch, Protsch.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 6th day of December, 2016. 

                                                                        Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                                        Planning Commission Board

Attest: Susan Connor, Planning Commission Secretary


The board adjourned as a Planning Commission and reconvened as a Board of County Commissioners.  State’s Attorney Protsch reviewed the procedures that must be followed to make a change to an ordinance.  Board of Commissioners Chairman Roger Wentland held the first reading of Ordinance 16-01 to amend Ordinance 2004-1.  Wentland then opened the public hearing.  Asking for comments from proponents and opponents.  Hearing none Wentland closed the Public Hearing for an Ordinance to Rezone Property and stated the second reading will be held on December 20, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in the Commission Room of the Miner County Courthouse.  The board returned to the commission room to continue with the remaining portion of the Board of Commissioners’ meeting. 


The board acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:  Miner County Moisture Report; Thank You from Henden Future Farmers 4-H Club.


Auditor Connor informed the board that the SD Dept. of Public Safety will be increasing Miner County’s SLA grant by $5,010.81.  Wentland signed the agreement to be forwarded to SD Office of Emergency Management.


Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges discussed road matters and requested level raises as follows.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Protsch and carried to grant the following level raises effective January 1, 2017:  Darwin Callies level 6 to level 7, Jeremy Beyer level 4 to level 5, Tom Glanzer level 3 to level 4, and Logan Calmus level 3 to level 4.  Dan Zulk has been hired as a county highway employee and began his duties Monday, December 5th. 


Canova Village has made a request to receive county owned property (Lot 1 Block 9, Aldridge Addition).  The board will schedule this for consideration at its next meeting to be held on December 20th. 


It was moved by Gassman and seconded by Durant to adopt the following resolution.



WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2016 budget for the ag building department 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 Ag Building $400.  Voting aye:  Protsch, Gassman, Reisch, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 6th day of December 2016. 

                                                            Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


Motion by Reisch, seconded by Protsch and carried to authorize the auditor to make operating transfers as provided for in the 2016 budget as follows:  911, $25,000.


Motion by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to authorize the auditor to make automatic supplements to the following revenue accounts:  Judicial System Grants $2356.47; General Liquor Tax Reversion $7,104.27; and Road & Bridge STP Funds $118,396.56.


It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the 2017 Charles Mix Prisoner Housing agreement.


It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the 2017 Minnehaha Juvenile Detention Center contract.


It was moved by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the SD Dept. of Health Community Health Nurse contract for 2017.


Sherri Matthews of Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield presented information concerning the county’s health insurance renewal.  The current plan would increase by 20.08%.  Several options with varying deductibles, coinsurance, copays, and maximum out of pocket were reviewed.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to offer the CompleteBlue Silver plan.  This plan will keep premium costs at the current level but will increase the maximum out of pocket from the current plan of $4000/$8000 to $7150/$14,300. 


Commissioners reviewed compensatory time balances.  Those employees who have a remaining balance will be compensated through their December 2016 payroll. 


Governor Dennis Daugaard has granted ½ of a day administrative leave to all state employees beginning at noon of December 23rd.  Miner County in the past has followed the governor’s designations as county offices rely on information from various state offices.  It was moved by Gassman and seconded by Durant to grant ½ of a day administrative leave to all full time county employees for December 23rd beginning at noon.  Voting aye:  Gassman, Durant, Protsch, Wentland.  Voting nay:  Reisch.  Motion carried. 


The board entered into executive session at 12:10 (SDCL 1-25-2 (1)) to discuss personnel matters.  The board returned to regular session at 12:12.  It was moved by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to grant a level raise to Rebecca Mommaerts (level 3 to level 4) effective January 1, 2017. 


CLAIMS ALLOWED: Road & Bridge $52,237.79, Wellmark $34,151.21, Reliance $1,649.39, Retirement $6,414.43, OASI $9,819.80, Commissioners $4,058.75, Auditor $6,954.64, Treasurer $8,216.75,

States Attorney $4,583.50, Govt Building $3,074.80, Director of Equalization $6,842.09, Register of Deeds $7,177.28, Vet Service $1,242.75, Sheriff $12,814.60, Contract Law $4,027.50, Welfare $288.48, Co Nurse $1,241.00, Ambulance $8,590.35, WIC $82.00, Extension $1241.00, Weed $1,161.50, Dispatch $10,492.42, Emergency Mgt $2,407.00 NOVEMBER PAYROLL; Pat Carmon $11.00, Miranda Donahue $11.00, Debbie Eggert $11.00, Karla Neises $11.00, Cora Schwader $11.00, Tami Severson $11.00 TRAVEL.

Alliance $300.00, Century Link $101.25, Triotel $173.53 911 CHARGES; Horizon Health Care $45.00 ALCOHOL TESTING; ICAP $609.08 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; Rechnagel Construction $63,000.00, SD DOT $327.38 CONTRACTED MAINTENANCE; Jessica Charles $75.00, Phylis Stevens $75.00 ELECTION SALARIES; SD Continuing Legal Education $75.00 EQUIPMENT; HFCA $9,365.55 FUEL; Northwestern Energy $282.17 GAS SERVICE; Earthbend $665.00 HOMELAND SECURITY EQUIPMENT; Emergency Safety Education $113.61 IN-SERVICE EDUCATION; SD Bureau of Info & Tech $27.00 NETWORK ACCESS FEES; Miner Co Treasurer $8.03 POSTAGE; Davison Co Jail $380.00 PRISONER CARE; Geotek $435.00 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES; Wendy Eich $50.00 REFUND; Microfilm Imaging Systems $145.00 RENT; Hard Drive Outlet $37.00, HFCA $66.30, Klinkhammer Plumbing $75.51, Office Peeps $111.08, S&S Contracting $136.89 REPAIRS; Brock White Co $16,848.64, Michael Johnson $624.80, Rolling Prairie Grain $1,855.04, Team Lab Chemical Corp $6,050.00 ROAD MATERIALS; Greg Protsch $900.00 STATE’S ATTY OFFICE EXPENSE ALLOWANCE; Boyer Ford Trucks $1,194.79, Butler Machinery $958.48, Bob Calmus $50.00, Canova Service Center $29.66, Pat Carmon $85.00, Dust-Tex $114.98, Election Systems & Software $2,097.61 Girton Adams $250.00, Homestead $5.29, HFCA $156.09, Kimball Midwest $458.41, McLeod’s $97.75, Miner Co Treasurer $99.21, Karla Neises $87.60, Northern Truck Equipment $79.50, Overhead Door Co $90.00, Pheasantland Industries $187.46, Postmaster $132.00, Rafferty-Robbins $88.79, Rockmount Research $1,158.29, Rusty’s Foodland $214.03, Superior Lamp $1,303.72, Tom’s Hardware $188.34 SUPPLIES; Alliance $847.42, Colleen Arens $30.00, AT&T $81.85, Century Link $9.14, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00 TELEPHONE; Bob Calmus $25.00, Kari Jo Carlson $5.88, Pat Carmon $23.52, Jessica Charles $11.76, Mike Connor $7.14, Voni Durant $50.40, Rob Eggert $49.00, Barb Genzlinger $7.56, Ramkota Hotel $99.99 TRAVEL; City of Howard $1,400.47 UTILITIES.


The board adjourned to December 20, 2016.  Dated this 6th day of December, 2016.

                                                                        Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                        Miner County Board of Commissioners


Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

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