Proceedings: BC Commissioners 6-21-17






The Bennett County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in the Commissioner’s meeting room.

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Chairman Jason Fanning.

Commissioners present: Jason Fanning, Rolf Kraft, and Wayne Bond.

Absent: Rocky Risse and Jeff Slattery.

Others present: Susan Williams, Auditor; Sarah Harris, States Attorney; Jason Ravnsborg, Attorney General Candidate; Jeff Siscoe, Emergency and Disaster Coordinator; Tim Huether, Bennett County Booster.

Minutes Approved

The minutes of the regular June 7, 2017, meeting were approved with a motion by Rolf Kraft and a second by Wayne Bond.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Highway Department

There was discussion concerning the current work of the Highway Department. It was reported that Highway employees and private contractors are hauling gravel. At this time they are placing gravel on 283rd street.

There was discussion about the weed problem in Bennett County. The Board requested information on the contractor Jackson County used. 


The Board reviewed claims. Wayne Bond made a motion to approve claims subject to delinquent taxes. Rolf Kraft seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

General 101: (miles and meals included) May 2017 Payroll: Commissioners, $3,526.70; Auditor, $4,387.16; Treasurer, $3,358.38; States Attorney, $6,153.38; Gov. Bldg, $400.00; Director of Equalization, $2,065.44; Register of Deeds, $2,871.84; Veteran’s Service Officer, $691.00; Sheriff, $3,271.54; Jail, $70.00; County Wide Law, $8,597.44; WIC, $770.57; Extension, $1,251.16; Coroner, $116.00.

Highway, 201: $15,922.54; Emergency & Disaster, 226: $688.48; 24/7 Program, 248: $1,424.42; Security First Bank, Employer’s share of OASI: $4,176.24; Bennett County Medical and Retirement: $13,944.89

Amber Salway 40.96 Law Dept Reimb; Amy R Bartling 566.80 Crt App Attorney Fees X1; Anuar Meza 98.80 Crt Reporter Fees; At&T 192.30 Cell Phones Law & Hwy; At&T 45.71 Att 911 Service; Avera Health Plans 8485.05 County Health Insurance; Bennett County Booster 549.60 Comm/Hwy/Jail/Ext/Aud Publish; Bennett County Funeral Service 150.00 Autopsy Transport; Bennett Co Hospital And Nh 81.90 Blood Alcohol X3; Bc School Dist #3-1 183575.20 May 2017 Apportionment; Bennett County Treasurer 433.24 Taxes; Best Buy 1259.00 Law Dept Computer; Bob’s Gas Service 103.20 Cap Propaine; Bradley T. Borge 1311.00 Crt App Attorney Fees X 3; Buckles Service, Inc 1068.82 Hwy Dept Parts; Butler Machinery 2157.55 Hwy Dept Repairs; Centurylink 123.15 911 Service; Chelsi Claussen 100.00 Blood Alcohol Testing X4; City Of Martin 87.00 Crt Hse & Cap Water; City Of Martin 14969.21 May 2017 Apportionment; Clerk Of District Court 3.25 Sa Certified Copy; Clinical Laboratory Of Bh 1893.00 Autopsy; Cole Pest Control 140.00 4&5 Crt Hse& Jail Pest Control; Connecting Point 6776.50 Aud, Trea Support; Country Pride Cooperative 3744.60 Hwy Dept Fuel; Correctional Risk Services 842.43 T Nollett; Culligan Water Conditioning 47.00 Crt Hse & Jail Water; Days Inn Pierre 114.00 Aud & Rod Confrence; Department Of Revenue 53427.99 May Transmittal 2017; Executive Mgmt Finance Office 42.00 Aud Email Costs; G E Associates 28.34 Hwy Dept Supplies; The General Store 285.28 Hwy, Jail Supplies; Golden West Technologies 1362.74 Phone & Internet All Depts; Governors Inn 114.00 Trea Travel; Great Western Tire Inc. 1106.10 Law & Hwy Tires; Group Resources Of Iowa Llc 161.50 Insurance Admin Fee; Group Resources Of Iowa Llc 87.88 Insurance Reimb; Holloway Vision Care, Llc 70.00 R Ceplecha Medical; Isadore Poor Thunder 14.00 Refund For Pbt; Jason Loafer 30.63 Law Dept Cleaning; Kieffer Sanitation 115.02 Hwy Dept Garbage; Kratovils True Value 33.73 Crt Hse & Jail Supplies; Ksl Corp. 2056.00 Crt App Attorney Fees X 1; Kt Connections, Inc. 500.00 Aud,Trea,Doe,Rod Backup; Lacreek Electric Assoc. 1733.47 Electricity Bills; Laramie Co Sheriff Office 35.00 Trea Tax Deed Service; Lynn’s Dakotamart 31.57 Jail Supplies & Meals; Jerald Lyon 150.00 Crt Hse Lawn Mowing 3X; Marco, Inc 43.20 Copier Lease; Martin Auto Parts Ii, Inc. 4042.14 Law & Hwy Parts & Supplies; Mary Kay Sell 59.72 Ext Travel; Moreno, Lee & Bachand, Pc 104.72 Mental Illness Board; John Murphy 627.77 D. Ceplecha Crt App Attorney; Neve’s Uniforms Inc 151.41 Law Dept Uniform; Joseph Ashley Parr, Esquire 3935.76 Crt App Attorney Fees X6; Jamy Patterson 330.60 Crt App Attorney Fees X 3; Paula Pederson 959.08 Crt App Attorney Fees X3; Pennington Co. Jail 3219.15 R Ceplecha, & Inmate Travel; Pennington County Sheriff 51.72 Paper Service; Philip Motor Inc 1097.77 Law Dept Car Repairs; The Pizza Shoppe 24.71 Inmate Meals; Plic-Sbd Grand Island 95.84 County Life Insurance; Rapid Chevrolet-Cadillac 410.34 Law Dept Parts & Labor; Ravellette Pubs. Inc 30.72 Hwy Advertising; Regional Home-Pharmacy 38.19 R Ceplecha & Inmate Meds X1; Salomon Sanitation 113.21 Crt Hse Garbage Removal; Sd Department Of Health 175.00 Blood Alcohol X4; Sd Public Assurance Alliance 33793.89 Insurance; Sdaco 56.00 May Share; Servall 483.53 Crt Hse Rugs, Mops Ect; Sheehan Mack Sales & Equip Inc 361.65 Hwy Repairs; Sirennet.Com 623.20 Law Dept Car Supplies; Sandy Steffen 602.25 Crt App Attorney X1; Steinley Real Estate Appraisal 190.00 Doe Confrence; Super 8 Chamberlain 60.42 Doe Travel; Susan Williams 129.66 Aud Travel; Sword & Ahrendt Law Office Pc 1568.32 Crt App Attorney Fees X4; United States Postal Service 39.54 Trea Certified Mail; United States Postal Service 413.00 Rod,Ext,Doe,Trea,Law,Aud,Boxs; United States Postal Service 198.00 Law Dept Postage; Personalized Stamped Envelope 570.25 Aud Envelopes; Valentine Office Supply 919.02 Trea,Law,Sa,Ext Supplies; Voyager Fleet Systems Inc 1121.82 Law Dept Fuel; Weston Co. Sheriff’s Office 100.00 Trea Tax Deed Service; Winner Chiropractic 153.00 D. Ceplecha Medical; Winner Health Mart Pharmacy 322.87 D. Ceplecha & Inmate Meds; Winner Police Department 42704.80 Inmate Housing,Travel,Crt Cost; West River Computers 174.97 Rod Comp Service; Dane Claussen 20.00 Witness Fee; Donelle Briggs 20.00 Witness Fee; Kim Claussen 20.00 Court Witness

