08/16/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

“Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching–even when doing the wrong thing is legal.”

(Aldo Leopold)

Mayor Haeder called the August 16, 2021,  Alcester City Council meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Council members present were Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilwoman  Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Brian Johnson, Councilman Curtis Keiser (via telephonic participation), Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson with Councilwoman Darla Reppe running late.

Approval of the agenda was called (01:36:.00) and so begins what felt like a quadrimular city council meeting.  There should have been a scoreboard to determine which goal post the mayor and his minions were heading for.  The agenda had some problems, City Attorney Sam wanted the discussion of the nuisance property located at 307 Iowa street to happen in executive session (01:48.37).  Now this property has been on the agenda for the past year in various stages of discussion and mediation.  Now it needs an executive session for legal counsel?  So agenda item 7(a) needs executive session.  Okay.  Motion is made to approve the agenda by adding an executive session to deal with agenda item 7(a).  Motion is made, seconded and further discussion is called.  Yup and so it begins.  City Attorney Sam says, “well we could move that executive session on to agenda item #12 (a) (the perennial just-in-case executive session usually held for personnel)  Mayor thinks that is a great idea.  So now do we amend the amendment, start over or do we consult a parliamentarian ’cause we do not have one of those on the payroll.  Mayor called for vote (02:35.47)  Now is the time for the Parliamentary purge (03:40.47)

Now that other shortfalls of the agenda items list (specifically all those pesky ordinance language) have been effectively obscured, the vote is taken. (04:58.70) Yay!

Agenda Item #4 is called and Mayor Haeder is already cringing. 

I had input, I asked where is my FOIA/Sunshine request from several months ago?  The context of this request for information relates to those properties located in residential areas but are nothing more than storage garages.  Are they using water and are they paying for the water?  Some are, some are not and it appears it is at the ‘discretion’ of the FO and wonder-of-wonders she has property contained within that request.  She has determined this is Top-Secret-Personal information, just as she did with the over-hanging tree citations and refused to comply.  We’ll see.

I had a second subject of input which dealt with 2021-11 the Golf Cart ordinance.(08:58.50)  This ordinance is a joke in that it accomplished absolutely nothing. No penalties and no procedurals for our law enforcement and citation purposes.  Language wording makes the assumption that an adult is the operator of the golf cart.   Please note the language of Ordinance 7.0902 being repealed:  Golf Cart* Operation.  golf carts shall not be allowed to operate within the City excepted as authorized by state statute or by this Chapter.  Golf carts properly permitted pursuant to this Chapter shall be allowed to travel on the roadway portion of public streets, alleys, and other roadways within the City except those highways where golf carts are prohibited by state statute.  An operator of a golf cart shall comply with all City and state traffic rules and regulations applying to vehicles generally, and except that a golf cart shall not be required to have a bell, horn, or directional signals.   

Now compare the language of the New ordinance:  7.0902  Golf Cart* Operation.  Golf carts shall not be allowed to operate within the City except as authorized by state statute or by this Chapter.  Golf Carts properly permitted pursuant to this Chapter shall be allowed to travel on the roadway portion of public streets, alleys and other roadways within the City except those highways where golf carts are prohibited by state statute.  An operator of a golf cart shall comply with all City and state traffic rules and regulations applying to vehicles. (10:34.23) (11:43.23)

*SDLRC  32-14-13 –  Golf cart defined.  For the purposes of §§32-14-14 to 32-14-16 inclusive, the term, golf cart means a four wheeled vehicle originally and specifically designed and intended to transport one or more individuals and golf clubs for the purpose of playing the game of golf on a golf course.  (11:53.37)

*SDCL §58-23-9 – Motor vehicle defined.  For the purposes of § 58-23-8, the term, motor vehicle, means automobiles, motor trucks, motorcycles, and all vehicles propelled by power other than muscular power and designed primarily for travel on the public highway except traction engines, road rollers, farm wagons, freight trailers, house trailers, trailers, vehicles that run only on rails or tracks, and off-road vehicles as defined in § 32-3-1. However, a vehicle not designed for travel on the public highway that is licensed is a motor vehicle for purposes of § 58-23-8. Freight trailers, house trailers, and trailers which are attached to a motor vehicle are part of that motor vehicle. ( Casetext – current with changes from 2021 Legislative Session) (11:53.37)

