Proceedings_Fall River County March 4, 2021

Proceedings

Fall River County Approved Minutes of March 4, 2021
The Fall River Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on March 4, 2021. Present: Joe Allen, Les Cope, Joe Falkenburg, Heath Greenough, Deb Russell and Sue Ganje, Auditor.
The Pledge of Allegiance was given, and the meeting called to order at 9:00 a.m.
The agenda was reviewed for conflicts; none were noted. All motions recorded in these minutes were passed by unanimous vote, unless otherwise stated. The full context of the meeting can be found on the county website under Commissioners at http://fallriver.sdcounties.org, or, under Fall River County Commission, SD at http://www.YouTube.com.
Motion made by Russell, seconded by Greenough, to amend the agenda to change the second meeting date to March 25, 2021, due to the spring workshop also occurring on the normal meeting date.
Motion made by Russell, seconded by Cope, to approve agenda as amended.
No minutes were available for approval.
Discussion was held on removing the “recommend masks” on the signs on the courthouse doors, which will be done. The court still requires masks to conduct business with them.
Motion made by Cope, seconded by Allen, to approve the following resolution:
Resolution #2021-14
Fall River County Second Amendment Sanctuary County
WHEREAS, The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of our nation. The Second Amendment to the Constitution states “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”; and
WHEREAS, the Constitution of the State of South Dakota in Article 6, Section 24 states, “Right to bear arms. The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be denied.”; and
WHEREAS, the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms is guaranteed as an individual right under the Second Amendment to United States Constitution and under the Constitution of the State of South Dakota; and
WHEREAS, the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms for the defense of Life, Liberty and Property is regarded as an inalienable right by the citizens of Fall River County, South Dakota; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of Fall River County, South Dakota, derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearm recreation, hunting and shooting conducted within Fall River County as allowed under the United States and South Dakota Constitutions, and
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Fall River County Board of County Commissioners to declare its support of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America and Article 6, Section 24 of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota protecting citizens’ right to keep and bear arms; and
WHEREAS, the members of the Fall River County Board of County Commissioners took an oath to support and defend the Constitutions of the United States and of the State of South Dakota.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Fall River County Board of County Commissioners strongly supports the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America and Article 6, Section 24 of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota and that the Board strongly believes that it is the right of the citizens of Fall River County to keep and bear arms for the defense of life, liberty and property ; and
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, to defend the rights and liberties of the citizens of Fall River County, the Fall River County Board of County Commissioners hereby declares:
Fall River County, South Dakota a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County.”
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that no employee or official of Fall River County may assist Federal employees, agents or officials in the enforcement of executive orders in violation of the above-referenced Constitutional provisions.
Motion passed and Resolution #2021-14 adopted this 4th day of March 2021.
/s/Joe Falkenburg, Chairman
/s/Deborah Russell, Vice-Chairwoman
/s/Joe Allen, Commissioner
/s/Les Cope, Commissioner
/s/Heath Greenough, Commissioner
Attest:
/s/Sue Ganje, Fall River County Auditor
Motion made by Greenough, seconded by Russell, to approve the longevity pay for Kathy Timmins (Deputy Treasurer), $50.00 per month, effective during February payroll, as per union contract.
Motion made by Greenough, seconded by Cope, to approve travel for Bobbie Janis to attend the 2021 Mid-Winter Muster, Public Information Officer Training, Rapid City, March 10, 2021.
No applications for county assistance or death expenses were presented to the board.
Bob Evans, Sheriff, met with the board to give the jail count- 12 males and 5 females in the Fall River County Jail, 3 males in the Pennington County Jail, 1 inmate on work release, for a total of 21 inmates.
Motion made by Russell, seconded by Allen, to approve training for Thomas McMillan, Vince Logue, and Isnalawica Belt for Arson Investigation, Rapid City, March 23, 2021.
Law enforcements vehicles were reviewed. Motion made by Greenough, seconded by Cope, to surplus the 2014 Dodge Charger and sell on purplewave.com.
Motion made by Cope, seconded by Allen, to approve repair on the 2013 Ram 1500 ST with the rebuilt engine quote from Wendell’s Garage, in the amount of $4,990.54.
Evans requested the use of the county credit card to be allowed for meals on same day travel. Russell advised to have the employee pay the cost and use the travel voucher for per diem reimbursement.
