City swears in three councilors, awards bid for law enforcement center



At the May 3 Tea City Council meeting, three city councilors took the oath of office.

Sid Munson was appointed to fill his open seat in Ward I for one year. Casey Voelker and Terry Woessner were sworn in for Ward II and Ward III, respectively.

Voelker was elected president and Jim Erck was elected vice president of the council.

The council awarded the contract to build the new law enforcement center to Visions Construction Group in Tea for Law enforcement center. They had the low bid at $2,424,000. They approved Banner for architectural/engineering construction administration services for the project.

The council approved the appointments of Dawn Murphy as finance officer, Jessica Quigley as chief of police, Thad Konrad as utility superintendent, Meierhenry Sargent as city attorney, HDR as city engineer, Tea Weekly as the official newspaper and Valley Exchange Bank and Reliabank as the official depositories.

They approved the committee appointments of Voelker for the fire department, Sid Munson for Tea Park & Rec, Joe Weis for Library Board, Deanna Ernster as the public representative to the Library Board, Woessner For HRC Board and Erck for Tea Chamber for Development Board.

The council reviewed the Boulder Preliminary Plan revision 2 that involves increasing the detention pond. The pond would be 8 feet deep. They approved the plan.

They also approved the variance for a shed at 100 E. Ivy Road.

The council approved the pay application for the 85th Street elevated water storage tank from Maguire Iron in the amount of $86,400.

The council also approved the on-off sale malt beverage and on-off sale S.D. Farm wine licenses renewals for Jokers 7, Jokers 7B, Olson Oil Co. DBA Get N Go, Cubby’s Inc., Casey’s General Store, Dollar General, Lauriebelle’s Boutique and Tea Hospitality LLC DBA Grandstay Hotel & Suites.

The council discussed pool wages for the 2021 season. They did some looking at Sioux Falls and Lennox for their pool wages. They approved wages for manager at $20, head guard at $15, WSI lifeguards $13, lifeguards at $12.25 and cashier and slide attendants at $11, as well as reimbursing lifeguards for their certification.

They approved the hiring of Holly Knutson as pool manager and Trent VanRavenswaay as a full-time police officer.

The council adjourned at 8:10 p.m.