CUSTER SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFERING FREE DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING

Custer School District is offering a free Developmental Screening for Preschool-age (ages 3-5) children in the Custer area.
Screening will be at the Custer Elementary School on Wed., January 24, 8 A.M., 9 A.M., 10 A.M. appointments only.
Call 673-2171 to schedule an appointment.

This screening provides information about the child’s development in the areas of motor coordination, communication, & cognitive thinking skills. The screening instrument shows how the child is developing compared to children all over the United States.  Vision and hearing is also checked.

“If your preschool child is between the age of 3 up to 5 years-old (and is NOT enrolled in Kindergarten), you may want to consider the CSD Developmental Screening. This is for parents who have concerns about their preschool-aged child, in any of the following developmental areas:  Communication, Motor, Concepts, Vision and/or Hearing.  Even if you don’t have any particular concerns, but just want to see how your child is doing overall and want ideas of where they might need to improve, it can be beneficial to set-up an appointment

For free developmental screenings for children under 3-years-old,
please contact Jennifer Scott 605.394.6089 x233.

CUSTER THEATRE FUNDRAISER – NATURE’S CONDITION BY KEVIN PLOOSTER

The dinner will be at 6 pm… Show at 7pm…  Cost for both is $20…  Dinner Reservations are appreciated.

$20 for Dinner and a Show at CUSTER HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE

Call 673 4473 to reserve dinner.   $10 to attend just the play.

Dinner will be lasagna, garlic bread, and salad and dessert

2018 BARK BEETLE BLUES DRAWS LARGE CROWD

Bark Beetle Blues Bug Burn on Pageant Hill in Custer, SD Friday January 20, 2018. Photo:@paulhorsted.com

Yet another outstanding effort by local volunteers, the variety show had everything from jazz ballet, music, an “Air Guitar Band” and a dog doing tricks accompanied by Anna Marie Riner on the flute. The torch march was epic, enraged citizens marching in cold, snowy icy conditions towards the beetle effigy with kerosene soaked torches. The somewhat smaller beetle, representing the diminished beetle threat to our beloved pine trees glowed with orange flame as the sky was illuminated with exploding fireworks and their resounding boom, warning the pine bark beetle family to bug off.
The beetle burn was followed by a “Bug Crawl” in Custer City featuring local artist.

Additional Photos

CITY OF CUSTER CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS- REGULAR SESSION JANUARY 16th, 2018

Mayor Corbin Herman called to order the second meeting of the Common Council for the month of January 2018 at 5:30 p.m.  Present at roll call were Councilpersons Maciejewski, Heinrich, Nielsen, Fischer, Blom and Arseneault. City Attorney Chris Beesley was present. The Pledge of Allegiance was stated.

AGENDA

Councilperson Maciejewski moved, with a second by Councilperson Nielsen, to approve the agenda. The motion unanimously carried.

MINUTES

Councilperson Arseneault moved, with a second by Councilperson Fischer, to approve the minutes from the January 2nd council meeting. The motion unanimously carried.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

No conflicts of interest were stated.

FIRST READING – ORDINANCE #801 – PARKING PROHIBITED DURING SNOW REMOVAL ALERT

            Councilperson Fischer moved to approve Ordinance #801, Parking Prohibited During Snow Removal Alert. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.

CEMETERY CARETAKER CONTRACT

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved to approve the cemetery caretaker contract for 2018 with the bid opening date to be February 13th. Seconded by Councilperson Arseneault, the motion unanimously carried.

PRELIMINARY PLAT – RAMSEY SUBDIVISION PHASE 2

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved to approve the preliminary plat for Ramsey Subdivision Phase 2. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.

POSSIBLE WATER & SEWER EXTENSION

            The Public Works Director informed Council that a homeowner whose property is close to City limits maybe be interest in hooking up to City water & sewer.  Once the Public Works Director has more information he will provide that to Council.

WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS CHANGE ORDER #1 – AE2S

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved to approve the water system improvements change order #1 for RCS Construction for $12,354.27. Seconded by Councilperson Heinrich, the motion carried with Councilperson Maciejewski, Heinrich, Nielsen, Fischer, Blom and Arseneault voting yes.

BOBCAT PURCHASE QUOTE

Councilperson Heinrich moved to approve the purchase of a Bobcat 5600 for $54,393.84 and 60” sweeper attachment for $3,033.60 from Jenner Equipment based upon NJPA pricing contract #042815-CEC. Seconded by Councilperson Nielsen, the motion carried with Councilperson Heinrich, Nielsen, Fischer, Blom, Arseneault and Maciejewski voting yes.

