April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session April 13, 2021 in the Miner County 4-H Exhibit Hall.  Members present:  Alex Protsch, Garrett Gassman, Tom Reisch, Roger Wentland and Kathy Faber.  Absent: none.  The flag pledge was recited.  Others in attendance at the start of the meeting were Tami Severson & Brittany Yanish.  Motion by Wentland, seconded by Faber and carried to approve the agenda.

The minutes of the March 16th meeting were approved. 

The auditor’s account with the county treasurer showed a March 1, 2021 balance of $8,176,168.42 in all state, county, civil, school and trust accounts.

During Public Comment Commissioner Faber questioned the process of updating the Miner County Zoning Ordinance.  This project has been put on hold during the COVID pandemic.  Once it is scheduled for consideration a notice will be placed in the paper and those needing assistance in joining the meeting should contact the auditor.

The following correspondence was received:  Moisture Reports; Veterans’ Service Officer March Report.

It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the following claims for payment:  Road & Bridge $52,603.82, Wellmark $46,186.52, Delta Dental $1,466.91, Kansas City Life $443.52, Retirement $6,874.68, OASI $9,593.71, Commissioners $4,430.75, Auditor $7,365.75, Treasurer $6,334.75, States Attorney $5,433.50, Govt Building $2,872.00, Director of Equalization $7,325.01, Register of Deeds $6,696.00, Vet Service $893.00, Sheriff $11,254.75, Contract Law $3,792.00, Welfare $394.00, Co Nurse $1,342.00, Ambulance $6,009.95, WIC $91.50, Extension $1,342.00, Weed $1,225.00, Dispatch $11,655.58, Emergency Mgt $2,275.00 MAR PAYROLL; Jeremy Beyer $14.00, Darwin Callies $14.00, Logan Calmus $14.00, Terry Carlson $14.00, Brian Dold $14.00, Donald Eppe $14.00, Adam Mentele $14.00, Eric Smith $14.00 PAYROLL TRAVEL; SDSU Extension $7,223.02 4-H PAYMENT TO STATE; Alliance $150.00, Santel $55.12, Triotel $167.53 911 CHARGES; ICAP $691.67 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; SD DOT $1,655.69 CONTRACTED MAINTENANCE; Cardmember Services $85.74, HFCA $7,614.81, Sturdevant’s $37.98 FUEL; Northwestern Energy $1,198.23 GAS SERVICE; Canova Community Improvement $1,000.00, Miner Co Recreation Assn $2,500.00 GRANTS; Co Employee $1,580.96 INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT; SDACC $2,021.00 LEGAL EXPENSE RELIEF FUND; Beadle Co Sheriff $80.00, Davison Co Sheriff $285.00 PRISONER CARE; Lewis Drug $83.39 PRISONER MEDICAL FEES; Architecture Inc. $9,746.00, Fox Print $760.64, Puetz Design + Build $8,500.00, Tobins Transfer $5,755.50 PROFESSIONAL FEES; Miner County Pioneer $762.34 PUBLISHING; A&B Pest Control $27.00, Howard Auto Clinic $261.17, HFCA $65.82, Office Peeps $178.33, Scotts Lock $929.75, Ultra $2,117.25, Vanguard Appraisals $1,700.00, Winker Trenching Service $1,711.64 REPAIRS; Aramark $284.17, Microfilm Imaging $385.00 RENT; Kristian Ellendorf $900.00 STATE’S ATTY OFFICE EXP ALLOWANCE; A&B Pest Control $108.00, Colleen Arens $27.27, Brock White Co $562.51, Butler Machinery $1,538.35, Cardmember Services $10.65, Dakota Data Shred $376.18, Diamond Mowers $524.07, DMC Wear Parts $1,680.00, Dust-Tex $180.81, Fox Promo $56.00, Josh Hahn $210.97, Home Service Water $44.80, Madison Ace Hardware $118.46, Matheson Tri Gas $107.30, McLeod’s $329.95, Northern Truck Equipment Co $193.98, Office Peeps $1,591.53, Puthoff Sales & Service $149.00, Redwood Toxicology $165.00, Rockmount Research $1,431.78, Runnings $109.98, Rusty’s $31.88, SD Dept. of Public Safety $90.00, Tami Severson $20.00, SD Federal Property Agency $874.25, Stan Houston Equipment Co $598.94, Sturdevant’s $649.14, Tom’s Hardware $161.51, Two Way Solutions $99.99, Ultra $78.00, Zabel Steel $186.26, Zep Manufacturing $190.46 SUPPLIES; Alliance $947.59, Colleen Arens $30.00, AT&T $365.14, Century Link $15.74, Tami Severson $30.00, Verizon $80.15 TELEPHONE; Jessica Charles $158.72, Clubhouse Hotel & Suites $288.40, Susan Connor $78.03, Dware $150.00, John Haak $23.10, HFCA $40.50, Iowa Emergency Management $150.00, SDACO $555.00, SDACC $75.00, The Lodge at Deadwood $196.00, Wyatt Walter $12.60 TRAVEL; Central Electric Coop $65.15, City of Howard $1,504.00, Xcel Energy $32.58 UTILITIES; Witness Fees $40.00 WITNESSES.

