City Council


Council Members

Mayor Isabel Trobaugh

Brad Zevenbergen
Vice President
Ward One

Deborah McCreary
Ward Two


Jim Verros
Ward Three

Katie Buum  
Ward One

Lance Penfield
Ward Two

Kenneth VonHaden 
Ward Three



About the Council
The City of Elk Point is governed by a mayor elected at large by the eligible voters of the community. The City Council is composed of two representatives from each of three wards, a total of six elected Council members who vote on policy directions for the City.

The Mayor and Council members are elected to two-year terms, with ward elections staggered so that three Council positions - one from each ward -- are subject to election annually.

The Mayor does not vote on Council business unless there is a tie, and the Mayor can veto a Council decision.

City Council Meetings are held on the first Monday of the Month.


February 1, 2016 Council Agenda 

January 4, 2016 Council Agenda 

December 7, 2015 Council Agenda 

November 2, 2015 Council Agenda 

October 5, 2015 Council Agenda 

September 28, 2015 Council Agenda 

September 14, 2015 Council Agenda 

August 18, 2015 Council Agenda 

August 3, 2015 Council Agenda 

July 6, 2015 Council Agenda 

June 1, 2015 Council Agenda 

May 4, 2015 Council Agenda 

April 16, 2015 Council Agenda 

April 6, 2015 Council Agenda 

March 2, 2015 Council Agenda 

February 2, 2015 Council Agenda 

January 5,2015 Council packet (1 of 4) 

January 5, 2015 Council packet (2 of 4) 

January 5, 2015 Council packet (3 of 4)

January 5, 2015 Council packet (4 of 4) 

December 22, 2014 Council Agenda 

December 1, 2014 Council Agenda 

November 3, 2014 Council Agenda 

October 6, 2014 Council Agenda 

September 22, 2014 Council Agenda 

September 8, 2014 Council Agenda (2 of 2) 

September 8, 2014 Council Agenda (1 of 2) 

August 4, 2014 Council Meeting Agenda 

July 7, 2014 council Meeting Agenda

June 2, 2014 Council Meeting Agenda 




Minutes - January 6, 2014

Minutes - February 3, 2014

Minutes - March 3, 2014

Minutes - April 7, 2014

Minutes - May 5, 2014

Minutes - June 2, 2014 

Minutes - July 7,2014 

Minutes - August 4, 2014

Minutes- September 8, 2014 

Minutes- Special Meeting September 22, 2014 

Minutes - October 6, 2014 

Minutes - November 3, 2014 

Minutes - December 1, 2014

Minutes - Special Meeting December 22, 2014 


Minutes- January 5, 2015

Minutes - February 2, 2015

Minutes - March 2, 2015 

Minutes - Special Meeting March 16, 2015 

Minutes -April 6, 2015

Minutes - Special Meeting April 16, 2015  

Minutes - May 4, 2015

Minutes - June 1, 2015 

Minutes - Special Meeting June 8,2015 

Minutes- July 6, 2015

Minutes - July 21, 2015

Minutes - August 3, 2015

Minutes - August 18, 2015 

Minutes - September 14, 2015 

Minutes - September 28, 2015 

Council Committees


Labor & Benefits - Zevenbergen, McCreary and Penfield

City Staffing, Pay Scales, Employee Classification, Retirement and Health Insurance Benefits 


Codes and Policies - Buum,  VonHaden and Verros

City Code Review, Standardized Operational Policies


Rates and Fees - Buum, VonHaden and Verro

Utility Rate Reviews, Other City Fees and Charges


Budget - Zevenbergen, McCreary and Penfield



City Council's Duties:


Primary Objective of Position:                                                        


To identify and discuss issues impacting the City of Elk Point, receive and consider public input, and make appropriate decisions in a manner, which encourages full and open discussion.


Responsible To: Citizens of Elk Point

Supervision Exercised: Supervises City Administrator, superintendents in charge of city employees, and city employees.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Regularly and thoroughly prepares for each City Council meeting held on the first Monday of each month. The Council also meets as a Board of Equalization in March.
  • Thoroughly reads and reviews agenda materials supplied.
  • Becomes familiar with City Strategic Plans and other City documents and understands how these documents impact City policy.
  • Conducts site visits as appropriate.
  • Solicits and receives input from affected parties and the general public.
  • Contacts affected parties to solicit input.
  • Meaningfully participates in consideration of agenda items.
  • Disqualifies self from participation where actual or potential conflict of interest occurs.
  • Participates in discussion of issue, including requesting additional data and/or supplying personal perspective both from a citywide perspective, as well as the council member's view of impact of a proposal.
  • Actively listens to ensure a complete appreciation of each proposal and the respective positions of the petitioner, affected parties (businesses, residents, etc.), and the City staff.
  • Responds to constituent requests for information or assistance with problem resolution.

Participate in special study subcommittees or task forces to provide information for City Council consideration.
1. Assumes responsibility for accomplishing necessary research either by talking to appropriate individuals or requesting that the staff prepare appropriate research.
2. Assumes a constructive and active role in the output of the task force.

  • Discusses issues impacting the City with State Legislators and other local government officials.
  • Annually evaluates the performances of the City Administrator with the knowledge of what the job description/contract is for the Administrator.
  • Establishes and modifies goals and objectives for the City.
  • Reviews and approves an annual budget and tax levy.
  • Reviews and approves a capital improvements program for the City.
  • Reviews and is familiar with the Elk Point City Ordinance book.
  • Serves as a Council Representative to various committee's or agencies as appointed by the Mayor.
  • Responsible for who is to be employed with the City and who is to be terminated from employment.

Process To Be Elected To Office: Please see attached information as prepared by the SD Municipal League.


Benefits: Councilman receives $200.00 per month salary. Council members also receive $40.00 for each special meeting he/she attends. The Mayor receives $250 per month salary.