June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session June 7, 2018 in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Garrett Gassman, Tom Reisch and Alex Protsch.  Absent:  Voni Durant.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the agenda.

The minutes of the May 15th meeting were approved.  No one appeared for Public Comment.

The auditor’s account with the county treasurer showed a May 31, 2018 balance of $7,409,171.99 in all state, county, civil, school and trust accounts.

It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the following claims for payment:

Claims allowed: Road & Bridge $52,986.55, Wellmark $37,933.83, MetLife $1,579.26, Retirement $6,609.62, OASI $9,160.24, Commissioners $4,263.75, Auditor $5,765.42, Treasurer $6,307.75, States Attorney $3,975.00, Govt Building $2,750.40, Director of Equalization $6,634.76, Register of Deeds $6,218.37, Vet Service $859.00, Sheriff $11,039.75, Contract Law $3,950.75, Welfare $369.33, Co Nurse $1,234.25, Ambulance $8,249.89, WIC $84.00, Extension $1,234.25, Weed $1,217.00, Dispatch $9,672.86, Emergency Mgt $2,262.00 MAY PAYROLL; Susan Connor $11.00, Pat Carmon $11.00, Tami Severson $22.00 TRAVEL.

Alliance $150.00, Century Link $109.35, Triotel $169.53 911 CHARGES; Horizon Health Care $100.00, Madison Community Hospital $170.00 BLOOD DRAW; ICAP $633.50 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; SD DOT $14,046.23 CONTRACTED MAINTENANCE; Lammers Kleibacker $2,084.60 COURT APPT ATTYS;  Xcel Energy $10.91 ELECTRIC SERVICE; IState Tractor Center $111,985.00, Swanston Equipment $29,000.00, Wahltek $15,240.00 EQUIPMENT; HFCA $12,672.55, Sturdevant’s 76.51 FUEL; Northwestern Energy $600.68 GAS SERVICE; Emergency Safety Education $227.22, Powerphone $129.00 IN SERVICE EDUCATION; Scott Parsley $25.00 MEMORIAL DAY SPEAKER; Todd Spader $570.00 MOWING; SD BIT $25.50 NETWORK ACCESS FEE; Miner County Pioneer $827.84 PUBLISHING; Aramark $192.50, Microfilm Imaging Systems $210.00, Postmaster $72.00 RENT; Badger Oil $59.48, Howard Auto Clinic $329.50, HFCA $110.83, James Valley Landscape $679.08, Klinkhammer Plumbing $51.02, Office Peeps $58.21, Sturdevant’s $10.13, Ultra $2,107.50, Wahltek $2,400.00 REPAIRS; HFCA $187.50, Tom’s Hardware $16.25 ROAD MATERIALS; Greg Protsch $900.00 STATE’S ATTY OFFICE EXPENSE ALLOWANCE; Relx Inc. $144.00 SUBSCRIPTION; Colleen Arens $46.57, Dakota Data Shred $59.23, DS Solutions $175.00, Election Systems & Software $1,251.05, HFCA $13.09, Brittany Lunstra $29.99, Matheson Tri Gas $423.84, Office Peeps $1,635.71, Positive Promotions $85.95, Postmaster $404.00, Rockmount Research & Alloys $415.02, Scull Studios $30.00, SD Federal Property Agency $154.00, Sturdevant’s $401.18, Swanston Equipment $173.16, Thomson Reuters $408.00, Tom’s Hardware $50.51, Ultra $12.00, Wheelco $268.64, Wingen’s Garage $229.00 SUPPLIES; Alliance $834.37, Colleen Arens $30.00, AT&T $107.35, Century Link $12.21, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00, Verizon $94.48 TELEPHONE; Darcy Albert $124.00, Pat Carmon $42.00, Susan Connor $218.82, HFCA $12.34, Amie Kidd $68.46, Brittany Lunstra $16.80, Karla Neises $173.04, Ramkota Hotel Pierre $509.95, SDAAO $600.00, Tami Severson $124.00, SDACO $150.00, The Lodge at Deadwood $57.00 TRAVEL; City of Howard $1,316.78 UTILITIES;  Kay Becker $200.00, Sharon Bowman $200.00, David Callies $200.00, Mary Clark $200.00, Deb Dawson $200.00, Beverly Donahue $200.00, Debra Eggert $75.00, Heather English $200.00, Ronda Gassman $200.00, Larry Gauger $200.00, Debra Haak $200.00, Jane Hoyer $200.00, Jean Johnson $200.00, Sharon Kommes $200.00, Kendall Kramer $200.00, Deanne Krantz $200.00, Cindy Lewis $200.00, Holly Litterick $75.00, Norbert Moldan $200.00, Hannah Noonan $200.00, Linda Parry $200.00, Denise Pederson $175.00, Kristi Remacle $200.00, Ashley Schwader $175.00, Sandra Schwader $200.00, Lea Selken $200.00 ELECTION SALARIES; Kay Becker $29.40, Sharon Bowman, $24.36, Mary Clark $2.52, Beverly Donahue $16.80, Debra Eggert $7.56, Ronda Gassman $9.24, Debra Haak $18.90, Jane Hoyer $29.40, Jean Johnson $11.76, Deanne Krantz $11.76, Cindy Lewis $15.12, Holly Litterick $3.36, Norbert Moldan $33.60, Hannah Noonan $10.08, Ashley Schwader $5.04, Lea Selken $25.20 ELECTION TRAVEL; Canova C.A.R.E. Center $50.00, City of Carthage $50.00, Fedora Fire Dept. $50.00 ELECTION RENT.

