Proceedings: BC Commissioners 8-16-17


Board Of Bennett County Commissioners

Minutes of Proceedings

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Martin, South Dakota

The Bennett County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Wednesday, August 16, 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, Wayne Bond, Jeff Slattery, Rolf Kraft and Rocky Risse.

Others present: Susan Williams, Auditor; Sarah Harris, States Attorney; Steve Livermont, District 27 Representative; Gary Rayhill, Mayor of Martin; Sheriff Paul Williams; Amber Salway, Administrative Assistant; Ron Brandriet, area land owner.

Minutes Approved

The minutes of the regular August 2, 2017, meeting were approved with a motion by Rolf Kraft and a second by Jeff Slattery.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Highway Department

Rocky Risse reported the Highway Department is hauling gravel and blading roads.

New Hire

Wayne Bond made a motion to approve the new hire of Larry Livermont, Highway Laborer/ Weed Spraying, $11.50 hourly, effective August 14, 2017. Rocky Risse seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

SD Highway 18 project

Steve Livermont, District 27 Representative and Gary Rayhill, Martin Mayor, met with the Commissioners to request support in their concern with the South Dakota Department of Transportation plans for the SD Highway 18 project from the Todd County line to Martin. Mr. Livermont and Mr. Rayhill explained they are concerned with the plan to take out the traffic light and the proposal for SD Highway 18. The Board stated they will support their efforts.

Area Land Owner

Ron Brandriet, area land owner, met with the Commissioners to complain about the road to his property. Mr. Brandriet stated he had come to the Commissioners several years ago to complain about the roads to his property and nothing had been done and he was concerned that emergency vehicles and equipment couldn’t get to his daughter’s residence. Mr. Brandriet stated if nothing was done he would bring a court suit against Bennett County and each Commissioner. The Board explained the road is a secondary road with one residence and school routes and mail routes are priority and the Highway department is working on roads as fast as they can. There was discussion concerning buying gravel. The Board stated area residents have purchased gravel and the County will lay it. Mr. Brandriet requested the County pay for half the gravel. The Board stated the County could not do that. The Board explained the Highway Department is trying to get to all of the roads. 

Mr. Brandriet stated he will be contacting an attorney.


The Board reviewed claims. There was discussion concerning the high number of inmates and the fact that the jail budget is over budget. 

Rocky Risse made a motion to approve claims subject to delinquent taxes. Wayne Bond seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

General 101: (miles and meals included) July 2017 Payroll: Commissioners, $3,526.70; Auditor, $4,591.92; Treasurer, $3,401.19; 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, $923.14; County Wide Law, $8,381.78; WIC, $600.29; Extension, $1,473.16; Coroner, $0.00.

Highway, 201: $13,671.41; Emergency & Disaster, 226: $688.48; 24/7 Program, 248: $1,588.05; Security First Bank, Employer’s share of OASI: $4,126.76; Bennett County Medical & Retirement: $12,529.23

