Thursday, November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018


The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session November 8, 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.


The minutes of the October 16th meeting were approved.  No one appeared for Public Comment.


The auditor’s account with the county treasurer showed a October 31, 2018 balance of $8,428,921.17 in all state, county, civil, school and trust accounts.


The following correspondence was received:  Hometown Holidays information & request for funding; Infotech Solutions LLC Cybersecurity Lunch & Learn Invitation; Dakota Rural Action-CAFO Information Forum; SD Sheriff’s Association Conference Invitation.


It was moved by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the following claims for payment:  Road & Bridge $53,238.38, Wellmark $38,576.51, MetLife $1,625.49, Retirement $6,729.62, OASI $9,340.90, 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 $6,759.80, Register of Deeds $6,282.84, Vet Service $859.00, Sheriff $11,039.75, Contract Law $3,950.75, Welfare $397.74, Co Nurse $1,251.25, Ambulance $9,297.79, WIC $85.00, Extension $1,251.25, Weed $1,217.00, Dispatch $9,485.11, Emergency Mgt $2,262.00 OCT PAYROLL; Miner Co Treasurer $1,500.00 4-H AWARDS; SDSU Extension $12,157.00 4-H PAYMENT TO STATE; Alliance $150.00, Century Link $112.57, Santel $55.12, Triotel $169.53 911 CHARGES; Horizon Health Care $100.00 BLOOD DRAW; ICAP $633.50 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; Lammers Kleibacker $1,819.80 COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEYS; Xcel Energy $10.57 ELECTRIC SERVICE; HFCA $16,416.37, Runnings $11.34, Sturdevant’s $22.97, Wingen’s Garage $210.25 FUEL; Northwestern Energy $64.43 GAS SERVICE; Emergency Safety Education $227.22, Molly Steeneck $120.00 IN SERVICE EDUCATION; LeadsOnline $1,188.00 INVESTIGATION EXPENSE; Todd Spader $190.00 MOWING; SD BIT $24.75 NETWORK ACCESS FEE; Miner Co Treasurer $141.14 POSTAGE; Lake Co Sheriff $450.00 PRISONER CARE; Miner County Pioneer $568.61 PUBLISHING; Aramark $458.75, Microfilm Imaging $210.00 RENT; Graham Tire $608.00, Howard Auto Clinic $881.21, Interstate Power Systems $844.48, James Valley Landscape $522.24, Office Peeps $91.53, Sioux Falls Two Way Solutions $587.42, Ultra $905.00, Wingen’s Garage $329.00 REPAIRS; Clarke Machine $36.25, Homestead $111.49 ROAD MATERIALS; Greg Protsch $900.00 STATE’S ATTORNEY OFFICE EXPENSE ALLOWANCE; Lexis Nexis $288.00 SUBSCRIPTIONS; All States Ag Parts $300.00, American Screening Corp $66.94, Bierschbach Equipment $181.12, Boyer Trucks $118.56, Campbell Supply $259.00, Susan Connor $99.00, Dakota Data Shred $75.76, Emergency Medical Products $203.95, Homestead $30.48, Horizon Health Care $30.00, HFCA $1,350.50, Kibble Equipment $326.37, Kimball Midwest $369.00, Marko’s Repair $189.13, McLeod’s $50.00, Mid-American Research $376.55, Miner County Treasurer $70.18, Office Peeps $5.50, Power Promotions $131.40, Rafferty’s $9.56, RDO Equipment $669.76, Rockmount Research $313.89, Rusty’s $168.82, Seachange $350.00, Sioux Falls Two Way Solutions $762.47, Sturdevant’s $531.20, Tom’s Hardware $88.13, TrueNorth Steel $5,525.00, Wingen’s Garage $188.00 SUPPLIES; Alliance $875.43, Colleen Arens $30.00, AT&T $109.90, Century Link $19.46, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00, Verizon $94.59 TELEPHONE; Baymont Inn & Suites $76.99, Susan Connor $146.58, Denise Gassman $11.76, Holiday Inn $919.90, Ron Krempges $22.00, Gibi Page $13.44, Ramkota $175.98, Molly Steeneck $55.44 TRAVEL; City of Howard $1,503.26 UTILITIES; Beadle Co Auditor $1,100.00 VICTIMS ADVOCATE; SDML Workers’ Comp Fund $27,416.00 INSURANCE; SD Dept. of Revenue $1,545.00 COUNTY NURSE PAYMENT TO STATE; SD Dept. of Revenue $600.00 MENTALLY ILL PATIENT CARE; Rod Anderson $200.00, Kay Becker $200.00, Sharon Bowman $200.00, Nell Button $175.00, David Callies $200.00, Lavon Callies $75.00, Mary Clark $200.00, Deb Dawson $200.00, Beverly Donahue $200.00, Deb Eggert $75.00, Connie Eliason $200.00, Ron Gassman $200.00, Larry Gauger $175.00, 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, Linda Parry $200.00, Denise Pederson $175.00, Kristi Remacle $200.00, Ashley Schwader $200.00, Lea Selken $200.00, Betty Wettlaufer $200.00 ELECTION SALARIES; Kay Becker $29.40, Sharon Bowman $22.68, Nell Button $2.94, Mary Clark $2.52, Beverly Donahue $18.48, Ronda Gassman $19.32, Debra Haak $19.53, Jane Hoyer $29.40, Jean Johnson $10.92, Deanne Krantz $11.76, Cindy Lewis $15.12, Denise Pederson $5.04, Ashley Schwader $10.08, Lea Selken $25.20, Betty Wettlaufer $14.28 TRAVEL; Canova Village $50.00, City of Carthage $50.00, Fedora Fire Dept. $50.00 RENT.


