Monday, April 13, 2020

Monday April 13, 2020


The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday April 3, 2020 at the City of Kiester Offices

Mayor Rich Goggin called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Members present were, council Hope Bauman, Larry Dahleen, Jason Kluender, Brandon Hagenson, city maintenance Gary Skartland, city clerk Doris Troll, Members from the public were; Nicole Swanson, Carol Rinehart.

Agenda: Motion to accept agenda, by Hope Bauman Seconded by Jason Kluender, vote 5-0 motion carried.

Council minutes: Motion to accept the March 9, 2020 council meeting minutes along with the special meeting minutes from 3-23-2020 by Brandon Hagenson seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 5-0 motion carried.

Claims: A motion by Hope Bauman, seconded by Jason Kluender, to approve the claims for a total of
$ 99,773.12 Vote of 5-0 motion carried.

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

Past Due Water billing: with the COVID 19 the city will not be shutting water off. However once the orders have been lifted any water bill that is 3 months past due will be shut off.

Building permits: two permits were presented to the council. The council cil needs more information on the permit for Dittmar. A motion to accept Salcedo permit was made by Brandon Hagenson, Seconded by Hope Bauman. Vote 5-0 motion carried. The clerk will contact Mr. Dittmar for more information on his building permit.

Kiester days: a letter was received from the Kiester Days committee stating that their will not be Kiester Days this year due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

The letter also stated that they would like the city to take part in National Night Out which is the First Tuesday of August. The council thought that would be a good idea. This again is an item that will depend on the situation with the COVID 19 pandemic.

Football field: Brad Soma has put in a request to mow the football field this summer again for the hay.
Motion by Jason Kluender seconded by Brandon Hagenson vote 5-0, motion carried.

Credit Card policy: a copy of the credit card policy was presented to the council and will need adjustments as when the card comes as to update phone numbers in case the card is lost.

Liquor Store: there was a bid to replace the back door at the liquor door. The current door is not up to OSHA code and should be replaced. Motion to replace door by Jason Kluender Seconded by Hope Bauman vote 5-0, motion carried.

Carol also has requested to get bids to close off the compressor for the beer cooler with proper venting.
This will help the coolers be more efficient as well as making the A/C more efficient during the summer months.

Public Comment: there was a written request form a resident if the city would considering forgiving a EDA loans payments from business that have Eda loans. Ans would the city consider not collecting rent from business that pay rent to the EDA. This would be for the month of April and May. The council was informed that the is one loan payment for a loan that is due and that is the last payment of that loan. There was a discussion as that there is aid for Small Business that have been put in place by the Government for COVID 19
Situation and they should try to utilize State and Federal aid.

Tablet upgrade: the current tablets the council has for meetings are very slow which does not help when scrolling though the documents un the council packet. It was discussed that for a better quality tablet for the council and city staff we could purchase I pads which would be faster and have a more secure way of viewing information than all of us using one user and id for packet information. Motion to purchase tablets for council and staff up to $ 2500.00 made by Brandon Hagenson seconded by Hope Bauman. Vote 5-0, motion carried

Maintenance Report: There was a water main break at Winger and County Road 2 that was repaired. The Water Plant has had the media (filtration element). There have been residents that have been requesting about the purchasing form the city the left over regrind, after a discussion it was determined that the issue would be brought up after the city was done using it to redo the road out to the ponds.

Clerk Update: He county has used the cities what their thoughts were as to pushing the property tax due date back and or forgiving the late fees., The council feels that if they want to forgive the late fees that is fine however with people escrowing monies for taxes the monies should be there. And for those have pay themselves they will pay on time or pay late like always. The clerk will relay this to the county.

Mayor Update: is hoping like everyone else, is that the state will start opening up soon.

Motion to adjourn was made by Jason Kluender and seconded Brandon Hagenson. Vote 5-0, Mayor Goggin adjourned the meeting.

Respectfully submitted by
Doris M Troll
City Clerk/ Treasurer