Monday, October 12, 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020

The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday, October 12, 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: Mearrily Burns, Barb Fuchs, Judy Goggin, Trina Bendickson, Carol Rienhart, Rick Stoneman, Vickie Savick, Marcia Dahleen, Dawn Flaskerud, Kristy Flaskerud, Nicole Swanson, Jerry Alphs, Leah Johnson, Judy Meyer.

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

Council minutes: Motion to accept the September 14, 2020 council meeting minutes by Brandon Hagenson seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 5-0 motion carried.

Claims: Motion by Hope Bauman seconded by Jason Kluender approving claims totaling $ 56,223.67 Vote of 5-0 motion carried.

Financials: Motion by Brandon Hagenson, seconded by Larry Dahleen, with Doris knowing that the amount of the CD’s needs to be addressed, approving financials as presented. Vote 5-0, motion carried.

Past Due Water Billing: Being aware of the Minnesota peace time order, we are unable to shut off water, however the past due letters are still going out.

Building Permits: Motion to approve building permits for A Bauman by Brandon Hagenson, Seconded by Jason Kluender, vote 4-0, motion carried.

Our Town USA: Merrily Burns gave an update as to what they have been working on: they are working on
Giving day for December 2. They have partnered with the Lions and The Wells Area Food shelf. They will be doing a drive thru at the Wells Market Place, to help the lions gift drive for area families in need as well as food donations. There will be sleigh to fill and Santa to have pictures with the kids. They were also working on a shop local campaign where they will highlight local business and they are asking for the city council help to get a list of all cottage business.

Fire Department: Leah Johnson was present to request information from the city as to a Washer/ Dryer grant project. The Fire Department does not have a BDS laundry gear washer and dryer and sees an immediate need o keep the members as healthy as can be to continue serving our community.
Motion to sign for the grant by Hope Bauman, seconded by Jason Kluender, vote 4-0, motion carried with Brandon Hagenson abstaining.

Public Comment:
1) A question about the flyers regarding the road project. I informed them they would be in mailboxes by 10-23-2020.
2) The questions were asked if they had heard any more about the grant? The answer is no as it a long process after we turn in our paperwork. The city is hoping to have more information by the end of the year.
3) The questions were asked if all the business in Kiester were going to be charged $20.00 a month for the recycling? As some business to don’t use the recycling center. These are questions that will have to be asked of Billeye Rabbe.
4) The Market group has been approached about selling some of the meat cutting equipment? The city will have to declare the equipment as excess and put up for sealed bids.

USDA Loan Update: The clerk has asked for council permission to submit the forms to the USDA when she has them completed. Motion to let the clerk submit forms by Brandon Hagenson , Seconded by Hope Bauman, vote 5-0, motion carried.

Fee Schedule: the fee schedule was presented in the council packet and the clerk at stated that she wanted input form the council before the next meeting.

Recycling: After the public comment it tabled this until the November meeting, when answers can be given by Billye Rabbe,

State Street Parking: The first reading of ordinance 2000-18, Prohibiting street parking on State Street (County Road 2) within city limits.

Liquor Store Report: Carol reported that we have new stock coming in every week. The beer distributors so saying that there is an aluminum shortage so they will have to limit what each store will be able to get. Jenny Mace has tuned in her letter of resignation. Larry reported that for the month of September he is show a profit year to date of $6614.53.

Cares Act Grants for Business: Motion by Larry Dahleen Seconded by Hope Bauman to grant some Cares act monies to help the business out with a maximum of $3000.00 per business with proof of expenses during the pandemic interruptions. The city will get an application to all business to be tuned in by 10-23-2020 for review and approval at the next meeting. Vote 5-0, motion carried.

Maintenance Report: Morrison well was here to put in the new pump in and it up and running. The other pump they will have to coordinate with Benco due to the power lines being in the way. Flushing of the hydrants next week. We have started street Sweeping, and filling in potholes with cold patch. Also, will discharge of the ponds.

Clerk Update: working on the USDA grant.

Mayor Update: Would like everyone to help get the word out about the grants to the businesses. Do we want to consider moving the meetings to the Community Center? We will discuss at the next meeting.

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