04/06/2016 A Voice from the Gallery

“The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true…”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Alcester Councilman Mark Dykstra writes:

“…Provide a safe environment by recruiting and maintaining law enforcement..”…

Alcester Union-Hudsonite April 7, 2016

Vickie Defends:

  • Since October 3, 2011, when Mr. Dykstra was appointed to the council and the city has gone through seven police officers on his watch. Mr. Dykstra had a continual dying fit about the veteran police chief until he quit. Mayor Rick Johnson along with the Council, which included Mr. Dykstra, constructively fired our female officer due to council inaction on a harassment charge. Mayor Johnson as well as you Mr. Dykstra were obligated to contact the South Dakota DCI for an independent investigation of the harassment charge. Then there were the officers who left due to council micro-management and better work conditions that didn’t include assault.
  •  I presented Mayor Glas and the city council with a formal complaint against the Alcester Bar on August 3, 2015, asking the agreement between Theresa Deem and the city be vacated based upon Theresa Deem’s violation of the terms and conditions of the lease and operating agreement. Mrs. Deem’s admitted in open city council meeting on July 6, 2015 she allowed minors in the city bar with Alcester Police Chief Ryan Knutson confirming evidence of this was caught on police body cam. Further statements made by Police Chief Knutson in open regular meeting indicated Mrs. Deem violated no smoking in the bar, and was serving customers beyond intoxication, a violation of South Dakota statute.

 

Alcester Councilman Mark Dykstra writes:

“I have no time for rumors or misinformation.”…

Alcester Union-Hudsonite April 7, 2016

 Vickie Defends:

Dykstra letter- to-editor

  •  Peter Larsen was the lone councilman who voted against leasing the bar to Sullivan’s in 2011. Councilman Wayne Van Gelder was still on the council. In February of 2013 YOU, Mr. Dykstra seconded the motion to approve CDBG funds to pay the $30K lawsuit settlement. I DID MY RESEARCH!

source: Approved Alcester City Council minutes from February 2013.

 time line

MR DYKSTRA MADE TIME TO MISINFORM!

 

Alcester Councilman Mark Dykstra writes:

“…community center at a cost of $2-$7 million…scare tactic…I invite voters to see for themselves by looking at the drawings displayed at the city office. Note cost estimates…none of them approach $1 million…”

Alcester Union-Hudsonite, April 7, 2016

Vickie Defends:

  • No scare tactic here. I was a member of the gallery when the first drawings were presented to the council and I was taking notes. Grandiose plans for a town of 850 population. I took the class for real estate sales certification in college and my husband and I have remodeled a 100 year old home, a 1970’s vintage home and we are in the process of remodeling a 1930’s vintage home. I have some education in appraising, experience in costing estimates, design and the common sense to be reasonably close in estimates.
  • In the April 4, 2016, council meeting Councilwoman Audri Carlson (June 2015 a new community building formed) presented figures on the auditorium remodel project. Bids came in at $650K and $700K. No structural engineer report and no real time materials costs.  One bidder wants $6K up front. Structural engineer costs $4K per discussion. Folks this is a COMMERCIAL BUILDING! When the committee throws out terms like volunteer workers, elevated walking track and fundraisers reminding of the song by The Brothers Four, Blue Water Line, “…just twenty thousand quarters and just forty thousand dimes… scares the Bejasus out of me.

 

Alcester Councilman Mark Dykstra writes:

“It is a disservice to the volunteers who are serving on the community center committee to suggest…”

Alcester Union-Hudsonite, April 7, 2016

Vickie Defends:

  • In February 2004 the council discussed the construction of a new community center with a second penny sales tax to pay for the center along with a community block grant. June 2004 discussion on a new community center continued…City Attorney Haugland to look into a second penny sales tax. July 6, 2004, a public meeting planned with an architectural plans and estimated building costs.   August 15, 2005, council sets up City Improvement Committee, Planning and Zoning committee and hold meeting for second reading for second penny sales tax for capital improvement. August 21, 2006, the Community Building Committee of Mark Doty, Adele Buum, Donowan Larsen, Peter Larsen, Mike Kezar and I believe Donna Pederson presented the community center floor plans, locations and estimated costs. September 5, 2007, discussion on remodel or new. September 17, 2007 motion by Larsen to put $15K into fund specifically for the community center. December 29. 2008, another transfer of $15K from second penny to community center fund. Ultimately the committee recommended a new building was a more economical option, the council took no action.

What about the disservice to Mark Doty and his committee?

Alcester Councilman Mark Dykstra writes:

” I refuse to discuss personnel issues in open meetings, whether a job applicant, concerns with existing employees or matters that are private to our employees..”.

Alcester Union-Hudsonite, April 7, 2016

Vickie Defends:

  • September 23, 2013, executive meeting was called to discuss personnel, Policewoman Lisa Pelton was present in the executive session. At approximately five minutes into the session, we heard “Vickie Larsen”. I am not personnel so it illegal use of executive session to discuss me. Later I learned why my name was mentioned. Arrest me, really?
  • Prior to the March 16, 2015, council meeting Councilman Mark Dykstra, Mayor Rick Johnson and Councilman Lance Johnson discussed Officer Tim Peete in front of me stating how they were going to make him pay $1K per month reimbursement to the city for wages paid during certification.
  • March 16, 2016, council meeting summer intern grant writing position was discussed. Councilman-Banker Mark Dykstra asked if the city could share with the Bank? Volunteering in open session Alcester State Bank was short on personnel, two tellers are part-time and a couple were pregnant naming names. Are ya kidding me?
  • April 4, 2016, the entire council discussed bad behaviors of life guards and that videos of safety issues were posted. Mayor Glas stated, “We had to talk to lifeguards about complaints…”. Then the council went into executive session to discuss pool personnel. Councilman Dykstra, you listened to the whole discussion and failed to shut the discussion down!

MR DYKSTRA MADE TIME TO GOSSIP ABOUT CITY PERSONNEL!