The bid opening for the 2021 mowing and trimming of the Miner County 4-H grounds was held as advertised.  The following bids received reflect a per time basis:  Todd Spader $320; Neises Mowing $315.  It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Wentland to enter into a contract with Neises Mowing for the mowing of the 4-H grounds $315/mowing & trimming. Voting aye:  Gassman, Faber, Protsch, Reisch and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.

As required by SDCL 10-3-14 the annual conference with the commissioners and the director of equalization was held with Tami Severson present. 

The board reviewed correspondence from SDSU 4-H Field Operations Coordinator Amber Erickson.  Her email explained the cost breakdown between the county and SDSU.  Currently Miner County pays approximately 92% of all costs associated with the employment of a 4-H Youth advisor for Miner County.  The board instructed the auditor to contact Dr. Tim Tanner and request that he and Ms. Erickson attend a future commission meeting to address some of the questions arising with this now open position.

Jon Mentele of Miner County Recreation joined the meeting to request recreational grant funds from the county.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Wentland and carried to disburse recreation grant funds as follows:  Miner County Recreation $2500; and Canova Community Improvement $1000.

Due to the SD County Officials spring workshop being held May 4 & 5, the May 4th commissioner meeting will be moved to Thursday May 6th. 

Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges joined the meeting.  He reported on the progress of hiring for the open position within his department.  Spring load limits will be removed the week of Monday April 19th. 

It was moved by Faber and seconded by Gassman to authorize Chairman Protsch to sign on behalf of the county the 2021 Bridge Improvement Grant Agreement for Preservation Projects (structure # 49-09-017) from the SD Dept. of Transportation.  Voting aye:  Wentland, Gassman, Faber, Reisch and Protsch.  Motion carried.

Krempges informed the board of culvert repairs that are needed along 242nd Ave. (two culverts 2 ¼ miles west of Canova and one located 1 mile east of Canova).  He would like to repair these utilizing a liner system to prevent cutting the asphalt road.  Estimated cost if the highway department installed new culverts (cutting the asphalt) would be approximately $37,885-not including labor.  HydroClean from Sioux Falls gave a quote of $47,500 to install a liner (eliminating the need to cut the asphalt road).  It was moved by Reisch and seconded by Gassman to accept the quote from HydroClean of $47,500 to install the liners in the identified culverts.  Voting aye:  Faber, Gassman, Reisch, Wentland and Protsch.  Motion carried.

It was moved by Wentland and seconded by Faber to contract with Brad Stanhohr of Ulteig, Inc. to oversee the asphalt overlay on 435th Ave which will begin in May.  Voting aye:  Wentland, Faber, Reisch, Gassman and Protsch.  Motion carried.

The highway department will be providing trucks and drivers for the area cities’ cleanup days.

        The board recessed as a Board of Commissioners and reconvened as a Board of Equalization.


April 13, 2021

         The board convened as a Board of Equalization.  Members took their oaths.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Tom Reisch, Garrett Gassman, Kathy Faber and Alex Protsch.  Absent:  none. 