COUNCILWOMAN TALBOTT  (12:22.57) Councilwoman Talbott stated she had received questions  why there has been no publication for the position of police officer after Chief Schuller was hired as Alcester Police Chief.  (12:32.50)

FO Jurrens response (12:32.50)    

Councilwoman Talbotts response “Two weeks”  (12:43.80) 

Chief Schuller stated he had requested AD COPY from FO Jurrens and got no response. (13:05.90) 

Chief Schuller stated he had written his own AD COPY for the position of police officer, submitted it for approval to Mayor Haeder.  Mayor Haeder approved Chief Schullers proposed AD COPY, so Chief Schuller submitted the AD COPY to FO Jurrens three times and still no response.  Councilwoman Talbott asked the question, “… so will that be getting done soon…?” (13:50.17) 

FO Jurrens whined “…Like I said, it was my intention to do it today…I’m sorry, but nothing about my day was normal today…I’m just one person…” (13:56.17) 

Councilwoman Talbot said, “You know…and I get that but I also get he’s (Chief Schuller) is one person…” (14:06.13) 

Councilwoman Talbott states further, “That is why we need to get something done before he does what our prior chief had to do…” (14:20.03) 

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples  speaks to the Bar door which has not arrived yet.

Wanda Halverson speaks to the Chamber of Commerce Football book fund raiser.

Councilwoman Darla Reppe spoke of the opportunity to obtain a very early edition of an abstract of Alcester.

 Agenda Item #5 – Wastewater Facility – Presentation of Ms. Leslie Mastrioanni Planner II SECOG (Southeastern Council of Government) regarding funding of the new Wastewater Facility.  Resolution 2021-14 dealt with a vote to move forward on a possible addition of CDBG funding of this project.  No action was taken at this time.

At this point Councilman Keiser’s phone went off-line for the balance of the meeting. 6:40 PM

Agenda Item #6 – Medical Cannabis licensing 2021-16 and zoning 2021-17  Setting up public meetings of the city council and the zoning and planning committee.  The Planning and Zoning committee at this point in time is made up of the entire membership of the Alcester City Council which is problematic in many ways.  The public would be better served if our Planning and Zoning were made of three council members and three regular citizens who own property in Alcester.

2021-16 Licensing of Medical Cannabis was first up, however after the motion and a second to the motion it was determined there was a public hearing time frame issue. Mayor Haeder determined since there was a motion and a second on the floor it would be proper to vote on the issue and with a consensus to vote against the issue and re-do the motion involving both 2021-16 and 2021-17.  So a vote was taken and with a vote of five (5) nays the issue failed.  Again no parliamentarian on site.   

The issue was re-introduced to make room for the time parameters for publication.  Too bad this was not addressed while the agenda was concocted.  Sloppy work.  So the public hearing was set for September 7, 2021, P&Z hearing and recommendation at 6:15 PM with the public hearing of the Alcester City Council meeting to commence at 7:00 to consider the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning committee which is de facto the City Council.  “Hey Abbot   Who is on First? ” 

Agenda Item #7 – Ordinance Galore.

2021-11  –  Golf Carts –  Approved First reading.

2021-12  –  Parking  – Approve Second reading.

2021-13  –  Penalty of Offenses – Approve Second reading.

2021-14  –  Resolution Funding Wastewater Treatment Facility – No Action Taken

2021-15  –  Variance simplification to aid in quid pro quo (my definition) First read

2021-16  –  Licensing Medical Cannabis  public hearing

2021-17  –  Zoning Medical Cannabis public hearing

                – Ordinance update Title 3  Garbage – not ready for discussion

2021-18  –  Resolution amending policy 7.2 Vacation time 

Agenda Item #8 – Committee Updates

Streets – Okay

Pool – Possible Liner Leak

Cemetery – Again no weeding done

Water/wastewater- rusting pipes connect water source to our water tower.  Hard estimate to fix $60K

Police – Need for Officer –  Mayor opines about Sheriff’s Department (1:31:10.50)

Library – Board member resignation

Golf Course – none

Finance Officer – Budget not ready but it is her hope she will have it sometime later September.  Usually due by September 1.  So why the delay in the budget? (1:37:48.97)

Agenda Item #9 – Finance Office

Updates  Question asked about Direct Deposit of Payroll.  (1:38:50.90)

FO Jurrens offers comment, “Not all city employees bank in Alcester” (1:40:20.03)  FOJurrens opines employees must bank in Alcester, not true.  It is all in the routing numbers!

