07/20/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

Mayor Dan Haeder opened the July 20, 2020, meeting of the Alcester City Council at 6:00 p.m. with council members David Larsen, Marcus Ireland, Darla Reppe, Linda Talbott, Melissa Kay and City Attorney Sam Nelson present.

The group recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Haeder called for approval of the agenda.  Agenda was approved as written without change

Agenda Item #4 – Alderman Vacancy  was called.  At this point there were no scheduled applicants until Vickie Larsen again submitted her name for consideration for Ward III seat placement.  At this point Executive Session was called for the interview process.  Ms. Larsen was amenable to open session questioning but the council felt more comfortable to go into executive session.  Executive session commenced at/around 6:10 p.m.  Ms. Larsen was excused at 6:18 p.m. for council discussion and the group resumed open session at 6:37 p.m.  Upon resumption of the meeting, I discovered my camera had not be shut down, so at that point and at the request of council members I cleared the memory card at that point which is the reason the video commences at the appointment part of the meeting.  I was sworn in and seated as the Ward III Council person at the council table.

Agenda Item #5 Public Input- I raised a concern about children playing on East Bound Sixth Street just below the hill.  Drivers traveling from the west, eastbound on sixth street cannot see the kids when they are just below the crest of the hill.

Agenda Item #6 Legal Updates which includes two properties in process of violations.  Other Code Enforcement letters have been sent out.

Agenda Item #7 Planning and Zoning Proposed Readings of Amendments to the Zoning Regulations.  2020-08 regarding a planned development District for the City of Alcester and 2020-09 regarding Residential District and permitted Uses.  Copies of which should be notices in the newspaper.

Agenda Item #8 Personnel Policy Manual-The 2020 revision version with adjustments in language, adjustments in policy and restatement of policy.  Still in the revision stage.

Agenda Item #9-Executive Session – Discussion of Contractual Matters.  Session began at 8:13 p.m. with exit from closed session at 8:45 p.m.

NOTE:  Video stops at this point because access logistics were not planned when I was seated.  I will try to make sure logistics will be corrected for video engage after executive session shut down in the future.

Agenda Item #10-Mayor and Alderman Salary Adjustment-  This discussion was briefly discussed and will be more fully discussed at the next meeting.

Agenda Item #11-USDA Loan Payoff  Pay off loan balance of $36K+ out cash funds.  Motion passed 4 ayes with one nay.

Agenda Item #12– Wastewater Surcharge or Rate increase- put off to next meeting and to hear options.

Agenda Item #13– Finance Office-Move day July 28-29 to old high school.

          Change council meeting date to September 8,2020.

          Declare items surplus

Agenda Item #14– Executive Session- Not needed

Agenda Item #15 – Adjourn    9:19 p.m.