Monday, June 12, 2023

The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday, June 12, 2023, at the Kiester Community Center.

Mayor Doug Trytten called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Council Members Present: Hope Bauman, Larry Dahleen, Brandon Hagenson. Jason Kluender was absent. City Maintenance: Gary Skartland; City Clerk: Doris Troll; Members from the public: Jacob Trytten, Katina Thrond, Michele Alphs, Carol Reinhart, Diana Adams, Nicole Rosberg, Dahleen, Bruce Thisted, Al Bauman, Karen Busch.

Council minutes: Motion to accept the May 22, 2023, by Hope Bauman seconded by Larry Dahleen vote 4-0, motion carried.

Claims: Motion by Hope Bauman seconded by Larry Dahleen approving claims totaling $ 31,177.60 Vote of 4-0 motion carried.

Financials: Doris explained that the bank reconciliation for the primary account is off by $34.00 and that she was still working on finding it. Motion by Larry Dahleen, seconded by Hope Baumann approving financials as presented. Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Past Due Water Billing: Motion to shut off on a 6-26-2023 if not paid by Brandon Hagenson, seconded by Larry Dahleen, Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Ambulance: none

Fire Department: A request to put Jonas Gonzalez on the Fire Department. Motion by Brandon Hagenson seconded by Hope Bauman. Vote, 4-0. Motion carried.

Library: the Author Event with William Kent Kruger that was held at the Kee Theatre was a success, with 110 people attending. Motion to accept the report by Brandon Hagenson, seconded by Hope Bauman. Vote,4-0, motion carried.

Liquor Store: Nothing to report other than everything is going well. With a $1,000.00-day, Motion to accept the report by Larry Dahleen seconded by Hope Bauman. Vote 4-0, Motion Carried.

EDA: Al reported that the leases have been updated, however, there are changes that need to be made. Biddle will be a month to month with a 30 day notice. The Market group needs to have the utilities removed as the city will pay them. With all of them being paid by the 10th of the month with a late fee added. Motion to accept the report by Brandon Hagenson Seconded by Larry Dahleen, Vote, 4-0, motion carried. The clerk will call the lawyer and get the new leases updated. Motion by Brandon Hagenson Seconded by Larry Dahleen. Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Splash Pad: Diana Adams, Michele Alphs, Carol Reinhart, Tina Thrond, asked the council if they would be open to the idea of putting a splash pad up in the park on the north side by the water tower. They have handed the council some information on how they will work. They would also like to see benches around it for the parents to sit and watch. There was a motion made for the group to get more information to the council by Brandon Hagenson, Seconded by Larry Dahleen. Vote, 4-0, motion carried.

Public Comment: Marsha Dahleen requested a 2nd accessible parking spot to be placed on the end of the quilters Cottage block by Duane’s. Gary to check in to it.

Animal control: Bruce Thisted reported he purchased traps for the stray cates for a cost of $ 265.01 He wanted permission to start in the vacant house at 100 N 2nd St. He would also like the city to send out a letter to all the residents, stating that we will be starting to pick up any stray dogs or cats and take to them human society. Humane Society.

Maintenance Report: Gary wanted to know if he gets clearance from the county on the new handicapped spot. Did the council wanted him to just go ahead and do it. Motion to turn the last spot into a handicap parking spot by Brandon Hagenson Seconded by Hope Bauman. Vote 4-0, motion carried.
On June 22nd they will be down to pull the tank off the creamery lot. Andy Biddle will be getting the fill that they need. Then all that will be left is for Morrison pump to come and finish capping the well. There are two curb stops that need to be replaced. and will be done within the next few weeks. Main street has all been repainted in time for Kiester days.They sprayed mosquitos the other night. The question was asked if the city was notified. The clerk said she had not seen any emails from them.

Another issue that we have is when Bevcomm was laying their fiber optic. Lines they had cut out a very small section in the alley behind the Market and Duane’s and exposed a sewer line has had been damaged. Empire pipe came down to camera the area and it showed it was crushed to the point that it will need to be dug up. This is the service line to the house on the corner of 3rd St. Gary has been trying to contact the contractor that summer and is getting no answer to the office lines as well to the cellphone numbers listed on the locates.

Motion to accept the maintenance report by Hope Bauman seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 4-02, 4-0, motion carried.

Clerk Update: The clerk went back and listened to the tapes to verify if Urstad house was left out of the library report. And it was. Doris apologized to Hope. And will have it printed in this meetings minutes.
The Cares monies need to be assigned to projects. We can use some of it for animal control, is was asked if we can use the monies for buildings Doris thought so however at this point wants to verify everything. She is waiting for a resolution to assign the monies to and is hoping at the next meeting it can be decided how to use it.

Al then explained that when they did the flooring in the bathroom at city hall they had to pulled back the carpet and when they did, they found that the original flooring was cracked. They feel that could be from the water overflowing a few times over the last few years. And was wondering if the Cares monies could be used to replace the carpeting.

Motion to accept report by Brandon Hagenson seconded by Hope Bauman, Vote 4-0, motion carried

Mayor Update: none

Adjournment: Motion to adjourn by Brandon Hagenson seconded by Larry Dahleen, Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted by
Doris M Troll
City Clerk/ Treasurer