July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016


The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session July 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 Protsch, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the agenda.


                The minutes of the July 5th meeting were approved.






                WHEREAS, due to extreme drought conditions prevalent in Miner County and due to recent high temperatures, a fire danger emergency now exists within Miner County, South Dakota,


                NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MINER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS that a Fire Danger Emergency is hereby declared and until this resolution be otherwise rescinded by the Miner County Board of Commissioners, all open burning as defined in Ordinance 06-01, is hereby prohibited within the boundaries of Miner County, South Dakota, exclusive of any incorporated municipality within the County, and


                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution is declared to be necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety in accordance with the provisions of SDCL 7-18A-8 and is effective immediately and shall continue in force and affect until rescinded by the Miner County Board of Commissioners.


                Voting aye:  Gassman, Reisch, Protsch, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.

 Resolution approved this 19th day of July, 2016.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


                The board recessed as a board of commissioners and reconvened as a planning commission acting as a board of adjustments.  Chairman Protsch called the meeting to order.   Board member Durant removed herself from the board as she is an adjoining landowner.  A hearing was held to consider an application for a variance from the zoning ordinance from Michael and Roxanne Hunt to move a mobile home (1995) into Miner County that is older than allowed by current zoning regulations in the Southwest Quarter (SW4) of Section 4, T108N, R57W, Carthage Township, Miner County, South Dakota.  Present for the hearing were Zoning Administrator Tami Severson, and the applicants Michael & Roxane Hunt and adjoining landowner Lavonne Durant.


                 Severson presented written information including pictures of the mobile home.  Michael Hunt explained their intentions of placing the trailer on the proposed site and plans for constructing a new house once their family member becomes established at this site.  Hunt also questioned the reasoning for placing the age limit within the current zoning ordinance.


                Wentland voiced concern as to approving a variance to allow older mobile homes to be moved into the county.  If this was allowed it would be setting a precedence. Gassman agreed with Mr. Hunt comments that encouraging more individuals to reside in Miner County would be beneficial and increase the tax base.  Reisch questioned whether any adjoining landowners had voiced any objections.  Durant spoke as an adjoining landowner saying she would like the board to follow the zoning ordinance and not allow the variance.


                It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Protsch to approve the application for the variance of Michael & Roxane Hunt to move the 1995 mobile home into Miner County.  Voting aye:  Gassman.  Voting nay:  Wentland, Reisch, Protsch.  Variance is denied.  The board adjourned as a planning commission and reconvened as a board of commissioners.


                Chad Podhradsky of the City of Howard addressed the board as to plans for tree removal within Noble Park located to the east of the courthouse.  Podhradsky presented a map of existing trees and trees that would be removed due to disease and/or age.  The board granted permission to remove the three trees located along the courthouse driveway.  In the future he will also be trimming trees located next to the basketball courts located west of the courthouse.


                Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported on different options for purchasing a new motor grader in 2017.  Krempges reviewed all the differences between the CAT and John Deere models.  No action was taken.  Other highway matters such as mowing, chip sealing and asphalt patching were discussed.


                Ambulance Manager Cora Schwader joined the meeting to discuss the 2017 Ambulance Budget request.  Due to the State not providing EMT monthly training her request for in-service education fees has been increased.  Schwader also informed the board that 2 new volunteer EMT’s Aaron Jeffrey and Moriah Noid have been taking calls and that they are a very welcomed addition to the volunteer staff.  Wentland asked about the budget request for a new ambulance in 2017.  This ambulance would replace the 2006 ambulance.  Schwader informed the board the 2006 ambulance has had engine (Ford 6 liter) issues that seem to be difficult to resolve.  Reisch and Wentland will take the ambulance to Prostrollo’s to be checked.


                Miner County Conservation District Manager Tami Moore presented the district’s 2015 annual report.  Moore also reported on equipment purchased, grants received and projects that have been completed by the district.


                Debbie Eggert, Miner County Treasurer met with the board to review the delinquent tax list and to request the board consider adopting the following resolution.  It was moved by Reisch and seconded by Durant to approve this resolution.




WHEREAS, on January 15, 2008, the Miner County Board of County Commissioners signed Resolution 08-05, allowing the sale of tax certificates to the public by the county treasurer per SDCL 10-23 and;


                WHEREAS, the Miner County Treasurer’s Office has sold 23 certificates since January 15, 2008, and all but 7 have been redeemed and;


                WHEREAS, the advantages of selling certificates are less than the disadvantages, including situations with legal ramifications;


                THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Miner County Board of County Commissioners rescind Resolution 08-05 and instruct the Miner County Treasurer to only sell tax certificates to Miner County as instructed by SDCL 10-23.


                Voting aye:  Durant, Reisch, Protsch, Gassman and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 19th day of July, 2016.

                                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


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




WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2016 budget for the following 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 the following department:  Mental Illness Hearing Expense $100.00.  Voting aye:  Protsch, Gassman, Reisch, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 19th day of July 2016. 


                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


CLAIMS ALLOWED: Eric Kobernusz $175.00 4-H Judge; Alliance $300.00, Santel $55.12, Triotel $173.53 9-1-1 Charges; Mitchell Regional Ambulance $300.00 ALS Intercept; Mike Clary $60.00, Josh Esser $80.00, Nathan Kizer $20.00, Mike Sebert $20.00 Ambulance Attendant Fees;  ICAP $609.08 Community Action Payment; SD Dept. of Transportation $1,376.53 Contracted Maintenance; Avera Occupational Medicine $54.90 Drug Testing; Central Electric Coop $131.27, Xcel Energy $11.46 Electric Service; Maria Feldhaus $93.99 Equipment; HFCA $13,031.45, Sturdevant’s $44.71, Wingen’s Garage $308.14 Fuel; American Screening Corp $59.40 Investigation Expense; Dean Schaefer Court Reporting $75.00 Mental Illness Hearing Expense; Todd Spader $660.00 Mowing; SD Bureau of Information $27.00 Network Technology Access Fees; Miner Co Treasurer $103.63, Stamp Fulfillment Services $290.25 Postage; Lake Co Sheriff’s Office $1,495.00 Prisoner Care; Miner Co Pioneer $326.06 Publishing; Auca Chicago Lockbox $67.21, Microfilm Imaging Systems $4,195.00 Rent; Al’s Service $198.27, HFCA $154.56, Office Peeps $110.86, S&S Contracting $233.67, Sioux Falls Two Way Radio $1271.47 Repairs; Butler Machinery $110.48, Canova Service Center $2.26, Diamond Mowers $635.70, Dust-Tex $114.98, Maria Feldhaus $32.43, GCR Tire $644.14; Hoffman Diesel $18,182.00, HFCA $17,065.00, McLeod’s Printing $185.87, Miner Co Treasurer $100.06, Neve’s Uniforms $368.70, Office Peeps $682.61, Rafferty-Robbins $22.39, Rusty’s $121.04, Sturdevant’s $91.22, Thomson Reuters $743.75, Tom’s Hardware $58.89, Ultra $34.00 Supplies; Verizon $70.63 Telephone; 2016 Dakota 9-1-1 Conference $99.00, Cedar Shore Resort $183.90, Aaron Jeffery $1,247.40, John Madison $47.88 Travel

                The meeting adjourned to August 2, 2016.  Dated this 19th day of July, 2016.


                                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor



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