04/05/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

“Don’t lie to me unless you’re absolutely sure that I will never find out the truth”

(ongoing criminality?)

Mayor Dan Haeder called the April 5, 2021, city council meeting to order with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Council members present were Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, and City Attorney Sam Nelson with Councilwoman Melissa Kay with Councilman Marcus Ireland participating via telephone. 

Agenda Item #3 – Mayor Haeder called for Approval of the Agenda.

Mistake #1 – Agenda Item #6 should never had been on the list, given the identity of  the Ward III Candidate.

Agenda Item #4 – Approval of March 1, 2021, and March 15, 2021, council minutes.  Approve without change.

Agenda Item #5 – Public Input –  Vickie Larsen brought up the #1- need for a storm shelter replacement.  The city instituted a storm shelter at the auditorium and when they sold the building they had an obligation to find a suitable alternative in my opinion; #2 –  improperness of alderman interviews before the first May meeting (little did I know all the facts on that one) (0:04:32.42); #3 – the custom computer and Finance Officer Patricia Jurren’s contention the custom computer is an IBM clone.  All computers after IBM could be described as clones (0:04:55.60)   Below you find the product of my FOIA/Sunshine request of February 17, 2021, regarding the custom computer, take special note of the scrawled notations on the invoice page and the costs. Folks I did not received any answer to my questions during or after my input.

Agenda Item #4 – 4th graders driving golf carts in the cemetery; #5 – tracking water usage of the Alcester Fire Department and an apparent personal use of free (straight off the backs of the Alcester taxpayers); and Finally #6 – the failure of Sunnyside Storage to complete a retaining wall on the south edge of their property on Sixth street.

Agenda Item #6 – Executive Session – Interview pursuant of SDCL 1-25-2-1 Alderman Interview with a motion to approve Ward III Alderman, term until next election.  Who put this on the agenda FOPat or the real mayor.  I had already raised the question of the error in procedure.  At Councilwoman Melissa Kay’s instigation with the active participation of City Attorney Sam Nelson and council actively disenfranchised Ward III residents by terminating a valid appointed councilwoman fulfilling her oath of office. Councilwoman Melissa Kay, City Attorney and the council continued their deliberate participation of the Ward III disenfranchisement by failing to seat a replacement from October 5, 2021, to April 5, 2021.  Now after discussion among the council, the city attorney and Mayor Haeder and without naming the candidate, the group decided by consensus to delay any appointments to the Ward III seat to the May 3, 2021, meeting.  I wondered why the rush to seat a Ward III council person before the proper time.  There was a guy seated behind me and of whose identity I was blissfully unaware.  Mayor Haeder looked around me and ask if the person who was going to be interviewed could make the May 3 meeting and received an affirmative response from the guy behind me. Had the council continued under FOPat’s thumb-print pressure, this individual would have been seated and able to vote on futher ward openings. Guess What, I have since learned the identity of the guy, and wonder-of-wonder it is none other than Dale Jurrens.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  What part of CONFLICT of INTEREST do you not get?  So tell me, (and we are likely to surpass the Armstrong, Iowa, story here) if the Finance Officer is sleeping with her Alderman does that count as overtime or does that qualify as merit pay?  And is that for one or both of them.  How does the city insurance work, do they both get insurance paid?  Does FOPat give him orders or as Ward III council person does Councilman Dalie give her orders?  So if there is a spat between FOPat and Councilman ‘Dalie’, do we have to pay City Attorney Sam Nelson to arbitrate and who pays that bill? Just askin’.

Agenda Item #7 – Paint South Dakota – No volunteers project dropped.

Agenda Item #8 – Legal – Sam Nelson  Mr. Nelson dealt with the property nuisance issues, and brought up two legislative issues.  One pertinent to Alcester is HB 1084 dealing with covenants (0:14:07.07) (0:15:29.07)where the time has been extended to 40 years to protect homeowners from sh*thousers.  City Attorney Sam says this does not apply to the variances given by Pat to her buds Lance, Mike and etc.  I disagree. Keep in mind here that FOPat and then-Ward III councilman Lance Johnson went to seek the counsel of Mike McGill fellow Beresford Lawyer to none other than our Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson and I do believe upon Mr. Nelson’s recommendation. Isn’t that nice? “…We are all on one team…” except when it comes to protecting our property values from being decimated by barns/garages, sh*t house steel mansions and infected alien attorneys.

Agenda Item #9 – Department Head Updates –

No Dept. head from Streets;

No Dept. head from Water/wastewater but had input from FOPat who stated water is a enterprise fund and the city it to make money off our water.  (01:29:15.97)  Return to my input on the water usage by the Fire Department.  Folks the city (the residents of Alcester) pay for the water from Southern Rural Water.  The city has allowed the fair to use water from the city at no cost, in fact they watered the fairgrounds to get the grass to grow a couple of years ago.  The city allows the Fire Department to use water without cost to fight fires, Okay.  But to fill personal swimming pools, not on your life.  So did Fire Chief Kast approve this?

No Dept. head from cemetery, Chief Jeff was present with his report, Councilman David Larsen gave report on the Golf Course and the library.  Committee Chairperson reports did not happen cause no committee chairs were prepared or present.

Agenda Item #10 – Post Hole Digger – Motion to purchase a post hole digger from Axel Ericson for $1200.00 with three (3) attachments.  We now have the ‘tools’ to dig post holes.

Agenda Item #11– Ordinance/Policy Clarifications – This involves interpretations of parking Chapter 7.05  (0:43:11.47) (0:43:24.23)  and (1:00:07.9)

Agenda Item #12 – Re-Evaluation 2021-03 Face Coverings – no action needed

Agenda Item #14 – Water Meter Installation discussion of fees. (1:29:15.97)

Agenda Item #15 – Gravely Mower (1:47:39.10) FO Pat took it upon herself to have the mower put into the discard bin for scrap value.  (1:48:11.07) the bin is gone according to report.  FO Pat made the decision to surplus the mower WITHOUT council approval.  So who is Mayor?  The city bookkeeper is not the mayor nor is she a member of the council.  Apparently FOPat does not think she needs council approval of disposal of city property.

Agenda Item #16 – Life Guard certification pay back.  Given what I am hearing about paychecks, I wish the lifeguards good luck in getting reimbursement from the finance officer in a timely manner.

Agenda Item #17 – Sirens tested and will have a statewide tornado drill on April 21.

Agenda Item #18 – Finance Office Updates

Evidently the city is no longer using a direct deposit service for the employees and as I understand it the mayor cannot seem to sign the payroll checks in a timely manner.

Agenda Item #19 – Community center Update.

Agenda Item #20 – Fair board Update.

Agenda Item #21 – Executive Session if needed, it was not.  Fancy that!

Agenda Item #22 – Adjourn  8:22 P.M.

KARMA

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                   605-934-2287

Councilman David Larsen        605-934-2434

Councilwoman Melissa Kay     712-557-0689

Councilwoman Darla Reppe    605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot    605-934-1849

Councilman Marcus Ireland     605-370-1193