09/15/2016 A Voice From the Gallery

(Part two)

          This lengthy meeting included the first reading of the budget and included interviews with candidates for the Alcester City Ward II opening.

Moving on with the agenda:

  • 202 Broad street issue:
    • Non receipt of documents promised by Ives representative. City Attorney to      contact Ives representative.
  • Police academy agreements-no action.
  • Executive Session-legal counsel 1-25-2-3 FAILED to state specific purpose beyond legal.
    • In closed session at     6:15 p.m.
    • Out closed session at  6:24 p.m.  NO Action
    • City Attorney dismissed!  6:24 p.m.
  • Presentation on Tae Kwan Do class – seeking permission to hold classes in the auditorium. Mayor Glas turned to Finance Officer with a confused look on his face and asked the question,

“Do we need a motion?”

D-uh, the council needs to give its formal approval.

Motion/ Councilman Lance Johnson-2nd/ Councilman David Larsen

Unanimous approval of the quorum present  (David Larsen, Audri Carlson, Lance Johnson & Mark Dykstra)

  • Ward II candidate interviews and appointment.  Mayor Glas lost again. He had been told that the council had to accept Mike Burke’s resignation formally several meetings ago, but forgot and had to be reminded! One has to wonder who does the agenda? It is the Mayor’s job!

Motion/Audri Carlson to accept Burke resignation-2nd/Dykstra

Unanimous approval of the quorum present (David Larsen, Audri Carlson, Lance Johnson & Mark Dykstra)

  • Executive session called to interview Ward II Candidates of: Dan Haeder, Trudy Hedden and Ron Manning.

In closed session at     6:46 p.m.

Out closed session at  7:31 p.m.

Motion/David Larsen to confirm Mayor appointment of Dan Haeder* to Ward II position for one year term-2nd/ Lance Johnson

Unanimous approval of the quorum present (David Larsen, Audri Carlson, Lance Johnson & Mark Dykstra)

 *a note-Mr. Haeder is the only Ward II candidate who lives in Ward II, Alcester city but it appears he is doesn’t own property in Alcester. Candidate Trudy Hedden and Candidate Ron Manning both live and own property and Mr. Manning was a former councilmember.
  • Mayor Glas administered the oath of office to Mr. Haeder and Mr. Haeder was seated at the council table.
  • Meagen Fischer-registered a dog complaint
  • Updates

 »$16,500.00 Patching machine purchased two years ago wasn’t such a good buy after all. Hot mix is preferred using a rent-a-roller     ($1100/month?) Councilman Dykstra opined,

“…get rid of the patching machine…”

»Alcester Bar repair-Mayor finally decided the brick were just cosmetic, after he and Mark talked, thought better of the $8400 low bid  ‘facial’ decided with a ‘few volunteers’ they could DYI back-plaster (low- brow parging) the lower portion of Madam’s wailing wall.

»Now, Madam Deem needs a bottle cooler. Evidently her bottles are warm and that just simply won’t do. So she contacted Everist (?) for a  quote on a machine to cool her bottles. The quote for an ABC95 bottle cooler? $3263.30

H-m-m       ALCOM Distributing, Fargo, ND sale $2456.00 Difference-$807.30

So do we like Jack, always take the first hand-full of mystery beans we are quoted?

»Madam’s rent is budgeted to go UP to $1300.00 per month!   Councilman Dykstra commented,

“it is time!”

  »In the CBDG budget portion of the reading, it was noted that Madam Deem was ahead with her loan payment. Really? It is my understanding the CDBG loan was made Madam Deem to cover her liquor inventory and in MY opinion should never have been allowed. Folks, 3+years later she is still paying on an inventory long guzzled away!

                 »Newly seated Councilmember Dan Haeder asked,

“will I get a copy of the ordinance book?”

            The answer to his question, Yes, we will provide you one.

SO where is the public’s access to the code book?

Oh, yeah. that is right. We have public access Monday through Friday, 8 p.m.-5 p.m. at the city offices with EXCEPTIONS (see below):

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On Friday at 10:57 a.m. I was at the city office to contact Police Chief Doty on a safety issue, I did not find him in his office and assumed he was patrolling.  I noted the city finance office door was closed and lights were off. So just how does the Working Joe have access to city records? Does the finance office stagger their lunch hours so the office is open over the lunch hour? We have two in the finance office with the rationale, the office is covered at all published times of operation.

  • Budget for Legal in 2017 remains the same (we get a bargain but some think our legal is too high. Maybe if rules were followed, our city attorney would be obliged to clean up their messes.)

YET

the MAYOR gets a raise to $100.00 per month and $50.00 per meeting with the council members getting $50.00 per month and $30.00 per meeting.

NOTE: On the mandatory garbage-can purchase, why do we have to purchase a huge garbage receptacle when we could purchase transparent green, bio friendly, garbage bags, so much per 100 pcs., hire a part-time city worker to collect the garbage with a trailer or mobile pull behind dumpster, off loading the garbage into a roll off that Mr. Fischer could come in and pick up without running his garbage truck up and down the streets of Alcester eliminating the unsightly army of blue garbage cans sitting on the curb or next to our homes? Each household controls how much they spend on garbage collection by the number of bags they use each week. Just sayin’, ya know!

 

Vickie Larsen