03/20/2018 A Voice From the Gallery

On Monday, March 19, 2018, Mayor Glas waited until Councilman Lance Johnson wandered back into the council room, jumped up and announced the pledge.  Really again?  Alcester City Council members present and quorum; Councilman Dan Haeder, Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Melissa Kay, and Councilman Lance Johnson.  Absent Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Julia Sundstrom-Lyle and city attorney representative. Action taken during any meeting that is not properly opened or has not been properly noticed could, if challenged, be declared null and void.  It could even result in personal liability for members of the governing body involved, depending upon the action taken.  It appears Mayor Glas does need cue cards!

Agenda Item #3 was called and with no corrections Councilman David Larsen moved to approve the agenda as presented with the second coming from Councilman Lance Johnson, no discussion and unanimous vote times 4 approved the agenda.

Agenda Item #4 has no appointments for review of valuations within the city limits of Alcester had been received or documented.  It was noted Beresford would be going through a full evaluation in 2019, but it was unknown when Alcester would be going through a city-wide re-assessment.  It was also noted the assessment logs were not in a logical order, making it difficult to locate certain properties.  In addition it was noted  certain properties with tax exempt status or there was a question of tax exempt status.

Agenda Item #5 Public Input.  I asked the council if they were familiar with Beacon-Schneider which could provide property information by rolling over the city map.  In addition, to the questions of tax exempt status can be obtained by review the entity name via the South Dakota Secretary of State website.

Agenda Item #6 Executive session  Again another executive session for personnel.  This is ONLY to discuss SPECIFIC employees, not whether the finance office needs another $10K spending money for yoga ball chairs.  Executive session began at 6:07 p.m. and lasted until 6:27 p.m.  Really 20 minutes to discuss what batteries to use in the Police department tasers?

NOTE:  I must apologise here, a technical glitch (me not properly activating a button, ya’ll would think I would know how to push buttons by now).  Immediately after entering the council room, placing the camera back onto the tripod and hitting the record button, I was engaged in entering the 6:27 p.m. time back in session and didn’t realise the camera was not activated.  The council was called back into session, I just didn’t get the last two minutes of the meeting on video.

Agenda Item #7 was called with updates the Landfill would be Open Monday April 2, 2018, and Spring clean-u[ would commence on April 13, 2018 and run through April 29, 2018.

Agenda Item #8 Adjournment was called with a motion to adjourn coming from Alcester City Councilman Lance Johnson and the second from Alcester Councilwoman Melissa Kay, no discussion and a unanimous times 4 vote of aye.  Alcester Equalization meeting was adjourned at 6:29 p.m.