12/19/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

 

MINNESOTA DHS CARTOON

MINNESOTA SELLING CHILDREN

FOSTER TO ADOPT – STEALING CHILDREN – DHS (DON’T HAVE SOULS)

Tearing children from the arms of their Mother is a most evil act, tearing children from their Mother for money is the most evil act of all.

 

12/20/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

NO VARIANCE FOR COUNCILMAN JOHNSON

 

LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO OUR TOWN, MAYOR GLAS

LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO OUR TOWN

IT’S THE ONLY THING YOU HAD TO DO RIGHT

AND YOU MANAGED TO GET IT WRONG, GLAS

LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO OUR TOWN

 

LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO OUR FOLKS, MAYOR GLAS

LOOK WHAT YOU DONE TO OUR FOLKS

WELL YOU PICKED OUR POCKETS RIGHT DOWN TO THE LINT

LOOK WHAT YOU TOOK FROM US, GLAS

LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO OUR TOWN

 

WE WANT OUR GOOD TOWN BACK, MAYOR GLAS

WE WANT OUR GOOD TOWN BACK

WELL IF WE HAD OUR GOOD TOWN BACK WE’D

BROOM OL’ RIFF-RAFF GLAS OUT AND

FIX WHAT HE HAS DONE TO OUR TOWN.

 

WE’RE FIGHTING BACK FOR OUR TOWN, MAYOR GLAS

WE’RE FIGHTING BACK FOR OUR TOWN

WELL THE FOLKS WILL STAND UP AND TAKE BACK THEIR TOWN

SOON WE’LL HAVE OUR TOWN BACK GLAS

‘CAUSE WE ALL SEE WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO OUR TOWN.

 

LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO OUR TOWN, MAYOR GLAS

LOOK WHAT FOPAT HAS DONE TO OUR TOWN

YOU BOTH HAVE SHOVED US IN A GARBAGE BAG

AND TOSSED IT TO THE GROUND

LOOK WHAT YOU DID TO OUR TOWN*

 

 

*inspired by the song lyric titled.  “Look What They’ve Done to My Song” by Melanie Safka  “What Have They Done to My Song, Ma Lyrics.” Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 20 Dec. 2019. <https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/6899041/The+New+Seekers>.

12/09/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

“Government is instituted for the common good:  for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family or class of men”  

John Adams

Mayor Tom Glas called the December 9, 2019, special meeting of the Alcester City Council to order at 5:00 p.m. with Councilwoman Melissa Kay, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilman Dan Haeder, and Councilman David Larsen present. Absent were Alcester City Attorney and Alcester City Councilman Lance Johnson. Also attending the special meeting was Gordon Richards from the Alcester Union-Hudsonite and Vickie Larsen.

Mayor Glas called for the approval of the Agenda for the special meeting. With no changes and no discussion the group approved the agenda with a unanimous vote of five (5).

Agenda item #4 was public input. Prior to the meeting I distributed copies of my input on the proposed variance at each council persons seat. I went over the contents of the document which was a rough draft of my opinion on the variance, errors and omissions to the form and content and citations of statute brought forth by attorneys and the infamous variance.

I pointed out to the council, a South Dakota Supreme court decision involving code, covenants and restrictions running with land violation. The high court found in favor of the complainant that the covenants had indeed been violated and went a step further to award the legal costs of enforcing the codes, covenants and restrictions.

I was asked the question when the final draft would becoming, I answered as soon as I had access to Mr. McGill’s opinion. In addition to that opinion, I will certainly take into consideration any argument mounted by the Alcester City Attorney in my answer.

After my presentation, Pat offered up an astounding comment. (00:06:35). Alcester Finance Officer Jurrens argued that Alcester a city of just 800 population did not need a variance form such as the one Union County uses. ‘Cause she knows everybody who comes in for variances and she uses information from Beacon-Schneider site. Uhm folks, the Beacon-Schneider site has a warning notation under the summary specifically a brief tax description. (Note: Not to be used on legal documents) Of course what Pat is passing off as a legal document is nothing more than the equivalent of a page ripped off from a First graders coloring book. Folks would you want the value of your life’s asset/property to be dependent upon the legal and financial judgment of Finance Officer Jurrens? She seems to struggle with those concepts.

So using Finance Officer Jurrens logic if a city of 800 people is too small to bother with legal documents for variances, then we can do an initiated measure, get rid of the Property Maintenance Code and ol’ Geoff Fillingsness. Right?

Agenda item #5– was the Second reading of the 2019-08 Pleasant Hill Cemetery Ordinance. The motion was made and seconded for the second reading of the 2019-08 ordinance. Let’s hope she got this right, who knows what might rise to the surface here.

