Monday, January 28, 2019

Monday January 28, 2019


The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday January 28, 2019 at the City of Kiester Offices

Mayor Goggin called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Members present were, council Larry Dahleen Rick Stoneman, Rich Jensen, Jason Kluender, Gary Skartland, city clerk Doris Troll, Members from the public were; Marcia Dahleen, Jan Engebretson, Jerry Alphs, Judy Goggin, Christine Bowater, Tabatha Kurper, and Troy Neurauter.

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

Council minutes: Motion to accept the December 10, 2018 council meeting minutes by Rich Jensen seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 5-0 motion carried.

Claims: A motion by Rich Jensen, seconded by Larry Dahleen, to approve the claims for a total of $72,491.57. Vote of 5-0 motion carried.

Financials: Motion by Larry Dahleen, seconded by Rich Jensen, to approve financials as presented. Vote 5-0, motion carried.

Past Due Water billing: Because there was no council meeting on the 14th of January no motion was taken to shut off the water of households with past due water bills. The water would normally have been shut off on the 22nd of January. Some residents have since made partial payments on their water bills. Any resident that has made a partial payment will not be shut off in January but going forward past due bills must be paid in full to avoid a water shutoff. Past due residents who have not made any payments will be notified that they have until Friday the 1st of February to pay the bill or the water will be shutoff. Motion to implement the above steps for past due water bills in January was made by Jason Kluender, and seconded by Rich Jensen, vote 5-0 motion carried.

Building Permits: Motion by Larry Dahleen to approve two submitted building permits. Motion seconded by Jason Kluender. Rich Jensen abstained from voting because his firm is the contractor on the permits. Vote 4-0 motion carried.

Public Comment: Tabatha Kurper expressed concerns that past due water bill notifications are not being received in time for the resident to attend the council meeting to discuss the issue. It was decided to table this discussion until the next meeting when the council would have a copy of the current water ordinance.

Christine Bowater expressed concerns about how the current animal ordinance is worded. She was also concerned that the ordinance would prevent her from capturing stray cats and having them spayed/neutered and put up for adoption. It was decided that the Rich Goggin would meet with her to address her concerns.

Marcia Dahleen stated she felt the council needs to meet every other Monday in order to deal with the volume of work that needs to be done.

Fire Department: Fire chief Jerry Alphs gave a report on the fire department.
The department had one member, Les Bloomgdale, retire. Five new members joined the fire department, they are Tyler Schredor, x, x, x, and x.
The chief asked the council to approve funding for training the new members at a cost of approximately $1,120 per member. The cost will be reimbursed by the state when the new members pass their training. The rest of the department will be attending fire school in March and April. The department requests the city pay for the cost of the hotel rooms for firemen attending fire school.

The fire department changed the bylaws to increase the number of firemen from a maximum of twenty-one to a maximum of twenty-five. They are currently at twenty-three members. The fire department also purchased a new side-by-side from existing department funds.

Rich Jensen made a motion to pay for the training of the new fire members and the hotel costs of all firemen attending fire school. The motion was seconded by Rick Stoneman. Jason Kluender abstained because he is on the fire department. Vote 4-0 motion carried.

The fire department officers are Chief Jerry Alphs, x, x, x, and x. Rich Jensen made a motion, seconded by Rick Stoneman, to accept the fire department officers. Jason Kluender abstained because he is a member of the fire department. Vote 4-0 motion carried.

Ambulance: Doris Troll gave a report for the ambulance service. The ambulance service officers are x, x, x, and x. The ambulance service needs Wi-Fi service at the ambulance garage to support training. The ambulance needs new members.

Jason Kluender made a motion, seconded by Larry Dahleen, to accept the ambulance service officers. Vote 5-0 motion carried.

Water Tower: Troy Neurauter from In Control gave a presentation on the currently obsolete equipment in the water tower that the city should consider replacing. The items in need of replacing are the primary control unit and the graphical interface. They are operating now but are no longer available and if they failed the city would incur additional costs associated with an emergency service visit. In Control has given an estimate of $24,500 dollars to replace the obsolete equipment. This matter was tabled until the next meeting to give the council time to ensure that all state guidelines are followed for contracting for these services.

Yearly Housekeeping: There was a motion by Jason Kluender, seconded by Rich Jensen, to accept the following:
Official paper: Courier-Sentinel
Official Depository: First State Bank of Kiester
Acting Mayor: Larry Dahleen
Mileage Reimbursement: Federal rate of $0.58 per mile
Election Judge Pay: Minimum wage
Election Judge Lunch: Provided and paid for by the city
Meeting Place: City Offices on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7 PM.
Vote 5-0, motion carried.

A motion to make the second council meeting of the month a study session was made by Rich Jensen and seconded by Jason Kluender. Vote 5-0, motion carried. Study sessions are basically working council sessions that are open to the public. The sessions are used to work on city business. In study sessions no issues are voted on and there is no public input. Anything requiring a council vote will be dealt with in the first council meeting of the month.

Rick Stoneman made a motion to setup committees for the liquor store, ambulance, and fire department. The motion was seconded by Jason Kluender. The vote was 5-0 to establish the committees as follows:
Liquor Store: Rich Goggin, Larry Dahleen, and Doris Troll
Ambulance: Larry Dahleen and Doris Troll
Fire Department: Rich Goggin and Jason Kluender

Liquor Store: The council was presented with three estimates for a new security system at the liquor store. The issue of a new security system and some building improvements at the liquor store will be taken up at the next council meeting. The council also agreed that the liquor store committee would interview candidates for the open positions at the liquor store and make recommendations to the full council at the next meeting.

The council made a resolution to allow the city clerk to pay city bills up to $15,000. This ensures that city bills will get paid on time. The expenses will still be approved at the next city council meeting. Rich Jensen made a motion to approve the resolution. The motion was seconded by Rick Stoneman. Vote 5-0, motion carried.

The council discussed giving Mayo notice to make the clinic building available for other tenets. A motion was made by Rick Stoneman to give Mayo notice to vacate the building. The motion was seconded by Jason Kluender. Vote 5-0, motion carried.

The city council received a letter, from Doug Trytten, requesting that the city take over operation of the laundromat. The council discussed the proposal and elected not to take any action on the proposal.

Motion to adjourn was made by Rick Stoneman and seconded by Jason Kluender. Vote 5-0, mayor Goggin adjourned the meeting.

Respectfully submitted by
Doris M Troll
City Clerk/ Treasurer