Monday, February 11, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019


The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the City of Kiester Offices

Mayor Goggin called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Members present were, council Larry Dahleen, Rich Jensen, Jason Kluender, Gary Skartland, city clerk Doris Troll, Members from the public were; Marcia Dahleen, Jan Engebretson, Judy Goggin, Trina Bendickson, Vickie Savick, Chris Bowater, Dan Willaby, Michele Alphs, and Travis LaCore.

Agenda: Motion to accept agenda by Jason Kluender, seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 4-0 motion carried.

Council minutes: Motion to accept the January 28, 2019 council meeting minutes by Larry Dahleen, seconded by Jason Kluender, vote 4-0 motion carried.

Claims: A motion by Rich Jensen, seconded by Larry Dahleen, to approve the claims for a total of $50,062.49. Vote of 3-0 motion carried. Jason Kluender abstained because one of the claims was to reimburse him for mileage.

Financials: Motion by Larry Dahleen, seconded by Rich Jensen, to approve financials as presented. Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Past Due Water billing: Motion by Jason Kluender, seconded by Rich Jensen, to shut off the water of residents whose water bills are three months overdue and have not paid in full by an eighteenth of the month. Vote 4-0 motion carried.

Public Comment: Trina Bendickson stated that something needs to be done about vehicles downtown traveling north bound on Main street turning and parking on the west side of the street. They create a hazard by crossing on coming traffic to park. Trina also stated that we need to get the word out that the liquor store is not closing. She stated that no word was put out after the special meeting about the liquor store and some people are just assuming the liquor store is closing. She also feels that the sign outside the liquor store can be better utilized.

Christine Bowater asked the council to approve her to having four cats. Because some of her cats were trapped and taken out into the country. One of those cats came home after several months and she had already replaced those cats. Larry Dahleen made a resolution, seconded by Jason Kluender, to grant her a onetime special exception to have four cats with the understanding that if any of her cats die or are lost, she will go back to the three cats allowed in the city ordinances. Vote 3-0, resolution passed.

Fire Department: Asst Chief Dan Willaby asked the council for funds to purchase fire fighting equipment for the new members of the fire department. Rick Jensen made a motion, seconded by Larry Dahleen, to allow the fire department to spend up to $7500.00 on equipment for the new fire fighters without coming back to the council for approval. Vote 3-0, motion carried. Jason Kluender abstained because he is on the fire department.

Larry Dahleen made a motion to purchase the updated Minnesota Basic Codes, seconded by Jason Kluender. Vote 4-0, motion carried.
Ambulance: President Travis LaCore, had two items. The first was changing medical directors to be compliant with state statutes. He presented information on Dr. Mike Wilcox who is a medical director for many small communities in Minnesota. He assists with writing protocols, provides training, and performs quality assurance services. Dr. Wilcox charges $1000.00 a year for his consulting services. Travis presented the council with a contract for Dr. Wilcox. The council will address the contract at a future meeting after having time to study the contract. The second item was to inform the council of the donation of an older 12 lead EKG unit that has some service issues. That model of EKG is no longer supported by the manufacturer. The ambulance is still trying to find someone to provide a service contract for that unit. We could use the unit as a credit towards a trade-in for a new unit.

A motion to approve the Heartland Security bid of $4025.00 for the new security system in the liquor store was made by Larry Dahleen, seconded by Rich Jensen. Vote 4-0, motion passed.

Larry Dahleen made a motion to approve the hiring of three new employees for the liquor store. The motion was seconded by Jason Kluender. Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Once a year the council needs to designate an official pound for the city. Jason Kluender made a motion, seconded by Rich Jensen, to adopt the Faribault County Humane Society as the official pound for Kiester. Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Council discussed when the Visioning Kiester event should be rescheduled. The council and the public felt that it would be better to schedule the event on a Saturday.

Water Tower: Rick Jensen made a motion, seconded by Jason Kluender, to approve the bid from In Control to replace the primary unit and graphical interface on the water tower for $24,500.00. Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Maintenance report: Gary stated the payloader has 299.1 hours on it already. Minnesota Pump installed the two new pumps in the lift station. We have the old pumps as emergency backups.

Clerk update: Doris is registered for clerk school the third week in March. The auditors will be here Monday the 18th and Tuesday the 19th.

Mayor update: Mayor Goggin informed the council that he is in discussions with United Health about putting a clinic in Kiester. United Health has asked for some idea of what their costs would be to use our clinic building.

After the mayor update, the council discussed what we would be able to offer United Health to use our clinic building. Rick Jensen made a motion, seconded by Jason Kluender, to allow United Health use of the clinic building rent free for the first year. United Health would be required to pay the gas and electric. Vote 4-0, motion carried.

The council directed Gary to put flare caps on the gas lines at the laundromat.

Motion to adjourn was made by Jason Kluender and seconded by Rich Jensen. Vote 4-0, mayor Goggin adjourned the meeting.

Respectfully submitted by
Doris M Troll
City Clerk/ Treasurer