Proceedings_City of Hot Springs January 6, 2020

Proceedings

Unofficial Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the
Common Council of the City of Hot Springs
January 6, 2020
A regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota, was convened on January 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mueller Civic Center with Mayor George Kotti presiding
Members Present: David Burris, Bill Lukens, Bob Nelson, Ron Richards, Alison Ritterbush, Craig Romey and Caitlin Turner
Members Absent: Ray Ecoffey
Staff Present: City Administrator John Gregory, Finance Officer Misty Summers-Walton, MCC Staff Chris Kattke, Police Captain Bill Wainman and City Attorney Garland Goff
All actions recorded in these minutes were by unanimous vote unless otherwise stated.
Agenda: Moved by Ritterbush, seconded by Richards, to approve the agenda
Minutes: Moved by Romey, seconded by Turner, to approve the regular council meeting minutes from 12/16/19
Claims: Moved by Turner, seconded by Nelson, to approve the bills in between of $192,494.00
Bills In Between: Jan 6, 2020: City of Hot Springs, $24,576.36, General Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $5,544.29, Golf Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $9,627.11, Water Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $6,615.78, Sewer Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $10,776.65, Evans Plunge Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $16,873.78, Payroll Deductions; City of Hot Springs, $22,560.09, General Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $5,422.88, Golf Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $10,272.39, Water Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $6,734.09, Sewer Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $10,670.60, Evans Plunge Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $16,390.11, Payroll Deductions; City of Hot Springs, $2,953.04, Council Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $545.59, Council Payroll Deduction; AFLAC, $972.14, Premium; Avesis, $130.00, Premium; Delta Dental, $1,078.48, Premium; Hot Springs Fire Department, $7,500.00, Allotment; Credit Collection Bureau, $378.52, Garnishment; Office of Child Support Enforcement, $1,698.00, Garnishment; Black Hills Energy, $22,282.50, Utilities; Verizon Wireless, $584.87, Monthly Charges; Theresa Maas, $587.20, Police Dept and City Hall Janitorial; United Way, $90.00, Quarterly Employee Contributions; Western States Fire Proctection - Library, $265.00, 2019 Annual Inspection; Ace Hardware - Library, $16.18, Roof Caulking; Micromarketing - Library, $2,404.40, 74 Audio CD (Donation); Micromarketing - Library, $94.56, 4 DVD; Tessiers Inc - Library, $4,011.60, Heater Repair; Black Hills Special Services - Library, $730.00, Monthly Janitorial; Marco - Library, $88.37, Monthly Printer Contract; Rapid City Journal - Library, $19.42, Minutes Publication; Total: $192,494.00
Moved by Lukens, seconded by Burris, to approve the current claims of $149,988.81 Romey abstained pymt to a cousin
Moved by Nelson, seconded by Burris, to approve the 2019 Accounts Payable of $30,632.65
Current Claims and Accounts Payable: Jan. 6, 2020: Ace Hardware, $372.84, Rawl, 4 cable strap, rope light; Ace Steel & Recycling Inc, $44.30, Frieght & Disposal Pull Charge; American Water Works Associati, $334.00, Share 2020 Membership Renewal; Black Hills & Badlands Tourism, $7,732.00, 2020 Membership Renewal, Extra; Bomgaars Supply, $89.72, Bulk Bolts; Boys & Girls Club, $5,000.00, 2020 City Donation; Builders Firstsource, $339.38, Tempered Hardboard, Ground Con; Century Business Products, $306.99, Dec 2019 Printer Contract; Chamber Of Commerce, $5,051.91, 80% Lld Municipal