July 19, 2022

July 19, 2022

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on July 19, 2022 in the Miner County Courthouse Commission room.  Members present: Alex Protsch, Tom Reisch, Kari Jo Carlson, Kathy Faber and Joe Bechen.  Absent:  none.  The flag pledge was recited.  Also present for portions of the meeting were Miner County employees Tami Severson and Kristian Ellendorf.

            Motion by Faber, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the agenda as amended.  The minutes of the July 5th meeting were approved. 

            No person appeared for public comment. 

            Motion by Reisch, seconded by Carlson and carried to approve the following claims for payment:  Rivers Edge Bank $30.00 STOP PAYMENT FEE; Alliance $988.05, AT&T $53.48 TELEPHONE; Alliance $150.00, Santel $55.12, Triotel $167.53 911 CHARGES; ICAP $701.92 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; Kibble Equipment $8,850.00 EQUIPMENT; Cardmember Services $165.07, F&M Coop $544.61, HFCA $28,854.25,

Sturdevants $74.95, Wingen’s Garage $2,121.10 FUEL; Farmers Alliance $60.00 INSURANCE; Co Employee $2,000.00 INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT; Thomson Reuters-West $482.95 LAW BOOKS; SDACC $242.00 LEGAL EXPENSE RELIEF FUND; Cardmember Services $12.00 LICENSE; SD Dept. of Human Services $5,088.54 MENTALLY ILL PATIENT CARE; Todd Spader $297.00 MOWING; Cardmember Services $352.50 POSTAGE; Beadle Co Sheriff $240.00, Davison Co Sheriff $2,850.00, Lake Co Sheriff’s Office $2,670.00 PRISONER CARE; Madison Regional Health $296.00 PRISONER MEDICAL; Tami Moore $75.00, Jean Morrison $100.00 PROFESSIONAL SERVICE; Miner County Pioneer $421.46 PUBLISHING; Hafner Electric $178.50, HFCA $192.91, James Valley Landscape $444.66, Mitchell Plumbing & Heating $1,861.67, Office Peeps $124.09, Tritech Software $1,240.00, Two Way Solutions $549.99, Tyler Technologies $449.00, Ultra $10,525.00 REPAIRS; HFCA $925.00, Jebro $360.00, Shane’s Hardware $9.78, TrueNorth Steel $3,100.80 ROAD MATERIALS; Relx Inc. $149.00 SUBSCRIPTIONS; Alliance $400.00, Brock White Co $502.58, Butler Machinery $658.76, Jessica Charles $177.43, Dakota Data Shred $17.00, Dust-Tex $279.19, ES&S $1,834.08, Home Service Water Conditioning $12.40, HFCA $20,569.39, McLeod’s $245.43, Miner County Pioneer $102.50, Office Peeps $2,113.26, Runnings $149.85, Rusty’s $216.98, Shane’s Hardware $902.29, Sturdevants $837.26, Thomson Reuters-West $766.71, Titan Machinery $424.00, Wheelco $291.92 SUPPLIES; Americinn $98.00, Joe Bechen $21.00, Cardmember Services $195.32, Kathy Faber $35.28, Holiday Inn City Centre $75.00, The Lodge at Deadwood $992.00 TRAVEL; Central Electric Coop $132.46, Northwestern $10.65 UTILITIES; Beadle Co Auditor $2,000.00 VICTIMS ADVOCATE

            The commission acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:  Veteran Services June Report; Miner Insurance Claims Letter; SD DOT-Distribution of FY2023 Rural Access Infrastructure Appropriation to Counties; Miner County Moisture Report; Pictometry Lunch & Learn July 20th 11:00; Dept. of Ag & Natural Resources Shannon Hutterian Brethren Dairy Modifications & Manuary Mgt. System 2017 General Permit Coverage & Amended Certificate of Compliance. 

Todd Kays of 1st District of Local Governments presented information on the previously held meetings that were held to review and update the current zoning ordinance for Miner County.  In March of 2020 the 1st and 2nd readings of Ordinance 2020-01 were held. At that time Ordinance 2020-01 was not adopted.  Due to COVID, the process was put on hold.  As the commission now has 3 new members since 2020, Kays will attend future meetings to discuss the draft ordinance.  No formal action will be taken until a public hearing is held (tentatively December 2022).   Kays fielded questions from the board concerning marijuana zoning & pipeline construction.

            Highway superintendent Ron Krempges reported on completion of the bridge project north of Epiphany.  Bridge deck rehab north of Carthage is still in progress and may be completed by the end of the week.  The bridge west of Carthage has been closed to heavy traffic.  Krempges will be submitting a B.I.G. application for replacement of this bridge.  

            Tami Severson reported the wind turbine on the hotel has been removed by Curt Eliason.  She is working to get estimates for repairs to the roof top solar panels and the cement board siding.  Severson will also research shutting down the automatic hall lights.

            Severson presented the following plat for consideration.  It was moved by Carlson and seconded by Faber to adopt the following resolution. 



            BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Miner County, South Dakota, that the plat of LOT 1-A of JACOBSON’S FIRST ADDITION IN THE SW ¼ OF SECTION 27, T 107 N, R 55 W OF THE 5TH P.M., MINER COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA, which has been submitted for examination pursuant to law, is hereby approved and the County Auditor is hereby authorized and directed to endorse on such plat a copy of this resolution and certify the same.

            Voting aye:  Reisch, Carlson, Faber, Bechen and Protsch.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 19th day of July 2022.


                                                            Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County


A representative of the family of the lienee in Poor Relief Case #03-03 came with a request for release of liens associated with the case.  Information has been received from the SD Association of County Commissioners concerning the authority and procedure for releasing a CCPRF lien.  Under provisions of SDCL 28-14 provide that the Board of County Commissioners has authority to compromise and/or release, in whole or part, liens issued pursuant to the CCPRF.  The board tabled this request until the August 1st meeting when a formal resolution/application will be presented. 

It was moved by Carlson, seconded by Faber and carried to authorize chairman Protsch to sign the Joint Power Agreement for Juvenile Detention Services between the sixteen counties for housing provided in Minnehaha County. 

Chairman Protsch will contact a contractor to remove the stumps left from the downed trees that occurred on county property during the July 5th storm. 

It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Bechen and carried to authorize the auditor to make an automatic supplement for grant funds received from the SD Soybean Association to the sheriff’s department $660.28.

Sheriff Rob Eggert gave an overview of his 2023 budget requests.  Eggert also requested a $2000 raise to be added to his salary in 2023.  Commissioners stated that a 3% raise has been figured for the 2023 budget and that no additional raises will be figured into the budget. 

Cora Schwader reviewed the 911/dispatch budget.

4-H Youth Advisor Jill Calmus and 4-H building committee members Jason Feldhaus and Danny Connor joined the meeting.  Calmus presented information and estimated costs for replacing the sheep, goat and swine barns.  The current barns were built in 1960 and are in poor condition.    The committee is working to have plans drawn and on display at 4-H Achievement Days.  Several families have committed to supporting this project and additional funding will be provided by the 2022 Pie Auction and the 4-H Leaders Building Fund.  The committee asked for county approval and financial support.  The board will consider this request at its September 6th meeting.  Commissioners left the courthouse and traveled to the 4-H grounds to view the condition of the current buildings. 

Having no further business, the meeting adjourned until MONDAY, August 1st.  Dated this 19th day of July, 2022. 


                                                                        Alex Protsch, Chairman                                             

                                                                        Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


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