AT&T 186.32 Law & Hwy Dept Cell Phones; AT&T 43.17 911 Service Fee; Bennett County Booster 580.54 Comm, Law & Hwy Publishing; Bennett Co Hospital And Nh 191.10 Blood Alcohol X7; Bennett Co Hospital And Nh 34.00 Pre Employment Drug Test; Bc School Dist #3-1 8806.46 July 2017 Apportionment; Best Western Huron 140.00 Ext Hotel; Bradley T. Borge 5528.00 Crt App Attorney Fees X7; Brent Weber Livestock 3527.16 Hwy Dept Trucking; Butler Machinery 1601.85 Hwy Dept Repairs; Centurylink 123.15 911 Utilities; City Of Martin 322.61 Cap & Crt Hse Water; City Of Martin 6092.41 July 2017 Apportionment; Clinical Laboratory Of Bh 130.00 Autopsy Fees; Cole Pest Control 70.00 Crt Hse & Jail Pest Removal; Connecting Point 3577.00 Doe Maintenace Contract Renew; Country Pride Cooperative 5955.25 Hwy Dept Diesel; Culligan Water Conditioning 41.50 Crt Hse & Law Water; Department Of Revenue 30385.98 July Payment; Donovan Trucking 4554.15 Hwy Trucking; The General Store 85.94 Crt Hse, Jail & Hwy Supplies; Golden West Technologies 1380.59 Internet,Phone& Fax; Great Plains Psychological Ser 1665.00 Inmate Psycho/Sexual Eval; Great Western Tire Inc. 978.00 Hwy Dept Tires; Group Resources Of Iowa Llc 142.50 August Insurance Bill; Group Resources Of Iowa Llc 30.00 Insurance Reimb; Jeff Siscoe 137.95 Lepc Reimb & Doe Miles Reimb; John Deere Financial 373.47 Hwy Dept Repairs; Kennedy Pier Knoff Loftus, Llp 182.60 Mental Illness; Kieffer Sanitation 115.02 Hwy Dept Garbage Removal; Konica Minolta Premier Finance 486.96 July & August Bills; Kratovils True Value 374.33 Crt Hse & Jail Supplies; Kt Connections, Inc. 500.00 Aud,Trea,Rod, Doe Backup; Lacreek Electric Assoc. 2128.02 Electricty Bills; Liberty Car Wash 200.00 Law Dept Service; Lydia Melvin 240.63 Jail Cleaning; Lynn’s Dakotamart 50.47 Inmate Meals; Marco, Technologies Llc 43.20 Copier Lease; Marcus Harris 30.00 Crt Hse Maintenance; Martin Auto Parts Ii, Inc. 726.42 Law & Hwy Supplies; Mary Kay Sell 285.14 Ext Reimb Horse Show; North Central Rental& Leasing 24500.00 Hwy Dept Lease Payment Grader; Joseph Ashley Parr, Esquire 1235.45 Crt App Attorney Fees X4; Jamy Patterson 1540.86 Crt App Attorney Fees X2; Paula Pederson 2919.23 Crt App Attorney Feex X7; Pennington Co. Jail 2041.50 R. Ceplecha & Inmate Housing; Pennington County Auditor 74.00 Mental Illness; Plic-Sbd Grand Island 93.90 Life Insurance; Brett Prang 9494.94 Hwy Dept Trucking; The Radar Shop 172.00 Sheriff Dept Car Services; Rapid Chevrolet 750.76 Law Dept Car Service; Rh Home + Pharmacy 20.37 R. Ceplecha Meds; Salomon Sanitation 113.21 Crt Hse Garbage Removal; Sarah Harris 313.48 2 Monitors For Sa Office; Sd Department Of Health 140.00 Blood Alcohol X4; Sd Department Of Public Safety 3090.00 Law Dept; Sd Public Assurance Alliance 321.83 Hwy Insurance New Holland Trac; Sdacc 700.00 Comm,Aud,Trea,Rod Convention; Sdaco 50.00 July Share; Secretary Of State 7.00 Pistol Permit X1; Secretary Of State 14.00 Pistol Permit X2; Secretary Of State 150.00 Pistol Permits X3 Enhanced; Servall 232.28 Crt Hse Cleaning Supplies; Sheehan Mack Sales & Equip Inc 13835.97 Hwy Dept Parts; State 4-H Office 34.00 Ext Fair Passes; Sword & Ahrendt Law Office Pc 4108.53 Crt App Attorney Fees X9; United States Postal Service 205.80 Aud,Sa,Eds Postage; United States Postal Service 147.00 Election Postage; United States Postal Service 15.15 Return Postage; Valentine Office Supply 474.08 Aud,Elec,Trea,Rod,Law,Eds,24/7; Voyager Fleet Systems Inc 1336.17 Law Dept Fuel; W.D. Larson Companies Ltd.Inc 152.14 Hwy Springs & Shocks; Wegner Auto 11500.00 Law Dept; Western Communications, Inc 218.00 Law Dept Car; Winner Police Department 53711.78 Inmate Housing; West River Computers 179.95 Rod & Trea Computer Service

Election Equipment

Auditor Susan Williams reported to the Board that the Secretary of State had certified new ballot marking machines that would take the place of the Auto Marks. Ms. Williams explained the Federal law required a ballot marking machine at every polling place and at some point in time the Auto Marks will be obsolete. Ms. Williams explained the State will purchase three machines when we are ready but the County also has to purchase a new ballot tabulator to work with the new machines. Ms. Williams stated at this time she will keep the Auto Marks for as long as they work and Bennett County may consider combining another precinct so there would only be three precincts in the future. The Commissioners agreed with the decision. 

Law Department 

Sheriff Paul Williams and Administrative Assistant Amber Salway met with the Commissioners and presented information on the cost ratio of the 23 hour hold at Bennett County and the Winner Jail. Sheriff Williams explained the 23 hour hold has only been in operation about 6 weeks so there was not enough information for comparisons. Sheriff Williams presented a proposal for personnel for jailers, transporters, and an administrator. He also stated the final decision on keeping a 23 hour hold would be the Board’s decision after they can get more information. There was discussion concerning the 2018 budget and personnel needed for the jail. The Board also requested Representative Livermont look into jail regulations legislation. 

2018 Provisional Budget

The Commissioners discussed the 2018 Provisional budget. Wayne Bond made a motion to accept the 2018 Provisional Budget. Rolf Kraft seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Tax Exempt Trust Land

Rolf Kraft reported he had met with the Pennington County Board of Commissioners to request support and assistance in working with the Federal Government to help fund counties with trust land that is tax exempt. Mr. Kraft stated Pennington County had agreed to assist in the effort. 


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

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Board Of Bennett County Commission

ATTEST: Jason Fanning, Chairman

Susan Williams, Auditor

The next meeting will be Wednesday, September 6, at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s meeting room.

Published once at the total approximate cost of $113.40

Published: August 30, 2017

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