Custer County Commission Meeting (Wednesday, March 28, 2018)
Commissioners Travis Bies, Phil Lampert, Jesse Sorenson, Jim Lintz, and Mark Hartman
A. Commission Meeting was called to order at 8:00 AM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
B. Adopting of the agenda
Chairman Lampert called for any corrections to the agenda. With no corrections, the agenda will
stand as presented.
C. Consent Agenda
Motion by Hartman and seconded by Bies to approve the March 7, 2018 commission meeting
minutes, the following vouchers and travel requests. Motion carried, unanimous.
Travel requests approved: Mar & Shannon Stites to Annual SD Airport Conference in Deadwood, SD,
at a cost of $332; Patty Caster, Julie Jenniges and Amanda Pierce to SDAAO Conference in Rapid City,
SD, at a cost of $1,312.65.
Vouchers approved as follows:
COMMISSIONERS: Pitney Bowes $2,015; SDACO $727.20; Travis Bies $1,500; Ramkota $305.97; Verizon
Wireless $82.18; Avesis $8.54
CONTINGENCY: Guardian $60.07
COURT: Beesley Law $1,473.40; Justin O’Neill $575.60; Garland Goff $865.78; Grey & Eisenbraun Law
$498.20; Manlove Psychiatric $3,600; Randal Connelly $278
AUDITOR: First Interstate Bank Mastercard $80.90; Ricoh $.87; Evergreen Office Products $55.77
TREASURER: Digital Dolphin $325.97; Monica DeNardis $500; Qualified Presort $3,663.02
STATE’S ATTORNEY: Pheasantland $152.12; Culligan Water $43.50; Rioch $2.78
COURTHOUSE BUILDING: Southern Hills Fire & Safety $258.25; Servall $110.95; First Interstate Bank
Mastercard $159.58; Verizon Wireless $73.38; Thyssenkrupp Elevator $1,278
DIRECTOR OF EQUALIZATION: Networkfleet $18.95; Ricoh $6.21; SDAAO $525
REGISTER OF DEEDS: Teri L Morgan $1,500
VETERANS SERVICES: Quill $47.36; First Interstate Bank Mastercard $48.94
INFO TECHNOLOGY: Golden West $5,892.27; A & B Business $1,285; Ricoh $1,478.04; Schneider
HUMAN RESOURCE: First Interstate Bank Mastercard $424.94; Verizon Wireless $16.44
SHERIFF: Black Hills Electric $54.38; Interstate Batteries $99.90; Quill $99.99; Rapid Chevrolet $2, 997,
97; First Interstate Bank Mastercard $830.02; Liberty Superstores $288.75; Networkfleet $211.62;
Innovative Office Solutions $56.28; Tacticalgear.com $78.98; Culligan Water $53; Ricoh $53.59; Nelson’s
Oil & Gas $49.88; Lexisnexis Risk Solutions $89; Verizon Wireless $386.61
CORONER: Rapid City Regional $59
PRISONER CARE: City of Rapid City $140; Pennington County Jail $226.20; First Interstate Bank
Mastercard $43.17; Kreisers LLC $121.91; Pennington County Sheriff $673.60
AIRPORT: Custer Gas $734.02; Southern Hills Fire & Safety $79.75; MG Oil Company $4,304.70; Studt
MENTALLY ILL: Beesley Law Office $312.50
MENTAL ILLNESS BOARD: Lincoln County Treasurer $89.30
LIBRARY: First Interstate Bank Mastercard $708.13
CULTURE/RECREATION: Lynn’s Dakotamart $21.27
EXTENSION: Ricoh $1.62; Discovery Benefits $41.67
WEED & PEST: First Interstate Bank Mastercard $383.95; Ricoh $10.73
PLANNING: Discovery Benefits $41.67; Verizon Wireless $54.32
COUNTY ROAD & BRIDGE: A & B Welding $173.25; Black Hills Electric $2,289.28; Black Hills Power
$49.94; Black Hills Energy $99.83; Butler Machinery $1,996.88; Custer Do It Best $224.80; Lycox
Enterprises $2,050; Custer True Value $205.66; Diesel Machinery $7,000; French Creek Loggers $367.57;
Fastenal $333.89; Godfrey Brake $29.24; Southern Hills Fire & Safety $110; Johnson Machine $133.32;
Quill $102.97; Rapid Chevrolet $7.68; Kieffer Sanitation $152.79; Servall $207.40; Snap on Tools $76.76;
First Interstate Bank Mastercard $143.67; Liberty Superstore $189.64; Southern Hills Truck & Trailer
$8.55; Southern Hills Rock & Gravel $6,700; Lacal Equipment $547.46; Croell Inc. $3,519.88; Culligan
Water $46.50; Centurylink $18.31; Matco Tools $108.10; Nelson’s Oil & Gas $2,683.22; MG Oil
$17,669.78; Diamond D Diesel $1,615; Verizon Wireless $34.08; Dakota Fluid Power $65.14; CBH
Cooperative $3,591.12; Anderson Auto Sales $28
FIRE PROTECTION: City of Rapid City $2,000
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Networkfleet $18.95; Verizon Wireless $54.32
EMERGENCY & DISASTER: City of Belle Fourche $600
24/7: Intoximeters Inc. $320; Quill $42.45; Redwood Toxicology $141.60
BUILDING: Black Hills Electric $776.31; Black Hills Energy $7,146.64; Custer Do It Best $20.93; Custer City
$199.39; McGas $345.91; Southern Hills Fire & Safety $130.75; Sander Sanitation $327.68; A to Z
EMERGENCY LINE: Quill $33.93; Pheasantland Industries $396.50; Culligan Water $33.50; Ricoh $23.49;
Centurylink $533.69; Discovery Benefits $41.64
D. Conflict of Interest Declarations -none
1. The gravel bid that was approved at the March 7, 2018 commission meeting was reviewed
because two bids were received for the amount of $6.75 per ton. The bid that was approved
was from Black Hills Gravel, LLC and the other bid was from Howe Well Drilling & Excavating,
Inc. It was determined that the bid from Howe Well Drilling & Excavating, Inc. did not meet the
specifications of the bid and the commission upheld the approval of the bid from Black Hills
