02/05/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

Two things right off the bat.

First I must apologise for the lack of video, you cannot know how much I regret not checking for the danged memory card!!!

Second an update that the council agenda missed in the Finance Office Reminders and Updates. Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens Trial is still on for tomorrow February 6, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.

At the February 3, 2020, regular meeting of the Alcester City Council was called to order by Mayor Tom Glas at 6:00 p.m. with Councilman Dan Haeder, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Melissa Kay, Councilwoman Linda Talbott and Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson present. Alcester City Councilman Lance Johnson was absent.

The Council and gallery stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Agenda Item #3-Approve Agenda was called and approve unanimously.

Agenda Item #4-Approve the Minutes of January 6, 2020, and January 27, 2020, was called and again unanimously approved.

Agenda Item #5-Alcester EMS Update delivered by EMS President Jon Serck was called. In Mr. Serck’s presentation he gave an update the ambulance was down to three (3) EMT’s with one in the wings to be certified. Mr. Serck described to the council and gallery the need for EMT’s. He also announced that our Ambulance would be transporting only emergency calls, those emergency calls would be mandatorily delivered to the Hawarden Hospital until otherwise announced.

Agenda Item #6-Alcester Fire Department-Pat Kast Fire Chief requesting special alcohol permit and the change in date to Saturday, March 21, 2020, running from 3:00 p.m. to12:00 a.m. in the Alcester Fire Department. Fire Chief Kast’s request was approved unanimously.

Agenda Item #7-Public Input- I, Vickie Larsen addressed the council with comments regarding Alcester City Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens verbal attack on a person at their place of business regarding a circulation of petition, what was in the petition, what did it involve, who was circulating the petition and where was the petition. Folks this is at least a second report of Alcester City Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens verbally accosting people with regard to circulation of petitions. This is an illegal act due to the fact the Alcester City Finance Officer is the election official of the municipality of Alcester. It is my understanding the first time was FO Pat heard gossip there was a petition being circulated, she wanted to know who, what, where and expressed her desire to, “…tear it up…” It is my understanding the council became aware of the most recent violation of election issue. Which I imagine was dealt with or not dealt with in Executive Session.

Agenda Item #8-Legal Updates-Sam Nelson, Alcester City Attorney-

a)   ACA Nelson presented the City Council with copies of 2020 House Bill 1116 (revisions regarding the use of perpetual care trust funds to maintain cemeteries), 2020 House Bill 1120 (allowing second or third class municipalities to act as Planning and Zoning commissions), 2020 Senate Bill 61(revision of certain provisions regarding a municipal office nominating petitions) and 2020 Senate Bill 135 (bid limits of certain public improvements). I would like to thank ACA Nelson for giving me copies of those bills.

b)  Alcester Community Building-sealed Bid, Bid Opening March 2, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.

c) 2020 Chip Sealing and FDR Bid- Motion to approve advertising 2020 Chip Seal Bid and FDR (Full Depth and Reclamation) set for March 2, 2020 at 6:45 p.m. O-o-o-p-s FDR is no longer an option cause it seems Ol’- FDR with the snow, rain and subsequent wetness now resides in the storm sewer and in our street department’s considered opinion isn’t such a good idea after all. SO NOW WHAT? ACA Frieberg is working on the bid documents, work to be under $30K H-m-m if I remember accurately our annual (not for long) little ol’ street maintenance TAX garners somewhere around $37K per year. H-m-m.

Agenda Item #9– Ordinance Changes-

a) Second Reading of Ordinance 2020-01 – 1.0202 An Ordinance Amending the Existing Municipal Ordinances of the City of Alcester, South Dakota, Title 1, Chapter 1.02, Section 1.0202 Regular Meetings. Moving the regular meeting from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  IT seems the meetings are running past Mayor Glas’ bedtime. Oh by the way the Mayor was encouraged to read the Ordinance aloud, Yeah. If it would not have been cruel and unusual punishment on the gallery, I would have called for Mayor Glas to repeat the ordinance so the gallery could hear and understand the dyslexic pontification in the style of Comedian Norm Crosby Mayor Glas put out. No amount of better acoustics is going to cure that.

b) Second reading of Ordinance 2020-02 – 5.02 An Ordinance Amending the Existing Municipal Ordinance of the City of Alcester, South Dakota, Title 5, Chapter 5.02, Sections 5.0211, 5.0212, 5.0212A and 5.0213 Fluffy and Fido. Licensing Pussy Cats as well as Puppy Dogs. IT seem the ratio between pussie cats and Rats has dipped and Fluffy has worn out her welcome within the city. So the City is mandating a license to bell the cats so-to-speak.

Now folks let’s taking a look at this and apply a human element into this war on pussy cat Fluffy. IF Pussy Cat Fluffy lives within the city limits of Alcester she must be collared, belled, spayed and licensed. So begs the question, IF Pussy Cat Fluffy declares her residence OUTSIDE the city limits does she need to be collared, belled, spayed and licensed. She gets her mail via RFD but she does spend her days within the city limits earning her living.

So now the human element, City Council person is elected/appointed to Ward II, he must live, get his mail and sleep in Ward II, Right? But what if City Councilperson buys a house in Ward III and intends to live in said Ward III house, according to statute HE/SHE must resign from city Council because HE/SHE no longer lives in Ward II. SO what happens if he only sleeps in Ward II and does everything else in Ward III. H-m-m it is no wonder the City Council wants advice from BAMBEE HR of California!

Agenda Item #10-Nuisance Property Discussion

a) 210 Ofstad Update

307 Broad Street

Speaking of nuisances, What about the place on East Iowa across from Mayor Magoo where the owner parks the backend of her car across the sidewalk?

