December 19, 2017

December 19, 2017


The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session December 19, 2017 in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Tom Reisch, Voni Durant and Alex Protsch.  Absent:  Garrett Gassman.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  Others in attendance included:  Director of Equalization Tami Severson, Register of Deeds Karla Neises, Emergency Mgt. Director Bob Calmus and Treasurer Pat Carmon.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the agenda.


The minutes of the December 5th meeting were approved with a change reflecting the replacement of “culverts” (not culvert) within Redstone Township.


The board acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:  SD Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources-Complaint Inspection Manure Application in NE ¼ 23-106-55; Weed Dept. Report; Emergency Mgt. Report; and Miner Co Sheriff’s October & November reports.


It was moved by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the following claims for payment:  CLAIMS ALLOWED: Century Link $102.49, Santel $55.12, Triotel $175.53 911 CHARGES; SD Dept. of Health Lab Service $70.00 BLOOD ALCOHOL; Kingsbury Co Hwy $23,082.62, SD Dept. of Transportation $357.29 CONTRACTED MAINTENANCE; Domestic Violence Network $225.00, Mitchell Area Safehouse $225.00 DOMESTIC ABUSE PAY TO OTHERS; Miner Co Treasurer $50.00 DOMESTIC ABUSE ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSE; Horizon Health Care $110.00 DRUG TESTING; Central Electric Coop $114.91 ELECTRICITY; HFCA $14,256.14, Sturdevant’s $20.49, Wingen’s Garage $251.75 FUEL; SD Assn of Co Commissioners $396.17 LEGAL EXPENSE RELIEF FUND; Minnehaha Co Regional $440.00 JUVENILE DETENTION; SD BIT $24.75 NETWORK ACCESS FEE; Aramark $175.20 RENT; Al’s Service $663.25, Hoffman Diesel Service $460.00, HFCA $127.63, Klinkhammer Plumbing $60.71, Office Peeps $173.32, Sioux Falls Two Way Radio $285.98, Sturdevant’s $79.90, Transource $1,252.76, Ultra $50.00 REPAIRS; Jeremy Lehrman $1,984.50 ROAD MATERIALS; Lexis-Nexis $136.86 SUBSCRIPTIONS; Boyer Trucks $1,224.86, Butler Machinery $161.18, Pat Carmon $6.81, Chief $139.48, Dust-Tex $119.62, Emergency Medical Products $211.36, Hoffman Diesel Service $122.12, Home Service Water Conditioning $37.10, IGrow $20.00, Intoximeters $1,259.25, Matheson Tri Gas $97.50, N. Central Int’l $70.25, Office Peeps $274.68, Pharmchem $100.00, Puthoff Repair $55.10, Rafferty-Robbins $106.96, Revier Pressure Washers $135.04, SD Federal Property Agency $53.50, Stan Houston Equipment $685.99, Sturdevant’s $308.83, Thomson Reuters-West $199.51, Titan Machinery $253.19, Tom’s Hardware $16.47, Transource $1,621.50, Ultra $628.00, Wheelco $355.02 SUPPLIES; Cardmember Services $92.50, Mike Clary $96.00 TRAVEL.


Motion by Reisch, seconded by Protsch and carried to authorize the auditor to make operating transfers as provided for in the 2017 budget as follows:  Road & Bridge $500,000; 911 Fund $25,000.


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




            WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2017 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:  Domestic Abuse Fund $275.  Voting aye:  Protsch, Reisch, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 19th day of December 2017.


                                                                               Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                               Miner County Board of Commissioners


Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


The following quote per gallon (excluding non-applicable or refunded tax) based on a constant markup escalator clause was received for fuel for the period of January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018:  Howard Farmers Coop Association $2.225 unleaded, $2.02 unleaded with ethanol, $2.699 clear #1, $2.446 clear #2, $2.423 dyed #1, $2.17 dyed #2, $2.443 dyed #1 at Carthage shop, $2.19 dyed #2 at Carthage shop.  It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Durant, and carried to award the purchase of fuel for the period from January 1 to December 31 to Howard Farmers Coop Association with the price being adjusted according the rack prices as of January 1, 2018.


A lengthy discussion concerning health insurance renewal plans, increased premiums and decreased benefits ensued.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to offer the following plans:  Blue Simplicity-PPO Silver $7350; Complete Blue 2800 PPO Silver; and my Blue HDHP 3600 PPO Silver basing the county’s portion on premiums associated with Complete Blue 2800 PPO Silver.


It was moved by Protsch and seconded by Durant to reimburse employees the last $2000 of an individual out of pocket maximum associated with the Wellmark Health Insurance plan beginning January 1, 2018.  Voting aye:  Protsch, Durant, Wentland.  Voting nay:  Reisch.  Motion carried.


Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges joined the meeting.  It was moved by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the purchase of a 2018 Freightliner Model 114SD ($111,985.00 )from I-State Truck Center in Sioux Falls off of State Bid and to approve the purchase of the dump body and snow equipment ($68,224.00)and installation from Custom Truck Equipment Inc. through the National Joint Powers Alliance.


It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to authorize the following level changes:  Jeremy Beyer from level 5 to level 6 and Logan Calmus from level 4 to level 5 beginning January 1, 2018. 

Krempges also covered information on equipment repairs.


It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the 2018 prisoner housing agreement with Lake County at the rate of $75/day/prisoner and work release prisoners at $35/day/prisoner.


It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the letters of agreement with First District Association of Local Governments for parcel update needs and County GIS Website Hosting.


Director of Equalization made a request that the board approve the request from Corelogic for the county’s GIS information.  It was moved by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the application of Corelogic and instruct the chairman to sign the application.


Mike Clary joined the meeting to review information on the purchase of a new sheriff’s vehicle off of state bid.  This item will be placed on the January 2nd meeting’s agenda.


The meeting adjourned to December 28th.  Dated this 19th day of December, 2017.


                                                                               Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                               Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

























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