Proceedings: City of Martin 1-8-20


Regular Session

Wednesday January 8, 2020

The Martin City Council met in Regular Session on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 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, Tootie Moffitt, Shirley McCue, and Kevin Rascher present. Absent, Walter York.

Others present were, Marg Frew, with the Bennett County Booster, Police Chief Brandon Petersen, Police Officer Nate Eisenmenger, City Attorney Sara Frankenstein, Bennett Co. States Attorney Sara Harris, Bill Kuxhaus, Gloria Claussen, Joyce Wilson, Jay Yohner, Alberto  Salomon Jr., Donna Lamont and Finance Officer Jean Kirk.

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

Minutes: McCue moved to approve the minutes for the December 11th meeting. Moffitt seconded the motion, all voting aye, motion carried. 

Finance Officer’s Report: The Finance Officer’s report was reviewed. McCue moved to approve the Finance Officer’s report for December. Seconded by Rascher, all voting aye, motion carried. 

Beginning Balance on Hand $2,254,462; December Receipts 118,085; Total to be accounted for 2,372,748; Transfer In 24,051; Transfer Out 24,051; Disbursements 106,243; Outstanding Warrants 13,310; CD & Petty Cash 18.219

Claims January 2020: 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, $33,839.50; Dec Wages, Enterprise fund, $12,354.18; Dec withholdings, wage withholdings, $8,899.04; Aflac, insurance, $447.99; Assurity Life, insurance, $18.10; SD Retirement, retirement, $4,054.58; City of Martin, water bill, $117.88; Health Pool of South Dakota, health insurance, $5,585.30; Security First Bank, loader payment, $5,310.65; Marco, Copier leases for office & cops, $219.58; City of Martin, savings, $12,005.17; Butler Machine, parts for loader, $107.74; Hawkins, cylinder rental, $30.00; City of Martin, Water bills, $188.18; Martin Area Chamber of Commerce, 2020 dues, $100.00; True Value, supplies and door prizes, $50.93; Martin Auto Parts, supplies and repairs, $284.99; General Store, supplies,, $318.59; Jenner Equipment, bobcat parts, $87.20; Office Products, office supplies, $81.73; Northwest Pipe Fittings, water supplies & sewer supplies, $479.18; Post Office, postage for bills and billing, $225.00; Quill, office supplies and tax forms, $909.94; Rosane Cement, cement, $120.00; SD Dept of Revenue, garbage sales tax, $423.33; SD Dept of Revenue, water tests, $58.00; Servall, mats & rugs for office, police & paper towels, $204.40; Golden West Telecommunications, phone & internet, $741.91; High Plains Animal Clinic, dog pound, $206.00; GE Associates, barrel of oil & repairs, $902.80; Kadrmas, Lee, & Jackson, airport land acquisition, $7,061.65; Voyager Fleet System, fuel for vehicles, $1,839.68; Salomon Sanitation, garbage service, $7,600.00; Kadoka Oil, diesel fuel, $2,365.50; Card Services, firewall for cops, $605.00; Keep it Safe, offsite backup, $154.40; Bair Automotive, maintenance on cop cars, $707.95; AT&T Mobility, cell phones for cops, $232.72; Zuercher Technologies, cops ahrdware and software annual maintenance fee, $4,584.63; USDA Rural Development, extra lagoon payment, $12,000.00; ADT Securities Services, monitoring fee, $364.08; Scherer Publishing LLC, advertisement and publications, $271.59; Fair Manufacturing, repairs for snow blower, $666.96; Creekside Blossoms & Bakery, flowers for funeral, $56.45; Total $126,882.50

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

Water Project Payment: This is the first payment on the new loan for the water project that was done this past summer. Normally it would be for just the amount of the accrued interest which is $3917. 81, however there was enough money accumulated from the surcharge through the last two years to pay an extra $35,000 on principal. McCue moved to approve this payment for the water project loan of $38,917.81. Moffitt seconded the motion. All voting aye, motion carried. 

Moffitt moved to approve a transfer of $12,000 from the sewer debt account to the general fund for an extra lagoon payment. Rascher seconded it, all voting aye, motion carried.