PICKUP PURCHASE QUOTE

Councilperson Fischer moved to approve the purchase of a 2018 Dodge Ram 3500 from Wegner Auto off the state bid for $27,022 plus $1,695 for dual rear wheels. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion carried with Councilperson Nielsen, Fischer, Blom, Arseneault, Maciejewski and Heinrich voting yes.

CLAIMS

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved, with a second by Councilperson Heinrich, to approve the following claims.  The motion carried unanimously.

2017 Claims

Unemployment Insurance, $75.44

Midcontinent Testing Labs, Professional Fees, $108.00

Golden West Technologies, Professional Fees, $62.50

Michael Todd & Company, Supplies, $23.41

Total 2017 Claims $269.35

2018 Claims

American Public Works Association, Dues, $330.00

Black Hills Energy, Utilities, $12,783.03

Border States Electric, Supplies, $84.06

Butler Machinery, Supplies, $325.82

Custer County Treasurer, Law Enforcement Contract, $93,750.00

California State Disbursement, Deductions, $53.19

Dakota Pump INC, Repair and Maintenance, $588.50

Itron, Repair and Maintenance, $790.97

Nelson’s Oil and Gas, Supplies, $1,439.10

SD DENR, Dues, $78.00

SD Water and Wastewater Association, Dues, $40.00

The Hartford, Insurance, $64.12

USDA Loan Payments, $8,910.00

Darling, Chris/Barb, Utility Refund, $43.75

Hutt, Dan, Overpayment Refund, $60.28

Total 2018 Claims $119,340.82

DEPARTMENT HEADS & COMMITTEE REPORTS

            Various committee reports were given in addition to department heads giving an update.

ADJOURNMENT

            With no further business, Councilperson Arseneault moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:27 p.m. Seconded by Councilperson Fischer, the motion carried unanimously.

ATTEST:                                                                                       CITY OF CUSTER CITY

Laurie Woodward                                                                          Corbin Herman

Finance Officer                                                                               Mayor

Fear Of Falling

Photo: Geralt/Pixabay.com

By Peg Ryan
Mile High Pilates And Yoga

Winter has only just begun and already I’ve heard about several incidents of injuries from falls, at least one of them serious.  Of course, anyone can fall at any time of the year, but it seems like winter is a particularly dangerous time when ice and snow accumulate all around us. Some falls result from what we call “black ice”.  This is that devilish condition when a thin layer of ice on asphalt is invisible to the eye.  When encountered it can cause supports like feet, bicycle tires or even autos to slide perilously.  Another insidious form of hidden ice occurs frequently in my area where daytime sunshine causes standing snow to melt and then refreeze when the sun goes down and temperatures fall.  This condition can be particularly precarious when another layer of snow falls on top obscuring the ice layer below so you don’t know where it is until you step on it.

Although older adults seem more prone to falls, and many studies show that the consequences of falling for older adults can be particularly dire, no one is immune from falls.  There are many articles featuring suggestions for preventing falls.  All you have to do is Google “Fall Prevention” and you will find examples.  But I would like to focus on the causes that I see most frequently and that I think can be at least partially addressed with training.  First and foremost is failure to pay attention.  Our modern lifestyle seems to encourage hurrying.  We worry about slowing down when there are people behind us.  Or making that car wait for more than a few seconds while we cross a street.  Something distracts us and we forget to pay attention to our surroundings.  Have you ever been looking down at your feet (or your cell phone) and suddenly been hit in the head with a tree branch?  Admittedly I’m guilty of that one.  So the first piece of advice I would give is slow down.  Look around you in all directions.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Make sure your next step is on firm ground.  Sometimes I will take my foot and just slide it back and forth in front of me to make sure my next step is not on ice.  That car that’s waiting for you to pass is most likely not going to run you over.  And no matter where you’re going, the extra few minutes will not make any difference in the long run.  Unless they save you from injury.  Then, in fact, the extra few minutes might make a huge difference!

