November 1, 2022

November 1, 2022

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on November 1, 2022 in the Miner County Courthouse Commission room.  Members present:  Alex Protsch, Tom Reisch, Kari Jo Carlson, Kathy Faber and Joe Bechen.  Absent:  none.  Director of Equalization Tami Severson was also present.  The flag pledge was recited.   Motion by Faber, seconded by Carlson and carried to approve the agenda.

            The minutes from the October 18th meeting were approved.

            The auditor’s account with the county treasurer showed a November 1, 2022 balance of $7,442, 215.21 in all state, county, civil, school and trust accounts.

            The board acknowledge receipt of the following correspondence:  SD Dept. of Agriculture & Ntrl Resources Revised Nutrient Mgt Plan for New Fashion Pork; FEMA Flood Coordination Meeting information; City of Howard Notice of Variance Hearings. 

            State’s Attorney Kristian Ellendorf appeared for public comment.  No date has been set for the sale of the tax deed property-Howard Hotel & Convention Center.  Ellendorf is working with Sutton Auction Service to develop the sale listing. 

            The board authorized the auditor’s office to pay the following claims:  Road & Bridge $41,877.28, Wellmark $51,059.19, Delta Dental $1,608.21, Kansas City Life $475.75, Retirement $6,786.79, OASI $9,823.06, Commissioners $4,519.75, Auditor $7,901.50, Treasurer $7,188.75, States Attorney $5,708.75, Govt Building $3,035.88, Director of Equalization $8,838.24, Register of Deeds $7,015.01, Vet Service $911.00, Tax Deed Property HHCC $700.00, Sheriff $12,045.43, Contract Law $4,186.78, Welfare $479.55, Co Nurse $1,426.50, Ambulance $11,977.45, WIC $97.00, Extension $1,426.50, Weed $1,382.50, Dispatch $13,469.21, Emergency Mgt $2,428.50 OCT PAYROLL;

Rob Eggert $20.00, Josh Esser $60.00, Josh Hahn $20.00, Nathan Kizer $20.00, Garret Werkmeister $80.00 AMBULANCE ATTENDANT FEES; Northwestern Energy $10.65 UTILITIES; SD DOT $34.92 CONTRACTED MAINTENANCE; HFCA $1,130.45 FUEL; Motorola $823.90 HOMELAND SECURITY; Miner Insurance Agency $60,415.00 INSURANCE; Miner Co Employee $1,323.49 INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT; Miner Co Treasurer $193.92 POSTAGE; Beadle Co Sheriff $400.00, Charles Mix Co Sheriff $70.00, Lake Co Sheriff’s Office $2,960.00 PRISONER CARE; Lewis Drug $4.99, Madison Community Hospital $371.00 PRISONER MEDICAL; American Garage Door $2,200.26, Axon Enterprise $2,767.27, HFCA $145.39, James Valley Landscape $120.00, Marshall & Swift/Boeckh $2,274.10, Prostrollo Auto Mall $116.48, Tritech Software $2,800.37 REPAIRS; Lyle Signs $20.76 ROAD MATERIALS; Kristian Ellendorf $900.00 STATE’S ATTY OFFICE EXP ALLOWANCE; Butler Machinery $843.89, Lori Kiehl $118.07, Miner Co Treasurer $41.62, Redwood Toxicology Lab $82.50, Timothy A Reisch $200.00, Safety Kleen $420.75, SDSU Dept of Animal Services $54.00, Tami Severson $20.00 SUPPLIES; AT&T $326.54, Susan Connor $30.00, Lori Kiehl $30.00, Tami Severson $30.00, Verizon $94.09 TELEPHONE; Ramkota Hotel Pierre $294.00, Ramkota $182.00, Kelly Sherman $47.94, Wyatt Walter $15.30 TRAVEL; City of Howard $3,595.50, Northwestern $113.27 UTILITIES.

            It was moved by Bechen, seconded by Reisch and carried unanimously to approve the estimate from Midwest Alarm ($5206.36) to repair the fire alarm system within the Howard Hotel & Convention Center, using the insurance payment to cover the associated costs.

            The board considered applications from Hunter Gregerson-Hunter’s Den LLC for an on-sale liquor license and an off-sale liquor license to operate outside of a municipality for the 2023 licensing period located in Lot 1 of Lot 3 of SW ¼, Epiphany 34-105-57, Rock Creek Township.   It was moved by Bechen, seconded by Faber and carried to approve the applications of Hunter Gregerson-Hunter’s Den LLC for the 2023 operating period.

            AFLAC representatives, Julia Moes and Heidi Alfson presented information on services provided through AFLAC to Miner County and its employees.  Dental Insurance is now offered through AFLAC’s Argus Dental.  Moes and Alfson gave an overview of benefits and premium costs associated with the plan.  Policy proposals for 2023 will be considered at a future meeting when Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance quotes are reviewed. 

            Ron Krempges, Miner County Highway Superintendent, reviewed completed road projects, equipment repairs, and gravel hauling for Kingsbury County.  He reported the bridge rehab project that was completed north of Carthage came in below the estimated cost by $111,120.  Krempges has received applications from 5 townships (6 projects totaling $223,598) for the Rural Infrastructure Program.  Commissioners will review those applications at its November 15th meeting.


            DOE Severson and Amber Jensen of the SD Dept of Revenue (telephonically) joined the meeting to discuss the Department of Revenue’s request for a GIS parcel layer from Miner County.  Commissioners voiced concern as to providing this information at no cost and the possibility of it being offered to the third-party vendors free of charge.  Jensen stated that at this time the department has no plans of providing that information to the public or third-party vendors.  This information will be used to benefit the Director of Equalizations with sales ratio information and will allow Severson to look at surrounding counties’ sales.  The board instructed Severson to seek possible contract information from State’s Attorney Ellendorf.  This matter will be considered further at a future commission meeting. 

            The board took no action to remove the burn ban that was put into effect on October 18th

Motion by Reisch, seconded by Carlson to pass the following resolution:

Resolution 22-38

            WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2022 budget for the following department to discharge just obligation of said appropriation; and

            WHEREAS, SDCL 7-21-32.2 provides that transfers may be made by resolution of the board from the contingency appropriation established pursuant to SDCL 7-21-6.1 to other appropriations;

            THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the appropriation be transferred from contingency to County Jail $4000.

Voting aye:  Protsch, Reisch, Carlson, Faber and Bechen.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 1st day of November, 2022.


                        Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                                                                                      Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


It was moved by Carlson, seconded by Faber and carried to authorize the auditor to make an automatic supplement for insurance funds received to Contract Law repairs $3192.35.

It was moved by Faber, seconded by Carlson and carried to authorize Chairman Protsch to sign the SD Dept. of Emergency Management HAZ-MAT grant agreement. 

Having no further business, the meeting adjourned until November 10th.  Dated this 1st day of November, 2022.


                        Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                                                               Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


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