Speaking of nuisances-I suggest we Fire Geoff Fillingsness, follow the lead of Beresford and get rid of excess city baggage.

b) Water flowing off the City Owned Building (Bar) flowing through the city      owned alley and onto adjoining property adversely affected Arlene’s Cafe. The city owns the bar, run-off from the building and alley is adversely affecting the adjoining property owner. The fix is the financial responsibility of the city.

Agenda Item #12 Street Updates-Lonnie Johnson

The street department mentioned the Full Depth Reclamation issue and the Street Committee of Councilman Lance Johnson, Councilwoman Linda Talbott and Councilman Dan Haeder (hopefully I got the names recorded correctly) were going to contact Engineer Kim McLaury to get his opinion. When asked what McLaury’s qualifications were with regard to streets, I believe it was FO Pat who answered, “…well he owns his own company…” Yeah just a refresher course on Mr. McLaury’s expertise in engineering and I do not mean Thomas the Train Engine. Mr. McLaury’s engineering expertise the Alcester SRTS inflicted upon the city of Alcester where he designed an ADA Bridge traversing the horseshoe pit and alley through the park. Where the contractor had to go back in a raise the topography into the air almost at the same height as the swimming pool diving board because Mr. McLaury just could not seem to grasp the incline/slope into ADA regulations. I believe the cost overrun on that jewel of engineering was something like $20K which the city elected to kick over and pay. Got to wonder how much the fix for FDR is going to cost the city taxpayers. I swear it would be cheaper to add FDR to Mount Rushmore than cover FDR on our streets.

Agenda Item #14 Property Purchase 01.01.13.1040 Quam & Berglin Rentals $15,000 to come out of the second penny sales tax. There we go again, Mayor Glas and FO Pat working on Pay-Day Loans. It is to be noted here than Mr. Wegh does not mind an add-on garage to the building next to his establishment. Well evidently the Mayor Glas, FO Pat and Councilman Lance Johnson asked if Mr. Wegh would be bothered by a garage.  A courtesy they did not extend to the folks on Anderson Street.  Purchase was unanimously approved.

Agenda Item #17-Pleasant Hill Cemetery Update.-Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens

a) changing the signatories on the bank accounts which includes signers Mayor Glas, Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens, ASS’T Finance Officer Wanda Halverson, and Councilman Dan Haeder. Folks one work of caution on this acquisition, perpetual care carries a great deal of future debt. When the spaces are depleted, the money for care stops and becomes an obligation of all taxpayers.

Agenda Item #18 -Finance Office Updates-FO Pat

a) Warrants – Bills for condensing unit for the Bar-general fund

Bill for a Reznor Tube Heater city shop-general fund

Warrants approved unanimously

b) Tax Abatement-County gave us a refund and P-f-f-t it is gone.

c) City Utility Positions-Add a new FT job at $13.00/hour, city to hold interviews for candidates.

d) HR Services- Folks the city wants to contract out to Bambee HR, Los Angeles, CA to tell them how to deal with the city employees. Note here that not one (that I am aware) of the council members is a business owner who employees more than five employees. WOW Price Tag $500 up front audit of employees related expenses, re-write the personnel manual, $200/ month billing whether Bambee is used or not.   The reason, oh folks you are going to love this (and I wish I had this on video) the council is tired to paying out $125.00 per hour for advice from City Attorney Sam on their HR questions. Oh man you should have seen Sam’s face. DEJA VUE! Sam I hate to tell you, but you are not the first attorney Mayor Glas and FO Pat have done this to.  Folks you need to check out the Terms of Service of Bambee (https://www.bambee.com/legal/tos ) Evidently the council has not because they would not have been talking in the terms they discussed in front of the gallery. If the council carries though with the logic they discussed, they are going to be sued. I know Mayor Glas did not read them because I did not see a Dick and Jane Version of the Terms of Service on Bambee’s website.

Folks we are members of the South Dakota Municipal League, both Sam Nelson and Thomas Frieberg are lobbyists for the SDML, Alcester pays a membership fee which covers certain entitlements of membership so why in the world are they asking a California psychic HR for advice on South Dakota municipal employees. Granted both the state and the federal dictate rules and regulations over employees but still BAMBEE? Are ya kidding?

Agenda Item #18 (f) -Reminders and Updates.

Agenda Item #20 Community Center Update February 11, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. at the city auditorium. Evidently it is a come and go and of course scheduled off hours for anyone who works for a living. Nice timing, right. Let Mayor Glas know. Geez Louise, why 4:00 p.m.? Does it interfere with Mayor Glas’ early evening Nap?

Agenda Item #21-Update of Volunteer Roster

Names removed from EMS: Don Brose, Mike Burke, Nancee Cowell, Brandi Smith, Paula Wiberg. Names removed from FD Jesse Duncan and Ryan Micke

Agenda Item #22-Executive Session Personnel

Entered into Executive session at 8:06 p.m. with the Mayor Glas, City Council members, Larsen, Reppe, Haeder, Kay and Talbott, and Finance Office personnel Patricia Jurrens and ASS’T Finance Office personnel Wanda Halverson, Exited from Executive session at 8:23p.m.  Do you s’pose they discussed Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens illegal attack on a citizen over petitions?

Agenda Item #23-Adjourn

Council Adjourned at 8:24 p.m. early enough for Mayor Magoo to rush home and make his beddie-by time.

 

PS: “How to circulate a county or municipal Initiative or Referendum Petition” Steve Barnett-SD Secretary of State

elections@state.sd.us   

 www.sdsos.gov