The second most frequent cause of falls I’ve observed or heard about is not taking proper precautions.  For example, not wearing appropriate shoes.  You think “I’m only going out for a few minutes.  I can make it in my high heels.”  Perhaps that’s a little extreme, but you get the picture.  You get away with it once and think it won’t be a problem the next time.  And maybe it’s not.  Until it is.  Wouldn’t it be better to just take that extra few moments to be safe.  I could go into a big rant here about the footwear industry and how it encourages us (especially women) to wear inappropriate shoes, but I’ll save that for another time.  Suffice it to say that most of you know what works in these situations.  It often comes down to the choices you make.  It’s also important to remember that just because you’ve been careful to clear your own walkways, this may not be the case everywhere you need to go.

There are many reasons why people fall.  Some of them are related to physical conditions or side-effects of medication.  If you have these types of concerns hopefully you will get professional advice on how to deal with them.   But so many falls result from preventable circumstances that it’s worth another reminder.  This provides yet another reason to tout the benefits of movement practices.  Mind-body practices like yoga, Pilates and others can help you to learn to pay more attention to the way you move.  These practices help encourage strength, flexibility and balance.  We think of balance as being able to stand on one foot.  But practicing balance exercises can also be a way to strengthen the muscles that will help you catch yourself and avoid falling.  Or help you get up if you do fall.  Holding onto something because you fear falling might be helpful, but wouldn’t it be better if the muscles that support you were stronger.

Mobility has been described as more than just being able to move, but also maintaining strength through a full range of motion.  Stability is the quality that enables one to retain or regain position when impacted by an external force.  So, for example, if you’re standing and something pushes you, you’re ability to recover your position would be a way to measure stability.  So you can see how mobility and stability go hand in hand.  Then there is flexibility which might be described as the quality of being able to bend without breaking.  Clearly all of these traits are also necessary components for good balance.  If you feel stronger and more stable you will also gain confidence.  Fear can make us tense.  Tension makes us brittle and rigid.  Rigidity is the opposite of flexibility. Tension zaps energy and strength.  So learning to relax can be as important as all the other elements of balance.  Breathing practices, also an important component of mind-body practices such as yoga and Pilates, can help relieve tension and encourage relaxation.  They also help you slow down and recognize that few circumstances merit the hurrying we often feel is so necessary.

Finally, being in good physical condition might not prevent a fall, but it will certainly help you recover from one.  And cultivating more conscious awareness of your mind and your movements can help you in all aspects of your life.   If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s never too late.  If you can move and breathe, there is a practice for you.  Take the time to find one.  You won’t be sorry.  And it just might save you from yourself.

CITY OF CUSTER CITY COUNCIL AGENDA JANUARY 16th, 2018

CITY OF CUSTER CITY

COUNCIL AGENDA

January 16th, 2018 – City Hall Council Chambers

5:30 P.M

1. Call to Order – Roll Call – Pledge of Allegiance

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Approval of Minutes – January 2nd, 2018 Meeting Minutes

4. Declaration of Conflict of Interest

5. Public Presentations – Public Hearings

a. First Reading – Ordinance #801 – Parking Prohibited During Snow Removal Alert

b.

c.

            d.

6. Old Business

            a. Cemetery Caretaker Contract

            b.

7. New Business

            a. Preliminary Plat – Ramsey Subdivision Phase 2

            b. Possible Water & Sewer Extension

            c. Water System Improvements Change Order #1 – AE2S

            d. Bobcat Purchase Quote

            e. Pickup Purchase Quote

            f.

            g.

            h.

            i.

8.  Presentation of Claims –

9. Department Head Discussion & Committee Reports –

10. Executive Session – Personnel, Proposed Litigation, & Contract Negotiations (SDCL 1-25-2)

11. Adjournment

REMINDERS 

Park & Recreation Committee Meeting – January 23rd, 2018 5:30 P.M.

Public Works Committee Meeting – February 5th, 2018 4:30 P.M.

Regular City Council Meeting – February 5th, 2018 5:30 P.M.

General Government Committee Meeting – February 12th, 2018 4:30 P.M.

Planning Commission Meeting – February 13th, 2018 5:00 P.M.

Regular City Council Meeting – February 20th, 2018 5:30 P.M.

CITY OF CUSTER CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS – REGULAR SESSION JANUARY 2nd, 2018

CITY OF CUSTER CITY

COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS- REGULAR SESSION

January 2nd, 2018

Mayor Corbin Herman called to order the first meeting of the Common Council for the month of January 2018 at 5:30 p.m.  Present at roll call were Councilpersons Maciejewski, Heinrich, Nielsen, Fischer, and Blom. City Attorney Chris Beesley was present. The Pledge of Allegiance was stated.

AGENDA

Councilperson Nielsen moved, with a second by Councilperson Blom, to approve the agenda. The motion unanimously carried.

