June 18, 2019

June 18, 2019

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session June 18, 2019 in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Garrett Gassman, Tom Reisch, Voni Durant and Alex Protsch.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  Also present for the meeting was Director of Equalization Tami Severson.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the agenda.  The minutes of the June 2nd meeting were approved.  No one appeared for Public Comment. 

The board acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:   Equipment & Product Demo Day-LTAP; East Dakota Water Development District May minutes.

It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the following claims for payment:  Alliance $150.00, Century Link $105.11 911 CHARGES; ICAP $654.33 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; Horizon Health Care $140.00 DRUG SCREENING; Central Electric Coop $64.35 ELECTRICITY; SD Federal Property Agency $6,500.00, Ultra $3,874.05 EQUIPMENT; HCFA $8,238.07, Sturdevant’s $29.13 FUEL; Miner Co Historical Society $2,500.00 GRANT; Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health $178.00, Yankton Co $120.00 MENTALL ILLNESS HEARING EXPENSE; John Eulberg $375.00 MOWING; Stamp Fulfillment Services $942.25 POSTAGE; Miner Co Pioneer $373.91 PUBLISHING; Beadle Co Sheriff $160.00 PRISONER CARE; Aramark $298.32, Dawson Construction $1,027.55 RENT; Applied Concepts $318.00, Bob’s Electric $450.00, Dan’s Heating & Cooling $173.47, James Valley Landscape $940.89, Office Peeps $154.51, Pioneer Designs $350.00, S&S Contracting $273.47, Sturdevant’s $164.11, Kent Terwilliger $538.59, Ultra $131.20, Wahltek $2,750.00 REPAIRS; 3D Specialties $428.69, Brock White Co $15.03, Dawson Construction $192.09, HFCA $19.08, Lyle Signs $540.02, Spencer Quarries $2,944.48 ROAD MATERIALS; 3D Specialties $330.62, Boyer Trucks $330.78, Butler Machinery $198.51, Campbell Supply $272.68, Mike Clary $174.66, Dawson Construction $27.78, Diesel Machinery $538.29, Dust-Tex Supplies $206.97, Gall’s $81.98, Home Service Water $21.60, HFCA $1,638.50, Kimball Midwest $532.10, Matheson Tri Gas $341.69, Michael Todd & Co $2,271.47, Office Peeps $1,698.81, Pharmchem $28.55, Positive Promotions $20.51, RDO Equipment $729.82, Revier Pressure Washers $80.10, Rusty’s $16.03, SD Federal Property Agency $973.00, Stan Houston Equipment $2,809.00, Sturdevant’s $506.32, Kent Terwilliger $201.08, Tom’s Hardware $267.99, Ultra $1,018.00, US Postal Service $76.00 SUPPLIES; Verizon $75.86 TELEPHONE; Clubhouse Hotel $276.00, Voni Durant $67.20, Garrett Gassman $35.28, Safe Harbor $70.00 TRAVEL; Factor360 $600.00 WEBSITE; $50.00 WITNESSES.

Director of Equalization Tami Severson presented the following plat for consideration.  It was moved by Reisch and seconded by Protsch to approved the following resolution.


BE IT RESOLVED that the plat described as LOT 1 of CHARLES ADDITION IN THE NORTHWEST QUARTER (NW ¼) OF SECTION TWELVE (12), TOWNSHIP ONE HUNDRED FIVE (105) NORTH, RANGE FIFTY-FIVE (55) WEST OF THE 5TH P.M. IN MINER COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA, be approved and accepted by the Board of County Commissioners at its meeting of June 18, 2019 and the county Auditor is hereby instructed to endorse on such plat a copy of this resolution and to certify the same.

Voting aye:  Reisch, Protsch, Durant, Gassman and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 18th day of June 2019. 

                                                                                    Roger Wetland, Chairman

                                                                                    Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

Sheriff Robert Eggert joined the meeting to discuss his 2020 budget requests for the sheriff, contract law, and jail budgets.  Eggert also made a request for a pay increase.  The board had stated in December when setting his 2020 salary, they would consider a pay increase after a 6-month review.  It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried unanimously to increase Sheriff Eggert’s salary to $54,000 effective January 1, 2020.  Eggert then requested a pay increase for Deputy Mike Clary.  It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Reisch and carried unanimously to increase Deputy Clary’s salary to $45,500 as of January 1, 2020. 

Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported receiving correspondence from the SD Dept of Transportation on funds for the Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation Program.  South Dakota received $20,786,208 to be used for the replacement or rehabilitation of bridges listed in poor condition.  The State will convert local share to State Highway Funds and distribute funds to counties and cities on a pro-rata basis based on the percentage of deck area in poor condition as reported on the National Bridge Inventory as of December 31, 2017.  Miner County’s share will be $259,985.07.  The county will have 3 years in which to expend the funds as prescribed in the agreement.  It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to authorize the Chairman Roger Wentland to sign the funding agreement with the State of South Dakota Department of Transportation. 

Krempges also reported on equipment repairs, future equipment purchases, 2020 budget requests, and other highway matters.  He handed out his completed Miner County Highway Department 7-year plan. 

Miner County Director of Equalization Tami Severson requested level increases for her department employees.  It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Reisch and carried to grant the following level raises effective July 1st:  Darcy Albert from level 5 to level 6 and Cindy Foster from level 7 to level 8.  The board directed the auditor to reimburse Director Severson for use of her personal cell phone as is the policy for other employees required to utilize personal cell phones for business purposes.     The board also approved paying Severson $20/month for cell phone data which she utilizes for county GIS purposes. 

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


            WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2019 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 Ag Building $9000.00.  Voting aye:  Protsch, Reisch, Gassman, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 18th day of June 2019.

                                                                                    Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                    Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

Auditor Connor requested a level increase for Deputy Rebecca Mommaerts.  It was moved by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to grant the level increase for Rebecca Mommaerts from level 6 to level 7. 

Chairman Wentland presented a letter he received from Howard Industry Vice President John Mengenhausen.  Howard Industry is creating a task force to 1) develop collaborative entity support 2) identify community issues, concerns and problems 3) develop ideas to address the underlying causes to problems 4) develop potential solutions 5) develop ideas on how to initiate the solutions.  Commissioner Alex Protsch agreed to attend a meeting of the task force. 

It was moved by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to follow Governor Noem’s closure of non-essential State offices on July 5th and close all non-essential county offices for that day granting administrative leave for all non-essential full-time employees. 

Auditor Connor distributed the 2020 budget request sheets for the board’s review.  Further discussion will take place at the July 2nd meeting.

The meeting adjourned until July 2nd.  Dated this 18th day of June 2019.                                                                                      

                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


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