June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session June 6, 2017 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.  Guest present included Carla Paulson of the Miner County Pioneer.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the agenda as amended.

The minutes of the May 16th and June 1st meetings were approved. 

The Auditor’s account with the County Treasurer showed a May 31, 2017 balance of $6,630,559.49 in all state, county, civil, school, and trust accounts.

The board acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:  SD Dept. of Transportation-Community Access, Industrial Park, & Agri-Business Grant Program; 4-H Building & Grounds Calendar; Miner County Moisture Report. 

Pat Carmon joined the meeting to inquire about the process used in figuring her starting wage and to review the 2017 SD Counties Wage Study.  The board informed her that her years of experience were considered.  The starting wage was based on 92% of the previous treasurer’s salary.  A possible increase to her salary will be considered after a year as department head. 

Motion by Protsch, seconded by Reisch and carried to authorize the auditor to make an operating transfer as provided for in the 2017 budget as follows:  911 Fund $20,000.

Motion by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to authorize the auditor to make an automatic supplement to the ambulance budget for donation expenditures, $1552.20.

Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges joined the meeting to request a salary increase for his position.  Currently the highway workers are very close to the annual wage that Krempges is receiving.  The board reviewed the salary survey and noted that Miner County highway department is one of 2 counties that work a 50 hour work week vs. a 40 hour work week, therefore generating more overtime.  Reisch stated that he would like to see this implemented January 2018 as it should be budgeted.  It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Gassman and carried to increase the highway superintendent’s salary by $5000 beginning January 1, 2018. 

Pat Carmon then asked if the consideration of a salary increase for her would then begin January 1, 2018.  If that is so it would need to be included in the budget for 2018.  After discussion on the matter it was moved by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried to increase the treasurer’s salary to $43,500 plus any cost of living increase granted by the board for all employees. 

Krempges reported that Ulteig engineer completed a physical review of the signing projects and addressed 66 sites with issues.  All Miner County Zoning signs were removed by the signing crew and will need to be replaced.  Krempges requested that the cost of the signs be covered by the Director of Equalizations budget.  Tami Severson agreed to the replacement and the budget costs of the signs.  Krempges handed out copies of his proposed 7-year highway plan.

Motion by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to donate a culvert to the SD Game, Fish and Parks for the installation of a dock at Lake Carthage.

It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the 2017 Statewide County Pavement Marking Project with the SD Department of Transportation.

Anna Schwader, Secretary and Maggie Connor, Vice-President of the Howard FFA chapter made a request for the Howard FFA chapter to use the 4-H grounds on August 12th for a market swine show.  They approximate the number of participants to be 30-40.  The board granted their request providing the chapter has insurance to cover the event. 

Treasurer Pat Carmon presented a list of properties available for tax deed.  The board had no recommendations for her to proceed with those on the list. 

During the 2017 SD Legislative session SDCL 41-6-66.1 allowed for an increase to game agent fees from $2-4 and $4-8 for resident and non-resident licenses.  At this time the board took no action to charge the increase for GF&P licenses issued through the treasurer’s office. 

It was moved by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the 2017-18 WIC contract with the SD Department of Health.  

Commissioner Protsch reported that the Howard Hotel and Convention Center is now supporting the use of Star Cards through the Interlakes Community Action Program.

CLAIMS ALLOWED: Road & Bridge $46,116.42, Wellmark $34,882.27, MetLife $1,514.58, Retirement $6,265.08, OASI $8,806.61, Commissioners $4,140.00, Auditor $6,616.50, Treasurer $5,969.25, States Attorney $3,859.25, Govt Building $2,674.88, Director of Equalization $6,621.68, Register of Deeds $5,947.98, Vet Service $834.00, Sheriff $11,772.75, Contract Law $3,846.00, Welfare $514.92, Co Nurse $1,229.75, Ambulance $7,967.37, WIC $84.00, Extension $1,229.75, Weed $1,383.50, Dispatch $10,989.02, Emergency Mgt $2,198.75 MAY PAYROLL; Bob Calmus $11.00 TRAVEL.Alliance $300.00, Century $101.25, Triotel $171.53 911 CHARGES; ICAP $620.92 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; Wheeler Law Office $968.00 COURT APPOINTED ATTY; Avera Occupational Medicine $179.80 DRUG TESTING; Xcel Energy $12.28 ELECTRIC SERVICE; K&W Construction $1,250.00 EQUIPMENT; HFCA $6,434.17, Studevant’s $23.91 FUEL; Northwestern $379.77 GAS SERVICE; Carthage Senior Citizens $126.00 GRANTS; Emergency Safety Education $113.61 IN SERVICE EDUCATION; John Eulberg $295.00 MOWING; SD BIT $27.00 NETWORK ACCESS FEE; Miner Co Treasurer $184.78 POSTAGE; Davison Co Jail $285.00 PRISONER CARE; Miner County Pioneer $186.20 PUBLISHING; Aramark $121.42, Microsoft Imaging Systems $145.00, Postmaster $70.00 RENT; Bob’s Electric $3,415.97, Dan’s Heating & Cooling $76.53, Homestead $784.44, HFCA $59.80, Miner Co Treasurer $12.00, Office Peeps $138.47, Sioux Falls Two Way Radio $275.46, Sturdevant’s $250.24, Ultra $348.00 REPAIRS; Homestead $69.87 ROAD MATERIALS; Greg Protsch $900.00 STATE’S ATTY OFFICE EXPENSE ALLOWANCE; Lexis Nexis $136.86 STATE’S ATTY SUBSCRIPTION; Colleen Arens $27.67, G&H Distributing $13.60, Homestead $101.39, HFCA $9,166.07, Interstate Power Systems $12.35, James River Equipment $1,342.51, James Valley Landscape $186.53, Krug Products $75.29, Mac’s $28.97, Miner Co Treasurer $130.29, Office Peeps $283.79, Postmaster $350.00, Power Promotions $388.50, Rusty’s $22.50, Sturdevant’s $284.82, Thomson Reuters-West $408.00, Verizon Wireless World $143.67 SUPPLIES; Alliance $824.35, Colleen Arens $30.00, AT&T $81.56, Century Link $17.17, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00, Verizon $89.33 TELEPHONE; Darcy Albert $66.00, Kari Jo Carlson $5.88, Pat Carmon $42.00, Mike Connor $7.56, Susan Connor $58.80, Rob Eggert $64.00, Maria Feldhaus $380.74, Denis Gassman $11.76, Barbara Genzlinger $7.56, Lanny Klinkhammer $187.00, Karla Neises $173.04, Gibi Page $13.44, Ramkota-Pierre $599.94, Tami Severson $66.00, The Lodge at Deadwood $57.00 TRAVEL; City of Howard $1,457.52 UTILITIES.

            The meeting adjourned until June 20, 2017.  Dated this 6th day of June, 2017. 

                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners


Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor



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