94¢8431910September 26, 2012
The agenda for the Faith CityCouncil on September 18th in-cluded opening bids for haulingchips, quotes for spraying weeds,department head reports, healthinsurance quotes and a lengthyexecutive session for personnel.Dupper’s report included re-pairs to the roof and door at thepump house. At this point Councilapproved bidding out the repairs.Cindy Frankfurth reported theambulance had 16 runs in Augustand had 13 drivers licenses. Theyare working on repairs on one of the ambulances.Scott Gray reported that thefire department met recently andwould like to increase theirbudget amount to $25,000, just incase they should have somethingunexpected come up. They founda replacement fire truck for$24,500 that they will be pickingup at Watertown. They will beplacing their tank on it.Police Chief Frankfurth metwith Debbie earlier to discuss thebudget for the PD. He didn’t re-ally have anything to report atthis time. Debbie said that beforewhen they were looking for a po-lice car they were able to budgethalf the cost at the end of the yearand the balance at the beginningof the next year. Maybe theycould do that with an ambulance.Hoss said an ambulance wouldrun around $160-180,000, butthey could mount their existingbox on a new chassis for muchless. The PD received the signedgrant for radar equipment.Debbie said they have a com-munity auction set for October19th. If anyone has items to con-sign they should contact the Cityoffice. She has been busy workingon the 2013 budget.Karen Butler presented fur-ther information on the liabilityinsurance. Last year’s premiumcost the City $30,953, but theyhad $31,863 in claims. Since 9-11a terrorism policy is included inpolicies. The City can save $266and $78 in the fire package if theydon’t want it. Members declinedthat portion. Karen went over theemployees health insurance withmembers next. Their policy hasbeen grandfathered in as theyhad it before March 2010. Anychanges made now would fallunder the Health Care Reform,and would be more expensive.Karen reviewed the coverage, co-pay costs on hospital, emergencyand prescriptions with members.Council decided to keep the samepolicy they have.Council approved Resolution #09-18-12-01 for the transfer of funds.Debbie explained Resolution #09-18-12-02 for signs. They canreceive the same amount of grantfunding as Meade County if theyadopt this resolution to replacespeed limit, etc. signs. Council ap-proved the resolution.Debbie called three people forquotes for spraying weeds butonly had one that was interested.Jim Holloway would spray intown, at the lake and lagoon for atotal of $800. Council approvedhis quote.Council opened bids at 7:30 forthe hauling of chips from Beulah,WY. They had 4 bids: NewtonBrown $21.34 a ton, Bison Grain$22.70, Jensen Sand & Rock$20.63 and Haines Trucking$25.38. Council accepted the bidof Jensen Sand & Rock. After over an hour of executivesession to discuss personnel,Council resumed with agendaitems.Two quotes were received forrepairing the front door and lock,deck and steps, and door and lockon the back side of the ice house:Larry Ross and Reed Henschel.Council accepted the lowest bid,Reed Henschel’s.Reed discussedrepairing the siding on the build-ing. During the depression theyused tin and can bottoms to re-pair holes and they could possiblydo that. He said that outside dropsiding is still availabe but wouldprobably cost around $3500. Theold would have to be removed andit would have to be retarpapered.Reed figured it could cost around$15,000. There is only about$9,000 of their grant money left.Council will make a decisionlater.Debbie reported that the guythat does the gym floor was hereand looked at the floor. It is timeto redo it again and would bedone between volleyball and bas-ketball. Council decided to justhave him do it anytime it isneeded; they know his work andare satisfied with it. He also hasrugs available for the gym thatthey will get quotes on.The Municipal League Meet-ing is October 3-5 in Pierre.Mayor Haines will be attendingand members were encouraged toalso. There are many informativeworkshops there.Members reviewed Debbie’sbudget proposal. Inghram feltthat they should be able to givethe CAT $1,000 for new doors ontheir building. She felt they reallyneed them, and the group does alot for our community. Debbie fig-ured about $9000 for the GeneralGovernment Building fund forpainting and floor repairs. ThePublic Safety Building also needssome repairs, etc. Some itemswere hard to figure a dollaramount for. Street work will prob-ably run around $86,000. Oneambulance needs to be replaced;hopefully they would like to payhalf at the end of the year and theother half at the beginning of thenext year. Revenue from thevideo lottery is down, and salestax is unpredictable. Some itemscan be changed before the finalbudget is approved.Council closed their meeting at9:30. Their next meeting is Tues-day, Oct. 2nd.
Cit council reviews budget
B Loretta Passolt
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has is-sued a proclamation to celebrateNational Employ Older WorkersWeek Sept. 24-28. This week isdesigned to support workers pastthe traditional retirement agewho have remained in the work-force or re-entered it.“Older workers play an impor-tant role in growing our econ-omy,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Thisis one group we will rely on to in-crease the labor force and fill jobopenings.”The Senior Community ServiceEmployment Program (SCSEP),funded by a grant from the U.S.Department of Labor, brings em-ployment and training opportuni-ties to older Americans across thenation.The program currently servesabout 105,000 seniors each yearnationally. It has helped millionsof Americans find jobs in commu-nity service and the private sec-tor.“The Department of Labor andRegulation is working hard tohelp older workers with theirtraining and employment needs,”said State Labor and RegulationSecretary Pam Roberts. “This in-cludes educating employers aboutthe characteristics older workershave to offer, such as judgment,punctuality and commitment toquality.”The state Department of Laborand Regulation receives theSCSEP grant and administers itthrough a sub-grantee programcalled Experience Works. Partici-pants are offered training oppor-tunities in various fields whilethey prepare to transition intofull- or part-time employment inthe public and private sectors.“Our partnerships help olderworkers successfully enter theworkforce, which is a vital part of growing the core worker popula-tion in South Dakota,” said Secre-tary Roberts.For more information, contactSCSEP Administrator ToddKolden at 605-626-7780, Experi-ence Works Regional DirectorJean Bennett at 605-332-7991 orvisit www.sdjobs.org
Gov. Daugaard supports NationalEmploy Older Workers Week
Paula Wetenkamp …
Faith High School's Spanish I & II teacher from Northern State University's E- Learning Center in Aberdeen, came to visit students on Monday, Sept. 17th. The students prepared a fiestato welcome her during her visit with them. The students take their Spanish classes over the DDN, whichstands for Dakota Digital Network. Pictured front row, left to right: Bonnie Lutz, Shayna Engel, Abigail Wicks, Katie Bogue, Karisa Carmichael. Back row, left to right: Marcia Samuelson, Paula Wetenkamp, JariusHalligan, Jene Kilness, Dalton Sheridan, Jacob Ulrich.Photo by Marcia Samuelson