Proceedings: BC Commissioners 4-18-18


Board Of Bennett County Commissioners

Minutes Of Proceedings

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Martin, South Dakota

The Bennett County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 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, Jeff Slattery and Rolf Kraft.

Absent: Rocky Risse and Wayne Bond.

Others present: Susan Williams, Auditor; Taylor Risse, Bennett County Booster; Judd Schomp, Area Resident; Sarah Harris, States Attorney; Tom McMillan, Police Officer.

Minutes Approved

The minutes of the regular April 10, 2018 meeting and the minutes of the April 10, 2018 County Board of Equalization meeting were approved with a motion by Rolf Kraft and a second by Jeff Slattery.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Highway Department

There was discussion about the Highway Department. It was reported the department had worked on Sunday plowing snow. There was discussion about a bid for gravel hauling.


The Board reviewed claims. Auditor Susan Williams reported to the Commissioners that changing the format of the published claims would increase from $88.00 to $165.00 approximately per month. It was reported that the March average for inmates were 13 per day. 

Rolf Kraft made a motion to approve claims subject to delinquent taxes. Jeff Slattery seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

General 101: (miles and meals included) March 2018 Payroll: Commissioners, $3,548.70; Auditor, $4,603.58; Treasurer, $3,470.69; States Attorney, $6,560.00; Gov. Bldg, $400.00; Director of Equalization, $2,082.00; Register of Deeds, $2,893.84; Veteran’s Service Officer, $731.00; Sheriff, $3,293.54; Jail, $1,673.00; County Wide Law, $8,154.38; WIC, $561.20; Extension, $1,259.29; Coroner, $58.00; Election, $0.00.

Highway, 201: $16,690.89; Emergency & Disaster, 226: $694.00; 24/7 Program, 248: $1,503.45; Security First Bank, Employer’s share of OASI: $4,386.35; Bennett County Medical & Retirement: $12,035.74

