Proceedings: BC Commissioners 8-21-19


Board Of Bennett County Commissioners

Minutes Of Proceedings

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Martin, South Dakota

The Bennett County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Wednesday, August 21, 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, Rolf Kraft, Judd Schomp, Jeff Slattery and Rod Kirk.

Others present: Susan Williams, Auditor; Taylor Risse, Bennett County Booster; Terry Smokov, Highway Superintendent; Jerry Heiser, Butler Machinery; Wade Iszler, RDO Equipment Co.; Tom Wilsey, Brosz Engineering, Inc.; Sarah Harris, States Attorney; Jesse Ulmer, Ed Johnson, Justin Friese, Highway Department; Jolene Donovan, Treasurer.

Minutes Approved

The minutes of the regular August 7, 2019 and special August 13, 2019 meetings were approved with a motion by Rod Kirk and second by Judd Schomp.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Highway Department

Tom Wilsey, Brosz Engineering, Inc., met with the Commissioners to discuss engineering for the County Line/Adam Johnson road. Mr. Wilsey explained Brosz Engineering will survey, design and perform plans preparation for a road realignment for the County Line/Adam Johnson project. There was discussion about the timing and the reimbursement available from the South Dakota Department of Transportation for the disaster. Judd Schomp made a motion to hire Brosz Engineering, Inc. to survey, design and provide plans preparation for the road realignment of County Line/Adam Johnson project at a cost of $38,850.00. Rod Kirk seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

There was discussion about the roads being repaired and Highway Superintendent, Terry Smokov, reported on roads to be graveled. The Board discussed gravel pits, bus routes and mail routes. They also discussed complaints on the David Hancock road, 286th Street and Rod Kirk stated his road needs fixed because the water is drained and a culvert needs placed. Mr. Smokov explained he is waiting on culverts from TrueNorth Steel. There was continued discussion about 286th Street needing a culvert. Rod Kirk and Judd Schomp disagreed with fixing a section line road. Wayne Bond stated the road is used for utilities and quite a few tax payers. Jeff Slattery made a motion to place a used culvert on 286th Street. Rolf Kraft seconded.

Voting Aye: Rolf Kraft, Jeff Slattery, Wayne Bond.

Voting Nay: Rod Kirk and Judd Schomp.

Motion carried.

There was more discussion on the Rod Kirk road and the problems with hiring local contractors and problems with the amount of time it is taking to fix roads. Mr. Smokov explained he is waiting on culverts and equipment breaking down and more roads washing out but they are making progress. The Board agreed to find a contractor to repair the Kirk road and to hire truckers to haul gravel and keep the highway department on graders. It was also reported that Steve Livermont is installing culverts.

Wade Iszler from RDO Equipment and Jerry Heiser from Butler Machinery presented proposals on road graders. Highway department employees Ed Johnson, Jesse Ulmer, and Justin Friese also participated in the discussion. The Commissioners stated they would make a decision at the next meeting.


The Board reviewed claims. Rod Kirk made a motion to approve claims subject to delinquent taxes. Jeff Slattery seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

