September 4, 2018

September 4, 2018


The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session September 4, 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 Gassman, seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the agenda.  Tami Severson was also present for the meeting.


The minutes of the August 21st meeting were approved.  No one appeared for Public Comment.


The auditor’s account with the county treasurer showed an August 31, 2018 balance of $6,224,052.53 in all state, county, civil, school and trust accounts.


It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the following claims for payment:  Road & Bridge $39,167.61, Wellmark $38,471.10, MetLife $1,627.33, Retirement $5,977.36, OASI $8,504.33, Commissioners $4,263.75, Auditor $6,828.75 (including Rebecca Mommaerts at $17.98/hr eff. 7-1-18), Treasurer $6,307.75, States Attorney $3,975.00, Govt Building $3,158.66, Director of Equalization $6,809.85 (including Darcy Albert at $17.76/hr and Cindy Foster at $18.20/hr eff. 7-1-18), Register of Deeds $6,863.07, Vet Service $859.00, Sheriff $11,653.88, Contract Law $3,950.75, Welfare $426.15, Co Nurse $1,251.25, Ambulance $8,286.73, WIC $85.00, Extension $1,251.25 (including Brittany Lunstra at $17.06/hr eff. 7-17-18), Weed $1,217.00, Dispatch $11,709.13, Emergency Mgt $2,262.00 AUG PAYROLL; Pat Carmon $11.00, Susan Connor $11.00, Karla Neises $11.00, Tami Severson $11.00 TRAVEL; Horizon Health Care $200.00 BLOOD DRAW; SD Dept. of Transportation $1,422.90 CONTRACTED MAINTENANCE; Lammers, Kleibacker, LLP $1,364.20 COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEYS; Xcel Energy $13.80 ELECTRICITY; Northwestern Energy $37.60 GAS SERVICE; Harmelink, Fox & Ravnsborg $188.98 MENTAL ILLNESS HEARING EXPENSE; The Radar Shop $129.00, Ultra $905.00 REPAIRS; Greg Protsch $900.00 STATE’S ATTY OFFICE EXPENSE ALLOWANCE; Countywide Directory $524.00, Dust-Tex $179.43, Emergency Medical Products $407.90, Homestead Building Supply $5.79, Lacal Equipment Inc. $436.50, McLeod’s $176.33, Sioux Falls Two Way Radio $32.99 SUPPLIES; Colleen Arens $30.00, AT&T $109.41, Century Link $19.03, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00 TELEPHONE; City of Howard $2,330.25 UTILITIES.


Resolution 18-16 authorizing the release of liens filed prior to July 1, 1970 should have had a total of $198,520.83.


It was moved by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to enter into the 2019 State and Local Agreement with the SD Dept. of Public Safety Office of Emergency Management.


It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Protsch and carried to enter into the Mutual Aid Agreement for intercounty sharing of resources during emergencies or disasters within South Dakota Office of Emergency Management’s Region 6.


Auditor Connor was appointed to be Miner County’s representative to the SE Central District by-laws committee.


The 2019 Provisional Budget hearing was held as advertised.  No additional persons were in attendance.  Final adoption will be on September 18th.


State’s Attorney Greg Protsch, Deputy State’s Attorney Kristian Ellendorf and Welfare Director Gibi Page joined the meeting to present a settlement proposal encompassing 3 poor relief cases submitted by Robert Nelson attorney for Avera Health Systems.  It was moved by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to deny the settlement proposal and instructed counsel to proceed with motion to dismiss through the court system.


It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Gassman and carried to enter into executive session (SDCL 1-25-2 (1)) at 9:49.  The board returned to regular session at 10:04.


Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reviewed the highway department’s matters including equipment repairs, culvert removal, and ditch cleaning.  Commissioners asked about the benefits of using mag water on county roads.  With the difficulty of finding additional gravel sources, applying mag water maybe justified for extending the life of the gravel.  Commissioners instructed Krempges to research the costs and benefits.


McCook County officials Dean Koch, Charles Liesinger, Geralyn Sherman, and Laura Schultz attended the meeting and made a request that Miner County & McCook counties share a 4-H youth advisor position.  Miner County advisor Maria Feldhaus and Robert Peterson were also present.  Laura Schultz asked for an estimated amount of time required to provide 4-H services within Miner County.  Feldhaus stated that 4-H is more than achievement days and the state fair.  Services are provided to the schools and encompasses clover buds for those children who are not yet of 4-H participation age.    Chairman Wentland thanked the McCook County officials for their request but stated we do not want to jeopardize Miner County’s 4-H program as our program has been very strong and we wish to keep it that way.  The board did not agree to McCook’s request.


Custodian Colleen Arens requested input as to securing someone to remove the existing stumps in the north lawn of the courthouse.  Winker’s Stump Grinding will be contacted.


The meeting adjourned to September 18th.  Dated this 4th day of September, 2018.


                                                                               Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                               Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor



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