May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session May 19, 2020 via Microsoft Teams Meeting due to the pandemic COVID 19 virus.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Garrett Gassman, Tom Reisch, Voni Durant and Alex Protsch.  Absent:  none. Also joining the meeting included Tami Severson.   Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the agenda.  The minutes of the May 5th meeting were approved as amended as follows: (following the planning & zoning minutes) The board adjourned as a Board of Adjustments and reconvened as a Board of Commissioners.    No conflict of interest was declared.  No persons appeared for Public Comment. 

It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Gassman and carried to authorize the auditor to pay the following claims:  SDSU Extension $12,898.25 4-H PMT TO STATE; Santel $55.12 911 CHARGES; SD Dept. of Health Lab $45.00 BLOOD DRAW; ICAP $674.75 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; Central Electric Coop $61.96 ELECTRICITY; Puetz Design+Build $6,250.00 FACILITIES STUDY; HFCA $7,850.41, Sturdevant’s $131.75, Tom’s Hardware $12.99, Wingen’s Garage $2,358.80 FUEL; Howard Auto Clinic $250.00, Lincoln Auto $940.00 INVESTIGATION EXPENSE; Avera Medical Group $471.13 MENTALLY ILL PATIENT CARE; Todd Spader $654.00 MOWING; McLeod’s $168.77, Rusty’s $3.19, Tom’s Hardware $45.97 PANDEMIC SUPPLIES; Avera Occupational Medicine $247.55 PREEMPLOYMENT SCREENING; Lake Co Sheriff $300.00 PRISONER CARE; Aramark $298.80, Microfilm Imaging Systems $955.00 RENT; Homestead $65.23, Office Peeps $112.29, Sturdevant’s $322.15, Tom’s Hardware $6.97, Ultra $1,589.40, Winker’s Trenching Service $3,260.00 REPAIRS; Lyle Signs $1,230.60, Spencer Quarries $78.92, Tom’s Hardware $46.16, Truenorth Steel $9,317.88 ROAD MATERIALS; Colleen Arens $6.92, Boyer Trucks $32.02, Cardmember Services $53.11, G&H Radiator $275.25, John Deere Financial $567.73, Kimball Midwest $129.37, Miner Co Treasurer $199.20, Office Peeps $58.92, Pheasantland Industries $1,654.45, RDO Equipment $179.89, Rusty’s $106.66, Sturdevant’s $1,172.07, Thomson Reuters-West $504.00, Tom’s Hardware $63.96 SUPPLIES; Alliance $39.95, Verizon $71.76 TELEPHONE

It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to authorize the auditor to make an operating transfer as provided for in the 2020 budget from General Fund to 911 Fund $30,000.

It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Protsch and carried to authorize the auditor to make an automatic supplement to the Emergency Management Fund-Grants expenditure for grant funds received in 2019 from Dakota Access Pipeline.  These funds were disbursed to various entities in 2020.

It was moved by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the 2020-21 SD Dept. of Health WIC contract and to authorize the chairman to sign the agreement.

            Emergency Management Director Kent Terwilliger was not available to present the updated County Mutual Aid Agreement.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to table consideration of the Mutual Aid Agreement until the next meeting scheduled for June 4th.

            4-H Youth Advisor Maria Feldhaus and 4-H leaders Holly Litterick and Amie Kidd joined the meeting.  A discussion was held concerning the future use of the newly acquired property located east of the 4-H grounds.  Feldhaus and the leaders voiced that they would like to see gravel placed on at least half of the property to provide parking.  Several of the commissioners expressed concern as to the cost of graveling that large of an area.  Feldhaus stated the leaders had funds to cover the costs.  It was decided to hold off on making a decision on the plans for the property until the June 4th meeting.  At the end of the June 4th meeting the board will travel to the 4-H grounds to visually inspect the property before making a decision on its use.

            Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported that he has a new employee, Brian Dold.  He reported on water levels over roads in the northeast corner of the county.  Other matters reviewed included:  blading of roads, replacing culverts in the Epiphany area and asphalt work beginning around June 1st. 

            It was moved by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried to enter into executive session (SDCL 1-25-2 (3)) to discuss legal matters.  State’s Attorney Protsch and Deputy State’s Attorney Ellendorf along with Welfare Director Gibi Page were also present. 

            The board ended executive session at 10:55. Having no further business the meeting adjourned until Thursday, June 4th.  Dated this 19th day of May, 2020.

                                                                        Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                        Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor




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