Tax Dist 12/; Core & Main Lp, $2,145.00, 2020 Sensus Annual Support Con; Credit Collections Bureau, $19.52, Collection Fee Nov Client# 250; Custer County Sheriffs Office, $2,539.61, Zuercher Contract 30% Due Upon; Cwd, $465.84, Candy, Pizza, Pretzels, Popcorn; Vamc, $707.75, Cwt Worker 43.50 Hrs at $9.50/Hr; Demco, $99.85, Book Labels, Name Badge; Dollar General -Regions 410526, $96.15, 6 P-Towels, 7 T-Paper, 2 Soap; Evergreen Media, $3,600.00, Full Pg Ad Sh Vac Guide Split; F. R. County Auditor, $55,000.00, 2020 Dispatch Services; Fall River Health Services, $132.00, 2 Empl Urine Drug Screening; Fall River Sanitation, $14,163.98, Dec Garbage Serv Fees Collecte; Fedex, $13.76, Lab Work - Shipping; Gary Romey, $750.00, 2020 Billboard Epms; Gold Pages Publishing, $1,560.00, 2020 Activities Guide; Hills Tire & Supply, $1,964.00, 4 Tires (Little Loader); Hot Springs Elderly Meal Site, $4,000.00, 2020 City Donation; Ingram Library Services, $27.86, Book; J. & D. Precast Inc, $390.00, Manhole (N River St); Jessica Luther, $1,085.00, Jan 2020 Water Meter Reading; Liberty Chrysler Center Llc, $1,047.84, Replace Engine Valves & Airbag; Lighting Maintenance,Contracts, $530.88, Mo. Lighting Maintenance Service; Marco Technologies Llc, $52.05, Dec Copier Contract; Micromarketing Llc, $326.09, 11 Dvd’s; Cronin, Nathan, $67.90, Meal Reimbursement 12/1 - 12/5; Northwest Pipe, $944.17, 40 8X20 Pipe, Coupling, 4 Mega; Pepsi, $15.30, 3 Cases Of Aquavista; Prairie Hills Transit, $5,000.00, 2020 City Donation; Robert Sharp & Associates, $360.00, 2020 Annual Website Hosting; S. D. Airport Manager’s Assn., $25.00, 2020 Membership Dues; Sd Assoc Of Code Enforcement, $40.00, 2020 Membership Dues; S. D. Assc Rural Water Systems, $875.00, 2020 Annual Dues; South Dakota Building Official, $50.00, 2020 Membership Dues; Sd City Management Association, $150.00, 2020 Membership Dues; Sd Dept. Of Environment & N.R., $50.00, 2020 No Discharge Permit Sd002; S. D. Govt. Fin. Officer Assc., $70.00, 2020 Membership Dues; Sd Municipal Street Maint, $35.00, 2020 Membership Dues; Sd Police Chiefs Assoc., $100.20, 2020 Membership Dues; S. H. Economic Development, $9,000.00, 2020 City Donation; Scott Phillips, $600.00, 2020 Billboard Lease; Sd Governmental Human Resource, $25.00, 2020 Membership Dues; Sdml Workers’ Compensation Fun, $46,863.00, 2020 Renewal Billing; Servall, $64.80, Dec Rug Service; Simon North Region Sd, $43.65, Base Course; Sonnys, $22.55, 4 20# Bg Ice; Southern Hills Fire & Safety, $896.00, 5 Annual Extinquisher Inspection; Springs Senior Citizens Center, $3,000.00, 2020 City Donation; Sturdevants Auto Parts, $539.91, 4 Wiper Blades; Usa Bluebook, $1,795.66, Lab Test Kit; Total: $180,621.46
Mayor Kotti amended the Wells Fargo Credit Card claims to include $327.89 of additional charges, moved by Turner, seconded by Romey, to approve the amended total of $3,507.61
Credit Card Claims: Jan. 6, 2020: Stamps.com -  Svc charge 11/18 - 12/17, postage purchased, $474.99; Amazon - 12PK pickle balls, 18pk tennis balls, big joe island float, $132.09; Amazon - share of HP office jet wireless printer, $30.00; Amazon - share of HP office jet wireless printer, $29.99; Amazon - Hoover commercial vacuum, $289.99; Amazon - replacement light bulb for tennis court, $29.34; Office Depot - 100pk CD/DVD sleeves; 3pk flash drives, $24.97; Office Depot - Hanging folders, file folders, desk calendar, postits, pens, binder clips, $173.98; Office Depot - Report binders, paper clips, memo books, highlighters, $28.46; Fast Stop - diesel to pick up dump truck Colorado, $120.00; Loves - antifreeze (dump truck), $15.89; Frederick Travel Center - Diesel for dump truck, gas for pickup (trip to Colorado), $185.60; Taco Bell - Meal for L Sherrard & J Lively safety conference Mitchell SD, $15.38; Holiday Station - fuel for trip Safety Conference Mitchell SD, $67.00; Days Inn - 1 night lodging, 2 rooms, Sherrard & Lively, Safety Conf Mitchell SD, $157.00; Amazon - Norton 1600 series door closer, $101.38 SD Historical Society - 12 books, $349.60; Amazon - Wall calendar, $13.98; Amazon - 11 books, 1 DVD, $159.63; Amazon - Sharp oem toner for mx-b201d, $53.11; Amazon - Condensate pump, $71.49; Amazon - 2 Sika flex silicone, 2 basketball nets, 2 boxing speed ball bags, $88.50; Amazon - 2 sloan valve repair kits, $65.98; Amason - 2 4pk emergency lights, 3 led wallpack lights, hot tub blower, $331.37; SD Dept of Health - 2020 food license renewal, $170.00; Amazon - 4 police shirts, $75.58; Phillip Pit Stop - Travel for Officer Cronin, Sious Falls, Cannibis Impaired Class, $30.34 Speedway - Fuel Officer Cronin travel Sioux Falls Cannibis Impaired class, $27.05; Coffee Cup - Fuel Officer Cronin Sioux Falls Cannibis Impaired class, $31.67; Holiday Station Store - Fuel Officer Cronin Sioux Falls Cannibis Impaired class, $32.50; Pilot Flying J - Fuel Officer Cronin Sioux Falls Cannibis Impaired class, $35.64; Amazon - 8 sweatshirts, heat transfer paper for fabric, $95.11; Total: $3,507.61
Fund
101 General Fund: $2,572.06
602 Water Fund: $125.11
604 Waste Water Fund: $29.99
621 Evans Plunge: $780.45
Communications from the Public: Wally Cachro-Thank you for the good job on snow plowing-City workers did a good job over the weekend cleaning up the snow throughout the town
Bid Opening: No bids were received for the 1982 GMC General Dump Truck
Personnel: Moved by Ritterbush, seconded by Richards, to approve personnel action (a-g); Nathan Cronin, Police Officer, $19.22/hr. effective 1/8/20, Barb Benson, Finance Office, .5% longevity (plus COLA) to $17.88/hr. effective 1/1/20, Lori Sherrard, Cemetery, 5% longevity(plus COLA)to $16.77/hr. effective 1/1/20, Jason Happe, SHGC, .5% longevity (plus COLA)to $24.63/hr. effective 1/1/20, Kathi Jirsa, SHGC, .5% longevity(plus COLA) to $16.89/hr. effective 1/1/20, Jonathan Wishard, ACO, 100% TOS increase (plus COLA) to $14.11/hr. effective 1/1/20, Rianna Hayne, EPMS Front Desk, last day effective 12/13/19
Committee Reports: Committee reports were provided by; Administrative and Finance: Chairman Bob Nelson, Vice Chair Caitlin Turner, Airport Advisory Committee: Bill Lukens, Custer/Fall River Regional Waste Management District: Ron Richards, Downtown Historic Preservation Commission: Craig Romey, Evans Plunge Advisory Committee: Alison Ritterbush, Parks, Recreation, Beautification and Cultural Development: Dave Burris, Planning and Zoning Commission: Alison Ritterbush, Public Safety: Bill Lukens, Public Works: Chairman Bob Nelson, Vice Chair Ray Ecoffey, Southern Hills Economic Development: Caitlin Turner, Southern Hills Golf Course Advisory Committee: George Kotti, Volunteer Fire Department: Ron Richards
Ordinances: Moved by Burris, seconded by Romey, to approve the first reading of Ordinance 1206-An Ordinance Transferring two (2) lots in the Boulder Falls Addition from Rural Service District to Urban Service District A roll call vote was taken with all members voting in favor
Moved by Lukens, seconded by Turner, to approve the first reading of Ordinance 1207- An Ordinance Revising Title IX-General Regulations, Chapter 92-Parks and Recreation, Section 92.12 Possession, Use or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages/Glass Containers to add an exception at Brookside Park
Resolutions: Moved by Burris, seconded by Turner, to approve resolution 2020-1: 2020 Salary/Wage Resolution
Resolution 2020-01
2020 Salary/Wage Resolution
BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota, in accordance with South Dakota Codified Law 6-1-10, to adopt the following wage scale for the City of Hot Springs effective January 1, 2020:
City Administrator: $27.50
  *John Gregory: $25.33
Public Works Engineer: $32.65    
  *Tracy Bastian: $42.26
Development Coordinator: $25.48    
  Scott Sogge: $24.51
Finance Officer: $24.19    
  Misty Summers-Walton: $25.67
Assistant Finance Officer: $19.19    
  Karen Bingley: $20.16
Administrative Assistant: $14.19    
  Mary Hardy-City Hall: $16.92
  Barb Benson-Utility Billing Clerk: $17.88
  Darcie Engel-Police Dept: $13.46
Library Director: $19.54    
  Dawn Johnson: $20.89
Asst. Library Director: $14.33    
  Brenda Cullen: $11.76
Library Clerks: $12.69    
  Olivia Hayes: $10.45
Library Clerk-Pt: $10.20    
  Malisa Niles: $10.20
Mueller Center Facility Director: $14.19    
  Christopher Kattke: $16.44
Mueller Center Custodian-Pt: $10.15    
  Karl Bochert: $10.65
Airport Manager: $14.73    
  Edward Jensen: $16.24
Water Foreman: $15.69    
  Shaun Hylle: $24.24
Wastewater Foreman: $15.69    
  Cole Richards: $25.08
Water/Wastewater Operator: $13.69     
  Gordon Wempen: $21.14
  Mike Parmley: $23.11
  Tadd Harder: $17.68
  Pete Miles: $16.77
Police Chief: $28.58    
  *Michael Close: $29.02
Police Captain: $25.00    
  William Wainman: $25.43
Police Officers: $22.00    
  Zach Schafer: $22.66
  Jennifer Winscot: $20.62
  Austin Chaffin: $20.62
  Joe Hayashi: $19.22
  Nathan Cronin: $19.22
Animal Control Officer: $13.01    
  *Jonathan Wishard: $14.11
City Maintenance Superintendent: $22.46    
  Billy Morrow: $24.39
City Maintenance Foreman: $18.50    
  Kurt Seegrist: $19.14
City Fleet Mechanic: $17.90    
  Steve Alexander: $19.62
Class Iii Maintenance/Operators: $16.90    
  Bart Sieg: $19.52
Class Ii Maintenance/Operators: $14.90    
  Lori Sherrard: 16.77
  James Lively: $16.56
  Curtis Bilbrey: $14.46
Class I Maintenance/Operators: $9.30    
  Charlie Mower-Pt: $10.30
  Kolby Benson-Pt: $10.30
  Alan Reynolds-Pt: $9.30
  Cody Parsons-Pt: $9.55
Evans Plunge Mineral Springs        
  *Kris Hanson-Facility Director: $19.77 - $20.72
  *Josh Johnson-Aquatics Dir: $17.85 - $15.65
  Tom Naasz- Maintenance: $16.90 - $18.52
Epms Lifeguards-Pt: $9.70    
  Kenna Aldrich: $9.70
  Adam Consoer: $9.70
  Lacie Grapentine: $10.20
  Kathy Hren: $10.20
  Evan King: $9.70
  Tyler Morrow: $10.20
  Morgan Rhew: $9.70
  Shyann Stewart: $9.95
  Michael Wainman: $9.70
  Okoye Zimiga-Holloway: $10.45
Epms Head Lifeguard-Pt: $10.20    
  Kyle Holcomb: $11.20
Epms Front Desk-Pt: $9.55    
  Jacqueline Henck: $10.05
  Bobbie Herrington: $10.55
  Judy Madsen: $10.55
  Tyler Morrow: $10.05
  Sadell Neuhardt: $10.05
  Dana Schwarz: $9.55
  Victoria Plybon: $9.80
Epms Custodian-Pt: $10.15    
  David Brandt: $10.15
  Herbert Hoffman: $10.40
  Ronny Sinclair: $10.15
Epms Instructors-Pt: $9.30    
  Kim Gehman-Spin Class: $9.30
  Martha Knutson-Water Aerobics: $9.30
Southern Hills Golf Course        
  *Jason Happe-Superintendent: $22.69 - $24.63
  *Josh Preim-Equipment Mgr: $17.79 - $18.25
Shgc Pro Shopl $15.14    
  *Kathi Jirsa-Manager: $16.89
Recreation Director: $14.70    
  Kathy Hren-Pt: $14.70
*indicates salaried employee
Full-time employees- Beginning wage is typically 80% of the wage scale, and wages increase each anniversary, to 86%, 91%, 95%, 98% and 100% at the end of each of the first five years respectively.  At the end of the 5th year, or upon reaching top of scale, the wage will increase 0.5% for each additional year of service (longevity).
Part time and seasonal positions receive an increase of .25¢ per hour each year for up to a maximum of four years, with the exception of the EPMS instructors.