Treasurer Jessica Charles informed the board that she has received applications for the freeze on assessments of disabled and senior citizens and requested that the board instruct the director of equalization to make those changes to the assessment roll.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Faber and carried to authorize the director to make the changes for the applications submitted to the treasurer. 

Director of Equalization presented the following for the board’s consideration:

Motion by Reisch, seconded by Wentland and carried to authorize the Director of Equalization to make changes on the assessment rolls to reflect the qualifying applications for the Disabled Veterans Exemption.

It was moved by Faber, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the annual applications for continued tax-exempt status (SDCL 10-4-19) for Fedora Community Development, Miner County Historical Society, Fedora Fire Department, Evangelical Good Samaritan Society, Horizon Health Care, Carthage Museum & Historical Society, Orville Redding American Legion Post #61, Nels Pederson American Legion Post #145, townships, churches and cemeteries throughout Miner County.

Motion by Gassman, seconded by Faber and carried to authorize the Director of Equalization to make the changes on the assessment rolls to correct the following clerical errors:

        Clerical Corrections

#5235 S2NE4 Exc Lot H-2 & Exc DMP Tract 1 in the NE4 23-105-55

         Delete $2.00 value from Ag-A1


#3444 OL 15 Exc W. 50’ of S. 190’ & Lt 1 of OL 15 all in SE4 7-108-57

          Delete additional owner names


#3198 Lot 4 Block 8 Canova Village-Aldrich’s Addition

          Delete $435 value and move $522 value to NA-D


#3353 Lots 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 & 9 Block 28 Carthage City-OP

          Delete structure value of $8618 (structure was not on site as of 11.1.20)


#3450 SW4NE4SW4 & E2NE4SW4 8-108-57 Carthage City-Outlots

          Remove structure value and add to parcel #3451


#3451 Outlot A & SE4SW4 8-108-57 Carthage City-Outlots

          Add structure value to this parcel that was removed from #3450


#5087 Lot 3 Block 1 Greenleaf 2nd Add Howard City

          Change from NA to OO


#5088 Lot 4 Block 1 Greenleaf 2nd Add Howard City

          Change from NA to OO


#5089 Lot 5 & S 38’ of Lot 6 Block 1 Greenleaf 2nd Add Howard City

          Change from NA to OO


#5093 Lot 9 Block 1 Greenleaf 2nd Add Howard City

          Change from NA to OO


#3663 Lot 3 Block 2 Howard City-Farmer’s Addition

          Change from NA to OO


#4476 N. 73’ of Lots 1 & 2 Block 34 Canova Village-OP

          Change from NA to OO


Severson informed the board that 2 changes from local boards were filed within her office.  No consideration for the county board to take action.  She also handed out information on sales, new soil changes and the change in valuation productivity. 

Having no further business, the Miner County Board of Equalization adjourned. 

Dated this 13th day of April, 2021.

                                                            Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Equalization

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


The Board convened as a Planning & Zoning Board.  Chairman Gassman called the meeting to order.  Information was provided to the members verifying no legal requirement for publication of Board of Adjustment meeting minutes.  It was moved by Wentland, seconded by Protsch and carried to instruct the secretary of the Board of Adjustments to not publish meeting minutes.  The board adjourned as a Planning & Zoning Board and reconvened as a Board of Commissioners. 

                                                                        Garrett Gassman, Chairman

                                                                        Miner County Board of Adjustments

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


State’s Attorney Kristian Ellendorf presented information on sanctuary counties.  No action was taken.

It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Reisch and carried to enter into executive session (SDCL 1-25-2 (1)) at 11:27 a.m.  The board came out of executive session at 11:42 a.m.  

An update on the courthouse offices relocation to the former River’s Edge bank location was given.  Also, the auditor presented funding information for the board’s consideration if the board would so choose to expand the scope of the courthouse renovation.  At this time, the board does not have intentions of proceeding with the elevator and bathroom addition. 

Having no further business, the meeting adjourned until April 20th.  Dated this 13th day of April, 2021.


                                                                        Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                                        Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


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