Armstrong Extinguisher Service, 843.00, Hwy, Crt Hse,Law, Jail Extinguish; AT&T, 185.97, Law & Hwy Cell Phones; AT&T, 44.41, Att 911; Bauman Brothers, 875.00, Hwy Gravel; Bennett County Booster, 847.71, Comms, Election, Doe Publishin; Bennett Co Hospital And Nh, 136.50, Blood Alcohol X5; Bc School Dist #3-1, 44591.29, March 2018 Apportionment; Bennett County Treasurer, 457.18, Advance Taxes; Bob’s Gas Service, 434.60, Cap Propaine; Bon Homme County Clerk Of Cour, 2.40, Sa Services; Bradley T. Borge, 3867.00, Crt App Attorney Fees X1; Carl Standing Bear Jr., 20.00, Crt Hse Snow Removal; Centurylink, 130.15, 911 Service Utility; Chelsi Claussen, 75.00, Blood Alcohol Draw X3; City Of Martin, 104.86, Crt Hse & Cap Water; City Of Martin, 10032.00, March 2018 Apportionment; Cole Pest Control, 70.00, Jail & Crt Hse Pest Removal; Connecting Point, 100.00, Aud Server Repair; Corbin Marshall, 20.00, Crt Hse Snow Removal; Correctional Risk Services, 82.15, D. Ceplecha Medical; Culligan Water Conditioning, 52.50, Crt Hse & Law Water; Days Inn Pierre, 57.00, Comms Workshop Motel; Department Of Revenue, 310.00, Blood Alcohol X7; Department Of Revenue, 35459.15, March Transmittal; Elton Three Stars, 10.00, Crt Hse Snow Removal; Executive Mgmt Finance Office, 83.58, Aud & Rod Billing; G E Associates, 22.28, Hwy Dept Supplies; The General Store, 290.81, Election & Hwy Supplies; Golden West Technologies, 1365.08, Phone & Internet Bills; Group Resources Of Iowa Llc, 142.50, April Health Insurance Bill; Group Resources Of Iowa Llc, 2188.27, Health Insurance Reimb; Harmelink, Fox & Ravensborg, 180.02, Mental Illness; James Mousseaux, 20.00, Crt Hse Snow Removal; Jbw Trucking, 3228.25, Hwy Dept Gravel Hauling; Jeff Siscoe, 101.38, Eds & Doe Travel; Kieffer Sanitation, 124.22, Hwy Dept Garbage Removal; Kimball-Midwest, 766.32, Hwy Dept Supplies; Konica Minolta Premier Finance, 243.48, Copier Lease; Kratovils True Value, 68.92, Law, Jail, Crt Hse Supplies; Kt Connections, Inc., 525.00, Aud, Trea, Rod, Doe Backup; Lacreek Electric Assoc., 4354.18, Electricty Bill; Lynn’s Dakotamart, 68.67, Law, Jail, Crt Hse; Marco, Technologies Llc, 43.20, Copier Lease; Martin Auto Parts Ii, Inc., 1526.57, Law & Hwy Supplies; Mary Kay Sell, 152.00, Ext Travel Reimb; Matthew Bender & Co., Inc., 50.00, Law Library Books; Office Products Center, 533.02, Ext, & All Dept Fax Machine; Pahlke Law Office, 4035.00, States Attorney Pro-Tem; Joseph Ashley Parr, Esquire, 7212.39, Crt App Attorney Fees X1; Pennington Co. Jail, 429.75, Inmate Travel March 2018; Plic-Sbd Grand Island, 101.81, March Life Insurance Bill; Salomon Sanitation, 113.21, Crt Hse Garbage Removal; Sdacc, 617.00, Clerp Payment 2Nd Quarter; Sdaco, 75.00, Comms Workshop Dues; Sdaco, 54.00, March Share; Secretary Of State, 7.00, Pistol Permit X1; Servall, 380.28, Crt Hse Cleaning Supplies; Sioux City Foundry Co, 4644.85, Hwy Dept Blades; Stamp Fulfilment Services, 582.20, Auditor Envelopes; Sandy Steffen, 2594.92, Crt App Attorney Fees X3; Swier Law, Firm, Prof. Llc, 1215.95, Crt App Attorney Fees X2; Sword & Ahrendt Law Office Pc, 700.00, Crt App Attorney Fees X1; United States Postal Service, 330.00, Law, Elec, Trea & Aud Postage; Valentine Office Supply, 716.58, Vso, Sa,Doe,Eds,Trea,Law,24/7; Voyager Fleet Systems Inc, 1224.17, Law Dept Fuel; Western Communications Inc., 60.00, Eds Radio Service; Paul Williams, 36.00, Reimb For Grant Meeting; Winner Health Mart Pharmacy, 180.23, D. Ceplecha & R. Ceplecha Meds; Winner Police Department, 27880.50, Inmate Housing; Winner Reg Em Serv Comm Center, 4555.04, 911 August & Sept 2017

Fair Board

At the request of Mary Kay Sell, 4-H/Youth Program Assistant, Jeff Slattery made a motion to approve the appointment of Raychel Sterkel to complete the term of Heather Harris on the Fair Board. The term is effective until December 31, 2020. Rolf Kraft seconded. 

All voted aye. Motion carried.

New Hire

Jeff Slattery made a motion to approve the new hire of Margaret Morrison, Transport/Jailer, $10.00 hourly, effective April 10, 2018. Rolf Kraft seconded. 

All voted aye. Motion carried.


Rolf Kraft made a motion to declare surplus with no value #1286 Gateway Computer Tower from the Extension office and #1319 Vacuum Cleaner Nobles Viper from the Courthouse. Jeff Slattery seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

County Tax Opt-Out

The Board discussed consequences of the opt-out if it fails. Auditor Susan Williams explained that the Highway Department expenses including salaries were funded with the Wheel Tax and with license plate fees and there are no tax dollars used. 

The Board discussed possible cuts would be 4-H, the Library, juvenile costs and employees. There was discussion concerning law enforcement and county responsibilities and court system costs. 

The Board agreed to hold a public meeting and Rolf Kraft will put together a newspaper article.


Chairman Jason Fanning declared a recess at 10:30 a.m. to hold the Board of Equalization meeting.

Chairman Jason Fanning called the meeting to order at 10:40 a.m. 


There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, Jeff Slattery made a motion to adjourn with a second by Rolf Kraft.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Board Of Bennett County Commission

/s/ ATTEST: Jason Fanning, Chairman

/s/ Susan Williams, Auditor

The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s meeting room.

Published once at the total approximate cost of $91.35

Published: May 9, 2018

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