Frank Maynard, Emergency Management, met with the board. Motion made by Greenough, seconded by Russell, to approve the following resolution:
Fall River County Resolution #2021-15
WHEREAS, the South Dakota Wildland Fire Coordinator is authorized to assist in fighting range fires through the State; and
WHEREAS, a county must formally request his assistance pursuant to SDCL 41-20A-11; and
WHEREAS, because there is insufficient time to hold a meeting and adopt a resolution during a fire, Fall River County can designate a person (s) with authority to request assistance under this law;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fall River County Commissioners hereby designate the following person(s) with the authority to request assistance from the State Wildland Fire Coordinator in fighting range fires:
Franklin W. Maynard
Emergency Management Director
605 890-7245 (Cell) Or 605 745-7562 (Office)
Robert (Bob) Evans
Fall River County Sheriff
605 890-2466 (Cell) Or 605 745-4444 (Office)
Joe Falkenberg
Commissioner
307 259-2583 (Cell) Or 605 459-2608 (Home)
Deb Russell
Commissioner
605 890-9796 (Cell) Or 605 424-2135 (Home)
Joe Allen
Commissioner
605 890-0198 (Cell) Or 605 745-1890 (Home)
Heath Greenough
Commissioner
605 890-9488 (Cell)
Les Cope
Commissioner
605 441-4960 (Cell) Or 605 535-6910 (Home)
Dated this 4th day of March 2021
/s/Joe Falkenburg, Chairman
Fall River County Board of Commissioners
Attest:
/s/Sue Ganje,
Fall River County Auditor
Discussion was held on the Homeland Security Grant that Maynard applied for on behalf of the Sheriff’s office, to include vehicle computers and printers, in the amount of $50,880.00. Maynard noted that he submitted a grant application to the state to update the Hazardous Material Plan, and also spoke of the Bureau of Reclamation exercise, fires and incidents.
Nina Steinmetz, Weed and Pest Supervisor, met with the board to present a power point on 2020 activities, grants and cost share programs. Possible grants for 2021 will be for mosquito surveillance, Common Mullein, Absinth Wormwood and a prairie dog 50/50 reimbursement with use of county funds. Steinmetz also discussed the spraying of road ditches, weed identification and grasshopper control. The board appreciated the review of the weed activities.
Motion made by Allen, seconded by Greenough, to approve wage increases for Raymond Palmer, $13.00 to $13.50, and Kenneth Oeschsle, $11.00 to $11.50.
Motion made by Greenough, seconded by Cope, to approve the county prairie dog 50/50 cost reimbursement program, with a maximum amount to be determined.
Susie Hayes, Director of Equalization, met with the board to provide dates for the equalization timeline. Motion made by Russell, seconded by Cope, to start the County Consolidated Board of Equalization on April 15, 2021, with an additional date of April 20, 2021, if needed.
Discussion was also held on putting an article in the paper or an announcement on the radio for the elderly or disabled freeze form deadline.
Stacey Martin, GIS Director, met with the board to review taxable values, tax distribution and mill levy rates for 2021. Discussion was held on growth, building and sales within the county, and then the discussion turned to the agriculture soil table, which shows Fall River County having crop soils of 40% of ag land in the county. The board discussed the need for all West River Counties to be able to see mapping of the soils, indicating if a county does not have the mapping capability, they could contact our GIS Director. Discussion was also held on factors, which is determined by the State, and even if the county lowers the ag values, tax dollars may still be made up by the State factor for the county. The NCRS can help the county with figures.
