Proceedings: City of Martin 1-10-18


Regular Session

Wednesday January 10, 2018

The Martin City Council met in Regular Session on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Martin City Office at 101 Main Street.

Mayor Gary Rayhill called the meeting to order with council members, Gregg Claussen, Chuck Gotheridge, Tootie Moffitt, Shirley McCue, and Angie Hicks present. Absent, Walter York.

Others present were, Marj Oleske, with the Bennett County Booster, Bennett County State Attorney Sara Harris, Police Officer Brandon Petersen, City Attorney Sara Frankenstein, City Foreman Paul Noel and Finance Officer Jean Kirk.

Approval of Agenda: McCue moved to approve the agenda with flexibility. Seconded by Hicks, all voting aye, motion carried. 

Minutes: McCue moved to approve the minutes for the December 13th meeting. Hicks seconded the motion, all voting aye, motion carried. 

Finance Officer’s Report: Claussen moved to approve the Finance officer’s report for December. Seconded by McCue, all voting aye, motion carried. 

Beginning Balance On Hand $2,006,603

December Receipts 152,244

Total to be accounted for 2,158,847

Transfer In 13,661

Transfer Out 13,661

Disbursements 116,227

Outstanding Warrants 11,817

CD & Petty Cash 16,586

Claims January 2018: The claims were reviewed by the council. McCue moved to approve claims for payment. Seconded by Moffitt, all voting aye, motion carried. 

Dec Wages, General Fund, $34,381.20; Dec Wages, Enterprise fund, $8,296.23; Dec withholdings, wage withholdings, $8,559.27; Office of Child Support, child support, $92.30; Aflac, insurance, $520.73; Assurity Life, insurance, $45.28; SD Retirement, retirement, $3,862.62; City of Martin, water bill, $72.88; Health Pool of South Dakota, health insurance, $4,889.50; Messerli & Kramer, garnishment, $257.57; Linay Johnston, sewer backup, $175.00; AT&T Mobility, air cards for cops, $128.08; Marco, copier lease, $195.10; Bair Ford, repair police car, $332.33; City of Martin Savings, savings, $9,645.28; Hawkins, chemical and cylinder rental, $426.00; City of Martin, water bills, $195.42; Kratovils True Value, supplies, $197.93; Martin Auto Parts, parts & supplies, $389.35; Dough O’Bryan Contracting, airport wildlife fence, $86,517.00; BENR Board of Operator Certification, operator certification, $48.00; Lacreek Electric, electric bill, $6,388.58; Lacreek Electric, repair street lights, $461.30; General Store, supplies, $748.88; Northwest Pipe Fitting, water & sewer supplies, $228.70; Postmaster, postage for bills & billing, $185.00; BC Booster, publications and advertisement, $225.17; United System Technologies, tax forms, $185.00; Quill Corporation, printer ink and time clock for shop, $331.18; SD Dept of Revenue, garbage  tax, $452.30; SD Dept of Revenue, water tests, $43.00; Servall, mats & rugs for office &  police, $132.00; Special Account, reimbursement for postage, $102.10; Stan Huston Equipment Co, repair ground pounder, $100.00; Golden West Telecommunications, phone & internet, $737.20; GE Associates, repair mower tractor and snow truck& oil, $2,157.21; Kardmas Lee & Jackson, airport master plan & wild life fence, $23,427.66; OST Energy Account, WAPA credits, $316.81; DAK Generator Services, repair & Inspection of generator, $704.12; Rapid Chevrolet, repair 95 Chevy flatbed, $6,219.17; Salomon Sanitation, garbage service, $7,104.70; Michael Todd & Co, hydrant markers, $122.61; SD Airport Conference, airport conference, $75.00; USDA Rural Development, police car payment, $226.00; USDA Rural Development, extra payment on lagoon loans, $11,000.00; ADT Security, annual monitoring fees for police, $387.50; Power House, sharpen saw blades, $24.00; Keep It Safe, off site backup, $70.70; Total, $221,382.96

McCue moved to approve payment of $1531.00 to the USDA for the lagoon payment. Seconded by Hicks, all voting aye motion carried.

Water Tower Payment: Hicks moved to approve payment for the quarterly water tower loan of $10,866.09. McCue seconded the motion. All voting aye, motion carried

Transfers: Claussen moved to approve the transfer of $11,000 from the Sewer Debt Account to the General Fund to make an extra payment on the sewer lagoon loans. Moffitt seconded the motion, all voting aye, motion carried.

