Monday, November 9, 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020

The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday, November 9, 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 Dahlen, Judy Goggin, Nicole Swanson, Kristi Flaskerud, Dawn Flaskerud.

Agenda: Motion to accept agenda, with the addition of moving the council meeting and changing the Cares act from Loans to grants. Jason Kluender, seconded by Hope Bauman, vote 5-0 motion carried.

Council minutes: Motion to accept the October 12, 2020 council meeting minutes by Hope Bauman seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 5-0 motion carried.

Claims: Motion by Larry Dahleen seconded by Jason Kluender approving claims totaling $ 31,018.89 Vote of 5-0 motion carried.

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

Past Due Water Billing: Being aware of the Minnesota peace time order, we cannot shut off water, however the past due letters are still going out. Motion to accept the list as presented by Brandon Hagenson, Seconded by Hope Bauman. Vote 5-0, motion carried.

Building Permits: Motion to approve building permits for P Bivens. R Alpha, by Hope Bauman, seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 5-0, motion carried.

Public Comment: 1. The question asked was if the council members could get the packets 1 week ahead of the meeting to do due diligence on the information given? The council determined that getting the packets on Friday’s were sufficient.

Library: Dawn reported that the number for residents using the library in June were 81, July 132, August were 70, September were 88, and in October were 110,
They have purchased a new computer with donations, and the county paid for an upgrade to the printer.
Programs that have been going on. A pumpkin decorating contest, Global innovations donated a turkey for a drawing. They are also working with letters to Santa, and well as the possibility of an adult reading program early next year.

State Street Parking: The seconded first reading of ordinance 2020-18, Prohibiting street parking on State Street (County Road 2) within city limits. A motion by Hope Bauman, Seconded by Brandon Hagenson, Vote 5-0, Motion Carried.

Recycling: Discussion of the contract was had as to the fees for the recycling program for the business. A motion By Brandon Hagenson seconded by Hope Bauman to reword the contract with the County from all businesses taking part to only businesses that opt-in, with a list provided from the clerk, Vote 5-0. Motion carried.

There was a motion by Brandon Hagenson Seconded by Larry Dahleen to bill the opting in businesses $5.00 a month. Vote 4-0, motion carried with Bauman abstaining. The locks at the recycling center will need to be changed with keys given to those who are opting to pay for the recycling.

CARES Act Grants for Business: The clerk has reviewed all the applications to make sure they fit the criteria for the grant monies. A motion by Brandon Hagenson, seconded by Jason Kluender to grant the business of Diana’s Day Care $3000.00, Burma’s $3000.00, Kiester Legion $3000.00, Kee KAFE $3000.00, Quilters Cottage $1875.00, South Central News $3000.00, The Square Yard $3000.00. Vote 4-0, motion carried with hope Bauman abstaining.

Retail Center: Gary presented quote for the retailer center for
The quote for the heat exchanger is $5130.00 and the vote for a whole new unit is $16125.00. The council has asked him to get a seconded quote for them to review. It was tabled.

House Demolitions: If the city choses to have the 3 houses that we would like taken down, the county will come and board them up. A motion by Brandon Hagenson seconded by Hope Bauman to have the county board up the houses. Vote 5-0, Motion carried.

Fee Schedule: the council talked briefly about them, they would like a fee for illegally dumping in the City Compost site. They will discuss more at a later meeting.

Liquor Store Report: Larry said that there was a loss for the month because of the installation of an additional security camera, however they are showing a profit for the year.

Certifying the elections: There will be a special meeting on 11-13-2020 at 7 pm in City Hall, the clerk will post a meeting notice.

Liquor Store Hearing: after discussions the council will hold the liquor Store hearing at the next regular council meeting on December 14, 2020.

Meeting Place change: the council had a discussion where to hold the Council meetings going forward.
A motion by Hope Bauman seconded by Brandon Hagenson to move all council meetings to the Community Center/ Fire hall effective the December 14, 2020 meeting. Vote 5-0, Motion carried.

Maintenance Report: Gary reported that hydrants have been flushed with 2 valves that turn hard and some standpipe issues.. The no parking signs are getting put up,. the mower has been cleaned and put away for the year. The plow is ready to go. There is a tree in the boulevard by P Bivens house that Bernie Schultz will come take down and help put up the holiday Decorations. Gary is continuing to discharge the ponds until the deadline for December 15, 2020. Snow fences have been placed on the West side of town. He is still waiting to hear if it is ok to put the north end up.

Clerk Update: Jenny Mace has resigned from both the Liquor Store and the Ambulance. A motion by Jason Kluender seconded by Hope Bauman. Vote 5-0, motion.

The clerk had a conversation with Travis Winter, the engineer at Bolton & Menk, and this is lead based paint on the outside of the water tower, that will be added in the water and sewer project.
All council members all have information on elected officer’s training by the league of MN cities. Please let me know if you want me to register you. Also, the clerk emailed everyone on the information for the online training for the board of appeals. This is the meeting in April regarding the value of homes. I am still working with the USDA loans and hope to have my end by the end of next week. I am also gearing up for the year end issues that happen.

Mayor Update: I am honored to be reelected.

Motion to adjourn 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