Agenda item #6 Rumor has it the new police car has hit Iowa. Time to pay for the car. Finance Officer Pat has robbed the CBDG account once again to float her bookkeeping. Mayor Glas repeated the motion only where it the amount was $24, 744.00 to Wegner Auto and $8.00 to Premier Bank Check Fee- Ol’ eagle-eyes lost the dot and read the amount as $800.00 into his regurgitation of the motion.

Agenda item #7 Supplemental Appropriation Ordinance 2019-09- Folks this is the part of Finance Officer duties where the Finance Officer makes a mad scramble to come up with the funds to pay the bills she and Mayor Glas encouraged the council to spend. Normally referred to as Robbing Peter to pay Paul or Pat. Don’t forget that $4880 fee paid out to Pat where no one approved of the OT!

Agenda item #8 Committee meeting date for City vacancies. Committee members, Councilwoman Melissa Kay, Councilwoman Linda Talbott and Councilman David Larsen.  Date was set for December 16, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Will need job descriptions for librarian, solid waste (dump-ground) and Sextant (this one I will leave alone)

No Executive session

Adjourned the meeting at 5:17 pm

 

12/06/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

Ladeees and Gents our favorite Glas flower has a problem with me.  A-w-w-w!  Oh by the way, she plead ‘not guilty’ in court yesterday for those of you who are following the Alcester FOSAGA (Finance Officer Summoned Again Government Action) oh yeah and do not forget to BYOB (Bring Your Owed Bail)!

When ‘we the people’ have a problem with finance officer, she’s gonna have a problem with us specifically but not limited to me .  In my opinion, “When ya ain’t doin’ your job, you ain’t worth the pay!”  FO Pat whined to the council, “I work so hard… “I do my best and I work really hard”…” Well Madam FO, IF that is your best—–yer best ain’t good enough”  Case in point I served this FOIA request arising out of Pat’s statements in the December 2, 2019, city council meeting on Pat this morning (December 6, 2019):

FO Pat produced the ‘variance application’ below in answer to #1 of my Foia Request 12/06/2019 and charged me $.25.  This document is the sum total of the variance request or so FO Jurrens purported it to be.  This must be the truth, otherwise Alcester Finance Officer LIED to me and by deliberate omission of facts produced a false record as a true copy of the variance application and charge me for it.  SO WHICH IS IT?

Yup this is what FO Pat considers a variance application, Who knows what version of the famed firm of Dewey, Cheath’em’ and Howe drew this exemplar up.

Below find a sample of what Union County uses:

I asked several questions about the remainder of the FOIA request, to which Patti Parrot responded, “I don’t have that, I don’t have that”.  I asked the question, “WHY don’t you have it, you should” and Patti Parrot responded, “I don’t have that, I don’t have that”  Yeah I figured that out when you lowered your voice and looked to the left each time you professed, “I don’t know that”  Then when I asked where are those documents you and Lance Johnson were running up and down Anderson begging for signatures, you told you did not have them and that I had to ask Lance Johnson.  Why?  Were you not there on the Alcester City time clock as Finance Officer/notary assisting Councilman Lance Johnson? Or representing yourself as Finance Officer instead of just plain ol’ Pat Jurrens?

First-those of you who signed the mystery document Councilman Lance Johnson and Finance Officer Pat Jurrens were hawking to allow Councilman Lance Johnson to build his combine/body shop sized stand alone garage and regret signing the document.  Take note, because Councilman Lance Johnson along with Finance Officer Pat Jurrens is attempting to change the terms and conditions with a variance.  The document you signed is null and void because you were not advised of the whole truth, you were NOT given a copy of the document for your records and nor were those property owners whose property directly abuts 518 Anderson Street in writing of the Variance Hearing.  Your rights were negated by sloppy and negligent procedure by Alcester Finance Officer Pat Jurrens.  I am not an attorney, but I would urge you get togther as a group and seek an opinion from a lawyer on the validity of the document you signed.

To the property owners on Anderson Street, the Variance Hearing was not held per agenda, there was some discussion (00:50:38) to table the Variance Hearing to the next meeting which is December 9, 2019, but no formal motion was made nor seconded or voted upon.  However, Alcester City Attorney Tom Frieberg announced the council should table the Variance Hearing to the January meeting (00:51:31) to receive confirmation from a document of Mike McGill attorney allegedly prepared for Alcester Councilman Lance Johnson.  NO motion, no second and no vote was taken to table to the January meeting of the city Council either.  THE COUNCIL DID NOT OFFICIALLY ACT UPON MR. FRIEBERGS JANUARY SUGGESTION NOR THE ORIGINAL DECEMBER 9, 2019 DISCUSION.  SO WHICH IS IT MR MAYOR?  

