October 18, 2022

October 18, 2022

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on October 18, 2022 in the Miner County Courthouse Commission room.  Members present: Alex Protsch, Kari Jo Carlson, Kathy Faber, Tom Reisch and Joe Bechen.  Absent:  none.  Others present included Curt Neises, Kaylee Langrell of Turn Key Solutions/Summit Carbon, John Mengenhausen and Tami Severson.  The flag pledge was recited. 

            Motion by Faber, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the agenda.  The minutes of the October 4th meeting were approved. 

            The board acknowledged receipt of the following reports/correspondence:  Veteran Services Officer September Report; SD Water Mgt. Board Notice of Public Hearing to Adopt Rules; Miner Co. Sheriff’s September Report; Minnehaha Juvenile Detention Center Facility Plan.   

            No persons attended during Public Comment.

Motion by Carlson, seconded by Bechen and carried to approve the following claims for payment: SD Dept. of Revenue $1,764.26 PREDATORY ANIMAL CONTROL FUND; Miner Co Treasurer $1,500.00 4-H AWARDS; Alliance $150.00, Santel $55.12 911 CHARGES; ICAP $701.92 COMMUNITY ACTION PMT; SD DOT $2,679.38 CONTRACTED MAINTENANCE; Auto Value $45.24, HFCA $15,198.42, Shane’s Hardware $11.07 FUEL; SDML Workers’ Comp $27,870.00 INSURANCE; County Employee $1,952.91 INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT; SDACC $242.00 LEGAL EXPENSE RELIEF FUND; Todd Spader $297.00 MOWING; Office Ally $35.00 PROCESSING FEE; Microfilm Imaging Systems $385.00 RENT; C&R Supply $55.00, Dawson Construction $375.00, James Valley Landscape $1,949.56, Office Peeps $225.65, Ultra $1,531.25 REPAIRS; Spencer Quarries $395.84, TrueNorth Steel $3,278.69 ROAD MATERIALS; Auto Value $723.53, Boyer Trucks $359.92, Home Service Water Conditioning $23.20, HFCA $19,169.81, Miedema Sanitation $375.00, North Central Int’l $44.73, Office Peeps $730.68, Shane’s Hardware $189.76, Stan Houston Equipment $98.60, Productivity Plus Account $405.37, Ultra $81.30, Wheelco $143.96 SUPPLIES; Daniel P Feldhaus Reporting $21.20 TRANSCRIPTS; Joe Bechen $25.50, Kathy Faber $64.26, HFCA $22.33, Kim Lewis $12.75, Ramkota Hotel Pierre $154.00, Kent Terwilliger $243.20 TRAVEL; Central Electric Coop $139.67 UTILITIES; Factor360 $120.00 WEBSITE EXPENSE;

            The board considered the insurance quotes received at the October 4th meeting.  Those quotes were from Miner Insurance (Continental Western Group) and SD Public Assurance Alliance.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Carlson and carried unanimously to purchase insurance coverage as presented by Miner Insurance. 

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



            WHEREAS, due to extreme drought conditions prevalent in Miner County and due to recent high temperatures, a fire danger emergency now exists within Miner County, South Dakota,

            NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MINER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS that a Fire Danger Emergency is hereby declared and until this resolution be otherwise rescinded by the Miner County Board of Commissioners, all open burning as defined in Ordinance 06-01, is hereby prohibited within the boundaries of Miner County, South Dakota, exclusive of any incorporated municipality within the County, and

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution is declared to be necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety in accordance with the provisions of SDCL 7-18A-8 and is effective immediately and shall continue in force and affect until rescinded by the Miner County Board of Commissioners.

            Voting aye:  Reisch, Faber, Carlson, Bechen and Protsch.  Voting nay:  none.

            Resolution approved this 18th day of October, 2022.

                                                            Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

            Severson handed out information concerning FEMA’s Flood Insurance Coordination Meeting.  A zoom meeting will be held on October 26th. 

            It was moved by Bechen, seconded by Reisch and carried to discontinue payment to Connor, Mommaerts and Severson for HVAC maintenance.  This is now handled by the Miner County courthouse custodian. 

            It was moved by Faber, seconded by Carlson and carried to instruct and authorize the auditor to apply for the federal funds associated with the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund. 

It was moved by Carlson, seconded by Faber and carried to authorize the auditor to make an automatic supplement for grant funds received to the 911 Fund for grant funds received $11,590.02.

            It was moved by Faber, seconded by Bechen and carried to approve the refund ($402.87) application of David & Ronda Gassman for s ½ NW ¼ EXC. 4.36 ACRES 24-105-56 Canova Township due to an error in the Director of Equalization’s office in entering the valuation thereof.

            Auditor Connor reported that no settlement has been received from the insurance company relating to the fire alarm damage.  Commissioners will continue to wait to make a decision on the repairs until the insurance payment is received. 

            It was moved by Carlson, seconded by Faber and carried to enter into executive session (SDCL 1-25-2 (1)) at 10:10.  The board returned to regular session at 10:23.

Kaylee Langrell and Trey Lester from Turn Key Logistics representing Summit Carbon Solutions joined the meeting.  Langrell presented information on the progress of Summit Carbon Solutions in pursuing the carbon pipeline.  The projected construction start date is August 2023.  Currently Summit has obtained 43% of the land required in Miner County and 46% of the land required throughout SD.  They will be applying this month for the permit required from the SD PUC and are looking for a decision by the PUC in June of 2023.   Langrell stated that the PHMSA requirements are for 10% of the welds on the pipeline must be x-rayed, but Carbon Solutions will x-ray 100% of the welds and the pipeline will be hydrostatically tested as this pipeline is a high-pressure line with 1300-2200 PSI.  Currently, there are no block valves being installed in Miner County.  Bechen asked if the county could request that a block valve be installed.  Langrell advised the board could make that request to Carbon Solutions.  Full time staff will be hired to monitor and live along the route to respond to any breeches in the pipeline.   Carbon Solutions will hold training for the first responders with Rod Dillion being the SD Director of Regulatory Compliance.  One of the requirements will be for the county to hire an ag inspector who will have authority to stop work in the interest of keeping the land in best condition possible.  Langrell believed that Carbon Solutions would reimburse the county for expenses associated with the hiring of an ag inspector. 

Todd Kays of First District of Local Govts reviewed proposed changes/updates to the zoning ordinance.  Further review will take place at the December 1st meeting.  Bechen left the meeting.

It was moved by Carlson, seconded by Faber and carried to enter into executive session (SDCL 1-25-2 (3)) at 12:26.  The board returned to regular session at 12:53.  Bechen joined the meeting telephonically.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Faber and carried unanimously to authorize the chairman to sign the contract for the sale of the Howard Hotel & Convention Center with Sutton Auctions including the following changes; all auction advertising expenses to be paid by the owner/sellers; buyer and sellers will split 50/50 cost of title company owner’s policy premium, if any; all other expenses, to include closing costs, settlement agent fees, a lender’s title policy, or survey costs, etc., if any, will be paid by and the obligation of the buyer.  It was moved by Carlson, seconded by Faber and carried unanimously to limit advertising costs to a maximum of $15,000 which will be recouped from sale proceeds. 

            Having no further business, the meeting adjourned until November 1st.  Dated this 18th day of October, 2022.

                                                            Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

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