A & B Welding Supply Co Inc, $110.02, August 2019 Statement; A&C Sales LLC, $65.00, Wheel Lugs #12 Hwy Dept; Amy R. Bartling, $344.10, Cac X1; At&T, $1,987.73, Firstnet Equip/August Statement; Avera Health Plans, $10,135.36, September 2019 Statement; Barcodes Inc, LLC, $214.66, Register Of Deeds Supplies; Bauman Brothers, $1,900.00, Gravel R Buckles; Bennett County Booster, $303.33, August 2019 Statement; Bennett Co Hospital And NH, $258.75, August 2019 Statement; Bennett Co Hospital And NH, $37.50, Drug Test Hwy Dept; BC Hospital & Nursing Home, $326.10, Refund Commercial Registration; BC Register Of Deeds, $30.00, Justus Lot Quit Claim; BC School Dist #3-1, $14,335.45, July 2019 Apportionment; Bennett County Treasurer, $195.45, Advanced Taxes Marge Oleske; Bennett County Treasurer, $250.84, D Justus Mowing/Juror Taxes; Bennett County Treasurer, $40.00, Duplicate Titles Surplus Vehic; Bradley T. Borge, $2,856.25, Crt Appt Atty X4/Juv X1; Butler Machinery, $20,918.80, Repairs/#143 Payment; Centurylink, $130.15, August 2019 Statement; Chelsi Claussen, $125.00, 5 DUI Blood Draws; Cherry County Implement, $241.23, Mower Parts Hwy Dept; City Of Martin, $119.06, August 2019 Statement; City Of Martin, $9,571.08, July 2019 Apportionment; Cole Pest Control, $70.00, August 2019 Statement; Con Equipment Parts, $336.07, Damper Pulley #6 Hwy Dept; Connecting Point, $180.00, August 2019 Statement; Correctional Risk Services, $245.68, July 2019 Invoice; Culligan Water Conditioning, $44.00, August 2019 Statement; Dakota Battery & Electric, $136.88, Rebuild Alt #30 Hwy Dept; Executive Mgmt Finance Office, $109.40, Auditor Util/Rod Records Mgmt; GE Associates, $12.36, Repairs To 31A Mower Hwy Dept; General Service Construction, $399.99, July 2019 Invoice Roof Repair; The General Store, $372.37, August 2019 Statement; Golden West Technologies, $687.50, July 2019 Invoices X2; Golden West Companies, $1,487.00, August 2019 Statement; Great Western Tire Inc., $707.18, August 2019 Hwy Dept Invoice; Grimms Pump & Industrial Suppl, $85.79, #3 Aux Fuel Tank Repair Hwy De; Group Resources Of Iowa LLC, $133.00, August 2019 Statement; Group Resources Of Iowa LLC, $30.00, July 2019 Invoice; Sarah Harris, $151.17, Reimbursement For Supplies; John Deere Financial, $129.50, Hwy Dept Repairs; Kieffer Sanitation, $132.00, August 2019 Statement; Konica Minolta Premier Finance, $243.48, August 2019 Statement; Kratovil Electric, Inc., $2,472.74, Fair Building Repairs; Krogman Law Office, PLLC, $712.50, Crt Appt Atty X5; Lacreek Electric Assoc., $2,028.95, August 2019 Statement; Amanda Lacroix, $1,838.00, Pro Temp/Mental Health/Cac X4; LaCroixs True Value, $273.73, August 2019 Statement; Lincoln County Treasurer, $90.00, Invoice 03-502 July 2019; Steve Livermont, $2,364.46, Labor/Mileage/Equip Rental; Lycox Enterprises, $826.00, Retriever Disc Scraper Hwy Dep; Lynn’s Dakotamart, $28.56, August 2019 Statement; Martin Auto Parts II, Inc., $2,364.38, August 2019 Statement; John Murphy, $9.50, Crt Appt Atty X1; Office Products Center, $146.22, August 2019 Statement; Parr Law Pc, $3,174.95, Crt Appt Atty X4/Juv X2; Philip Motor Inc, $266.22, August 2019 Statement; The Pizza Shoppe, $6.72, Inmate Meal; Salomon Sanitation, $120.00, August 2019 Statement; SD Department Of Health, $670.00, July 2019 Invoice; SD Dept Of Revenue-Remittance, $43,381.36, July 2019 Transmittal; SDacc, $406.00, 2019 Quarterly Clerp Pmt; SDaco, $50.00, July 2019 Share; South Dakota Public Assurance, $36,992.07, Liability Ins 2019-2020; Secretary Of State, $7.00, Pistol Permit X1 D Christensen; Servall, $308.36, August 2019 Statement; Jeff Siscoe, $378.92, Em & Disaster/Doe Travel; Shelly Siscoe, $112.50, Lepc Meeting Meal X15; Sod’s Mechanical Contracting, $576.68, Thermostat Replaced; St Francis House, $634.37, Refund Cac Sarah Richards; State 4-H Office, $39.00, 2019 State Fair Admission/Park; Stranded Tire Service, $245.00, Tire Repair #22 Hwy Dept; Sword Law Office, Pc, $2,433.93, Crt Appt Atty X2; Thomson Reuters - West, $2,544.52, 2019 Law Indexes; Transource, $671.75, Repairs To #9 Hwy Dept; Valentine Office Supply, $500.26, August 2019 Statement; Warne Chemical, $220.38, Weed Sprayer Parts; Western Cartographers, $560.00, 2019 Yearly Order Of Maps; Western South Dakota, $6,380.00, August 2019 Invoice; Winner Health Mart Pharmacy, $173.90, August 2019 Statement; Winner Police Department, $36,321.00, July 2019 Statement; Karla Witt, $42.26, Court Witness; Wayne Witt, $30.08, Court Witness; Winner Reg Em Serv Comm Center, $6,772.64, 911 March-May 2019; Yellowstone Valley Parts, $172.54, Valve #7 Hwy Dept; Sheree Briggs, $12.00, 24/7 Refund; Tillie Dubray, $11.00, 24/7 Refund; Marcus Harris, $94.81, BC Fair Assistance; Alyssa Hicks, $7.00, 24/7 Refund; Selena Thunder Hawk, $21.68, Court Witness; $59.24, Grand Juror; $79.40, Grand Juror; $147.40, Grand Juror; $62.60, Grand Juror; $55.88, Grand Juror; $65.12, Grand Juror; $78.56, Grand Juror; American Legion Baseball Team, $500.00, Donation As Per Commissioners; Ameritas, $6.30, August Premium Vision Ins; AT&T, $48.94, August 2019 Invoice; Avera Health Plans, $9,942.26, August 2019 Co Health Ins; Avera Occupational Med, $193.10, Hwy Dept Drug Testing; Bennett County Treasurer, $351.23, Advanced Taxes R Bair; CHS, $11,895.12, Hwy Dept Gas & Diesel; Connecting Point, $180.00, July 2019 Statement; Marco, Technologies LLC, $43.20, August 2019 Copier Lease; Principle, $115.56, August 2019 Co Ins; Secretary Of State, $50.00, Enhanced Pistol Permit X1 Mw; Sun Life Financial, $119.89, August Premium Dental Ins; Jesse Ulmer, $100.00, 4 Steel Rims #25 Hwy Dept; Voyager Fleet Systems Inc, $1,595.08, August 2019 Statement Law Fuel

