May 18, 2021

May 18, 2021

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session May 18, 2021 in the Miner County 4-H Exhibit Hall.  Members present:  Alex Protsch, Tom Reisch, Kathy Faber, and Roger Wentland.  Absent: Garrett Gassman.  The flag pledge was recited.  Tami Severson was also in attendance. Motion by Wentland, seconded by Faber and carried to approve the agenda.

The minutes of the May 6th meeting were approved.

No persons appeared for Public Comment.

The following correspondence was received:  East Dakota Water Development May 20th meeting agenda; SD Dept. of Transportation-Transportation Alternatives Funding.

        It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Wentland and carried to authorize the auditor to pay the following claims: SD Dept. of Revenue $1,764.27 PREDATORY ANIMAL CONTROL FUND; Alliance $2,232.88 TELEPHONE; Alliance $150.00 911 CHARGES; ICAP $691.67 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; Avera Occupational Medicine $98.00 DRUG TESTING; Central Electric Coop $64.92 ELECTRICITY; Ulteig $5,309.06 ENGINEERING; Cardmember Services $142.06, HFCA $6,593.32, Stan Houston Equipment $29.88, Sturdevant’s $45.90, Tom’s Hardware $11.99, Wingen’s Garage $639.75 FUEL; Farmers Alliance $120.00 INSURANCE; Mark Neises $315.00 MOWING; Lake Co Sheriff’s Office $75.00 PRISONER CARE; Office Ally $35.00 PROCESSING FEE; Aramark $287.44, Microfilm Imaging $385.00, Miner Co Historical Society $2,000.00 RENT; HFCA $138.57, Midwest Fire & Safety $810.00, Office Peeps $209.69, Runnings $28.47, Sturdevant’s $9.53, Tom’s Hardware $117.29, Wahltek $2,832.50 REPAIRS; HFCA $780.00, Michael Todd & Co $1,578.29, Runnings $35.98, Tom’s Hardware $25.47 ROAD MATERIALS; Relx, Inc. $298.00 SUBSCRIPTION; Allied 100 $212.40, Emergency Medical Products $1,111.63, Home Service Water $23.20, HFCA $128.82, John Deere Financial $88.04, Krug Products $157.14, Mac’s $87.97, Northern Truck Equipment $193.98, Office Peeps $1,970.35, RDO Equipment $266.46, Rhomar Industries $652.77, Runnings $114.96, Rusty’s $301.84, Cora Schwader $229.98, Stan Houston Equipment $437.75, Stryker Sales $1,069.83, Sturdevant’s $816.36, Thomson Reuters-West $75.02, Tom’s Hardware $308.12 SUPPLIES; AT&T $273.39 TELEPHONE; Mike Clary $80.00, Susan Connor $66.00, Kathy Faber $33.60, HFCA $21.61, Amie Kidd $169.22, Karla Neises $26.00, Ramkota $689.76, Kent Terwilliger $407.44 TRAVEL.

Protsch asked about stump removal on the courthouse grounds.  Protsch will contact Evan Meyer concerning this matter.

         It was moved by Reisch and seconded by Faber to adopt the following resolution.



WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of South Dakota has provided for the approval of package off-sale liquor by the boards of county commissioners of the counties of said State pursuant to SDCL Title 35 as amended; and

WHEREAS SDCL 35-4-11.1 as amended provides that the board of county commissioners shall on or before the first of September in each year determine by ordinance or continuing resolution the number of package off-sale liquor licenses (other than malt beverage) it will approve for the ensuing calendar year and the fees to be charged for the various classifications of licenses; and

WHEREAS, the Miner County Board of County Commissioners has set the number of package off-sale liquor licenses at three (3) and the fee for such license at $300 and

WHEREAS, Miner County currently qualifies for three package off-sale liquor licenses available for issuance July 1, 2021; and

WHEREAS, the Miner County Board of Commissioners wishes to make the license available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Miner County Commission makes the following rules applicable to the issuance of new package off-sale liquor licenses:

1.     Applicants may apply for the package off-sale liquor license beginning upon passage of 2021 Senate Bill            152          

2.     Such application packet shall include the following:

  A.    Uniform Alcoholic Beverage Application.  This must be completed fully and according to its                              instructions, and bear the necessary original signatures.

B.     License Purchase Fee.  License purchase fee in the amount of $300 shall be presented at time of                        application.

3.      In the event the first-come, first-served applicant is not able to meet the licensing standards set out by                   SDCL Ch. 35-2, the applicant who next submits a fully and accurately completed application shall be next           considered

Dated this 18th day of May, 2021.

Voting aye:  Wentland, Faber, Reisch, Protsch.  Voting nay:  none.   Resolution adopted.

Alex Protsch, Chairman

Miner County Commission

ATTEST:    Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

Auditor Connor presented the server quote from Connecting Point.  Commissioners agreed to place this into the 2022 budget.

An application for abatement of real property taxes was received from the South Dakota Board of Economic Development (BED) for Lots 2 & 3, Block 2 Howard City Industrial Park.  During the period from April 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020, the real property was jointly owned by Heartland Consumers Power District and BED.  During that time, BED owned a 75% interest in the real property.  BED is an instrumentality of the State of South Dakota; real property owned by it is exempt from real property taxes.  The abatement will be forwarded to the City of Howard for approval of this request pursuant to SDCL 10-18-7.  Motion by Wentland, seconded by Reisch and carried to abate BED’s portion ($7,975.63) of the real property taxes in the above-mentioned property.    

Howard FFA members John Callies and Tanner Calmus joined the meeting to request use of the 4-H grounds on July 10th to host an open swine show.  Advisor Weber had informed the auditor that the show would be insured through Howard High school.  It was moved by Wentland, seconded by Reisch and carried to allow the Howard FFA use of the 4-H grounds on July 10, 2021.

        Kyle Higgens of Puetz Design + Build presented an update of the construction progress.  During demolition the chimney was found to be insulated with a loose insulation that has hardened within the shaft.  Due to this issue the chimney will not be used as a chase for the plumbing associated with the HVAC.  Additional drawings will be completed and presented for review.

        Emergency Management Director/Weed Supervisor Kent Terwilliger joined the meeting. 

        Auditor Connor stated she had been contacted by Brad Wilson of SDML Worker’s Compensation Fund concerning the weed supervisor’s access to the Howard Farmers Coop during weekends when the business is closed.  Permission must be granted by the Board of Commissioners for worker’s compensation benefits to be in force in such situations.  It was moved by Wentland, seconded by Faber and carried unanimously to approve the request from Terwilliger to have access to the chemical supplies and water filling equipment housed at Howard Farmers Coop during non-business hours with the condition a release of liability be signed by Chairman Protsch. 

        Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported on the progress of the asphalt overlay project on 435th Ave.  If the weather cooperates, the project may be completed by May 21st.  Krempges also reviewed other highway matters.

        It was moved by Wentland, seconded by Reisch and carried to assign Chairman Protsch as authorized agent for the American Rescue Plan federal funds.

       Ryan Poots and John Wenande of Eagle View presented an overview of geospatial software & arial imagery & analytics.  Also present included Deputy Sheriff Mike Clary, Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges, Emergency Management Director Kent Terwilliger and Director of Equalization Tami Severson.

       Mike Clary informed the commission on current staffing issues with the Miner County Ambulance. 

       Having no further business, the board adjourned until June 1st.  Dated this 18th day of May, 2021.

                                                Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor



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