May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session May 21, 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.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the agenda.  No one appeared for Public Comment. 

The board acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:   Miner County Sheriff & Dispatch April reports.

It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Gassman and carried to authorize the auditor to pay the following claims:

SDSU Extension $12,522.50 4-H PMT TO STATE; Century Link $105.11 911 CHARGES; ICAP $654.33 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; Cardmember Services $262.00, HFCA $6,718.89, Ethan Weisz $13.48, Wingen’s Garage $159.50 FUEL; Co Employee $2,000.00 INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT; Horn Law Office $213.00, Mark Katterhagen $15.00, Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health $178.00, Lucy Lewno $166.50, Darcy Lockwood $15.00, Abby Oftedal $190.00, Yankton Co Sheriff $50.00 MENTAL ILLNESS HEARING EXPENSE; Nick Kramer $375.00 MOWING; Aramark $314.03 RENT; Al’s Service $169.09, Butler Machinery $893.90, Cummins Central Power $434.00, Klinkhammer Plumbing $56.12, Office Peeps $101.61, Sturdevant’s $594.27, Tom’s Hardware $11.34 REPAIRS; Spencer Quarries $133.25 ROAD MATERIALS; Butler Machinery $2,362.87, Campbell Supply $485.37, Colonial Research $351.93. Fox Print $442.38, Home Service Water $5.40, HFCA $5.90, Istate Tractor Center $130.47, Jack’s Uniforms $808.83, Kimball Midwest $106.23, Matheson Tri Gas $74.60, Miner County Pioneer $96.70, Office Peeps $41.53, Pharmchem $114.20, Rusty’s $3.97, Sturdevant’s $229.45, Tom’s Hardware $441.98, Transource $89.75, Wheelco $18.09 SUPPLIES; Verizon Wireless $75.86 TELEPHONE; Pat Carmon $185.30, Susan Connor $181.86, Amie Kidd $22.68, Karla Neises $161.04, Kent Terwilliger $396.08 TRAVEL.

Logan Schlim and Abby Connor of the Howard FFA chapter made a request for the Howard FFA chapter to use the 4-H grounds on July 13th for a market swine show.  They approximate the number of participants to be 40-50.  It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to allow the Howard FFA chapter to use the 4-H grounds for the market swine show.

It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to authorize the auditor to make the following operating transfers as provided for in the 2019 budget from general fund to 911 Fund $25,000; Emergency Management $25,000.

Custodian Colleen Arens presented Kar Tuck Pointing’s review of the Miner County Courthouse Building.  The board instructed Arens to research other tuck pointing companies and bring her findings to a future board meeting. 

As a request of Legislative Audit Auditor, the following collection policy for ambulance billings was presented by Gibi Page.  It was moved by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried to adopt the following policy:

MINER COUNTY AMBULANCE COLLECTION & LIEN POLICY 1.  Statements are mailed monthly.  If after 6 months of no response a letter is sent to the client indicating that a lien for the outstanding balance will be filed at the end of the following month.  2.  After 180 days of inactivity the account will be presented to the Ambulance Board for write off consideration.  After approval from the ambulance board a county lien will be filed and the account shall be turned over to the county’s collection agency.

Miner County Emergency Management Director Kent Terwilliger and Tom Puetz, SD Emergency Management Regional Coordinator joined the meeting.  Terwilliger reported on cable & antenna issues with the repeater located on the Hwy 25 tower.  Sioux Falls Two-Way submitted an estimate for the repairs and light replacement.  It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Protsch and carried to proceed with the repairs & light replacement as quoted by Sioux Falls Two-Way.  Puetz gave an overview of the process for FEMA assistance associated with this spring’s flooding disaster. 

Ron Krempges, Miner County Highway Superintendent informed the board that 3 areas of county roads have been closed in Belleview Township due to the rising flood waters.  He also reviewed load limits, bridge bidding issues, 2020 equipment purchases and crack sealing progress.  Krempges presented 3 different cost estimates for repairing areas of county gravel roads where heavy use has deteriorated the condition of the roads.  Several options included applying Base 1, Mag Water, or installing fabric.  No decision was made to move forward with such repairs.    

Krempges also reviewed the age & condition of the current highway buildings.  With the size of the equipment the current facilities have been outgrown.  Krempges would like the board to start exploring options for upgrading the existing shop or building a new shop for the highway department. 

The board briefly discussed the 2020 budget. 

The meeting adjourned to June 4th.  Dated this 21st day of May, 2019.


                                                                                    Roger Wentland, 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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