Abate County Taxes

Judd Schomp made a motion to abate taxes on the property sold for tax deed, East 42ft of Lots 1-2-3, Blk 10, Original Town in the amount of $804.87. Rod Kirk seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

State Emergency and Disaster Agreement

Auditor Susan Williams presented the Emergency and Disaster agreement with the state. Rolf Kraft made a motion to approve the Local Emergency Management Performance Grant for 2020. Rod Kirk seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Golden West Utility Permit

Auditor Susan Williams presented a request from Golden West for a utility permit. Rod Kirk made a motion to approve the utility permit for boring 217th Avenue for Golden West. Jeff Slattery seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Courthouse doors locked 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Jolene Donovan, Treasurer, met with the Commissioners to request the Courthouse be locked from noon to 12:30 p.m. for security because her office is the only office open during that time and she was concerned with people in the hall. There was discussion about a security system that was obsolete. There was also discussion about locking the courthouse on court days and drivers license days. There was discussion about the inconvenience to the public. Auditor Susan Williams and States Attorney Sarah Harris requested the department heads and employees be contacted. There was discussion about law enforcement monitoring the halls. States Attorney Sarah Harris advised the Board to make a motion. Rolf Kraft made a motion to set Courthouse hours from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and lock the Courthouse doors from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the exception of court days and drivers license days effective September 3, 2019. Rod Kirk seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Partial Payment Request

A request for partial payment of taxes was tabled for more information.

Law Department

Sheriff Paul Williams reported on current work of the law department. The Sheriff informed the Board that Judge Rank had requested a number of security procedures for court days. The Sheriff stated some of the procedures will require more man power for the metal detector and courthouse doors and gates. The Commissioners also discussed the need for a transport officer, court security and jailer.

Sheriff Williams stated he would be looking for a couple part-time people for court duty and a transport/jailer person. Judd Schomp questioned the Sheriff about any confiscated items that could be surplused. The Sheriff explained the law department does not have confiscated items.

Courthouse Roof

Judd Schomp also reported on a meeting he had with a roofer about the Courthouse roof. More information will be needed.


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

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Board Of Bennett County Commission

/s/ Wayne Bond, Chairman


/s/ Susan Williams, Auditor

The next regular Commissioners Meeting Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s meeting room.

Published once at the total approximate cost of $140.49

Published: August 28, 2019

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