August 7, 2018

August 7, 2018


The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session August 7, 2018 in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Garrett Gassman, Voni Durant, Tom Reisch 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.  Cindy Foster was also present for the meeting.


The minutes of the July 17th meeting were approved.  No one appeared for Public Comment.


The auditor’s account with the county treasurer showed a July 31, 2018 balance of $6,448,818.54 in all state, county, civil, school and trust accounts.


It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the following claims for payment:  Road & Bridge $39,460.65, Wellmark $38,471.10, MetLife $1,627.33, Retirement $5,896.41, OASI $8,520.41, Commissioners $4,263.75, Auditor $6,828.75, Treasurer $6,307.75, States Attorney $3,975.00, Govt Building $2,750.40, Director of Equalization $6,878.10, Register of Deeds $6,172.32, Vet Service $859.00, Sheriff $11,039.75, Contract Law $3,950.75, Welfare $435.62, Co Nurse $1,242.37, Ambulance $10,434.47, WIC $84.56, Extension $1,242.37, Weed $1,317.00, Dispatch $11,077.62, Emergency Mgt $2,262.00 JULY PAYROLL; Mike Clary $20.00, Josh Esser $80.00 AMBULANCE DRIVER FEES; Alliance $150.00, Century Link $102.23, Santel $55.12, Triotel $167.53 911 CHARGES; ICAP $633.50 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; Lammers Kleibacker $2,126.00 COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEYS; Central Electric Coop $67.22, Xcel Energy $2.98 ELECTRICITY; HFCA $10,815.47, Wingen’s Garage $109.50 FUEL; Northwestern Energy $36.61 GAS SERVICE; City of Howard $5,644.00 HOMELAND SECURITY; Prairie Dogs Search & Rescue $120.00 IN SERVICE EDUCATION; Darcy Albert $599.75, Bob Calmus $1,326.31 INSURANCE; SD Assn County Commissioners $1,691.00 LEGAL EXPENSE RELIEF FUND; Todd Spader $380.00 MOWING; Miner Co Treasurer $77.01 POSTAGE; Miner County Pioneer $166.25 PUBLISHING; Aramark $218.50, Microfilm Imaging $210.00 RENT; Dakota Body Shop $65.00, Fox Print $585.26, Howard Auto Clinic $205.63, Mobile Electronic Service $213.00, Office Peeps $62.08, Sioux Falls Two Way Radio $19.99, Sturdevant’s $175.72, Ultra $905.00 REPAIRS; HFCA $277.50, Michael Todd & Co $47.20 ROAD MATERIALS; Greg Protsch $900.00 STATE’S ATTY OFFICE EXPENSE ALLOWANCE; Cummins Central Power $589.56, Dakota Data Shred $15.50, Gillund Enterprises $396.00, Homestead $105.98, HFCA $8,640.00, Kimball Midwest $193.42, Matheson Tri Gas $154.07, Miner Co Treasurer $18.29, Office Peeps $114.52, Rafferty-Robbins $5.59, Safety Kleen $400.00, Sturdevant’s $181.50, Thomson Reuters $528.55, Tom’s Hardware $72.47, Wingen’s Garage $51.60 SUPPLIES; Alliance $796.85, Colleen Arens $30.00, AT&T $108.03, Century Link $12.16, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00, Verizon Wireless $94.39 TELEPHONE; SD Dept. of Public Safety $2,340.00 TELETYPE; Hotel Alex Johnson $558.00, Wallace Jacobson $10.92, Dan Page $26.88, Robert Peterson $11.76, SD Counties $1,480.00 TRAVEL; City of Howard $2,167.28 UTILITIES.


The board acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:  Miner County Conservation District & NRCS June reports; SDPAA & SDML Workers’ Comp. election notices; SDACC elections & county achievement award application; Sheriff & 911 Dispatch June reports; East Dakota Water Development District July meeting minutes; Miner County moisture June & July report.


It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Gassman and carried to authorize Chairman Wentland to sign the contract of First District of Local Govts. for development of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan.


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




WHEREAS, SDCL §28-14-20 terminates liens or encumbrances created under chapter 28 prior to July 1, 1970,

WHEREAS liens on file with the Miner County Register of Deeds prior to July 1, 1970 total $198,331.94;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Miner County Board of Commissioners, that the Register of Deeds is hereby directed to discharge these liens.

Voting aye:  Protsch, Reisch, Gassman, Durant and Wentland.  Resolution approved this 7th day of August, 2018.

                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the request of the Howard FFA to utilize the 4-H grounds for their annual swine show.


Plans were discussed as how to dispose of the sheriff’s 2010 Ford F150 pickup.  Wentland will contact Weiman Land & Auction to place the vehicle on the December 12th consignment auction.


It was moved by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried to authorize Wentland to sign the SDPAA insurance renewal application.  Wentland informed the board that Curt Neises would also like to quote the county’s liability, property and automobile physical damage insurance.  Quotes will be considered at the board’s September 18th meeting.


As advertised the public auction of the 2006 Type III Ford Ambulance was held at 10:30 on the 1st floor of the Miner County Courthouse.  Present for the auction included Bob Charles, Roger Torkelson, and Landon Lee.  The board accepted the final bid of $2800 from Roger Torkelson.


Register of Deeds Karla Neises requested to utilize the now vacant social services office on 1st floor.  Neises would like to store additional books and provide a computer for public access to ancestry records.  The board granted her request and approved purchasing additional shelving for the office.


Neises also made a request for a $3000 salary increase for her position in 2019 based on her 35 years of experience as Register of Deeds and her conservative budget spending.


(The following paragraph as written by Reisch was requested to be placed in the minutes by Reisch on Wednesday, August 8th.) “Karla asked for a $3000.00 raise.  Reisch stated that Karla’s wage in 2013 was $42,558 and her wage in 2018 was $47,322 which was an increase of $4,764 in 5 years, or an average of $952.80 a year.  Gassman stated that of 15 counties with similar tax revenue, Karla was making considerably more that 13 of them.”


Gassman said he was not in favor of a $3000 raise.  Wentland asked Gassman what increase he would consider.  Gassman agreed he would support increasing Karla’s salary the same dollar amount that was given to the Director of Equalization and the Treasurer at the July 3rd meeting.  Protsch and Durant agreed with that proposal.  Wentland stated he would support the additional increase to Karla’s salary if the auditor received it as well.  Opposing the increase was Reisch.  The auditor was instructed to add the additional raise to the register of deeds and auditor’s budgets.


No quotes were received for the repair of the cement on the north side of the courthouse or for the additional cement for the east side of the 4-H building.


Carthage City officials David Hattervig and Tim Nelson joined the meeting to review options for removal of the Carthage High School.  Carthage City made a request for the county’s assistance with destroying and removing the building that has deteriorated and become unstable.   Commissioners were in favor of assisting with this project.  Further information will be gathered by the Carthage City council and presented at a future commissioner meeting.


The meeting adjourned until August 21st.  Dated this 7th day of August, 2018.


                                                                                    Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                    Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor



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