Monday, October 28, 2019

Monday October 28, 2019


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

Mayor Goggin called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Council members present were Hope Bauman, Larry Dahleen, Jason Kluender City personnel present were city clerk Doris Troll. Rich Jensen and Gary Skartland were not present. Members from the public were; Judy Goggin, Jan Engebretson, Marica Dahleen, Dawn Flaskerud ,Kristy Flaskerud, Vickie Savick, Carol Rinehart.

Agenda: Motion to accept agenda with removing Maintenance report, and resolutions to move monies and add raising of water/sewer/recycle rates by Hope Bauman, seconded by Jason Kluender, vote 4-0, motion carried.

Council minutes: Motion to accept the council meeting minutes for 10th October 2019 as well as the Special meeting on 10-10-2019 by Jason Kluender, seconded by Larry Dahleen Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Claims: A motion by Larry Dahleen seconded by Hope Bauman, to approve the claims for a total of $ 13,679.38 Vote 4-0 motion carried.

Building Permits: Motion by Hope Bauman seconded by Larry Dahleen to approve the building permits. Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Bevcomm Proposal: the clerk got answers to the councils’ questions as to what happens when the power goes out. Motion by Hope Bauman seconded by Jason Kluender to a trial run we will go to Bevcomm, for the City offices phone and fax line and the liquor Store Line. Vote 4-0., Motion carried

Bolton & Menk Project. Motion by Jason Kluender seconded by Larry Dahlen to have Bolton & Menk go
ahead with the preliminary steps needed to determine if the council wants to redo all the streets. Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Creamery: The well at the creamery has had electrical problems in the past. We need to look into the cost of putting the well back into service as well as the cost to cap off the well. The Creamery lot itself that tank with the last information that the clerk had was we need affidavit’s that the tank has been in use since 1977 and we should be able to get monies to take it out. As far as the Food & Fuel building the clerk has a call into the state,
However there are 2 rumors that have been said that the tanks could be under the Liquor Store Building, as well as the tanks could be leaking. It was decided that the city does not need to be buying property and that the Food & Fuel building can be left up to the county to sell.

Liquor Store: the new light has not been installed yet. Carol had been in contact with the electrician on this. The new canopy for the front door will be here next week. The only concern it that one of the cameras may need to be moved.

Houses and ordinance violation: the council was given a list of all the houses with “junk” issues. Plus, a list of three that need to be condemned. the three that need to be condemned will have to go through the lawyer as two of them have the property taxes up to date. And the third is back at the state, however we still need to make sure we get it taken down correctly. We will also look to see if there is any money that might available for us to take them down.
Motion by Hope Bauman seconded by Larry Dahleen to go ahead with getting the housed condemned.

Minimum Wage: minimum wage is going up to $ 10.00 per hour for the new year. There was a discussion in regards to giving Gary and Doris a raise to offset the cost of the medical going up. One council member feels hat Gary should have a bigger raise than Doris due to the licensing he has for the water and sewer. this was tabled until the next meeting.

Public Comment: One resident asked if a tankless water heater would be a better investment for city hall and the hot water. The council was going to look to see what would be the best as they will also have to investigate the wiring the new hot water heater in. There was a question as to what they city was would have to be done to the Food and Fuel building. The was also a question in regard to the fines/ fees for the house to be cleaned up.

Maintenance report: Gary was not present to Give us a report.

November 11, 2019: meeting is on a Federal holiday and by law we are not allowed to hold a meeting.
After a discussion of the council schedule’s, there was a motion by Hope Bauman Seconded by Jason Kluender to just have one meeting in November and to hold it on November 25, 2019 at 7 pm.

Water Billing: There is a motion by Larry Dahleen seconded by Hope Bauman to raise the water & Sewer& Recycling for a new total for the month of $ 46.00 raising the water rate by $ 2.00 Sewer Rate by $2.00 Recycling rate by $ 1.00 a new late fee of $ 25.00 per month.

Clerk update: the clerk presented a resolution for the polling place for 2020 elections to be the Kiester Community Center Motion By Jason Kluender Seconded by Larry Dahleen Vote 4-0, motion carried.

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

Respectfully submitted by
Doris M Troll
City Clerk/Treasurer