04/23/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

Mayor Tom Glas called the April 15, 2019, special meeting of the Alcester City council to order (once he got there) at 6:07 p.m. with Councilwoman Melissa Kay, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilman David Larsen, Councilman Dan Haeder, Councilman Lance Johnson and Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson present with Councilwoman Darla Reppe arriving after Mayor Glas.

During Public Input I presented the Finance Officer with a FOIA, I presented the council with a property maintenance code violation complaint on Anderson Street, I commented any payment on comp time stating it was not applicable to Finance Officer Pat Jurrens and questioned about the Chip Seal Road Guy bid which was not fulfilled in 2018, contract/agreement time frame extended in September 2018 and attempted to change the terms and conditions last night and finally I questioned the Executive Session for Personnel in how many applicants for the auditorium custodian position (? nobody knew), how many applicants for the golf groundskeeper position (2) and how many applicants for the summer reading assistant position (1).

The next Agenda Item called was the canvass of the votes.  It was interesting watching and listening.  It was particularly interesting about the messengering of ballots from the Care and Rehab Center and the messenger of those absentee ballots.  Evidently Alcester City Finance Office Employee Wanda Halverson was sent to the Care and Rehab center by Alcester City Finance Officer Pat Jurrens to collect some absentee ballots from the nursing home which is interesting because the SD Absentee Ballot Application Form carries the language,

“Please print and return to your county auditor…You may apply for an absentee ballot before 5:00 p.m. the day before the election for any or all general, primary, municipal, school or any other elections conducted in this calendar year with one request…” Item #8  AUTHORIZED MESSENGER REQUEST DUE TO SICKNESS OR DISABILITY ONLY:

At 6:34 p.m. Councilman Lance Johnson left the meeting, two minutes later Finance Office Pat Jurrens whispered to a councilman about Theresa Driesen’s voting status.

Upon the lengthy ballot canvass, the council finally declared the vote in favor of Tom Glas.

Agenda Item Street Updates was called, with a lengthy discussion regarding the significant change in the manner of street repair and maintenance taking place.  Instead of just chip sealing, a proposal was solicited by Alcester Finance Officer Pat Jurrens from Loiseau Construction, a company specialising in street reclamation using FDR (full depth reclamation) which simply put employs a grinding process which is Fog Sealed and requires two applications of Chip Seal.  Watch the discussion.  I had already questioned the violation of bid process, unfortunately the council was advised by Mayor Glas and Finance Officer Pat Jurrens this was not a violation.  The council elected to table until April 18th meeting before they would enter into a contract with Loiseau and The Road Guys.  There was a motion to schedule a follow-up meeting on April 18th, 2019, at 5:00 to made a decision and the council voted to approve the April 18th meeting.

There was a public discussion of comp time (agenda item # 8) and with little information shared, the council moved onto agenda item #9 and straight into Executive session to discuss; auditorium custodian, golf course grounds keeper, Summer reading assistant and in my opinion what-ever-they-could-get-away-with!

Please note when the council came out of Executive Session they only voted for the Summer Reading Assistant.  Amazing!

Meeting was declared adjourned at 9:13 p.m.