Monday, September 14, 2020

Monday September 14, 2020


The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday September 14, 2020 at the City of Kiester Offices

Mayor Rich Goggin called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Council Members Present: Hope Bauman, Larry Dahleen, Jason Kluender, Brandon Hagenson; City Maintenance: Gary Skartland; City Clerk: Doris Troll; Members from the public: Marcia Dahleen, Vickie Savick, Jan Engebretson, Judy Goggin, Trina Bendickson, Jay Bendickson, Judy Meyer, Carol Rienhart, Larry Fosness, Nicole Swanson;

Agenda: Motion to accept agenda, with the addition of the primary budget percentage by Jason Kluender, seconded by Hope Bauman, vote 5-0 motion carried.

Council minutes: Motion to accept the August 1, 2020 council meeting minutes by Hope Bauman, seconded by Brandon Hagenson, vote 5-0 motion carried.

Claims: Motion by Larry Dahleen seconded by Hope Bauman approving claims totaling $46725.15 Vote of 5-0 motion carried.

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

Preliminary budget: Motion to make a resolution to set the preliminary budget at 10% over last years final budget by Larry Dahleen, Seconded by Hope Bauman, vote 5-0, motion carried

Past Due Water Billing: Due to the Minnesota peace time order we are not allowed to shut off water, however the past due letters are still going out.

Building Permits: Motion to approve building permits for S Steinke by Brandon Hagenson, Seconded by Hope Bauman, vote 5-0, motion carried.

Public Comment:
1) There was a question asked specifically what the infrastructure project was going to cost each citizen?
They were told at this time we did not know for sure until after the grant paperwork is filed and approved.
2) The question was asked will all houses get water meters?
Yes, they are required to comply with the terms of the USDA grant monies.
3) One resident expressed concerns about the possibility of lead being in the pipes.
The city is sure there is lead in the sewer pipes but not sure about lead in the water lines.
4) There was a discussion in regards to the water tower as to if the sampling for lead on the outside has come back?
To the city’s knowledge the results are not back.
5) The Mayor on behalf of the council also made the statement that this is a good time to do the infrastructure project because of USDA grant money availability and low loan interest rates. Additionally, the USDA wants rural communities to update their water and sewer systems.
6) One resident asked about the ordinance fees.
They were told we are still working on them.
7) One resident asked about if there was money to help rehab the basketball courts at the KTCC.
Rich was going to ask Our Town USA Foundation if the city still has grant money available.
8) A question was asked about painting and replacing the carpet in the community center.
The Fire department is working on redoing the Community Center and getting a committee together to start getting estimates.
9) There was a resident that was concerned about Farm equipment being parked up and on city sidewalks? As well as with an unlicensed vehicle on Hwy 22 and a vehicle blocking the view from Cty road two looking north?
They were informed to call the Sheriff’s department and they would be transferred to the State patrol as 22 is a state highway.
10) One resident asked about if there was going to be any CARES act money available to the business in town.
They were informed at this time it was unknown as the city was unsure how much would be available after purchasing city PPE supplies. It was discussed about having a grant program similar to what the City of Wells has done.

Move of Monies: Motion to make a resolution to cash a water CD add the money in the water fund to be able to balance the budget. The clerk was told to take the CD that had a value closest to $ 30,000.00 by Brandon Hagenson seconded by Hope Bauman vote 5-0, motion carried.

Recycling: A discussion was had if we wanted to change from the current plan to having the county take care of it for us. The discussion was tabled until we get an actual written contract from Prairieland Solid waste.

State Street Parking: The city would like to make state street (Cty Rd2) all no parking within the city limits.
However at this time the City Attorney was looking into seeing if we even have jurisdiction. As of the meeting the attorney had not gotten back to the city.

Budget Work Session: The council has set a work date for 9-28-2020 at 7 pm. There will be no voting, no public input, they are free to attend, the clerk will post a notice in the paper.

Liquor Store Report: The fundraiser we did in August for the Fire department raised $850.00 and we are hoping to do one in the future for the ambulance.

Maintenance Report: Morrison pump came and pulled the well casings and inspected it. Getting ready for the fall. The Active living group has been able to get the rest of the crosswalks painted. The Mayor thanked the Active living group for their help.

Clerk Update: Working to get the USADA grant done, working on the budget.

Mayor Update: The city will be mailing out a letter to everyone regarding the water/sewer project.

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

Respectfully Submitted by
Doris M Troll
City Clerk/ Treasurer