Motion made by Russell, seconded by Greenough, to approve the bills as follows:
General Fund: American Family Assurance, American Family Assurance, $549.16; A-Z Shredding Inc, Shredding, $90.76; Bob Barker Company Inc, Supply, $2,823.43; Bauerkempers Inc, Repair, $139.17; Black Hills Chemical, Supply, $236.32; Bh Council Of Local Gov, 2021 Dues, $1,760.00; Brumbaugh & Quandahl, P.C., Garnishment, $36.36; Black Hills Energy, Utility Power Electric, $3,512.04; Boston Mutual Life Ins Co, Life Insurance, $32.76; Cameron, George, Court Reporter, $136.80; Century Business Leasing, Copier Lease/Usage, $487.59; Chadron Motor Co. Inc., Repair, $299.97; Credit Collection Bureau, Collections, $32.81; Delta Dental Plan Of Sd, Delta Dental, $2,268.00; Eftps, Eftps Payroll Taxes, $40,613.90; Edgemont Ymca, 2021 Budget Allotment, $1,500.00; En-Tech Llc, Fumigation, $110.00; Dude Solutions, Inc., Gis Support Contract, $313.85; Fall River Health Service, Inmate Medical, $2,161.36; Farrell, Farrell & Ginsbach, Caaf, $1,930.14; Fall River County Herald, Publication, $1,161.08; Galls, Uniform Allowance, $270.10; Golden West Technologies, Service/Network/Server, $5,169.54; Grafix Shoppe, Graphics New Sheriff, $453.50; Harris, Betsey, Caaf, $316.05; Heavy Highway Fringe, Insurance Fees, $585.00; Hot Springs Ace Hardware, Supply, $353.43; Hot Springs Ambulance, First Aid Course, $40.00; City Of Hot Springs, 1st Qtr Fire Sprinkler, $24.00; Iowa Laborers District, Health Insurance, $19,543.50; Kirschenmann, Kevin, Blood Draw, $200.00; Liuna Laborers Local 620, Union Dues, $350.00; Lynn’s Dakotamart, Inmate Medical, $8.94; Mastercard, Credit Card, $1,560.42; McLeods Office Supply Co., Supplies, $406.56; Medical Waste Transport, Utility Power Electric, $169.39; Mocic, 2021 Membership, $100.00; Nationwide Retirement Sol, Nationwide Retirement, $500.00; New York Life Insurance, New York Life Insurance, $65.00; Norton, Tina, Contract Nurse Inmate, $1,475.00; Child Support Payment Cnt, Child Support, $655.00; Pennington County Jail, Transportation, $167.02; Prairie Hills Transit, 2021 Budget Allotment, $13,000.00; Premier Police Training, Training, $200.00; Quill Corporation, Office Supplies, $795.56; Reliance Standard Life, Vision Plan, $211.44; South Dakota St Treasurer, Sales Tax, $14.53; Sdacc, 2021 Spring Workshop, $30.00; Sd Retirement System, Sdrs Contribution, $20,050.90; Sdaao, 2021 Association Membership, $225.00; Sd Secretary Of State, Voter List, $20.00; Servall, Rug/Uniform Service, $231.04; Shagla, Gerald Or Cynthia, Refund Check, $18.98; Sd Supplement Retirement, Sdrs Sup Retirement, $800.00; Spitzer Construction Inc, Snow Removal, $1,500.00; United Way Black Hills, United Way Donation, $60.00; Verizon Wireless, Cell Phone Plan, $837.40; Wendell’s Gara, Ge Maintenance, $480.38; Behrens, Donna, Mileage Reimbursement, $27.30; Smith, Vicky or Anthony, Refund Check, $11.20; Allen, Brandon, Refund Check, $92.06; Wagner, Rebecca, Refund, $84.98; Commissioners, February Salaries, $4,100.00; Auditor’s Office, February Salaries, $19,662.08; Auditor’s Office, Overtime, $7.50; Treasurer’s Office, February Salaries, $15,422.74; Treasurer’s Office, Overtime, $116.10; State’s Attorney’s Office, February Salaries, $14,437.02; State’s Attorney’s Office, Overtime, $551.64; Maintenance, February Salaries, $10,994.09; Maintenance, Overtime, $42.00; Assessor’s Office, February Salaries, $17,477.10; Assessor’s Office, Overtime, $90.66; Register Of Deeds Office, February Salaries, $11,048.66; Register Of Deeds Office, Overtime, $11.08; Veteran’s Service Office, February Salaries, $4,013.36; Gis Office, February Salaries, $3,960.15; Sheriff, February Salaries, $33,285.11; Sheriff, Overtime, $3,472.81; Jail, February Salaries, $23,450.66; Jail, Overtime $3,167.30; Coroner, February Salaries, $600.00; Nurse’s Office, February Salaries, $4,034.65; Nurse’s Office, Overtime $8.61; Extension Office, February Salaries, $2,460.50; Extension Office, Overtime, $10.50; Weed & Pest Office, February Salaries, $4,346.69; Total For General Fund: $308,069.73