RULES OF ORDER:

1.    Table.  If the Council is not ready to vote – be it a lack of information, a sensitive topic people need more time to process or deliberate, or other urgent matters came up – a member may make a motion to “table” the item.  The motion needs a second. It is NOT debatable/open to discussion. And then it needs a majority to carry the motion.  The important point to remember; however, is that it must be re-addressed at the NEXT official meeting.

2.    Postpone. If the Council is not ready to vote and if there is uncertainty on when it will be ready, then a motion should be made to “postpone until ______ (fill in the blank).”  Herein lies the major difference between tabling and postponing; postponing can be defined, but tabling is at the next meeting. Postponing requires motion, second, it CAN be debated/discussed, and a majority vote to carry.*

*Secondary discussion of Roberts Rules of Order which simple describes motions to table and motions to postpone.  https://sharpermanagement.com/2017/06/board-tip-tabling-agenda-item/

 

A SUGGESTION;  So you may want to add an agenda item to the agenda when you approve the agenda Monday night ladies and gentlemen of the council.  This does meet the requirement of an emergency add-on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/02/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

Mayor Tom Glas called the December 2, 2019, regular meeting of the Alcester City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. with Councilwoman Melissa Kay, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilman Dan Haeder, Councilman David Larsen and Councilman Lance Johnson present. Sitting in for Sam Nelson, city attorney was Thomas Frieberg of Frieberg, Nelson and Ask, and who is also listed as city attorney under the retainer agreement.

Among the gallery were Amanda Ericson, Tena Keiser co-chairs of the Alcester Chamber of Commerce, Larry Anderson, representative from the cemetery group, and an impromptu appearance by William Shorma, District 16 Representative candidate. The group recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Making a brief appearance was former Alcester Finance Officer Mike Kezar who apparently been told he was to talk about his property situation but Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens Failed to place him on the agenda.

The council moved quickly to approve the agenda and the minutes of the November 4, 2019, meeting. Of course unanimously without discussion as usual.

Agenda Item #5-Next to be seen and not-so-seen was William Shorma, candidate for District 16 (Representative-a correction from the erroneously (00:03:50))agenda listed item as Senator Candidate. Notable candidate comment was (00:06:25) he wanted address the important, ‘key stake holder’ people in the communities: the city council, the chamber of commerce and the school officials as he stood with his back to the camera and the gallery. H-m-m so is that one calls putting your best side backward?

Agenda Item #6-Next up were the Chamber of Commerce request for temporary street closure for the Chamber sponsored Christmas Tree Lighting Party scheduled for December 6th. The council voted to close the street for the Chamber function.

Agenda Item #7-Input

I started the input with an explanation of the document I placed at each council members place and the Alcester city attorneys place. This document was a copy of the Regulations, Agreements and Conditions Running with Land which is attached to the Deed of property. This particular document was attached to the deed of Councilman Lance Johnson property address listed as 518A Anderson Street and future home of ‘hog barn and other mechanical things’?

I pointed out the obvious error the city council had the power to grant a variance to a piece of land over which they had no control to change the agreements, regulations and conditions attached to that land.

Councilman Lance Johnson stated he did not know of the deed attachment until (00:15:15), “…Tom Frieberg recommended Michael McGill to him… last summer Finance Officer Pat Jurrens dug up the Regulations, Agreements and Conditions Running with Land Document…”. At which point in the discussion Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens interrupted (00:16:19) with the statement that, “…what we were told by (presumably Mike McGill) the twenty-five year condition was illegal…” In case you do not know of Mike McGill, he is an attorney out of Beresford, SD. He has his own law practice, is not to the best of my knowledge a member of the Frieberg, Nelson and Ask firm, nor was Mr. McGill a signer or contributor to the document titled, “Regulations, Agreements and Conditions Running with Land which was prepared by Charles B. Haugland.

So by what right did Alcester Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens stick her nose into a civil matter? I had heard Finance Officer Pat Jurrens had been running around collecting signatures concerning Councilman Lance Johnson’s edifice to hogs and combines on Anderson Street but I had no personal knowledge with which to confirm the validity of the claim. But last night Alcester Finance Officer Jurrens comment (00:16:19) about the opinion from Mr. McGill seems to give some credence to the rumor.

So why was Alcester Finance Officer Jurrens involving herself in a civil legal matter on the part of Alcester Councilman Lance Jurrens trying to do an end run around the Regulations, Agreements and Conditions Running with Land Document attempting to cheat his neighbors out of the equity value of their homes.

