Monday, June 10, 2024

The Kiester City council held a regular meeting on Monday, June 10, 2024, at the Kiester Community Center.

Mayor Hope Bauman called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Council Members Present: Larry Dahleen, Brandon Hagenson, Jason Kluender. Kurt Grobe was absent. City Maintenance: Gary Skartland; City Clerk: Doris Troll; Members of the public: Marsha Dahleen and Al Bauman

Agenda: Motion to accept agenda with the addition of the Park, by Jason Kluender seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 4-0 motion carried.

Council minutes: motion to approve 5-13-2024 meeting minutes by Hope Bauman, seconded by Brandon Hagenson, vote 4-0. Motion carried.

Claims: Motion to approve claims totaling $ 103,580.35 by Hope Bauman seconded by Larry Dahleen vote 4-0, motion carried.

Financials: Motion to approve financials by Larry Dahleen, seconded by Brandon Hagenson. Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Past Due Water Billing: Motion to shut off on 6-26-2024if not paid, by Brandon Hagenson, seconded by Jason Kluender, vote 4-0, motion carried.

Building Permits: Presented permits for J Olson, A Bauman, T Aadsen, L Dahleen G Aske. Motion by Brandon Hagenson seconded by Jason Kluender to approve. Vote 4-0, Motion carried.

Park: The council noticed the following items at the city park. 1 the fencing around the horseshoe pits, as well as the siding on the bathroom have pieces of the siding missing. They also noticed that there are no items in the park for kids from about 2 to 5 years old. In the packets are quotes for vinyl and steel siding on the building and a quote for the fencing. There was a motion to put the fence up by the horseshoe pits by Hope Bauman and seconded by Larry Dahleen, vote 4-0, motion carried.
Ambulance: None

Fire Department: none.

Library: April numbers were 99 people and Kathy VanHove was a guest speaker. May numbers were 92 people. The winner of the Mother’s Day plant was Judy Johnson, and Bevcomm donated the plant.
The summer reading program is going. Kristy will also have rock painting and the kids’ riddle signs are up again for this summer. Dawn will read to the kids on Tuesdays. The Book they have chosen is Socks by Beverly Cleary. The library will host an author event on 7-18-2024 with Sherrie Hansen

Liquor Store; Larry stated the sales for the year are down by $ 3,000.00 per month, so we at this time are looking at a loss of around $ 6,000.00 before the audit. They would like to know if Carol has the inventory issue resolved from square to what was given to the auditors. There was also a question asked about staffing, as they have been closed a few times that were not planned. Gary was asked to look into the sign at the store, as there were some of the plastic covers missing. They are approaching the 6 month mark of when the council was going to reevaluate everything again.

Eda: Martin Korn had asked the city for a release of agreement for the building he has put up. Doris will send this to David. The John Morrell hog buying station that they want to turn over to the city is also with David.

Public Comment: One resident wanted to know when the council was going to start with the budget for next year. They would also like to see the departments with more long-term planning than just a year at a time. Quilters Cottage was involved in a statewide shop hop in which it brought in between 400 to 500 people, with about 80% of them never hearing about Kiester.

Maintenance: Gary asked permission to close the recycling center on the Saturday of Kiester Days. He was told that would be fine. Just make sure it gets posted. The freshly redone sign is out at the compost site. The curbs and crosswalks will be painted by Kiester Days. Gary will also be pressure washing the park shelter and playground before Kiester days as well. The two pieces of concrete that needed replacing by Duane’s and by the implement have been done.

Clerk Update: They sprayed mosquitoes over the weekend. At the end of the month Doris will have a discussion with the Auditors to handle the coding and paying of the infrastructure bills as we move forward. There are 3 of the variances that need to be redrawn and are waiting return from the lawyer.

Mayor Update: Hope met with the Deputy that is assigned to Kiester to have a conversation with the ordinances. Doris was to provide him with a list of names and addresses of the residents and then get him copies of the what she had sent to the residents. We mailed out the first letter certified and have the deputy hand deliver anything that was needed after that. Doris will also get a hold am American Legal to see what she needs done on their end to update our ordinances

Motion to adjourn made by Jason Kluender and seconded by Brandon Hagenson. Vote 4-0, motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted by
Doris M Troll
City Clerk/ Treasurer