County Road & Bridge: A & B Welding Supply Co., Welding Supplies/Lease, $34.41; American Family Assurance, American Family Assurance, $350.88; B H Electric Coop Inc., Utility, $104.55; Black Hills Energy, Utility Power Electric, $906.51; Black Hills Power Equip, Service, $479.23; Bomgaars, Supply, $306.71; Brosz Engineering, Inc., Engineering, $8,760.00; Builder’s First Source, Supply, $50.98; Butler Machinery Co., Supplies/Repair, $809.20; Dale’s Tire & Retreading, Tire Parts/Supply, $3,767.09; Delta Dental Plan Of Sd, Delta Dental, $471.00; Diamond Mowers Inc, Inventory, $262.48; Floyd’s Truck Center, Repairs/Parts, $569.09; Eftps, Eftps Payroll Taxes, $10,233.01; Fall River Auto Supply, Auto Parts/Repair, $264.52; Forward Distributing, Supplies/Parts, $87.20; Fall River County Herald, Publication, $19.84; Heavy Highway Fringe, Insurance Fees, $150.00; Hot Springs Ace Hardware, Supply, $89.33; Hot Springs Automotive, Auto Supply Parts, $59.97; Ricoh Usa Inc, Contract Service, $75.00; Iowa Laborers District, Health Insurance, $3,920.00; Liuna Laborers Local 620, Union Dues, $125.00; Lawson Products, Parts, $240.53; Newman Traffic Signs, Signage, $82.61; Hi-D-Way Oil & Gas, Utility, $1,063.00; Reliance Standard Life, Vision Plan, $39.54; Rancher’s Feed & Supply, Supply, $20.39; Rapid Delivery, Delivery, $14.38; Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc, Supplies, $124.47; Sd Retirement System, Sdrs Contribution, $5,175.38; Seiler, Randy, Cellphone Reimbursement, $75.00; Summit Signs & Supply Inc, Signage, $108.00; Smith, Vicky or Anthony, Refund Check, $1.85; Highway Department, February Salaries, $39,707.47; Highway Department, Overtime, $3,420.90; Total County Road & Bridge: $81,969.52
911 Surcharge Reimbursement: American Family Assurance, American Family Assurance, $67.21; Century Business Leasing, Copier Lease/Usage, $72.56; Credit Collection Bureau, Collections, $302.86; Delta Dental Plan Of Sd, Delta Dental, $381.90; Eftps, Eftps Payroll Taxes, $5,425.79; Galls, Uniform Allowance, $191.84; Heavy Highway Fringe, Insurance Fees, $75.00; Iowa Laborers District, Health Insurance, $2,301.50; Liuna Laborers Local 620, Union Dues, $75.00; Portfolio Recovery Assoc., Garnishment, $260.93; Reliance Standard Life, Vision Plan, $6.33; Sd Retirement System, Sdrs Contribution, $2,686.06; Verizon Wireless, Cell Phone Plan, $42.04; Dispatch, February Salaries, $20,564.46; Dispatch, Overtime, $1,819.32; Total For 911 Surcharge Reimbursement: $34,272.80
Emergency Management: Eftps, Eftps Payroll Taxes, $1,522.77; Golden West Technologies, Service/Network/Server, $8.50; Mastercard, Credit Card, $67.20; Nasasp, 2021 Membership, $39.00; Sd Retirement System, Sdrs Contribution, $616.82; Verizon Wireless Cell Phone Plan, $84.08; Fr Emergency, Management Office, February Salaries, $5,140.22; Total For Emergency Management: $7,478.59
24/7 Sobriety Fund: Eftps, Eftps Payroll Taxes, $223.64; Mastercard, Credit Card, $27.92; Sd Retirement System, Sdrs Contribution, $28.06; 24/7 Office, February Salaries, $1,469.00; Total For 24/7 Sobriety Fund: $1,748.62
Courthouse Building Fund: Shagla, Gerald or Cynthia, Refund Check, $0.83; Smith, Vicky or Anthony, Refund Check, $0.49; Allen, Brandon, Refund Check, $4.08; Total For Courthouse Building Fund: $5.40
 Total Paid Between 2/19/21 And 3/4/21: 433,543.3
Break was taken at 10:17 a.m. and the meeting reconvened at 10:23 a.m.
Public comment was heard from Commissioner Falkenburg about President Biden taking action to uphold commitment to restore balance on public lands and waters and investing in clean energy in the future.