2. The commission acknowledged the resignation of Todd Luesink and Allen Skrdlant.
1. Alan Aker appeared before the board to discuss concerns he had about a plat that had been
presented at a recent dirt meeting. Rex Harris, Planning Director, stated that there needs to be
an application made and fees paid to have the plat presented to the planning commission. Mr
Aker will meet with Harris.
G. Register of Deeds
1. Teri Morgan, Register of Deeds, introduced Wanda Gramkow who has been hired as the Deputy
Register of Deeds.
2. Motion by Sorenson and seconded by Bies to authorize the removal of Robyn VanDerSys and
add Wanda Gramkow to the Register of Deeds checking account as an authorized signer.
Motion carried, unanimous.
1. The commission acknowledged the completion of a 1 year probation period for Deputy
Matthew Tramp and Deputy Matt Kunz.
2. Sheriff Mechaley gave the commission on update on recent talks he had with the Custer School
District regarding filling a School Deputy position. Mechaley stated that the biggest issue
would be the funding of the position. Mechaley will keep the commission informed on this
1. Motion by Hartman and seconded by Sorenson to approve Abatement #1805A in the amount of
$1,229.43, #1806A in the amount of $174.30, #1807A in the amount of $200 and #1808A in the
amount of $966.46. Motion carried, unanimous.
2. Patty Caster gave the commission on update on the changes in the South Dakota Codified Law
regarding agricultural requirements.
1. Motion by Bies and seconded by Lintz to approve the surplus of a HP LaserJet N4100 printer to
be sold, a Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse and two ASUS MemoPads to be disposed at
the landfill. Motion carried, unanimous.
K. Veteran Service Office
1. Motion by Sorenson and seconded by Hartman to approve the surplus of a broken chair and a
three hole punch to be disposed at the landfill. Motion carried, unanimous.
2. Jana Virtue, Veteran Service Officer, gave a quarterly report to the commission. Virtue has
established new connections with Veterans in the community and was able to visit and assist 3
Custer County homebound Veterans with the assistance of a laptop computer she now has.
Virtue has filed 23 disability and/or pension claims with the South Dakota State of Veterans
Affairs and has worked with Veterans to file over 33 Intent to File (for future claims).
1. Robert Skinner, Maintenance Director, appeared before the board to inform the commission of
his plan to fill a recently vacated full-time maintenance position with a part-time employee.
M. Battle Creek Fire District
1. Motion by Lintz and seconded by Bies to acknowledge the consolidation of the Hayward,
Hermosa, and Keystone Fire Districts into one creating the Battle Creek Fire District effective
for tax year 2018 and after. Motion carried, unanimous.
N. 266th Street Project
1. The commission received a letter from the SD National Guard regarding their intent to conduct
a training project in the Wind Cave National Park area. The project will consist of building and
improving an access road (266th Street) to the historic Sanson/Casey Ranch. The project
includes the improvement of approximately 1.5 miles of existing two track road for access to
the site. The road will be built to Custer County road standards. Motion by Lintz and seconded
by Sorenson to waive the bond requirement for this project. Motion carried, unanimous.
O. Crazy Horse Raffle
1. Motion by Bies and seconded by Hartman to approve the request from the Crazy Horse
Memorial Foundation to conduct their annual rifle raffle fundraiser in 2018. Motion carried,
P. Public Comment – none
1. Mail call – A letter was received from USDA regarding placer mining on NFS land; a thank you
letter was received from the Custer Sr Center for the $3,100 the county budgeted and awarded
to the center; a letter was received from SDML regarding the 2017 payroll audit refund notice;
a letter was received from the Custer County Library Foundation expressing their appreciation
to the maintenance staff for the installation of the donor recognition tree at the Custer County
2. Meeting Schedule – The Lincoln Day Dinner will be held at Custer Corral on Saturday, April 7th
with the social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m
3. Meeting Reports – Lintz attended a Fair Board and Weed Board meeting. Lintz has also been
elected as the President of the Black Hills Association of County Commissioners. Bies and
Lampert reported on new things they learned at the 2018 County Commissioners and Welfare
Officials Workshop regarding the opportunity the county has to apply for grants for
maintenance of roads that border public lands and learned more about parliamentary
procedures. Sorenson will plan to attend the Economic Development meeting in Hot Springs.
R. Executive Session
Motion by Lintz and seconded by Bies to go into Executive Session pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2(4).
Executive Session began at 9:25 a.m. and concluded at 9:50 a.m.
1. Motion by Hartman and seconded by Bies to approve the re-offer to John Evans of $150,000 for
real property together with the mobile homes owned by Evans. Motion carried, unanimous.
2. Motion by Bies and seconded by Lintz to approve the Indigent request. Motion carried,
Motion by Hartman and seconded by Sorenson to adjourn the meeting at 9:52 a.m. The next
meeting will be at 8 a.m. April 11, 2018, in the Commissioner’s Room in the Custer County
Phil Lampert, Chairman
Terri Cornelison, Custer County Auditor
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