MINUTES

Councilperson Heinrich moved, with a second by Councilperson Fischer, to approve the minutes from the December 18th regular council meeting, December 21st & 28th special council meetings. The motion unanimously carried.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

No conflicts of interest were stated.

RESOLUTION #1-02-18A – DEPOSITORIES LISTING

            Councilperson Heinrich moved to adopt Resolution #1-02-18A, Depositories Listing. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.

RESOLUTON # 01-02-18A

A Resolution Granting Authority to Invest Municipal Funds

            WHEREAS, it has been determined by the Common Council of the City of Custer City, that it is in the best interest of the City of Custer City to invest all funds not immediately needed by the City of Custer City for day to day operations; and

            WHEREAS, the State of South Dakota, Department of Legislative Audit, has determined that the authority to invest City funds is a local Council decision and must be authorized each year.

            NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Common Council of the City of Custer City, that the Custer City Finance Officer, or designee, is hereby authorized to invest any such City funds, that are not immediately needed for the day to day operation of the City, from the following list of depositories, at the best interest rate available and for the period of time determined to be the most beneficial to the City.

                        First Interstate Bank, Custer, SD

                        Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Custer, SD

                        Edward Jones, Custer, SD

                        SD Public Funds Investment Trust, Sioux Falls, SD

                        Sentinel Federal Credit Union, Custer, SD

                        Highmark Credit Union, Custer, SD

                        Dacotah Bank, Custer, SD

            Dated this 2nd day of January 2018.

            City of Custer City

            S/Corbin Herman, Mayor

ATTEST: Laurie Woodward, Finance Officer

RESOLUTION #1-02-18B – INCIDENTAL DISBURSEMENT ACCOUNT

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved to adopt Resolution #1-02-18B, Incidental Disbursement Account. Seconded by Councilperson Nielsen, the motion unanimously carried.

RESOLUTION 01-02-18B

AUTHORIZATION OF CITY OF CUSTER INCIDENTAL DISBURSEMENT ACCOUNT

            WHEREAS, the City of Custer, South Dakota recognizes the need for an incidental disbursement account in order to transact timely payments and reimbursements for specified transactions.

            WHEREAS, SDCL 9-23-23 allows the City of Custer to establish an incidental account for advanced payments or for claims requiring immediate payment, not to exceed the specified amount established by the governing body.

WHEREAS, the City of Custer requires a detailed account of the expenditures from the incidental account shall be presented at regular intervals not to exceed one month with verified vouchers, itemized and supported by receipted bills or other information as general evidence of payment.  All expenditures from this account shall be listed with other bills in the regular governing body proceedings with the bill list.  All claims made on the incidental account require signatures of two officers of the city.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the City of Custer authorizes the Finance Officer to pay payroll and all regular monthly bills in a timely manner to avoid penalties and take advantage of discounts, prior to Council approval, with the bills being approved at each regular meeting.

AND NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the City of Custer authorizes the Finance Officer and staff to use the credit cards as needed.

            Dated this 2nd day of January, 2018.

CITY OF CUSTER

            S/Corbin Herman, Mayor

ATTEST: Laurie Woodward, Finance Officer

RESOLUTION #1-02-18C – WAGE SCALE (COLA APPLIED)

            Councilperson Nielsen moved to adopt Resolution #1-02-18C, Wage Scale (COLA applied). Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.

Resolution #01-02-18C

            WHEREAS, the City of Custer City has previously adopted an Employee Wage Scale; and

WHEREAS, updating and amending of said Employee Wage

Scale is necessary; and

            WHEREAS, the salary schedule shall be adjusted yearly according to the COLA percentage (2.5% for 2018) approved by the Common Council; and

WHEREAS, the Common Council of the City of Custer City

has determined that the Employee Wage Scale be modified in accordance with the attached incorporated Employee Wage Scale, which is labeled exhibit “A”;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 2018 Employee

Wage Scale is adopted and supersedes all previous Employee Wage Scales.

Dated this 2nd day of January 2018.