Agenda Item #10 – Community Center – Sheetrock coming.

Agenda Item #11 – Fair Board Councilwoman Darla Reppe.

Agenda Item #12 – Executive Session

1-25-2.3  Legal Counsel  7:51 PM – 8:06 PM Council, Attorney Sam and FOPat

1-25-2.1  Personnel  8:07 PM -8:50 PM Council with Attorney Sam w/o FOPat A great deal of laughing and pacing in this session. H-m-m-m

Agenda Item #13 – Adjourn  8:51 PM

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                             605-934-2287      605-770-7929

Councilman David Larsen                  605-934-2434

Councilwoman Darla Reppe               605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot              605-254-3074

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples  

Councilman Brian Johnson               605-214-0282

Councilman Curtis Keiser                  605-214-7604

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

08/09/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

LEARNING LESSONS THROUGH LIFE EXPERIENCES AND FORMAL SCHOOLING.

In my August 6, 2021, Voice From the Gallery, I presented a Judgement Test which was given to me as an assignment during my senior year of college. The class was given three anonymous case studies which we were to read and determine whether the individual described would be functioning as Gifted, Average-Normal, Psychotic, Delinquent or Mentally Deficient in five years. Our assignment was to write our prediction after each blind Case study. After we had made our predictions and handed in the assignment, we were given the identities. I promised I would reveal the identities today, so as promised here are the identities I received back then

Case 1

Eleanor Roosevelt

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Girl, age sixteen, orphaned, willed to custody of grandmother, by mother, who separated from alcoholic husband, now decease.  Mother rejected the homely child, who has been proven to lie and to steal sweets.  Swallowed penny to attract attention at five.  Father was fond child.  Child lived in fantasy as the mistress of Father’s household for years.  Four  young uncles and aunts in household cannot be managed by the grandmother, who is widowed.  Young uncle drinks; has left home without telling the grandmother his destination.  Aunt, emotional over love affair, locks self in room.  Grandmother resolves to be more strict with granddaughter since she fears she has failed with own children.  Dresses granddaughter oddly.  Refused to let her have playmates, put her in braces to keep her straight.  Did not send her to grade school.  Aunt on paternal side of family crippled;  uncle asthmatic.

Circle your prediction

Gifted     Average-Normal      Psychotic,       Delinquent,          Mentally Deficient

Case 2

Albert Einstein

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity

Boy, senior year in secondary school, has obtained certificate from physician stating that nervous breakdown makes it necessary for him to leave school for six months.  Boy not a good all-around student has no friends, -teachers find him a problem- spoke late-father ashamed of son’s lack of athletic ability-poor judgment to school.  Boy has odd mannerisms, makes up own religion, chants hymns to himself-parents regard him as “different”

Circle your prediction

Gifted      Average-Normal     Psychotic,    Delinquent,    Mentally Deficient

Case 3

Dwight D. Eisenhower

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight-it is the size of the fight in the dog.

Boy, age six, head large at birth,  Thought to have had brain fever.  Three siblings died before his birth.  Mother does not agree with relatives and neighbors that this child is probably abnormal.  Child sent to school- diagnosed as mentally ill by teacher.  Mother is angry-withdraws child from school, says she will teach him herself.

Circle your prediction

Gifted        Average-Normal      Psychotic     Delinquent        Mentally Deficient.





If we were judged as the three individuals were, what would we become? 

 Who were they and what happened to them?

I think the names should be familiar enough to answer both questions.

What lessons do we take from our judgments of all we encounter?

Out of my predictions in that assignment based upon the information I was given, I only managed to get just one of the three correct. I would point out after decades of lessons, I have learned each one of those five listed labels, could be equally and accurately applied to any us at any point of our lives. It is the lessons we take from each event in our lives which shape how we react and the length of time we hold onto that reaction. Every moment of our lives is a learning opportunity. As each one of the individuals described in the Case studies above answered their call when opportunity knocked, so should we!

08/06/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

LEARNING LESSONS THROUGH LIFE EXPERIENCES AND FORMAL SCHOOLING.