Dated January 6, 2020
Approved:
George Kotti, Mayor
Attest:
Misty Summers-Walton, Finance Officer
Moved by Burris, seconded by Romey, to approve resolution 2020-2: Designation of Depositories and Official Newspaper
Resolution 2020-2
Designation of Depositories and Official Newspaper
BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota, a Municipality of the State of South Dakota, that Bank of the West, First Interstate Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank, all located in Hot Springs, South Dakota, and South Dakota Public Funds Investment Trust (SD FIT) are hereby designated as depositories for the municipal funds of the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota, a municipality of the State of South Dakota, that the Fall River County Herald Star is named the official newspaper of the City.
Dated January 6, 2020
Approved:
George Kotti, Mayor
Attest:
Misty Summers-Walton, Finance Officer
Moved by Ritterbush, seconded by Richards, to approve resolution 2020-3: 2020 Part Time Rates Resolution
Resolution 2020-3
A Resolution to Establish 2020 Part-Time/
Seasonal Hourly Pay Rates
BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota to adopt the following wages for part-time/seasonal employees for 2020:
General Laborer; EPMS Slide Dispatch, EPMS Fitness Instructor, Class 1 Airport & Maintenance Operator, SHGC Laborer & Equipment Operator: Starting Wage: $9.30/hr.
EPMS Lifeguard: Lifeguard Starting Wage: $9.70/hr.; Head Lifeguard Starting Wage: $10.20/hr.
Custodian; EPMS, SHGC, MCC Event Staff/Custodian: Starting Wage $10.15/hr.
SHGC Clubhouse Attendant and EPMS Front Desk Guest Service Associate : Starting Wage: $9.55/hr.
SHGC Clubhouse Golf Cart Maintenance & Driving Range Operator and SHGC Horticulturist: Starting Wage: $10.25/hr.
SHGC Maintenance Technician: Starting Wage: $11.20/hr.
Recreation Director: Starting Wage: $14.70/hr.; Instructor Starting Wage: $10.60/hr.; Assistant Instructor Starting Wage: $9.30/hr.
Part Time Library Clerk: Starting Wage: $10.20/hr.
All Part-Time/Seasonal positions have the potential to increase hourly rate by .25¢ per hour for each year employed, up to a maximum of four years, with the exception of the EPMS instructors.
Dated this 6th day of January, 2020
Approved:
George Kotti, Mayor
Attest:
Misty Summers-Walton, Finance Officer
New Business: Moved by Nelson, seconded by Ritterbush, to set a public hearing on February 3, 2020 at 7:20PM for the consideration of the vacation of a section line right-of-way located in the Cold Springs addition, further described as; that portion of the section line dividing section 12 and section 13, T7S, R5E of the BHM, Fall River County, SD, running on the north boundary of Lots 5 & 6, less lot H-1 of Lots 5 & 6, all in Block 11, Cold Springs Addition to the town now city of Hot Springs, SD, according to a plat thereof recorded in Book I of plats, page 29 in the office of the Register of Deeds, Fall River County, SD, running between the NW corner of Lot 5 and travelling E across the N boundary of Lot 5 to a point at the NE corner of Lot 6, Cold Springs Addition, according to a plat thereof recorded in Book I of plats, page 29 in the office of the Register of Deeds, Fall River County, SD. Attorney Pat Ginsbach, representing David Turnbull and Janell Knuth, summarized the request for the council
Moved by Ritterbush, seconded by Lukens, to renew the following Municipal Operating Agreements for Alcoholic Beverage license holders for 2020; Lynn’s Dakota Mart (PL), Sonny’s Super Foods (PL), YesWay #1177 (PL), American Legion (RL & RB), Winner’s Circle (RL & RB), Bourbon County (RL), Frankie’s Place (RL & RB), The Vault (RL & RB), Woolly’s (RL, RB & RW) Red Rock River Resort (RR & RW), Big Bat’s LLC (RB), Big Time Pizza (RB & RW), Pizza Hut (RB), China Buffet (RB), Dakotamart Gas (RB), Dollar General (RB & RW), Corner Pantry #11 & 11B (RB), Sancho’s Bar & Grill (RB), Springs Restaurant (RB & RW), Buffalo Dreamer Restaurant (RB & RW), Family Dollar Store #27126 (RB & RW), Earth Goods (RW) and COHS- Southern Hills Pro Shop (RB & RW)
Moved by Nelson, seconded by Burris, to approve a credit of $52.35 to the garbage billing for 2002 University for 5 months of garbage service billed when service was not provided
Moved by Turner, seconded by Burris, to set election date as June 2, 2020 and combine with Fall River County and the Hot Springs School District
Moved by Romey, seconded by Burris, to approve 2020 Parades; 4th of July Parade, Freedom Ride Parade, HSHS Homecoming Parade, December Parade of Lights
Moved by Lukens, seconded by Turner, to approve contract 2020-1 between the City of Hot Springs and Battle Mountain Humane Society for animal boarding services-Ritterbush opposed
Moved by Romey, seconded by Turner, to approve contract 2020-2 between the City of Hot Springs and Theresa Maas for Police Department and City Hall cleaning services
