Monday, May 11, 2020

Monday May 11, 2020


The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday May 11, 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 Gary Skartland, city clerk Doris Troll, Members from the public were; Judy Goggin, Jan Engebretson, , Nicole Swanson, Carol Rinehart .Vicki Savick.

Agenda: Motion to accept agenda, with the addition of Liquor Store, and Recycling by Jason Kluender, seconded by Brandon Hagenson, vote 5-0 motion carried.

Council minutes: Motion to accept the April 13, 2020 council meeting minutes with corrections by Hope Bauman, 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
$ 52133.98 Vote of 5-0 motion carried.

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

Past Due Water billing: a discussion as to who was past due, the clerk will send them another letter.

Building permits. Motion by Hagenson seconded by Dahleen to approve for. J Sens, N. Fure, Z Korn, S Steinke, B Haroldson, R Doland, T Dittmar, J Ross. Vote 5-0, motion carried

Public Comment: None

Flooring in the Tea Room: there was a quote from Square yard for $ 3640.00. a discussion was had in regard to the retail center as to what other areas of concern that are going to come up and to what the cost could be to the city. The retail committee and Gary are going to investigate what overall cost could be seen in the near future before they take any action.

Ordinance Fees: There was a discussion as to it is spring and these are still not in place it was recommended that two council members and the clerk work on this, the two council members that are going to help are Jason Kluender and Rich Goggin.

Downtown Signs on Hwy 22: we were notified from the state that they need updated at $ 2035.00 for both.
The clerk was asked to call and see if they could be replaced at the time of the Highway 22 project or not.

Liquor Store Report: Carol reported that she would like another clerk for over the summer as one of the current ones would like the summer off. She is recommending Vickie Savick as the extra hire. There was a discussion as to her health and working at the Liquor Store, Vicki stated that since the Motion to rehire Vicki, by Hope Bauman Seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 5-0, motion carried.
The next item was the rug service that is at the Liquor Store for the amount of money they were charging for the rugs and the spray dispenser as well as the spray for each month it would be cheaper to purchase commercial grade rugs as well as a spray freshener on our own than to continue with the service. As well as removing the rug service Carol would like to purchase an utility cart to help with filling the pop machine and other uses at the Liquor Store. Motion to cancel the Rug services and purchase new rugs and an utility cart made Hope Bauman seconded by Jason Kluender vote 5-0, motion carried.

Carol also presented information on a Point Of Sale system by Square there was a lengthy conversation as to what we have now and what the Square system could do that the current system could not, like keep track of inventory as well as reports that are currently not available on the current system . Carol has been working with the manual and with the support or lack of to try to get the current system to work and it just won’t. Larry also mentioned that when they were looking last year the cheapest system was around $5000.00 and at that time it was an expense that the council felt could be pushed out. motion to purchase the Square System for no more than $2000.00 by Kluender seconded by Hagenson, vote5-0, motion carried.

Doris also informed the council as to the estimated pay for the year at the Liquor Store, she will be enrolling everyone into PERA and if they don’t meet the threshold monies will be returned. With the threshold of $ 5100.00 to qualify per year that is only approximately 10 hrs a week per employee. Doris also stated that the council should consider talking to the State representative in regards to this. As with the minimum wage going up more people will be hitting the threshold sooner.

Maintenance Report: The Rear door of the Liquor Store is not in compliant with OHSA regulations and has been discussed in the past. The city has a quote for $ 919.00 uninstalled, the council asked Gary if he felt he could install the door or should the city get a quote to have it installed, it was determined that it would be best to get a price to install as it a project that will need to be done in one day. Gary/ Carol will get a quote for the install and Doris will be filling paper work out to see if we could get and OHSA grant for a portion of the door.

Hydrants have been flushed, MN Rural Water was down to help find a leak down on the corner of 7th St. and North Street and help with the fix. There is a call in to have the trees trimmed along the boulevards. Maguire Iron will be down to inspect the Water tower, and Arnie’s pump will be her to pull the pumps. all catch basins have been cleaned out. And Jetter Clean came to clean out some catch basin lines that were not draining properly
There was a bid for South Central Tuckpoint to do repairs to the community center. Motion to have South Central do the work by Brandon Hagenson Seconded by Hope Bauman. Vote 5-0, motion carried.

Clerk Update: The market Group will be paying June and July electric bill as part of the COVID relief loan they have received.,
Search warrants for the three houses we would like to condemn we have to find a building inspector and a contractor to help with this process. The clerk has a call into Travis winter to see where he feels the cost of the media should be as there was talk about it being tagged in with the street project.

The clerk also stated that anything the council wants on the meeting agendas need to be in the clerks office on Thursdays, to five. This will give her time to do any necessary research before finalizing the packets.

There was a discussion as to where the property tax payment should go for the library building, the clerk has it in the library account. Motion by Brandon Hagenson seconded by Larry Dahleen to move he library property tax into the EDA vote 5-0, motion carried

Mayor Update: the new tablets are here, the final set up will be later this week, all official business must be conducted through the city assigned email. Please look at them between meeting for any correspondence that there may be. We need to be mindful of the open meeting law. When we are sending emails out.

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

Respectfully submitted by
Doris M Troll
City Clerk/ Treasurer