Proceedings: BC Commissioners 5-16-19


Board Of Bennett County Commissioners

Minutes Of Proceedings

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Martin, South Dakota

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

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Vice Chairman Rolf Kraft.

Commissioners present: Rolf Kraft, Judd Schomp, and Rod Kirk.

Absent: Wayne Bond, and Jeff Slattery.

Others present: Susan Williams, Auditor; Tim Huether, Bennett County Booster; Terry Smokov, Highway Superintendent; Jeff Siscoe, Emergency and Disaster Manager; Sarah Harris, States Attorney; Area Landowner.

Minutes Approved

The minutes of the May 1, 2019 regular meeting, and special meeting May 10, 2019 were approved with a motion by Judd Schomp and a second by Rolf Kraft.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Highway Department

There was discussion concerning the Allen Road maintenance and culvert damage and need for chip and seal. There was discussion about the possibility of legal issues concerning the Allen Road and whether to go into executive session. The group agreed the County does not have the funds or the equipment to maintain the road. Rolf Kraft stated Bennett County understood the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Transportation agreed to maintain the road when they built it. Judd Schomp and Rod Kirk stated the County needs to clarify with the Tribe the responsibility for maintenance of the road and the whole Board needs to be present. The group agreed to have James Cross come to the next meeting. Terry Smokov, Highway Superintendent, met with the Board to report on current road work.

Mr. Smokov reported the new hires are working well and he is scheduling training with Department of Transportation for highway labor. There was discussion about some of the repairs and costs and contractors. Mr. Smokov stated the Allen Road could deteriorate quickly and he will find signs to put up.

Jeff Siscoe, Emergency and Disaster Manager, reported on the FEMA tour of County road damage. He informed the Board the State will reach the damage assessment amount to request a Presidential Disaster Declaration but it is President Trump’s decision to declare a disaster.

There was discussion concerning culverts in approaches and if it’s the County or resident’s responsibility for the maintenance. The Board requested the States Attorney review the law.


