Monday, July 12, 2021

Monday, July 12, 2021

The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday, July 12, 2021 at the Kiester Community Center / Fire hall.
Mayor Rich Goggin called the meeting to order Council Members Present: Hope Bauman, Larry Dahleen, Jason Kluender, Brandon Hagenson; City Maintenance: Gary Skartland; City Clerk: Doris Troll; Members from the public: Judy Goggin, Marcia Dahleen, Vicki Savick, Karen Busch, Diana Adams, Carol Reinhart.
Agenda: Motion to accept agenda, by Hope Bauman seconded by Jason Kluender, vote 5-0 motion carried.
Council minutes: Motion to accept the June14, 2021 meeting minutes. By Hope Bauman seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 5-0 motion carried. Larry Dahleen asked , if there was permission given for a fundraiser in the park during Kiester Days. It was by Shane Berma’s and that they had permission to have the street dance.
Claims: The clerk was asked questions of why things were coded they way they were and the council wanted them changed the will make the changes. Motion by Hope Bauman seconded by Larry Dahleen approving claims totaling $ 53,143.38 Vote of 5-0 motion carried.
Financials: Motion by Larry Dahleen, seconded by Hope Bauman approving financials as presented. Vote 5-0, motion carried.
Past Due Water Billing: We can now start turning water off again, motion by Bandon Hagensen seconded by Jason Kluender to shut off if not paid by the 7-26-2021. Vote 5-0, Motion carried..
Building Permits: they presented building permits for B Crawford Motion by Hope Bauman Seconded by Rich Goggin vote 5-0 motion carried.
Ambulance: the new rig is in service, we have traded the old one off. The ambulance received a $5000.00 grant from Cannon Valley.
Fire Department: we have received the reimbursement for the washer and dryer.
Library: reminder that the K-9 unit and drone presentation will be on 7-13-2021 in the park.
Liquor Store: This year’s sales are over last year’s sales. Carol couldn’t remember if the bars were open in June 2020. Larry asked if they were keeping a perpetual inventory at the liquor store. Yes, she is. And does a spot check of the inventory as well. Larry stated that according to the numbers he has, the inventory is showing $ 12,000.00 off. The clerk made the comment that there were a lot of invoices in the seconded batch of claims.

Public Comment: 1. It was asked about the farmers’ market, and who was responsible if any one go hurt and if they had even asked for permission to use the parking lot? She was told that in April Dawn Flaskerud came and asked and had been as granted permission.
2. Marcia voiced her concern that some of the department heads just think they have an open checkbook. And with them having that thought process, they may not follow the budget as approved.
3.Marcia would also like to the council to put more thought into the budget and start planning budgets out past just the upcoming year.
4.Marcia asked it about the thought of getting a microphone for the council meetings. she was informed that we will look into it for the next budget year.
Stop Signs: Diana Adams was present to see it if the city would put stops signs on North Street at the corner of 2nd street to slow the traffic down from east to west. As she has seen, more and more cars just speeding down North Street. She would like it to turn into a 4-way stop is it could. There was another resident that would like to see one at the corner of Main St and Ringer St. One other would like to see added on Main street at the Park corner to prevent everyone zooming down main street all the way to County road 2. This issue was tabled until the clerk can do more research.
Fire Hydrant: in the packets there was a letter from David Frundt, stating that at the time the person responsible for the fire hydrant pled guilty, they have closed the case with no restitution. He has drawn up paperwork for the City of Kiester to take him to court for us to our cost reimbursed. . The council would like David to send a letter to the party, hoping to get them to pay up. If they have not paid up a motion by Jason Kluender seconded by Brandon Hagenson to have Mayor Goggin sign the paperwork for small claims court. Vote, 5-0, motion carried. The council had a discussion what should they do. They felt it would be be better to have David draw up a letter asking for the money. The clerk will have David draw up a letter and send to the individual that is responsible.
Maintenance: Gary will is gone on July 20 and 21st for water training, and also again on August 12 and August 18. Rural Water will be here July 26 to the 28th doing smoke testing of the sewer systems to see if we have run off going into the sewer lines or in the storm drains. This will give us a good sign of what issues the city has to address. Sentence to serve was here and painted the curbs. There is more paint on order of State Line Farm. To finish the job. The fire hydrant by the liquor store has been repaired. We will have to dig out by the old John Deere lot as there is also a bent standpipe that needs repairing. Gary has been using his personal pick up as the city one is in for repairs. There was informed to turn in the milage that he has driven until the city one was fixed.
A big thank you to the Garvick Family and D & J seeds for the work they did at the park.
Clerk Update: update on the grant, Travis is setting up a meeting with the USDA to go over the preliminary engineering report and if it goes well, we can start to the planning of it this winter, putting out for bids next spring and hopefully starting late summer early fall.
Mayor Update: Mayor Goggin would like to thank the Garvick family and D&J seeds for the upgrades to the park. He was also going to look into getting a plaque for the shelter.

Motion to adjourn 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