Sealed bids were opened for the 2014 Cat 140M2AWDSD Motor Grader. The only bid received was as follows:
Butler Machinery Company, 3601 Deadwood Ave., Rapid City, SD 57702 – bid amount of $150,000.00
Motion made by Allen, seconded by Russell, to accept the bid from Butler Machinery Company, Rapid City, in the amount of $150,000.00 for the 2014 Cat 140M2ASDSD motor grader. With Cope and Greenough voting no, all others voting yes, by roll call vote, motion carries.
Jennifer Sietsema, Black Hills Local Council Government, met with the board to discuss funding options for infrastructure for the United Ranchers Cooperative. Funding is available for public projects, not private. If it is private, there is no role for the County. Sietsema noted more information is needed. Russell stated that she felt the board never really thought about a financial route for them but wanted to show support through resolution. Greenough discussed the cooperative and buy in process. Discussion was held on requirements on some programs, making it difficult to get funding for, but not to give up hope.
Sietsema also discussed the dues structure for Black Hills Council of Local Government, with 9 counties in the West River Division. There has not been an increase in dues for the last 10 years, but once the 2020 Census is complete, dues will change. The City of Hot Springs will be separate from the county from now on, which may help with dues in the future. Edgemont and Oelrichs are covered under the county dues, because they are under 1,000 in population.
Randy Seiler, Highway Superintendent, met with the board to discuss what to do with the old Argentine Bridge, advising that the bridge issue can be worked out between the contractor and the township. Motion made by Allen, seconded by Russell, to approve the Agreements for Voluntary Right-of-Way Donation, project no. BRO8024 (00)19-1, between Fall River County and Donald Andersen and Lynda Andersen, and between Fall River County and Peterson and Son, Inc, and authorize the chairman to sign.
Fuel quotes were presented as follows:
2/23/2021 Fuel Quotes: 8,000 Gal Gasoline
Nelson’s  $2.50/gallon
Hi-D-Way  No Bid
MG Oil  No Bid
Motion made by Russell, seconded by Allen, to accept the low bid from Nelson’s for $2.50 per gallon for 800 gallons of gasoline, for a total amount of $2,000.00.
Seiler updated the board that all blades were out blading roads and the possibility of setting up a road tour with commissioners. Greenough commented that County Road 3 is a good road with the ground up asphalt mix. Seiler advised LTAP will put on a road grader class for employees. The board discussed other roads to use the ground asphalt millings.
Eric Hamiel, Mack Truck, met with the board to present a proposal off of Marshall County bid for a 2022 Mack Granite MDrive HD, in the amount of $119,500. Jeff Cullum, Floyds Truck Center, presented a proposal off Pennington County bid for a Freightliner 114SD Conventional Chassis, in the amount of $108,692. Motion made by Russell, seconded by Allen, to approve the quote for the Freightliner 114SD Conventional Chassis, in the amount of $108,692.00.
Motion made by Allen, seconded by Russell, to approve truck attachment from Northern Truck, cost depending on truck, with an estimate of $77,000.00. With Cope and Greenough voting no, all others voting yes, by roll call vote, motion carries.
Jerry Heiser, Butler Cat Machinery, presented to the board information on the re-purchase agreements for Caterpillar graders, noting the warranty that covers repairs fully for 7 years. If the county stays with the 7-year update cycle, with the warranty and buy back option, it will cost approximately $26.15 per hour over the course of 7 years. At a 10-year update cycle, it will cost approximately, $28.12 per hour to run; at a 13-year update cycle, it will cost $34.58 per hour to run. These are conservative estimates only and not a future guarantee of a machine’s performance.
Sue Ganje, Auditor, met with the board. Motion made by Greenough, seconded by Cope to approve the cash transfer # 1, from the General fund to 911 fund in the amount of $210,790.25 and from the General fund to Highway fund in the amount of $1,434.13 for COVID funds received in 2020.
Motion made by Greenough, seconded by Russell, to enter executive session, as per SDCL 1-25-2(1) for personnel purposes and SDCL 1-25-2(3) for legal purposes with the highway superintendent, at 11:20 a.m.
The board came out of executive session at 11:55 a.m.
Discussion continued on road graders and trucks.
Motion made by Allen, seconded by Russell, to adjourn at 11:58 a.m.
/s/Joe Falkenburg
Joe Falkenburg, Chairman
Board of Fall River County Commissioners
Attest:
/s/ Sue Ganje
Sue Ganje, Fall River County Auditor
Published once at the total approximate cost of $253.26
Published: April 1, 2021

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