Monday, March 26, 2018


Monday March 26, 2018




The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday March 26, 2018


Mayor Trytten called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Members present were Mayor Doug Trytten, council members Larry Dahleen, Rich Jensen, Jason Kluender, Rick Stoneman  Gary Skartland and  Clerk Doris Troll, Members from the public in attendance were Marcia Dahleen, Earl Freeman


Agenda: Motion by Jensen  seconded by Kluender to accept agenda additions of Computers vote 5-0 , motion carried.


Council minutes: Motion to accept March 12, 2018 with corrections by Kleunder seconded by Dahleen  vote 5-0 motion carried.  


Claims: A motion by Jensen seconded by Dahleen to approve the claims of $ 27,616.48. Vote of 5-0 motion carried.    


Building permits per presented for J Garvick, a motion by Jensen seconded by Dahleen to approve the building permit. Vote 5-0. Motion carried.


Auditor report:  Greg Burkhardt from Burkhardt & Burkhardt, Ltd was present to give the council their findings after the audit.  Mr. Burkhardt informed the council that this is the 2nd year in a row that the liquor store had not made a profit and what the city will have to do this fall in regards to that fact. to have a publc hearing this fall.


The council was also informed of issues concerning the bank statements being reconciled in a timely manner. To which the council informed him that that issue had been resolved as being done by the 10th of each month. Also, any grants or donations to any of the city departments must have a resolution to accept them. They informed Mr. Burkhardt that they council has resolved with the bank reconciliation to be given to the council  by the 10th of the month.


Mr Burkhardt also informed the council that they were over budget in a lot of areas and that they need to be careful when budgeting in the future, as they do not want to get into having using the reserves that are required by the State Auditor’s Office.



There was motion to make a resolution to accept the auditor’s report by Stoneman seconded by Dahleen vote, 5-0, motion carried.



Public input:  the Quilters Cottage has received quotes for light to be added in the building. For a total amount of $ 645.00, There was a motion by Jensen to have the lights installed  seconded by Kluender , vote 5-0, motion carried.


Maintenance: Gary was asked about the generator, and there has been an issue with the propane tank and how big of one we will be needing to have it work correctly.


Clerk update: she will be gone on Mach 5 to March 7 for  family event provided she is able get tickets for this event.


Mayor update: he met with Senator Rep Sparks and Representative Bennett, the LGA amounts have not reverted to the 2003 levels, there is a push to take away power from the smaller governments. They don’t think that it will even be heard on the floor. Some of the numbers have not been finalized for the year so any help we would get is still up in the air.  Mayor Trytten also invited both representatives to come to visit Kiester.


Rick Stoneman presented the council with the cost savings of moving away from paper council packets to electronic packets. There was motion by Jensen seconded by Stoneman to purchases 7 tablets to be used for council packets. These tablets will have no service agreements, and a cost of $ 200.00 per tablet. Vote 5-0, motion carried.  To which will bring a savings to the city of $ 1289.94 per year.


A motion to adjourn was made by Kluender seconded by Stoneman, vote 5-0, motion carried.



Respectfully submitted by

Doris M Troll

City Clerk/ Treasurer    

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