Proceedings: BC Commissioners 1-16-19


Board Of Bennett County Commissioners

Minutes Of Proceedings

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Martin, South Dakota

The Bennett County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Wednesday, January 16, 2019, in the Commissioner’s meeting room.

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Chairman Wayne Bond.

Commissioners present: Wayne Bond, Rod Kirk, Judd Schomp, and Rolf Kraft. Absent: Jeff Slattery.

Others present: Susan Williams, Auditor; Taylor Risse, Bennett County Booster; Jerry Bennett, Highway; Amanda LaCroix, Attorney; Jeff Siscoe Emergency & Disaster Coordinator; Kevin Curtis, Deputy; Sarah Harris, States Attorney.

Minutes Approved

The minutes of the regular January 7, 2019 meeting were approved with a motion by Judd Schomp and a second by Rod Kirk.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Highway Department

Jerry Bennett, Highway, met with the Board to report on current road work. Mr. Bennett reported they are blading roads and working on machinery. There was discussion concerning the gravel crushing at the May Pit and binder.

Mr. Bennett was questioned about surplus machinery the Highway Department has and about the weed spraying equipment. There was discussion concerning the current equipment and machinery at the shop and equipment needed. Mr. Bennett reported plans to blade the shoulders of Old Highway 18. There was a request to put up snow fence on 236th Avenue.

The Board considered the 2019 load limit for Bennett County. Judd Schomp made a motion to approve the same load limit as 2018 with a 6 ton limit and 40 mph; Highway 18, 9 miles north; Junction 18-73, 1 mile south; 6 miles west and south of Todd Hill to the state line. Rod Kirk seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

2019 Salary and Wages

Rod Kirk made a motion to go into executive session concerning personnel at 10:01 am. Rolf Kraft seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Chairman Wayne Bond declared executive session closed at 10:10 am.

As per SDCL 6-1-10 the Commissioners reviewed 2019 wages. Rod Kirk made a motion to approve the following 2019 Wages:


Rod Kirk $425.00 Monthly

Judd Schomp $425.00 Monthly

Jeff Slattery $425.00 Monthly

Wayne Bond $425.00 Monthly

Rolf Kraft $425.00 Monthly

Community Action Program

Mary Thomsen $19,548.00

Auditor’s Office

Susan Williams $40,640.00

Angela Hicks $10.25

Treasurer’s Office

Jolene Donovan $36,425.00

Pamela Wounded Arrow $9.25 Hrly

States Attorney’s Office

Sarah Harris $66,040.00

Amanda Risse $10.75 Hrly

Director Of Equalization $27,846.00

Emergency & Disaster

Jeff Siscoe $9,282.00

Register Of Deeds

Jaci Clifford $33,825.00

Veteran’s Service Officer

Don Larson $10,023.00

County Wide Law

Brittany Neigel $10.25 Hrly

Amber Harris-Salway $11.50

Tracy Mcconnachie $9.10 Hrly

Shelby Dubray $10.00 Hrly

Gary Rayhill $10.00 Hrly

Jason Erwin $16.25 Hrly

Kevin Curtis $15.25 Hrly

Lucas Hamar $14.25 Hrly


Paul Williams $43,856.00


Jerry Bennett $13.25 Hrly

Roger Sharp $13.00 Hrly

Layne Sharp $13.00 Hrly

Larry Livermont $13.00 Hrly

Highway Clerk

Pamela Wounded Arrow $9.25 Hrly


Kristine Novak $10.75 Hrly

Extension Office

Mary Kay Sell $10.75 Hrly


Shelly Siscoe $6,500.00

Deputy Coroners

Hannah Brown $58.00 Each

Jason Bustin $58.00 Each

As per SDCL 6-1-10

Judd Schomp seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.


The Board reviewed claims. There was discussion concerning court appointed attorney fees and the option of a public defender. Rod Kirk made a motion to approve claims subject to delinquent taxes. Rolf Kraft seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

