Monday, March 11, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019


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

Mayor Goggin called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Council members present were Larry Dahleen, Rich Jensen, Jason Kluender, and Rick Stoneman. City personnel present were city clerk Doris Troll and maintenance man Gary Skartland. Members from the public were; Marcia Dahleen, Jan Engebretson, Judy Goggin, Nicole Swanson, and Travis LaCore.

Agenda: Tammy Aadsen was removed from the agenda. The quilt shop and the liquor store were added to the agenda. Motion to accept the corrected agenda by Jason Kluender, seconded by Rich Jensen, vote 5-0 motion carried.

Council minutes: Motion to accept the council meeting minutes for following dates in 2019; February 11th, February 25th, and March 4th by Jason Kluender, seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 5-0 motion carried.

Claims: A motion by Larry Dahleen, seconded by Jason Kluender, to approve the claims for a total of $44,950.81. 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: Motion by Rich Jensen, seconded by Jason Kluender, to shut off the water of residents whose water bills are three months overdue and have not paid in full by the 18th of the March. Vote 5-0 motion carried.

Public Comment: Marcia Dahleen inquired when the committees for the EDA, Parks, and Library would be formed.

The city received a request from Mayo Clinic to provide a letter of support for a pilot project where a paramedic or EMT would be centrally based to provide support to the ambulances of Kiester, Bricelyn, and Frost. Mayo Clinic is one of forty-nine groups competing for eight grants to fund this pilot project. The requested letter is a non-binding letter of support from the city of Kiester in support of this effort by Mayo Clinic. Motion by Jason Kluender, seconded by Rich Jensen, to provide a letter from the city of Kiester in support of Mayo Clinic pursuing grant money for this pilot project. Vote 5-0 motion carried.

Travis LaCore asked the council to approve Dr. Mike Wilcox as the medical director for the ambulance service.
Dr Wilcox would assist with writing protocols, provide training, and perform quality assurance services. Motion by Rich Jensen, seconded by Larry Dahleen, to retain Dr. Mike Wilcox as the medical director for the Kiester ambulance service for an annual fee of $1000.00. Vote 5-0 motion carried.

Nicole Swanson asked the council to reduce the amount of rent that the newspaper pays from $150 to $100 dollars based on how small the space the newspaper rents from the city. Motion by Rich Jensen, seconded by Rick Stoneman, to reduce the rent for the newspaper to $100 a month retroactive to the first of the year. Vote 5-0 motion carried.
The council discussed the use of mail-in ballots for the 2020 elections. It was discussed if we should use mail-in ballots in the primaries and the general election. Another option is to use mail-in ballots for the primaries and staff a polling place for the general election. We tabled the motion to get more information on the use of mail-in ballots and to see what the township board thinks about using the mail-in ballots since we share a polling place with the township.

The recent fire in a rental home in Kiester prompted discussion among the council about establishing a building inspector for the city of Kiester. It was tabled to allow more research into current building codes and the requirements in rental properties. The council would also like to see an example inspection form for rental properties.

The council received a letter, from Connie Peterson of DBA Quilter’s Cottage, asking the council to rent the former laundromat space for the same amount of rent paid by the laundromat. The rental would be month to month. Connie would like to start renting the space on April 15th to coincide with the rental period she already has for the rest of the quilt shop space. Additionally, there are several things that need to be fixed before the place would be ready to rent. Motion by Larry Dahleen, seconded by Jason Kluender, to rent the former laundromat space to Connie Peterson for $100 a month on a month-to-month lease. Connie will not be able to move into the space until the city has made the required repairs. Vote 4-1, motion carried.

Larry Dahleen presented that the liquor store sales are up 17% over the sales this time last year. We are currently about $600 dollars a month away from being profitable.

The liquor store committee recommend to the council that Jill be made the liquor store manager and Vickie the assistant manager. Larry Dahleen made a motion, seconded by Jason Kluender, to make Jill the liquor store manager and Vickie the assistant manager effective immediately. Vote 5-0, motion carried.

Maintenance report: Gary reported he was working on getting all the drains opened to handle the melting snow. He also wanted to thank the public for their patience with his huge snow removal job. Several houses in town have water shutoff valves that will need to be replaced this summer. All the shutoff valves in town will be inspected this summer.

Clerk update: Doris stated that she will be out of the office from the 19th thru the 22nd of March for training.

Mayor update: Mayor Goggin stated that he had spoken again with UHD to let them know that we are still interested in a clinic in Kiester. The new liquor store security system has been installed. The letters informing the dog owners of the dangerous dog declaration by the council were delivered by the Sheriff.

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

Respectfully submitted by
Doris M Troll
City Clerk/Treasurer