August 20, 2019

August 20, 2019

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session August 20, 2019 in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Garrett Gassman, Tom Reisch, Voni Durant and Alex Protsch.  Absent: Roger Wentland.  Vice-Chairman Protsch called the meeting to order.  Also present for the meeting was Adam Molseed of the SD Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the agenda.  The minutes of the August 6th meeting were amended to remove the following “Drop & Run EMT’s & Drivers $20/run to $40/run” as it was not part of the request made by the ambulance board.  The minutes were approved as amended.  No one appeared for Public Comment. 

The board acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:   Sheriff & Dispatch July 2019 Reports.

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

Diane Anderson $80.00, Norma Anderson $60.00, Miranda Bender $35.00, Colton Buus $150.00, Colin Geppert $175.00, Clair Lambert $20.00, John Madison $55.00, Alice Nickelson $60.00, Barbara Page $65.00, Sherryl Rankin $65.00, Charlene Schmit $35.00 4-H JUDGES; Century Link $111.49, Santel $55.12 911 CHARGES; ICAP $654.33 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; Avera Occupational Medicine $93.55 DRUG TESTING; Central Electric $62.30 ELECTRICITY; HFCA $672.15, Sturdevants $29.34, Wingen’s Garage $159.50 FUEL; Nick Kramer $750.00 MOWING; Davison Co Jail $190.00, Lake Co Sheriff $300.00 PRISONER CARE; Aramark $400.41 RENT; Butler Machinery $894.60, Diesel Machinery $1,366.25, S&S Contracting $1,493.43, Transource $6,450.10 REPAIRS; Concrete Materials $139,660.20, Spencer Quarries $151.78 ROAD MATERIALS; Butler Machinery $2,707.93, Diesel Machinery $1,026.68, GCR Tire Centers $189.25,

Home Service Water $10.80, Matheson Tri Gas $65.58, Rockmount Research $991.95, S&S Contracting $1,917.60, Sturdevants $356.73, Tom’s Hardware $15.22, Transource $11,381.81, Universal Services $480.60 SUPPLIES; Alliance $34.95 TELPHONE; Kari Jo Carlson $5.88, Mike Connor $14.28, Voni Durant $16.80, Maria Feldhaus $348.88, Garrett Gassman $8.82, Gibi Page $26.88, Brittany Yanish $40.32 TRAVEL; Ray Genzlinger $250.00 WATCHMAN.

Custodian Colleen Arens presented two quotes for masonry repair:  Heinemann Restoration Inc. $7400 and Karr TuckPointing Inc. $16,135.  It was moved by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve Heinemann Restoration’s quote of $7400 for masonry repair. 

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


WHEREAS, SDCL 35-4-2 (6) states that a county may charge for On-Sale Licenses issued outside municipalities an amount not less than the maximum that the municipality to which the applicant is nearest is charging for like licenses; and

WHEREAS, SDCL 35-4-11.1 states if not previously fixed by ordinance or continuing resolution, the board of county commissioners shall on or before the first of September in each year determine the number of on sale licenses it will approve for the ensuing calendar year and the fees to be charged for the various classifications of licenses.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Miner County board of Commissioners that

(1)     a new liquor license will be based on the nearest municipality’s liquor license fees and shall not be less than the maximum of that municipality. 

(2)    The number of On-Sale Licenses authorized for issuance in calendar year 2020 outside of municipalities within Miner County is three.

Voting aye: Gassman, Reisch, Durant and Protsch.  Voting nay:  none.

Resolution adopted this 20th day of August 2019.

Alex Protsch, Vice-Chairman

                                                                  Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


            Members of the Children’s Care Corner Board Kate Calmus, Megan Gassman, Diane Stangohr and Director Erin Weisz informed the board on activities, issues and funding of the facility.  Currently 49 children receive daycare along with 13 children who were enrolled in Camp Inspiration during the summer months.  At this time 13 babies are on a waiting list.  The facility is licensed by the State of SD.  With this certification the facility can be used by those individuals who qualify for financial assistance through state programs and can also provide care to foster children.  The facility receives funding through tuition, fundraisers, local business contributions, gifts, and United Way.  Due to the rise in minimum wage over the past few years, expenses have increased.  The board has asked the City of Howard for financial assistance but has not received funding at this time.  Currently the county contributes $6000 annually to assist with the operations of the center. Those present thanked the commissioners for their contributions and respectfully asked if that amount could be increased.  At this time the board delayed increasing the grant amount. 

Adam Molseed of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development presented information on two existing programs that have been used to rebate sales and use tax –Reinvestment Payment and South Dakota Jobs.  These were created in 2013 and have been used in industries such as manufacturing and wind energy.  GOED is committed to the growth of the agriculture industry.  These programs can be used for industries designated by GOED as targeted industries.  This includes livestock development.  Projects that would qualify:  Feedlots, hog units, poultry, dairies, aquatic animals etc.  A project will qualify if it requires a new county conditional use permit and adds livestock to the state.  The state/use tax rebate will be directed to the county and will be a condition of the program.  Molseed encouraged the county to be in communication with the GOED when applications for qualifying conditional use are received by the zoning office.  The GOED will be available for assistance in these types of projects. 

The meeting adjourned until September 3rd.  Dated this 20th day of August, 2019.

                                                                        Alex Protsch, Vice Chairman

                                                                        Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


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Miner County Courthouse

Park Ave. & Main St

401 N. Main St.

Howard, SD 57349


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