Bennett County Hospital and Nursing Home

The Commissioners met with States Attorney Sarah Harris to discuss conveyance of the Bennett County Hospital and Nursing Home building and land to the Nonprofit Corporation, Bennett County Hospital and Nursing Home. The Board reviewed the opinion of Legislative Audit on the transfer of property to a nonprofit corporation.

Rolf Kraft made a motion to convey and transfer, as per SDCL 6-5-2, Cook’s Addition Parcel in the NW ¼ NW ¼, City of Martin, See 20 T37 R37 Less Lot 1 Bennett County Hospital Sub division of Cook’s First Addition to the Nonprofit Corporation of Bennett County Hospital and Nursing Home by a deed of conveyance Wayne Bond seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

New Hires

Rolf Kraft made a motion to approve the following New Hires:

Novlyn Janis, Deputy Auditor, $9.51 hourly, effective June 5th, 2017.

Shelby DuBray, Part-time Jailer/Transport, $8.75 hourly, effective June 8th, 2017.

Charles Soderlin, Part-time Jailer/Transport, $8.75 hourly, effective June 12th, 2017.

Wayne Bond seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Attorney General Candidate

Jason Ravnsborg, Attorney General Candidate, met with the Commissioners to introduce himself as a candidate for the office of South Dakota Attorney General. Mr. Ravnsborg informed the Board that he is meeting with Commissioners around the State to discuss their concerns. There was discussion concerning funding issues for trust land to the counties, access to the Attorney General’s office and law enforcement concerns specifically to SB 70 and Marcy’s Law.

Emergency Manager

Jeff Siscoe, Emergency and Disaster Manager, met with the Board. Mr. Siscoe reported he had contacted the Wildland Fire Division concerning the County Rangeland Fire Protection Agreement but he had not received a response.

Mr. Siscoe also informed the Board that Bennett County is required to have a Hazard Mitigation Plan. Mr. Siscoe explained there is an application process for a grant to prepare the Plan. The Emergency Manager presented the Board with Resolution #4-2017 and a letter of Commitment in the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Migration Plan and to provide in-kind match of $2,500 for the grant.

Rolf Kraft made a motion to approve Resolution #4-2017 and to participate in the Hazard Mitigation Grant process. Wayne Bond seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Bennett County

Resolution $4-2017

Appointment of Applicant Agent for the 

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

WHEREAS, Bennett County is submitting a Hazard Mitigation Grant project to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of South Dakota; and,

WHEREAS, Bennett County is required to appoint an Applicant Agent for the purpose of signing documents and assuring the completion of all application documents; 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Bennett County appoints the Bennett County Emergency Manager, Jeffrey Siscoe, as the authorized Applicant Agent.

Dated this 21st day of June, 2017.

Appointing Authority:

/s/ Jason Fanning

Bennett County Commission Chairperson


/s/ Susan Williams

County Auditor

Appointed Applicant Agent:

/s/ Jeffrey Siscoe

Emergency Manager


There being no further business to come before the Board, Wayne Bond made a motion to adjourn with a second by Rolf Kraft.

All voted aye. Motion carried.


ATTEST: Jason Fanning, Chairman

Susan Williams, Auditor

The next meeting will be Wednesday, July 5, at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s meeting room.

Published once at the total approximate cost of $122.85

Published: July 5, 2017

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