The Board reviewed claims. There was discussion concerning fuel for contractors. Judd Schomp made a motion to approve claims subject to delinquent taxes. Rod Kirk seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Amy R. Bartling, $211.50, Court Appt Atty X1; AT&T, $328.13, May 2019 Statement; Bauerkempers Inc, $19.11, 4Wheeler Hose; Bennett County Booster, $686.94, May 2019 Statement; Bennett Co Hospital And Nh, $34.00, Drug Test Hwy Dept; Bennett Co Hospital And Nh, $142.30, May 2019 Statement; BC School Dist #3-1, $334,333.47, April 2019 Apportionment; Bennett County Treasurer, $618.47, Advanced Taxes D Spencer; Bennett County Treasurer, $50.84, Grand Jury Tg Delinq Tx; Bob’s Gas Service, $237.80, May 2019 Statement; Butler Machinery, $189.03, Repairs # 30; Centurylink, $130.15, May 2019 Statement; Chelsi Claussen, $25.00, DUI Blood Draw; CHS Inc, $9,112.37, May 2019 Fuel For Hwy Dept; City Of Martin, $106.61, May 2019 Utilities; City Of Martin, $53,944.03, April 2019 Apportionment; Cole Pest Control, $70.00, May 2019 Statement; Connecting Point, $135.00, May 2019 Statement; Culligan Water Conditioning, $68.00, May 2019 Statement; Dataspec Inc, $449.00, VSO Yearly Fee Inv 6939; Department Of Revenue-Remittan, $42,943.51, April 2019 Transmittal; Division Of Motor Vehicles, $15.00, Title/Reassign 2019 Patrol Car; Don Larson, $121.04, Mini Conference Vso Rapid City; Jolene Donovan, $20.69, Reimbursement Cell Phone Case; GE Associates, $2.40, May 2019 Statement; Geib, Elston, Frost Pa, $2,278.00, Forensic Autopsy; The General Store, $158.69, May 2019 Statement; Golden West Companies, $1,470.69, May 2019 Statement; Leo Goss, $975.00, Bilzzard Help Washouts/Culvert; Great Western Tire Inc., $2,402.00, Hwy Dept Tires; Eldrin Grinnell, $536.50, Courthouse/So Maintenance; Group Resources Of Iowa LLC, $199.50, May 2019 Statement; Group Resources Of Iowa LLC, $30.00, May 2019 Statement; Heartland Paper Company, $83.83, Jail Supplies; Home Loan Serv, $36.81, Overpmt Taxes J Speidel 1303; Hughs County Finance Office, $6,490.00, Juvenile Jail Billing April 19; Kieffer Sanitation, $140.58, May 2019 Utilities; Kimball-Midwest, $356.09, Highway Shop Supplies; Konica Minolta Premier Finance, $243.48, May Statement Inv 63530415; Rolf Kraft, $47.46, Hwy Dept Mileage Reimbursement; Krogman Law Office, PLLC, $589.00, Juv Court Appt Atty X1; Lacreek Electric Assoc., $3,093.93, May 2019 Statement; Amanda LaCroix, $239.85, Court Appt Atty X2; Amanda LaCroix, $171.00, Feb-Apr Mental Illness; LaCroix Law, $1,189.88, 1St Pmt Rural Atty Incentive; LaCroixs True Value, $745.15, May 2019 Statement; Steve Livermont, $579.36, Backhoe Work Due To Blizzard; Lynn’s Dakotamart, $7.98, May 2019 Statement; Mansfield Ranch, $488.67, Blizzard Reimbursement Diesel; Martin Auto Parts II, Inc., $1,964.68, May 2019 Statement; Tom Moffitt, $35.00, Fuel Flow Meter; Thomas O’Meara, $500.00, Execution On Mm; OConnell Construction Inc, $758.20, Gravel Delivery; Office Products Center, $89.96, May 2019 Statement; Parr Law PC, $572.90, Court Appt Atty X2; Pass Creek Church Of God, $127.07, Registration Refund; Pennington Co. Jail, $608.30, Jail Transport For April 2019; Pennington Co. States Attorney, $215.00, Mental Hold; Rosane Cement Products, Inc, $4,781.43, May 2019 Statement; Salomon Sanitation, $120.00, May 2019 Statement; SD Department Of Health, $125.00, April 2019 Inv For56302042019; SD Sheriffs Association, $85.00, 2019 Conference Registration; SDAAO, $350.00, Doe Training; SDAAO, $75.00, 2019 Membership Dues; SDACO, $50.00, April 2019 Share; Secretary Of State, $7.00, Pistol Permit X1; Servall, $299.92, May 2019 Statement; Sign Express, $290.13, Patrol Car Decals; Sioux City Foundry Co, $6,200.00, Grader Blades Hwy Dept; Jeff Siscoe, $67.65, LEPC Meeting Reimbursement; Sandy Steffen, $339.20, Juv Court Appt Atty X1; Summit Companies, $559.00, 2019 Annual Extinguisher Servi; Sun Life Financial, $59.90, Cobra Dental Ins; Sword & Ahrendt Law Office Pc, $795.15, Court Appt Atty X1; The Lodge At Deadwood, $530.00, Confrence Sheriff/States Atty; Transource, $4,411.57, Hwy Dept Repairs; Truenorth Steel, $2,492.96, Culverts Due To Blizzard 2019; Valentine Office Supply, $140.94, May 2019 Statement; Voyager Fleet Systems Inc, $1,593.68, May 2019 Statement; Mona Weiger, $64.60, Court Reporter Transcript; Western Communications Inc., $80.20, 2019 Charger Equip; Paul Williams, $91.00, 2019 Sheriff Assoc Meals; Winner Health Mart Pharmacy, $65.94, May 2019 Statement; Winner Police Department, $29,479.50, May 2019 Statement Inv 1781; Jace Standing Bear, $20.00, Witness Fee


There was discussion concerning the surplus patrol car. States Attorney Sarah Harris informed the Board they would need to auction or take sealed bids. The Board will take sealed bids for the surplus and open the bids June 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

New Hire and Wage Increase

The Board approved the following new hire, Judd Schomp made a motion to approve the hire of Jesse Ulmer, Highway Labor, $13.00 hourly, effective May 13, 2019. Rod Kirk seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Rod Kirk made a motion to approve the wage increase for Tracy McConnachie, Part-Time 24/7 Clerk, from $9.10 hourly to $9.50 hourly, effective May 10, 2019. Judd Schomp seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Poor Lien

An area land owner met with the Board to request a poor lien against their property be reduced or waived. The Board agreed since the land has value and is being used and they are concerned about setting a precedence, the lien would stay as is.


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, June 5, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s meeting room.

Published once at the total approximate cost of $97.02

Published: May 29, 2019

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