A&A Tire & Repair, $1,648.10, Tire On Kennedy Tractor; Amy R. Bartling, $763.60, Crt Appt Atty R Shangreau; AT&T, $238.59, January 2019; AT&T, $45.44, AT&T 911 January 2019; Bauman Brothers, $100.00, Gravel; Bennett County Booster, $401.72, Del Tx, Comm Proc, SA Subs; Bennett Co Hospital And NH, $305.55, January 2019; BC School Dist #3-1, $88,378.94, December 2018 Transmittal; BC School Dist #3-1, $23,503.97, December 2018 Apportionme; Bennett County Treasurer, $149,012.19, Advance Tx Pd; Bennett County Treasurer, $70.65, Adv Tx #2606 Pd By C Smith; Bennett Co Conservation Dist, $2,500.00, Fy2019 Co Funding Budget Item; Bob’s Gas Service, $1,157.84, January 2019 Bill; Bradley T. Borge, $2,032.00, Crt Appt Atty X2 LP & JJ; Butch’s, $1,050.48, New Water Heater; Butler Machinery, $104.67, Repairs & Shipping; Centurylink, $123.15, January Bill; City Of Martin, $111.41, January 2019 Bill; City Of Martin, $9,638.74, December 2018 Transmittal; City Of Martin, $11,915.65, December 2018 Apportionme; Civil Air Patrol Magazine, $45.00, Magazine Subscription; Chelsi Claussen, $25.00, Blood Draw; Cole Pest Control, $70.00, January 2019 Bill; Connecting Point, $120.00, January 2019; Country Pride Cooperative, $7,294.19, Diesel & Gas; Correctional Risk Services, $9,265.90, Dec 2018 E Dubray; Culligan Water Conditioning, $77.00, January 2019; Kevin Curtis, $53.24, Reimbursment; Dean Schaefer Court Reporting, $90.00, Court Reporting Mr, Mr, Dy; Sd Department Of Revenue, $218.15, 2019 License Plates; Executive Mgmt Finance Office, $39.75, January 2019 Bill; The General Store, $207.81, January 2019 Bill; Golden West Technologies, $1,355.09, January 2019 Bill; Great Western Tire Inc., $2,392.00, Grader Tires In Inventory; Group Resources Of Iowa LLC, $28.50, January 2019; Group Resources Of Iowa Llc, $90.00, January 2019 Bill; Mark Katterhagen, $15.00, January 2019 D.Y.; Kennedy, Pier & Loftus, L.L.P., $144.00, December 2018 Mr; Kieffer Sanitation, $131.79, January 2019 Bill; Konica Minolta Premier Finance, $243.48, January 2019 Bill; Kratovils True Value, $517.76, January 2019; Shae Kuxhaus, $75.00, N Sterkel Retirement Cake; Lacreek Electric Assoc., $5,366.82, January 2019 Bill; Amanda Lacroix, $1,130.50, Crt Appt Atty Eg/Ed; Lewis & Clark Behavioral, $165.00, December 2018; Lucy Lewno, $164.97, January 2019 D.Y; Darcy Lockwood, $15.00, January 2019 D.Y.; Lynn’s Dakotamart, $139.37, Dec/January Bill; Marco, Technologies LLC, $43.20, January 2019 Bill; Martin Auto Parts II, Inc., $657.71, January 2019 Bill; McLeods Printing And Supply, $209.63, January 2019; John Murphy, $870.52, Crt Appt Atty D Ceplecha; Office Products Center, $35.48, December 2018 Bill; Parr Law PC, $939.57, Crt Appt Atty K Poor Thunder; Pennington Co. Jail, $310.35, December 2018 Transports; Philip Motor Inc, $222.75, December 2018; Principle, $116.56, January 2019 Bill; Redwood Toxicology Laboratory, $735.00, 24/7 Supplies; Rosane Cement Products, Inc, $350.00, Snow Removal; Kamyar Saeian, $561.35, Overpayment Taxes Pd D.C.E.; Salomon Sanitation, $339.63, Oct & Dec 2018; Jan 2019 Bills; Sarah Harris, $519.66, SA Supplies & 2019 Bar Dues; SD Department Of Health, $40.00, January 2019 B Hunter; SD Department Of Revenue, $18,741.57, December 2018 Transmittal; SD Sheriffs’ Association, $181.80, Sheriff Patches; SD States Attorney Association, $693.00, 2019 Membership Dues Bennett; SDACC, $1,465.00, Sdacc & Naco Dues; SDACO, $765.17, Aud, Trea, Rod Dues; SDACO, $24.00, December 2018 Share; SDML Worker’s Comp Fund, $16,239.00, 2019 Renewal Billing Bennett; Secretary Of State, $7.00, Pistol Permit T Lacroix; Secretary Of State, $7.00, Pistol Permit J Sorbel; Slattery Bros, $1,238.20, Tx Rec# 1132 Pd B Kirk; Swier Law, Firm, Prof. LLC, $515.70, Crt Appt Atty Lm; Sword & Ahrendt Law Office Pc, $5,051.69, Crt Appt Atty X6; Transource, $384.51, Repairs; United States Postal Service, $1,162.20, January 2019 Postage; Void United States Postal Service, $308.50, Rod Envelopes; Valentine Office Supply, $229.85, Jan 2019: Aud, Treas, Doe, Rod; Voyager Fleet Systems Inc, $1,329.13, January 2019; Mona Weiger, $438.20, Court Transcript Mcx2, Hd; Winner Police Department, $30,007.10, December 1-31, 2018 Bill; Yankton County Treasurer, $237.50, Mental Illness Hearing; Zuercher, $4,260.03, E&D; Law; Maizie Bettelyoun, $91.00, Cleaning Jail; Kip Porter, $20.00, Snow Removal; Zara Rivas, $20.00, Court Witness

Black Hills Council

The Board agreed Rolf Kraft would remain the County Representative on the Black Hills Council of Local Governments Board.

First Responders Communication Equipment

Jeff Siscoe, Emergency and Disaster Coordinator, and Deputy Kevin Curtis met with the Commissioners to discuss First Responders Communication equipment. They explained there is a problem with coverage. At this time the Sheriff’s department and the Emergency and Disaster Coordinator have First Net cell phones through AT&T which are specifically used by first responders. Mr. Siscoe and Deputy Curtis requested funding for equipment that would allow the cell phones to be radios and would be the primary radio outside the vehicle. The cost for the equipment will be $4,200.00. The Board requested since the system could be used by fire departments, police department, ambulance, and possibly the highway department they could split the cost. Mr. Siscoe will contact the other entities. The Commissioners also felt they would also wait until the new towers were in place. There was also discussion about the possibility of a grant and the safety issue for first responders.

Grant Writing

Judd Schomp reported Kim Clausen had agreed to look at grant writing for Bennett County.

States Attorney

States Attorney Sarah Harris met with the Commissioners to request Amanda Risse, States Attorney Secretary, receive $11.00 hourly instead of the $10.75 hourly. Ms. Harris stated the $11.00 hourly was in her budget request. Auditor Susan Williams explained the 2019 budget was approved with a 50¢ per hour raise for employees. The Board stated the budget would remain as approved.


There being no further business to come before the Board Rod Kirk made a motion to adjourn with a second by Judd Schomp.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Board Of Bennett County Commission

/s/ Wayne Bond, Chairman


/s/ Susan Williams, Auditor

The next regular Commissioners Meeting Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s meeting room.

Published once at the total approximate cost of $149.00

Published: January 30, 2019

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