Law: Chief Brandon Petersen updated the Council on what was happening in the law department. In December they had 70 calls for service, 181 total events and 20 arrests with 10 being for felonies. 

City Attorney Frankenstein updated the Council on the user agreement between the city and the county for use of the holding facility (jail). She attended the BC commissioners meeting this morning and they did some small tweaks to the agreement which the commissioners then approved. Attorney Frankenstein went over the changes that were made to the agreement. Rascher moved to approve the updated holding facility agreement. Seconded by Claussen, all voting aye, motion approved.

Moffitt moved to have Mayor Rayhill sign the holding facility agreement. McCue seconded the motion, all voting aye, motion carried.

Joyce Wilson asked what could be down about all the vandalism being done around town and Chief Petersen responded that he will try to have him and his officers patrol more.

Council Appointment: McCue moved to table the appointment of a councilman for Ward I until the next meeting as nobody has expressed any interest in filling the position. Rascher seconded the motion, all voting aye, motion carried.

Election: Claussen moved to approve combining the April 13th election with the school. Moffitt seconded the motion, all voting aye, motion carried.

Pawn Licenses: McCue moved to approve 2020 pawn license for Chet’s Place. Rascher seconded the motion. All voting aye, motion carried.

Personnel: Claussen moved to approve the hire of Jonathan Deuter as full time maintenance at $11.50 an hour. McCue seconded the motion, all voting aye, motion carried.

McCue moved to approve 2020 wages as listed; this includes a 3% raise for the city employees. Rascher 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, Mike Burke $14.01 an hour, Floyd Gerry $15.86 an hour, Daniel Dove 15.45, Nathan Eisenmenger $15.45, Thomas Chester $17.51 an hour, Jean Kirk $26.93 an hour, Sheyanne Kolb $13.11, Paul Noel $22.58 per hour, Brandon Peterson $20.22 an hour, Tiffany Pettit $15.02 per hour, Kenneth Daugherty $10.61 an hour, Chuck Soderlin, $9.37 an hour, and Isaiah Johnson $9.37 an hour.

Volunteers: A motion was entered by McCue and seconded by Moffitt to approve the following volunteers. Martin Volunteer Fire Department; Earl Adair, Lindell Adair, Patty Bader, Ray Big Crow, Justen Brown, Stuart Bucholz, Troy Byrne, Chance Clausen, Dane Claussen, Virgil Clausen, Michael Conquering Bear, William Cummings, Sandra Cummings, Tayler Fuchs, Dustin Hicks, Merle Hicks, Nathanial James, Jeremy Lessert, Paul Noel, Chris, O’Bryan, Doug O’Bryan, Mikaela O’Bryan, Dale Reeves, Samantha Reeves, Jim Russell, Jeff Siscoe, Judd Schomp, Jace Standing Bear, Anthony Waters, John Waters. 

Martin Volunteer Fire Department Explorers; Cole O’Bryan, Christian Jessop, Noah Kills in Sight, Jasper Dasher, Elijah Johnson, Brad Little Whiteman, and Nathanial Bull Bear. 

Miscellaneous Volunteers; Aaron Noel,

All voting aye, motion carried.

Tire Machine: Finance Officer Kirk informed the Council that LaCreek Wildlife Refuge donated an almost new tire changer to the City so there is no longer a need to purchase one. Moffitt moved to surplus the tire machine and appoint Gregg Claussen, Kevin Rascher, and Gary Rayhill as appraisers. McCue seconded the motion, all voting aye, motion carried.

Building Permits: One building permit was reviewed. Nakina Yellow Hair would like to move a 2002 mobile home to 213 Dakota Street. Rascher moved to approve the building permit for Nakina Yellow Hair. Claussen seconded the motion, all voting aye, motion carried.

Complaints: Discussion was held with Alberto Salomon Jr. about his plans for the taco stand. He said that what he has now is just temporary and that he would like to have a more permanent structure this spring. He was told that city ordinance does not allow him to have a port-a-potty and that it needs to be removed.

Past Due Water Bills: Rascher 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 Moffitt.

The next city council meeting will be held February 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Library Community Room.

Dated this 8th day of January, 2020

Gary Rayhill, Mayor


Jean Kirk, Finance Officer

Published once at the total approximate cost of $103.32

Published: January 22, 2020

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