October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

    The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on October 19, 2021 in the Miner County Courthouse Commission room.  Members present:  Alex Protsch, Garrett Gassman, Kathy Faber, Roger Wentland and Tom Reisch.  Absent:  none.  The flag pledge was recited.  Tami Severson, Rob Eggert, Josh Hahn, Kent Terwilliger and Adam Frerichs of SD Emergency Management were also present.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the agenda.  No Commissioner report of meetings attended was given.

            The minutes of the October 5th meeting were approved.

            No persons appeared for Public Comment. 

            It was moved by Wentland, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the following claims for payment:  SD Dept. of Revenue $1,764.26 PREDATORY ANIMAL CONTROL FUND; Alliance $150.00 911 CHARGES; SD DOH Lab Service $40.00 BLOOD ALCOHOL; ICAP $691.67 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; Dan’s Heating &Y Cooling $9.88 EXCISE TAX; Cardmember Services $157.96, HFCA $9,196.89, Shane’s Hardware $13.56, Sturdevant’s $164.17, Wingen’s Garage $2,117.22 FUEL; Northwestern Energy $13.82 GAS SERVICE; Two Way Solutions $1,886.99 HOMELAND SECURITY; Emergency Safety Education $113.61 IN SERVICE EDUCATION; SDML Workers’ Comp Fund $26,598.00 INSURANCE; Mark Neises $315.00 MOWING; Lake Co Sheriff $2,325.00 PRISONER CARE; Lewis Drug $59.99 PRISONER MEDICATION; Office Ally $35.00 PROCESSING FEE; Architecture Inc. $3,550.00, Avera Occupational Medicine $274.00, Thomas L. Price $2,400.00, SDACC $2,000.00 PROFESSIONAL SERVICE; Dust-Tex $140.78, Microfilm Imaging $385.00 RENT; C&R Supply $174.80, Dan’s Heating & Cooling $382.50, HFCA $135.64, James Valley Landscape $24,965.20, Office Peeps $256.43, Sturdevant’s $134.95 REPAIRS; Concrete Materials $2,388.10, Spencer Quarries $182.98 ROAD MATERIALS; Bierschbach Equipment $5.83, Canova Service Center $6.17, Cardmember Services $58.55, Dakota Data Shred $17.00, Dan’s Heating & Cooling $101.50, Dawson’s Construction $35.87, Detco $515.81, Fox Promo $53.51, Home Service Water $34.00, HFCA $9,885.00, Mighty Auto Parts $41.84, Office Peeps $747.95, Pheasantland Industries $156.43, Rusty’s $248.94, Shane’s Hardware Hank $208.93, SD Federal Property Agency $10,301.00, Stan Houston Equipment $264.50, Sturdevant’s $302.62, Texas Refinery $644.70, Tiger Corporation $200.64, Verizon $45.76, Zep Manufacturing $303.39 SUPPLIES; Verizon $84.94 TELEPHONE; Susan Connor $16.80, Kathy Faber $33.60, Garrett Gassman $17.64, HFCA $19.39, SDSU Extension $100.00 TRAVEL; Central Electric Coop $136.21 UTILITIES; Factor360 $840.00 WEBSITE.

            The following correspondence was received:  Miner County Moisture Report; East Dakota Water Development District September Meeting Minutes; F.A.S.T. Thank You and notice of cancellation of the program.

            It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Faber and carried to join the SD County Commissioners Association group for American Rescue Plan Act Guidance.  Membership cost is $2000 and will be paid using ARPA funds.

            Commissioners instructed Auditor Connor to place an advertisement in the Miner County Pioneer for letters of interest for the open position on the Board of Commissioners due to the retirement of Commissioner Wentland.  Letters will be due to the auditor’s office by 5:00 p.m. on November 15th. 

            Brad Wilson of SDML Workers Compensation Fund gave an overview of the coverage, services and programs offered by SDML Workers Compensation.  Terwilliger asked when he is covered by WC coverage.  Wilson explained that if he is working as an employee of Miner County within the scope of his employment he would be covered as per SD codified laws.  He also asked about weed board members and EVOC volunteers.  Wilson explained they are covered if they are appointed and recognized by the commission.  

            Miner County Highway Superintendent Krempges reported that the paint striping on the Canova Oil has been completed.  He also reported on gravel hauling, gravel crushing, and mowing.  Krempges has completed 9 out of the 16 townships small structure inventory.

            Commissioner Roger Wentland was recognized for his 10+ years of service to the citizens of Miner County.  The board thanks Wentland for his time and dedication to help make Miner County a better county.   Community members and county employees wished him well and enjoyed rolls and coffee.

            Dan Lederman of Summit Carbon Solutions presented information on a proposed pipeline that would transport carbon from 31 ethanol plants to a site in North Dakota.  The CO2 will be transported via a pipeline network that spans nearly 2,000 miles and will be completed in 2024.  The Co2 will be permanently and safely stored deep underground in North Dakota.  Land agents with Summit Carbon Solutions are currently contacting land owners along the proposed route.  Meetings are scheduled for land owners the week of October 25th.  An invite will be sent to the commissioners to obtain further information on the proposed project.

            Kyle Higgens of Puetz Design + Build presented the final change order for consideration.  Microphones were not included in the original bid package.  Much research was done on the cost of supplying microphones for the commissioner room.  It was moved by Wentland, seconded by Gassman and carried unanimously to approve Change Order #29 for microphones $7,994.32. 

            Marty of Interstate Glass presented information on the condition of the vinyl around the windows of the courthouse.  Upon inspection, there were no weep holes in the base of the windows.  Therefore, any water that gets into the frame of the windows has no place to drain except into the building.  He suggested that Interstate Glass “fix” one of the windows to assure that this theory is correct.   Commissioners instructed him to proceed with the plan to “test/fix” one window.  If this cures the issue, Interstate Glass would bring a proposal at a future meeting to be considered for fixing the vinyl shrinking problem and installing weep holes. 

            Having no further business, the meeting adjourned until November 2nd.  Dated this 19th day of October, 2021.

                                                            Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor









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