 Why is an attorney under retainer (Thomas Frieberg) to the city of Alcester as legal counsel to the CITY of Alcester recommending a lawyer (Michael McGill) to Alcester City Councilman Lance Johnson to give him (Lance Johnson) and the City of Alcester (Mr. Frieberg’s Client) the power to negate the terms and conditions afforded by the legal document titled Regulations, Agreements and Conditions Running with Land and defraud the residents of Numsen’s Addition without their right to vote for themselves whether Alcester City Councilman Lance Johnson can build a Hog House, Combine Cabin, Tractor Terminal ER or RV Rest Home!

 As I understand it, any owner who has this Regulations, Agreements and Conditions Running with Land Document attached to their Deed can take Councilman Lance Johnson to court as well as the City of Alcester if they vote to allow a variance contrary to the RAC’s Running with Land that they have all lived by!

Agenda Item #8-Legal Updates

Involved a lengthy discussion of the cemetery and Ordinance 2019-08 with amendments.

Community Building-Auditorium and present city offices. The council voted to declare the auditorium surplus property. Motion called by Mayor Glas, Motion was made by Councilwoman Melissa Kay, Second came from Councilman David Larsen and with no discussion the council voted unanimously – six AYE votes to declare the City Auditorium Surplus property.

The next step is to decide whether the Auditorium will be summarily disposed of by 1) sealed bids, 2) realtor, or 3) public auction after another appraisal.

Folks the reality of the Community Building/Golf Club house is still just a malevolent will-o’-the-wisp hovering over our city. Sell the Auditorium where does the police department go? Sell the Auditorium where does the finance office go? Not to the Community Building/Club House without a public vote!! Despite Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens fervent hope.

Agenda Item #9-Variance for Councilman Lance Johnson tabled.

Agenda items #10 Street Update and #11 Water and Wastewater no reports from the department heads who were not in attendance. Oh Mayor Glas was given the okie dokie to sign the small community grant. Geesh, I hope he at least gets his signature over his name this time.

Agenda Item #12– Police Department-Chief Christie announced the PD was gifted with two brand new AED and he has taken the training to train others how to use the AED (automated external defibrillator). New police car is on its way.

AND ON CUE  Alcester City Attorney Thomas Frieberg gathered his case and left 7:00 p.m. (01:02:01)

Agenda Item #13– Finance Office

Architect is almost finished with the kitchen. Are ya kidding me? I am sorry Wofgang Puck does not like the cold, Emeril Lagasse just got nibbled into oblivion and doesn’t want to move to Alcester. Julia Child passed on, and Rachael Ray’s Nutrish culinary art has gone to the dogs. So what we have here is a failure to communicate, short order cafe does not need a haute cuisine kitchen delicately placed between the bar and the biffy AND certainly cannot afford a staff commensurate with haute cuisine tips.

Resolution for Fees 2020 Pat’inflation has struck again and I do not mean helium go-fund- me jail bond balloons in the auditorium atrium. Although every time Mayor Glas walks in, there is certainly an updraft of hot air.

Finance Officer Patricia still wants to bell the cats. I think a certain FO should be belled.

It has been determined and if I understood the subject matter discussion correctly the 2019 audit is going to cost $8K. Finance Officer Patricia moaned, “I do my best and I work really hard” (01:30:20)

Supplemental appropriation, without a copy to follow along with it was a jumbled mash but the one thing that really caught my attention was the Robbing the water enterprise account of $50K to bolster the general fund. I am not sure that is legal. Water Enterprises funds must go to either pay to reduce water rates or upgrades of the water system not to go to the general fund where it could be used to purchase more clutter for the auditorium atrium. Or pay community center expenses arising out of the question,  should the kitchen be next to the bar or should it be close to the fire exit.

The date for the Special Meeting in December was set for December 9, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

Updates and reminders:

One reminder was missing, Item V as in the appearance in court for Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens for Violation of state and local Liquor laws. December 5, 2019, Union County Magistrate Court at 9:00 a.m. to answer the complaint with fines and fees.

Agenda Item #14– City Website- Still dinkin’ with the city website first voted and around $1500 was appropriate for its design and implementation. I told the council the South Dakota Municipal League would help set up our website as we are members of the SDML. Mayor Glas mumbled something about open meeting. Since I was (hearsay) accused of setting the council up in the ballot box violation complaint and that I should have said something. First I did not know at the time and Every time I try to advise when the council is erring, I get shut down and ignored just as I did last night when I spoke up about the South Dakota Municipal League.

Agenda Item #18 Executive Session at 7:57 p.m. to discuss Personnel-H-m-m  At 8:21 p.m. the meeting was declared open and the council accepted the resignation of Librarian Dee Cole and Curtis Saugstad.

Agenda Item #19 Adjournment- Meeting was adjourned at 8:23 p.m.