            CITY OF CUSTER CITY

            S/Corbin Herman, Mayor

            ATTEST: Laurie Woodward, Finance Officer

DESIGNATION OF OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved to designate the Custer County Chronicle as the City’s official newspaper.   Seconded by Councilperson Fischer, the motion unanimously carried

DESIGNATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIAL TO APPROVE RAFFLES

            Councilperson Nielsen moved to approve designating the Finance Officer and the Deputy Finance Officer, in the Finance Officer’s absence, to approve raffle request. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONTRACT WITH PUBLIC ASSURANCE ALLIANCE

            Councilperson Heinrich moved to approve the intergovernmental contract with South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance and authorize the Mayor to sign. Seconded by Councilperson Maciejewski, the motion unanimously carried.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN CONTRACT – BLACK HILLS COUNCIL OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

            Councilperson Heinrich moved to approve the performance contract with Black Hills Council of Local Governments for the Custer Comprehensive Plan for $24,518.20. Seconded by Councilperson Nielsen, the motion unanimously carried.

APPROVAL OF CEMETERY GRAVE DIGGER

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved to approve Dallas Alexander Construction as the grave digger for the Custer City Cemetery contingent upon proof of insurance being provided. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.

Councilperson Arseneault joined the meeting at 5:42 pm.

CEMETERY CARETAKER CONTRACT

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved to approve the cemetery caretaker contract as presented. Seconded by Councilperson Blom. After some discussion, Councilperson Maciejewski and Blom withdrew their motion and second. Councilperson Maciejewski moved to table the cemetery caretaker contract until the next council meeting. Seconded by Councilperson Fischer, the motion unanimously carried.

ANNUAL WAGE LISTING

Councilperson Fischer moved to approve the Annual Wage Listing as presented.  Seconded by Councilperson Arseneault, the motion unanimously carried.

Scott Kellogg      $29.29           Lance Stansbury    $20.35           Jeri Hewitt            $21.30

Gaile Walker      $21.30           Julie Harley          $19.04           John Christie        $16.89

Rick Kothe         $14.86           Jeff Clark             $14.86           Lisa Trana           $19.56

Lynnette Merritt    $19.96           Kim Conwell         $17.38           Sydney Gramkow $11.64

Salaried positions:

Bob Morrison                 $76,150.60

Laurie Woodward           $67,312.33

Tim Hartmann               $52,665.23

Mayor                            $1,400 monthly

Councilpersons     $500 monthly                         Planning Commission members $50 per meeting

CLAIMS

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved, with a second by Councilperson Heinrich, to approve the following claims.  The motion carried unanimously.

2017 Claims

Warfel, Brenda, Utility Refund, $49.65

Vector Design, Supplies, $48.90

First Interstate Bank, TIF# 1 Payment, $11,712.16

First Interstate Bank, TIF# 4 Payment, $1,100.33

Five Points Bank, TIF# 5 Payment, $13,946.70

Dacotah Bank, TIF# 2 Payment, $18,830.63

Dacotah Bank, TIF# 4 Payment, $1,100.34

Culligan, Repair and Maintenance, $18.50

Battle Mountain Humane Society, Animal Control Contract, $800.00

BIT Finance/ State Long Distance, Utilities, $78.95

Nielsen Enterprises, Repair and Maintenance, $1,063.78

State of SD, Sales Tax, $1,130.55

Total 2017 Claims, $49,880.49

2018 Claims

Honeywell, Repair and Maintenance, $7,066.88

Rocky Mountain International, BID Board Advertising, $975.00

SDML Worker Comp, Insurance, $16,563.00

SD Department of Natural Recourses, Permit, $1,500.00

SD Building Officials Association, Dues, $55.00

SD Association of Code Enforcement, Dues, $40.00

SDML, Dues, $1,913.64

SDML Street Maintenance, Dues, $35.00

SD Human Resources Association, Dues, $25.00

SD GFOA, Dues, $70.00

Tyler Technologies, Repair and Maintenance, $14,962.77

Wellmark, Insurance, $11,519.05

Total 2018 Claims, $54,725.34

DEPARTMENT HEADS & COMMITTEE REPORTS

            Various committee reports were given in addition to department heads giving an update.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Councilperson Fischer moved to go into and out of executive session for proposed litigation per SDCL 1-25-2(1-4) at 5:54 pm, with the Attorney, Public Works Director, Planning Administrator and Finance Officer present. Seconded by Councilperson Maciejewski, the motion unanimously carried. Council came out of executive session at 6:10 pm, with no action taken.

ADJOURNMENT

            With no further business, Councilperson Arseneault moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:10 p.m. Seconded by Councilperson Maciejewski, the motion carried unanimously.

ATTEST:                                                                                       CITY OF CUSTER CITY

Laurie Woodward                                                                          Corbin Herman

Finance Officer                                                                         Mayor