08/03/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

Mayor Dan Haeder opened the August 3, 2020,  meeting of the Alcester City Council at 6:00 p.m. with council members David Larsen, Darla Reppe, Linda Talbott, Vickie Larsen and City Attorney Sam Nelson present in the new city council room on 500 Dakota Street with council members Marcus Ireland and Melissa Kay remotely present via telephone.

The group recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Agenda Item #4approval of the minutes for July 6th and July 20, 2020, were approved as presented via roll call vote.  Roll call vote was used due to the fact two of the council were taking part via telephone. 

Agenda Item #5-Mayor Haeder presented the council with the revised 2020-2021 Council committee assignments.

Agenda Item #6-was called with no public input.

Agenda Item #7-Street Updates- Lonnie Johnson was not present.

Agenda Item #8-Pool Update-some where the water was left on so there was water over run of the pool.

Agenda Item #9-Water/wastewater Updates- There was a waterline break due to movement of a mobile home move.  Water availability was shut off/ interrupted to several mobiles homes and adjacent homes.  Water was restored to patrons by Monday.

          Discussion on the upgrade of the wastewater plant and the need for a rate  increase to facilitate the grant needed for the upgrade.  Public hearing to take place September 8, 2020, in council room at 500 Dakota Street at 6:15 p.m.

Agenda Item #10-Police Department update.  Chief Christie explained to the council the method by which case numbers are assigned to any one particular call.  When the Alcester PD is called out, a number is assigned to that call.  If additional action is taken those may be assigned a number which would artificially inflate the number of calls.  So one call could contain more than one case number assignment, if I understood the process correctly.  For instance a public disturbance call could involve a domestic case, a public intox case, an assault case, a drug case and so forth.

          PD to move into their new building on Wednesday.

Agenda Item #11-Pleasant Hill Cemetery-No report other there was an issue with the mower.

Agenda Item #12– Golf Course

          Pump issue, silt in the pond issue around the intake pipe

          Library-Computer scanner UVC disinfectant device.

Agenda Item #13– Personnel Manual-Discussion-I listed items contained within the document that I felt needed to be addressed and adjusted for. As you will hear Sam opine no underlying concerns.  Since the document will be a resolution it can be amended.

Agenda Item #14– Legal Updates- None

Agenda Item #15-Executive session – None

Agenda Item #16 – Planning and Zoning Amendment Second Reading, needed for Ordinance 2020-08 to be in effect and facilitate movement of offices.

Agenda Item #17– Finance Office- Approval of warrants, records destruction to separate archival preservation from just out-of-date records.  School Sign-contribution from city-delay to make sure such a donation of tax dollars is allowed. Community Building closing date, Budget Committee meeting set for August 12, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

Agenda Item #18 HRC Update-Covenants and an interest in another lot sale.

Agenda Item #19– Fairboard

Agenda Item #20– Community Building Update- Notice that City Hall and the Fitness facility will move to 500 Dakota Street rather than be in the Community Building upon approval of the Development Board and Council.

Agenda Item #21-EMS Mr. Nohava met with the EMS group.

Agenda Item #22 Volunteer Roster-none

Agenda Item #23 – Executive Session – Not Needed

Agenda Item #24 – Adjournment 

                               Council adjourned at 7:55 p.m.