Moved by Lukens, seconded by Burris, to approve contract 2020-3 between the City of Hot Springs and Jessica Luther for meter reading services
Moved by Turner, seconded by Nelson, to approve contract 2020-4 between Evans Plunge Mineral Springs and Lori McNair for fitness instruction at the EPMS facility
Moved by Nelson, seconded by Ritterbush, to approve a 12/31/2019 automatic budget supplement of $10,809 to the Police Department (101-42100-43400) for the purchase of 5 new radios and accessories, grant revenue received from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Program grant federal award number 2019-SS-00007-S01
Moved by Turner, seconded by Richards, to approve travel request from Ed Jensen, Airport Manager to attend the 2020 SD Airports Conference in Rapid City on 3/11/20 and 3/12/20
Moved by Ritterbush, seconded by Turner, to approve travel request from Mike Close, Police Chief to attend the Preparing and Planning to Address the Opioid Crisis and Substance Use Disorders in Denver 2/4/20 – 2/7/20
Finance Officer Report: Reviewed financial reports provided to council, reminded that they are not final 2019 #’s, discussed the basis of modified accrual accounting and why it is widely used by governmental agencies and how that impacts our financials. The annual report is required to be presented by the 1st meeting in May, once again we will use Ketel Thorstensen LLP for our annual audit, reviewed the payments to all 2020 approved donations as well as the approved payments made to Fall River County Dispatch and the HS Volunteer Fire Department. The final cost calculation, amended assessment roll and resolution has been drafted related to the 26th St. Water Distribution Improvement Project and a public hearing will be scheduled for 2/3/20 at 7:10PM. Reminded council of deadline to register for the 2020 Legislative Rib Dinner and Municipal Day at the Legislature scheduled for the 4th and 5th of February, discussed new W4’s effective for 2020 and the 2019 yearend processing and reporting of 161 W2’s and 30 1099’s. Reminder that next meeting will be held on Tuesday the 21st as opposed to Monday the 20th due to the observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.   
City Administrator Report: Presented an overview of the City of Hot Springs Streets & Maintenance and Utilities Department activities over the holidays, including: responding to two water main breaks; a contractor’s hydraulic oil spill; clean-up after a snow event; structural improvements to the replacement dump truck; and continued reconstruction work on the WWTP wet-well. Discussed a meeting with the Fall River County EMA Director which resulted in finalization of the USACE Fall River Floodway Channel - Emergency Preparedness Plan and application planning, pursuant two FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants in 2020. Provided an update on the current SD-DOT Hwy 18/385 planning discussions, including: additional street lighting specifications, construction detour route planning and pedestrian crosswalk locations. Also, updated City Council on continued participation with SD-DENR and USDA with the Wellhead Protection Plan development. Additional updates were provided of the Wesch-Oak Building disposition and engineering evaluation scheduled; and the current/future planning associated with the brush pile burning being considered.
Mayor Report: The mayor noted that overall sales tax revenues rose to $1.7M in 2019, which was $100K above the city’s conservative budget projections. General sales tax revenues were above $1M, this despite one of our major retail stores closing in early summer. The mayor pointed out that economic viability is a team effort, the major organizations such as the city, the chamber of commerce and economic development organizations working together for the same goals. Also noted, residential building permits totaled $2.735M in 2019 which was a 24% increase over 2018, an indication of a healthy and growing community on its way to meeting a documented need for housing. The mayor also announced that he would not be seeking re-election in 2020, stressing he is not angry, frustrated or ill. Based on his belief in term limits and past experience that military commanders stay in their posts for just a limited time, he feels it is time for new and fresh ideas to keep the city moving in a positive direction. The mayor also relayed, with a functional Council and very competent city employees Hot Spring’s future remains very bright.
Being no further business to come before the Council, moved by Romey, seconded by Ritterbush, to adjourn at 8:10 p.m.
Approved:
George Kotti, Mayor
Attest:
Misty Summers-Walton, Finance Officer
Published once at the total approximate cost of $304.92
Published: Jan. 16, 2020

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