Commissioners conducted the official canvass by reviewing the precinct recap sheets, precinct poll books, optical scan printouts and excel spreadsheet results.  No changes or corrections were made to the final results.  The official canvass was remitted to the SD Secretary of State.


Treasurer Pat Carmon requested to destroy unused Miner County Bank warrants numbered 10409 thru 10507.  The board granted her request to destroy so stated warrants.


It was moved by Protsch and seconded by Reisch 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 departments:  Court Appointed Attorney $1,161.00; Senior Citizens $94.00.  Voting aye:  Protsch, Reisch, Durant, Gassman and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 8th day of November 2018.

                                                                                    Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                    Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


Commissioners approved not sending several liens to collections due to the individual’s accident resulting in a debilitated injury.


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




            BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Miner County, South Dakota that the plat representing Tract 1 of Feldhaus Addition in the Northwest Quarter (NW ¼) of Section 11, Township 106 North, Range 56 West of the 5th P.M. Miner County, South Dakota be and the same is hereby approved.

            Voting aye:  Reisch, Gassman, Protsch, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 8th day of November, 2018.

                                                            Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


It was moved by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to follow Governor Daugaard’s action to grant administrative leave to full time county employees on December 24th & December 31st, 2018.  State & Miner County offices will be closed December 24th & 31st.


The commission acknowledged receipt of the application of Dawson Construction for SD DENR renewal of restricted use storage & disposal facilities.


Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges informed the board on the following department matters:  the Redstone culvert project will be delayed until 2019; the fencing project at the county farm has been completed; gravel crushers have moved into the Skoglund pit; reviewed equipment in need of repairs; fall mowing of county road right-of-ways has been completed; plans to obtain a reflectometer from LTAP to complete the Miner County sign reflectivity testing requirement; and made a request to purchase a John Deere 6130 tractor with a Diamond mower.  It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to authorize Krempges to order through Sourcewell (formally known as Joint Powers Agreement) a John Deere 6130 tractor ($125,496.78) with a Diamond mower ($40,219) for delivery in 2019.


State’s Attorney Greg Protsch and Deputy State’s Attorney Kristian Ellendorf presented information on legal matters associated with a poor relief case.  It was moved by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried to enter into executive session at 10:45 to discuss legal matters.  The board returned to regular session at 10:50. 


Howard City Councilman, Bernard Feldhaus; and Howard Township Supervisors Randy Feldhaus, Steve Noonan, and Gary Stangohr joined the meeting to discuss the proposed collaboration between Howard City, Howard Township and Miner County to upgrade south of Hwy 34 6/10ths of a mile on 434th Ave.  Stangohr stated he would like the county to take over the maintenance of the road as it is a very heavily traveled road and is more than the township can afford to maintain at the frequency it should be.  After further discussion it was agreed upon as follows:  Howard Township shall pay for the cost of the additional gravel which the county shall haul and lay; the annual cost of the MAG water (magnesium chloride) and labor shall be split equally between the City of Howard, Howard Township and Miner County.  The approximate cost per entity annually is estimated at $1058.


CHN clerical assistant, Brittany Lunstra, presented the CHN quarterly report in the absence of Community Health Nurse Kayla Miller.


A brief discussion was held concerning the possibility of upgrading the courthouse heating system.  Commissioners will continue to research various heating options for the building.


The meeting adjourned to November 20th.  Dated this 8th day of November, 2018.


                                                                        Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                        Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor




























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