As my life advances, little tidbits I have picked up along the way creep their way back into my memory.  Some of these life experiences I have shared with students when I was a substitute teacher in an effort to show learning is a process to be enjoyed. I was careful not to share certain escapades because while they were amusing, the students should learn from the lessons I learned and not emulate the circumstances of the lesson.

Lesson Definitions

Type of Lesson:   class room, lecture, session, tutorial, seminar, and period

Example of Lesson:  By Example, via message, through morals and as warnings

These are the lessons taught by parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, peers, and personal experiences bad and good.  This is how we learn and amuse ourselves at the path our learning follows.

As a pre-school child I learned lessons primarily by experiences and attempts by my parents to keep me safe. 

Experience – I learned about physics with the use of a Radio Flyer Wagon, an old bedspread and two boards with 1/2 inch nails in them and a trip down a hill.  The purpose was pure in heart, but I failed to understand the old bedspread will push the two boards with nails pointed to the front of  the Radio Flyer Wagon as it slopes down a hill and that one really shouldn’t jump butt first into the wagon to ride it down the hill.  When the wagon came to a stop, I still remember seeing my shadow with two boards ‘nailed’ securely to my butt. 

Lecture – Parental question after the boards were pried from my butt and Iodine was being applied to the eight nail holes in said butt, “Vickie what were you thinking?”  Well truth be told, I was thinking about a fun ride down the hill before I leaped onto the wagon. 

Tutorial  – Medical question upon my visit to the doctor for a tetanus shot in the butt, “Vickie what were you thinking?”  I was still thinking about a fun ride down the hill, but it would have been nicer had I not punched eight, no nine holes in my backside.

LESSON LEARNED – DO NOT SIT ON NAILS!

When I entered school I was surrounded by teachers, fellow students, a principle and a superintendent, and so I was introduced to the workings of the rest of the world.  Rules, consequences and so forth. 

As an undersized kindergartener, I learned it was not acceptable to poke a second grader in the nose for his bullying. As a fourth grader it was not acceptable to react aggressively when my cousin shoved purple tempura paint into my mouth ( I managed to escape a visit with the principal on that one). That same year I slid down the wooden, two-storied toboggan slide in the summer in a cardboard box. I climbed inside a tractor tire at the invitation of a neighbor-boy who rolled me (still inside the tire) down the bank toward East Lake Okoboji. Self preservation kicked in so I stuck my arm out to stop the speeding tire and quickly realized that strategy would not work. I finally threw myself sideways, tipped the tire over and experienced what the physical movement of dropping a coin on a flat surface called “spolling” was like.    Again I learned much about physics, problem-solving, and psychology without formal training. 

Experience – I learned first hand experience ‘spolling’ and the laws of motion

Lecture – The only witnesses were my partners in learning crime,

Tutorial Luckily there were no trips to the doctor or the school ‘Office’ 

LESSON LEARNED –  IT WOULD HAVE BEEN EASIER TO HAVE READ WHAT LEONARD EULER AND ISAAC NEWTON HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE ‘SPOLLING’. 

Who says you cannot learn from the old guys or watch a YouTube video. See (Youtube.com/watch?v=Sm96UC6O8Kw)  I do have to admit the experience was fun. By the way my birth surname was Newton. I just purely-by-accident experimented with those ‘laws of motion’ great-great Uncle Isaac philosophised over.

My next life experience was the mile-stone of taking driver’s training and getting my driving permit.  Again I did not use this experience in class for the obvious reasons.  While I took my driver’s education in Iowa, Mr. Sievert would not have appreciated my tale of hands-on-driving tutelage being shared.  The tale begins with a day of driving the Iowa Great Lakes area during tourist season.  We had two driver’s education cars that fine day (one instructor and three student drivers per car) and we were practicing the fine art of passing each other that fateful day on a back two lane road between Spirit Lake and Arnolds Park.  The speed limit was 70 mph and there was a double ESS curve that could have served as a training course for a grand prix.  The curves were banked, elevation changed two or three times and most important to this tale, the double ESS curve was not marked as “NO PASSING”.  The fateful instructions from my instructor, Mr. Woods as I slid under the wheel of the driver’s education car? “Pass when it is clear”, which probably needed more clarification for a fourteen year old.