Law: City Attorney Sara Frankenstein updated the Council on the law board meeting that took place earlier that day between the City law board, County law board, Police Chief Brandon Petersen, County Sheriff Paul Williams, Bennett County States Attorney Sara Harris, and City Attorney Sara Frankenstein concerning the city police using the jail. Lynn Bren with the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance who carries the insurance for both the city and the county joined the meeting by phone. Attorney Frankenstein told the Council that Sheriff Williams has no problem with the city cops using the jail as long as there was a county employee present. The problem is that there is no night time staffing at the jail and Sheriff Williams is worried about liability to the County if there is no county employee present and he does not want to cross deputize the city cops. City Attorney Frankenstein is also worried about liability should something happen to a police officer, employee, detainee, or member of the public because the city police were not allowed to use the jail. The County could also be liable in this situation. South Dakota Codified Law (24-11-2) states that city police can use a county jail for the detention of adult persons accused of violating any law of the state. At present, when booking a suspect they are handcuffed and sat in a chair by the officer’s desk. Officers have been attacked numerous times and have also had a number of escape attempts. A metal bench with handcuffs attached was discussed. Winner jail uses benches like this. City Attorney Frankenstein stated that a bench would be okay for a short term solution at best but they should continue to work towards a permanent solution. She reiterated that the city is entitled to use the jail by state law.

Chief Brandon Petersen updated the Council on what was happening in the law department. In December they had 156 calls for service and fourteen arrests with 9 being for felonies. He gave the Council a call log that summarized the 2771 calls for the year.

Airport: Claussen moved to approve the pay request #2 from Doug O’Bryan Contracting for the wildlife fence of $86,517.00. Hicks seconded the motion, all voting aye, motion carried.

Pawn Licenses: McCue moved to approve 2018 pawn licenses for Chet’s Place and the Broken Boot. Moffitt seconded the motion. All voting aye, motion carried.

Personnel: Claussen moved to approve the 2018 wages as listed; this includes a 3 percent raise for the city employees. McCue seconded the motion, all voting aye, motion carried.

Wages: As per SDCL 6-1-10 a complete list of all salaries for all officers and employees of the municipal corporation shall be published with the first minutes of the first meeting following the beginning of the year. They are as follows: Mayor $1450.00 a year plus $100 per meeting, Council $750 a year plus $85.00 per meeting, Brian Becket $9.79, Mike Burke $12.72 an hour, Floyd Gerry $14.95 an hour, Thomas Chester $14.79 an hour, Jean Kirk $25.39 an hour, Sheyanne Kolb $12.36, Thomas McMillan $15.41, Paul Noel $21.28 per hour, Brandon Peterson $19.06 an hour, Tiffany Pettit $14.16 per hour, Justin Robinson $17.21 per hour, Charles Soderlin $9.27 per hour.

Volunteers: A motion was entered by Hicks and seconded by Moffitt to approve the following volunteers. Martin Volunteer Fire Department; Earl Adair, Lindell Adair, Dave Bakley, Ray Big Crow, Carol Boche, Jason Bustin, Stuart Bucholz, Troy Byrne, Chance Clausen, Dane Claussen, Michael Conquering Bear, William Cummings, Sandra Cummings, Josh Embree, Rachel Embree, Taylor Fuchs, Dustin Hicks, Merle Hicks, Mike Hicks, Jim Johnson, Eric Kieffer, Jeremy Lessert, AJ Moran, Aaron Noel, Paul Noel, Chris, O’Bryan, Doug O’Bryan, Mikaela O’Bryan, Suzette Orth, Tony Reder, Samantha Reeves, Jim Russell, Jeff Siscoe, Shelly Siscoe, Brett Stoneberger, Frankie York, Walter York. 

Martin Volunteer Fire Department Explores; Cole O’Bryan. 

Miscellaneous Volunteers; Aaron Noel

All voting aye, motion carried.

Past Due Water Bills: Hicks moved to handle past due water bills as usual. Moffitt seconded the motion. All voting aye, motion carried

Adjournment: As there was no further business to come before the council at this time, motion to adjourn was entered by York.

The next city council meeting will be held February 14th at 5:30 p.m. at the Library Community Room.

Dated this 10th day of January, 2018

Gary Rayhill, Mayor


Jean Kirk, Finance Officer

Published once at the total approximate cost of $98.91

Published: January 24, 2018

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