Monday, April 22, 2019

Monday, April 22nd, 2019


The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday, April 22nd, 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, and Jason Kluender. City personnel present were city clerk Doris Troll and maintenance man Gary Skartland. Members from the public were; Judy Goggin, Jan Engebretson, Marcia Dahleen, Trina Bendickson, Al Bauman, Hope Bauman, Travis LaCore, Vickie Savick, Lisa Sunding, Tonia LaCore, Rick Goemann, Lee Schumann, Ryan Crabtree, Julie Elvebak, and Cindy Scherb.

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

Council minutes: Motion to accept the council meeting minutes for 8th April 2019 by Rich Jensen, seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 4-0 motion carried.

Claims: A motion by Larry Dahleen, seconded by Jason Kluender, to approve the claims for a total of $12,833.19. Vote of 4-0 motion carried.

The Kiester Ambulance honored two of their retiring members Julie Elvebak and Cindy Scherb with plaques. Thank you, Julie and Cindy, for your years of service to Kiester.

Ryan Crabtree president of Kiester Bank made a presentation on what the bank is doing under the new ownership. The bank is providing foreign exchange services in support of another business the bank owners operate in Japan. That business provides automated bill pay services to U.S. Service personal stationed in Japan and Korea. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production of hemp across the nation. The bank is involved in providing financing of hemp processing facilities. The owners of the bank are driven to bring more jobs to Kiester. One proposal is to bring a hemp processing plant to Kiester. The bank also now offers home loans and home equity loans.

Public Comment: Trina Bendickson wanted an update on what the city is planning for street repair this year. The street repair plan is presented later in this council session. Trina wanted to know the purpose of the $600 payment to Riverland College. That payment was for fire department training.

Rick Goemann represented the Kiester Market board. The store needs a larger office space. The market would like to move the store office to the former bakery area. This project would require building a wall and putting a window in the wall facing the store. This would help employees monitor customer traffic when working in the office. Rich Jensen made a motion, seconded by Larry Dahleen, to approve up to $1500.00 dollars to move the office to the front of the market. Vote 4-0 motion carried.

The Emergency Response Plan was on the agenda just to get the discussion going on what our emergency plan would look like. It was also an opportunity to start the process of finding council members and citizens interested in serving on an emergency plan committee.

The council needed to pass a resolution to move money from the liquor store lottery fund into the general liquor store fund to pay for the new security system. Jason Kluender made a motion, seconded by Larry Dahleen, to move $5000.00 dollars from the lottery fund to the liquor store fund. Vote 4-0 motion carried.

The council discussed improvements to the liquor store. Replacing the carpet with vinyl flooring. Putting new carpet in the office area. Painting the interior walls and ceilings to enhance the appearance. Moving the ice machine and lottery machine to improve traffic flow. The council had a bid from $6150.00 bid from The Square Yard to do all the flooring. The improvements would be funded out of the EDA funds. Rich Jensen made a motion, seconded by Larry Dahleen, to approve up to $7500.00 dollars out of the EDA funds to make improvements to the liquor store. Vote 4-0 motion carried.

The council adopted a resolution to start the process for the cities portion of the Front Street Project and Highway 22 Project. Motion was made by Jason Kluender, seconded by Rich Jensen, vote 4-0 motion carried.

Maintenance report: Gary presented bids from Ulland Brothers and Erosion Control Plus to replace two blocks of North Main Street and repair the frost damage on the remaining streets. The Ulland bid contained bids for 4 inches, 4 ½ inches, and 5 inches of asphalt.

The council discussed designating Highway 22, County Road 2, and Main Street as a truck route in town. Most of the streets in town are 2 inches of asphalt and can not support truck traffic.

Rich Jensen made a motion, seconded by Larry Dahleen, to approve $115,600.00 for street repair. The council accepted the lowest bidder, Ulland Brothers. The cost includes redoing two blocks of North Main with 5 inches of asphalt and resurfacing the areas on other streets affected by frost boils. The removal of asphalt and repair of the base for the frost boils will be done by Gary Skartland and Larry Wigern. The cost of the work by Gary and Larry is also included in the approved funds. Vote 4-0 motion carried.

Mayor update: Mayor Goggin was informed by UHD that the doctor they were hiring to work the satellite clinic decided not to take the position. UHD is now looking for another doctor to fill that position. The process of selecting a location for the satellite clinic has been pushed back until a doctor is found. The city has publicly posted the job openings at the liquor store. The city also publicly posted the open council position.

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