The following correspondence was received:  First District of Local Governments- STIP Review Meeting; Miner County Sheriff’s & Dispatch reports for April; Bennett County Board of County Commissioners-Tax Exempt Trust Land Issue.

The Board conducted the official canvass of the results of the primary election held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.  There were no changes in the results.  It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the Miner County Primary Election results.  The Certificate and Canvass were signed and transmitted to the Secretary of State’s office.  Commissioner Reisch left the meeting.

Motion by Gassman, seconded by Protsch and carried to authorize the auditor to make an operating transfer as provided for in the 2018 General Fund budget to 911 Fund $25,000.00.

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


WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2018 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:  Juvenile Detention $5400.  Voting aye:  Protsch, Reisch, Gassman and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 7th day of June 2018.

                                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

Commissioner Reisch joined the meeting.  The board moved to the first floor of the courthouse to conduct the public auction of the 2006 Ford Ambulance.  Ron Anderson, Bill Moschell and Landon Lee were the active bidders.  The high bid of $3800 was awarded to Ron Anderson.  The ambulance will be used by the Rockdale County volunteer fire department in Conyers, GA. 

Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges informed the commission he has received 3 applications for the open highway worker position.  Two wheel packers and a 2019 Freightliner truck have been purchased.  He also reviewed other highway matters.

The board briefly discussed the legal explanation for a current mental illness case.

Auditor Connor asked the board for direction when preparing the 2019 provisional budget.

Chairman Wentland spoke on the findings of Engineer Brad Stangohr to the condition of the cement located on the north side of the courthouse.  Stangohr suggests portions of the cement be removed and replaced.  He will provide assistance at no charge.  Once specifications are received the auditor is instructed to advertise for bids to complete the repair.

The board adjourned as a board of commissioners.  Dated this 7th day of June, 2018.

                                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


The board reconvened as a board of adjustments.  Chairman of the board, Alex Protsch, called the meeting to order.  A hearing was held as advertised to consider granting a variance from the zoning ordinance to Larry & Janet Haak for planting a shelterbelt closer to roads than current zoning allows in S. 390’ of W. 298’ of SW4 exc R-66 S2 of Section 4, T106N, R55W, Clearwater Township, Miner County, South Dakota.  Present for the hearing included Zoning Administrator Tami Severson, Larry & Jim Haak and members of the board of adjustments.  Severson stated that a shelterbelt that was originally located at this description has been removed and was planted prior to the new zoning ordinance adoption.  Therefore, it was necessary for a new application and hearing.  Chairman Protsch asked for any concerns to granting the variance.  Board member Reisch stated that as far as snow issues this area is not any worse than other portions of that road.  Severson informed the board that a Kingbrook Rural Water representative asked questions as to the location of the proposed placement but did not submit any concerns. 

It was moved by Reisch and seconded by Wentland that the Findings that follow be approved. 

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA)                                                          BEFORE THE MINER COUNTY

                                                                : SS                                         BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

COUNTY OF MINER            )



IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF                              )

                                                                                                                )              FINDINGS

LARRY & JANET HAAK FOR A VARIANCE                                 )






                That the applicants, Larry & Janet Haak, have made an application for a variance to plant trees closer to the road than allowed by zoning regulations in S. 390’ of W. 298’ of SW4 exc R-66 S2 of Section 4, T106N, R55W, Clearwater Township, Miner County, South Dakota and that they are the owners of record thereof.


                That the proposed use of said realty is specifically prohibited by the zoning ordinance without applicant first obtaining a variance, for which he has applied and paid the applicable fee.


                That upon said application, notice of hearing was given as required by the Miner County Zoning Ordinance by mailing to the adjoining landowners and by publication.


                That hearing upon said application was held on June 7, 2018, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Miner County Courthouse.


                That the applicant, Larry Haak appeared in person.


                That Jim Haak resident of that location was also present.


                That no person appeared in objection to granting the variance.



                That a presentation in support of said variance and testimony on behalf of said variance was received at the hearing and that no testimony opposing the granting of the variance was received at the hearing.

                NOW, THEREFORE, that application and testimony at the hearing  all having been considered, it is the FINDING of the Miner County Board of Adjustment that the application of Larry & Janet Haak for a variance be approved to allow planting of trees for the following reasons:

1)      That the Miner County Board of Adjustment is empowered under Section 506 to grant the variance and that the requirements of the zoning ordinance regarding a variance have been met by the applicant.

2)      That the Miner County Board of Adjustment is able to make the applicable findings required by Section 506 of the ordinance, which are considered prerequisite to the granting of a variance.


                That the Board of Adjustment vote upon approval of such application was four in favor thereof and none opposed thereto.

                It is, therefore, ORDERED that said application be approved.

                Dated this 7th day of June, 2018.


                                                                                                                Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                                                                                Miner County Board of Adjustment

Attest: Susan Connor, Secretary




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