Monday, November 8, 2021

Monday, November 8, 2021
The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday, November 8, 2021, at the Kiester Community Center / Fire Hall.
Mayor Rich Goggin called the meeting to order Council Members Present: Hope Bauman, Larry Dahleen, Brandon Hagenson; Jason Kluender. City Maintenance: Gary Skartland; City Clerk: Doris Troll; Members from the public: Judy Goggin, Marcia Dahleen, Karen Busch, Al Bauman, Jan Engebretson, Vicki Savick Carol Rinehart, Dawn Flaskerud.
Agenda: Motion to accept agenda, by Hope Bauman seconded by Brandon Hagenson, vote 5-0 motion carried.
Council minutes: Motion to accept the October 11, 2021, meeting minutes with changes By Hope Bauman seconded by Jason Kluender vote 5-0 motion carried.
Claims Motion by Larry Dahleen seconded by Hope Bauman approving claims totaling $32,787.36 Vote of 5-0 motion carried.
Financials: Motion by Larry Dahleen seconded by Rich Goggin approving financials as presented. Vote 5-0, motion carried.
Past Due Water Billing: Motion by Brandon Hagenson seconded by Jason Kluender to shut off if not paid by the 11-23-2021. Vote 5-0, Motion carried.
EDA/ Market: During the work session that was had by the council, they discussed the total costs of what the city has been paying. With those numbers and what the market group will pay. The city does not want the city the market to close. however the council has a responsibility to the residents in Kiester.
The Mayor let the public comment. One resident asked if the council had taken into consideration recommendation from the EDA committee, that was of 1 year of $100.00, with the city continuing to pay bills. The council had looked at the recommendation. However, with the expenses that the council had asked Doris to get together was over 220,000 for the past 5 years. That is with no LP costs or labor cost for the city. With these numbers in mind, that is why the council chose not to take the Eda’s recommendation. The council has a responsibility to the town residents on how their tax dollars should be spent. The monies that have been spent this far have been a huge part of the budget, and in order to keep the taxes down, other items have fallen by the wayside. The good this about this whole situation is that the Market has reached out the SBA (small business association. As the Mayor had a conversation with them this afternoon before the meeting. They have the resources to help them. We all need to be working together to solve this problem and I don’t see any of the Market group in attendance at tonight’s meeting. A council member has pointed out there when the market had opened they had made a few missteps that had cost them a sizeable sum of money. That is why they came to the council for help. The Council helped them out for 5 years so that they could restructure and turn a profit. However, they are now telling us 5 years later that they have not.
Another resident commented that they have never seen a town create their own problems and then try to fix them.,
There was a motion by Rich Goggin to have the market pay $100.00 month electric, heat, water. This lease is for one year.
And the city will pay for the repair of the equipment. Larry Dahleen seconded this. Vote was 5-0, motion carried.
Ambulance: Non report
Fire Department: no report
Library: September totals were 74 adults. 2 kids came into the library. October numbers were 89 adults and 25 kids. There will be a drawing for a turkey on 26th. December’s activities are Letters From Santa Nov 26, to Dec 14, 2021. Open House on December 11th. And a ham drawing on Dec 21,2021. We will collect food shelf items all month.
Liquor Store: The store hours will go back to 12 (noon) to 8:00 pm starting December 1, 2021.
Carol would like the council for approval to hire Karen Busch, Motion by Hope Bauman Seconded by Rich Goggin to hire Karen, Vote5-0, motion carried.
Carol also asked the council to accept the resignation for Ashley Schroader. Motion to accept the resignation by Rich Goggin, Seconded by Brandon Hagenson. Vote 5-0, Motion Carried.
Ordinance: 2021-04 the clerk did the Seconded t reading of present an ordinance for inflow and infiltration. This ordinance has to do with the areas of town that have rainwater running into the sewer systems. This is also under Pollution Control, as they will crack down on towns. Motion by Brandon Hagenson Seconded by Jason Kluender to accept as read. Vote 5-0. Motion carried.
Budget: The clerk informed the council that the medical insurance will go up by 8%. The last budget will have to be completed at the Next Council Meeting on 12-13-2021.
Resolutions: number 2021-06 for Liquor Store to repay loan interest to the city of $500.00, Motion by Rich Goggin, Second by Hope Bauman Vote 5-0, motion carried.
2021-07 for cd for the Fire Dept for $9164.76, Motion by Hope Bauman Seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 4-0, motion carried with Brandon Hagenson abstaining.
2021-08 Designation polling place motion by Brandon Hagenson, Second by Rich Goggin, vote 5-0, motion carried.
2021-09 moving monies for lottery account to the main check account for the Liquor Store in the amount of
$8.000.00 made by Larry Dahleen seconded by Rich Goggin, vote 4-0, motion carried., This will have to given a number and will be shared with the council at the next meeting.

Maintenance: Hydrants have been flushed; valves all been turned. There will be 3 discharges this month at the ponds. Sweeping leaves up. Putting snow fence up. Have received a quote from Boeing to do the sewer line at 805 west state street for $10,125.00. the council chose not to have it done by the city. Gary will contact the homeowner.
Clerk Update: The Clerk informed the council that will attend a class put on Minnesota Rural Water on asset management. That she is planning on attending. The class is up in Wahkon, on November 16. This is a free class. With the upcoming grant, this will be information that will be needed to track the infrastructure.
Mayor Update: Check your furnace exhaust until we get to the snow season to make sure they are clear of debris.
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