Monday, August 13, 2018


Monday August 13, 2018




The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday August 13, 2018


 Mayor Trytten called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Members present were, council Larry Dahleen, Jason Kluender, Rich Jensen, Rick Stoneman maintenance Gary Skartland, city clerk Doris Troll, Members from the public were; Judy Goggin, Rich Goggin, Jan Engebretson, Vicki Savick, Jerry Alphs, Michele Alphs, Kristy Flaskerud, Dawn Flaskerud.


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


Council minutes: Motion to accept July 23, 2018 Council minutes by Jensen seconded by Dahleen, vote 5-0 motion carried.


Claims: A motion by Jensen seconded Dahleen to approve the claims for a total of $ 31,175.84 with $ 150.00 being paid between meeting with the BENCO Claim of $ 7062.00 to be reduced for an error on BENCO’S part. Vote of 5-0 motion carried.    


Financials: Motion by Dahleen seconded by Kluender, vote 5-0 motion carried.


Past Due Water billing: Motion by Stoneman seconded by Jensen to shut off if not paid in full by 8-17-2018. Vote 5-0, motion carried.


Public Input: Rich Goggin read a list of concerns to the council, the council thanked him. Dawn and Kristi Flaskerud voiced concerns as to the dogs running unleased in town as well as barking.


Fire Department; Jerry A was present to inform the city that the county association was looking to buy a new trailer for its training equipment / bounce house and the relief was giving the city the $ 200.00 to cover the City cost.  Motion to make a resolution to accept the monies for the trailer was made by Jensen seconded by Stoneman, vote 4-0 motion carried, with Kluender abstaining.


Animal Ordinances: There was a motion by Stoneman seconded by Jensen to amend the MN basic code ordinances with the following adding.   


91.20  Limitation, It is unlawful for any person to own, keep, care for, have custody of

or knowingly permit at any time more then 3 dogs and 3 cats in or about their residence

or any other location under the person’s control within the City. This section shall not

apply to the following: A litter or pups or kittens less then 3 months of age born to a

licensed dog or cat, a kennel licensed by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health that is

located in an appropriately zoned area, a licensed veterinarian, a City or Humane Society

owned and operated animal shelter.

 Vote 5-0 motion carried.


Motion by Stoneman seconded by Jensen to amend the fee schedule as follows:


Changing the fee schedule for animals to add

            60: animals at large $ 45.00 per dog if the sheriff is called and additional $100.00 will be added for a total of $ 145.00

            61: Habitual barking $ 30.00 per complaint to city of sheriff’s office.

            62: animals not licensed in the city $ 25.00 per animal per month until licensed.

            63: to many animals.  $ 25.00 per animal over 3 per month until under in household.  Unless without permission from the council.


Vote 5-0 motion carried.


Stoneman also asked that Sheriff Mike Gormley be asked to attend a meeting for further discussion in regard to the changes the city wants to make to the ordinances. 


Building permits: motion by Jensen seconded by Dahleen to approve building permits for:  B. Kluender, F Moga.  Vote 5-0 motion carried.


 Maintenance report:   Gary reported that Pearson will be her on Monday weather permitting to do the sealcoating.

He has also cleaned the coils out from behind the compressor and has no further issues with the coolers.


Arinie’s pump will be her to pull the pump on the north well for inspection.


It will take approximately 6 weeks to order the new pumps for the lift station and at that time BENCO will come to do the switch over.


Gary has talked to BENCO  about replacing the street lights to LED’s and would like the council to send a formal letter. Motion by Kluender seconded by Stoneman to have the clerk send a letter requesting the replacement and a cost for them to do the lights that are the City’s responsibility Vote 5-0 motion carried.


Larry Dahleen reported that the bathrooms at the retail center have been repainted.


Clerk Update:  Primary elections are tomorrow 8-1-2018 and the closing for filing for office is at 5:30 pm also tomorrow.

There were two resolution that the clerk wanted the council pass.


Motion by Kluender seconded by Dahleen to make a resolution to change the medical insurance from after tax dollars to pretax dollars.  Vote 5-0, motion carried.


Motion by Stoneman seconded by Jensen to accept $ 150.00 from the Fire Relief Assoc for the Kiester Library for Having RAD Zoo for the Children’s reading program.  Vote 5-0 motion carried. 

Mayor update:   


Motion by Jensen seconded by Kluender to adjourn the meeting. Vote carried 4-0.   

Respectfully submitted by

Doris M Troll

City Clerk/ Treasurer    

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