Monday, December 12, 2022

The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday, December 12, 2022, at the Kiester Community Center.

Mayor Rich Goggin called the meeting to order to order at 7:00 pm. Council Members Present: Larry Dahleen, Brandon Hagenson, Hope Bauman, Jason Kluender was absent City Staff: City Clerk: Doris Troll; Maintenance Gary Skartland Members from the Public: Karen Busch, Vickie Savick, Marcia Dahleen, Judy Goggin, Al Bauman, Bruce Thisted, Carol Reinhardt. Nicole Swansen.

Agenda: Motion to accept agenda, by Hope Bauman seconded by Brandon, vote 4-0 motion carried.

Council minutes: Motion to accept the November 14, 2022, regular meeting minutes and the November 28,2022 meeting minutes. With corrections By Hope Bauman, seconded by Rich Goggin Vote 4-0, motion

Claims: Motion by Brandon Hagenson seconded by Larry Dahleen approving claims totaling $28,974.73 Vote of 4-0 motion carried.

Financials: Motion by Larry Dahleen, seconded by Hope Bauman approving financials as presented. Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Past Due Water Billing: Motion to shut off on 12-27-2022 if not paid by Brandon Hagenson, seconded by Rich Goggin. Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Ambulance: the squad will vote on a PERA increase at the next meeting.

Fire Department: None

Library: Judy reported that the soup fundraiser raised over $400.00 for the library.

Liquor Store: if the sales remain up in December, there is a very good chance that there could be a profit. They will run specials throughout the month.

EDA: The First Reading of Resolution 2022-22. Establishing an EDA (Economic development Authority).
The lease for the Historical Society was presented to the council. The changes that will have to be made is the start date to when they first put artifacts in the space. Motion by Rich Goggin, Seconded by Larry Dahleen, to accept the lease as presented by the EDA. Vote 4-0. Motion Carried.

Historical Society Has been busy with getting donations and grants. They are waiting on our town USA and they have one from Thrivent. They have also secured shelving units from the Kiester Fire Relief Association.
We are waiting for the electrician and the Contractors.

Bruce Thisted: had several questions for the council. 1. He would like to see the council meeting posted on the front page of the website. 2. He wanted to know the deed grant that we have received. What is that going to be used for? It has to be used for the current infrastructure project or returned. When is the projected start date? The city has not yet been told that they have let the bids out. They hope that the bids will go out on Jan. and digging starts yet this year. Does each home have to have an outside waterspout? The council is not aware of that being a requirement. Do they know where in town they will start the project? That will be up to the contractor and the city has no control over it. What is the city doing about the abandoned houses, as the cats are living in them? The council will have to budget in tax money to get them taken down on our own. As of this time, there are no grants for cities to take them down. Bruce wanted to start a neighborhood watch group , they instructed him to talk to the Sheriffs Department on this. He also asked about having a building to house the stray animals until then can be taken to the Humane society? This is not something that the city has thought about in the past. The biggest problem is most of the cats that look like stays are actually owned by someone that just does not have a collar on them. He also asked about snow plowing. And is willing to help.

Public Comment: none

Budget: the council had a brief discussion as to the levy amount for next year. They feel with money coming in from the Market as other retail rental dollars they can set the budget with no increase for the next year. Which is about a 6% cut in the budget with the monies. Motion by Larry Dahleen Second by Hope Bauman Vote. 4-0, Motion carried the budget will be:
Resolution: 2022-19
General Fund $ 166, 093.58
Library Fund $ 14,764.68
EDA Fund $ 64,394.94
Fire Fund $ 24,381.00
Ambulance $ 46,200.00

TOTAL AMOUNT $ 315,835.20.

Resolutions to make: For Deed 2022-11 Fair Housing Plan Motion by Brandon Hagenson Seconded by Hope Bauman. Vote 4-0, motion carried.
For DEED 2002-12 For Prohibition of excess force Policy. Motion by Rich Goggin, Seconded by Brandon Hagenson. Vote 4-0, motion carried.
For Deed 2022 -13, a residential anti displacement & relocation Assistance Plan. Motion by Hope Bauman Seconded by Larry Dahleen, Vote 4-0, Motion carried.
Resolutions 2002-16 to accept donations for ambulance of $8822.00 motion by Brandon Hagenson Seconded by Larry Dahleen to accept. Vote 3-0, motion carried with Hope Bauman abstaining.
Resolutions 2022-17 to accept donations for the Fire Department of $15825.03 motion by Hope Bauman seconded by Larry Dahleen. To accept Vote 3-0, motion carried, with Brandon Hagenson abstaining.
Resolution 2022-18 to place $5382.36 into a CD for Fire protection from the Townships, Motion by Hope

Maintenance Report: The council reviewed the quotes for a new broom for the bobcat. One from Kibble and one from Yeager. A motion by Brandon Hagenson Seconded by Larry to Dahleen to purchase the one from Kibble Vote 4-0. Motion carried. Everything is running good so for. Will there be monies coming out for the new plow truck? They will split it 50% to streets. 25% to water and 25% to sewer.

Clerk Update: working on year ends, updated rates for water and sewer bills. Getting ready for auditors.

Mayor update: Harry revised his quote to do a single furnace and ductwork, as well as Ron’s reflecting the same. Please check your furnace vent on your house is clear.

Motion to adjourn made by Hope Bauman seconded by Brandon Hagenson Vote 4-0, motion

Respectfully Submitted by
Doris M Troll
City Clerk/ Treasurer