It was clear and remained clear, as I headed into the first phase of the curve which involved an outside, uphill curve which bent to the right and down grade. I increased my speed to move out and around the other driver’s education car ahead of me.  When I moved around the other driver’s education car, I beeped the horn twice as I had been taught. I moved into the oncoming traffic lane to pass.  When I sounded the beep-beep, the other driver’s education car student driver suddenly moved to her left so I moved higher on the outside of the curve and I held my position, speed and passed her. I moved back into the right-hand lane, moving down grade to the inside curve and straightened out.  As this movement was taking place, I remember hearing a gasp from Mr. Woods. As I straightened out, Mr. Woods told me to pull over. I pulled over and the other driver’s education car parked in behind me.  I turned and asked Mr. Wood, “did I do something wrong?”  He took a long ‘breath-catching’ pause and told me, “No, you certainly have good control”  He got out of our driver’s education car, walked back to the other drivers education car and stood there an awfully long time speaking with the other driver’s education instructor. 

Experience – personal,

Lecture – None amazingly.

Tutorial/Message – Do not do as I did but think about the consequences.  One rider (sorry for the pun) to this experience, I was placed into another town’s driver’s education car because there were two of us who would use what was called the “passing gear” and so we were set passing each other during our remaining driver’s education time at the legal posted speeds.

LESSON LEARNED – LISTEN TO AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS, BUT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE OF SEMANTICS.  KNOW THE DIFFERENCE OF WHAT IS SAID IS NOT NECESSARY WHAT IS MEANT.





As I matured, on September 18, 1974, a senior in college I received an assignment to complete.   This Lesson was titled A Judgment Test.  Find the text below:

A JUDGMENT TEST

Below are listed three true case studies of young people.  In five years do you predict they will be functioning as Gifted, Average-Normal, Psychotic, Delinquent or Mentally Deficient persons?  Write your prediction after each case study.

Case 1

Girl, age sixteen, orphaned, willed to custody of grandmother, by mother, who separated from alcoholic husband, now decease.  Mother rejected the homely child, who has been proven to lie and to steal sweets.  Swallowed penny to attract attention at five.  Father was fond child.  Child lived in fantasy as the mistress of Father’s household for years.  Four  young uncles and aunts in household cannot be managed by the grandmother, who is widowed.  Young uncle drinks; has left home without telling the grandmother his destination.  Aunt, emotional over love affair, locks self in room.  Grandmother resolves to be more strict with granddaughter since she fears she has failed with own children.  Dresses granddaughter oddly.  Refused to let her have playmates, put her in braces to keep her straight.  Did not send her to grade school.  Aunt on paternal side of family crippled;  uncle asthmatic.

Circle your prediction

Gifted     Average-Normal      Psychotic,       Delinquent,          Mentally Deficient

Case 2

Boy, senior year in secondary school, has obtained certificate from physician stating that nervous breakdown makes it necessary for him to leave school for six months.  Boy not a good all-around student has no friends, -teachers find him a problem- spoke late-father ashamed of son’s lack of athletic ability-poor judgment to school.  Boy has odd mannerisms, makes up own religion, chants hymns to himself-parents regard him as “different”

Circle your prediction

Gifted      Average-Normal     Psychotic,    Delinquent,    Mentally Deficient

Case 3

Boy, age six, head large at birth,  Thought to have had brain fever.  Threesiblings died before his birth.  Mother does not agree with relatives and neighbors that this child is probably abnormal.  Child sent to school- diagnosed as mentally ill by teacher.  Mother is angry-withdraws child from school, says she will teach him herself.

Circle your prediction

Gifted        Average-Normal      Psychotic     Delinquent        Mentally Deficient.





If we were judged as the three individuals were, what would we become? 



 Who were they and what happened to them?

Answers on 08/09/2021



What lessons do we take from our judgments of all we encounter?

08/02/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

A bad manager can cause the best employees to flee and the remaining employees to lose all motivation.

Mayor Haeder called the August 2, 2021,  City Council meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Council members present were Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilwoman  Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Brian Johnson, Councilman Curtis Keiser (via telephonic participation) and Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson.

          Agenda Item #3 – Approval of the Agenda.  Mayor Haeder called for approval of the agenda.  The agenda was approved with deletion of agenda item (c) and agenda item (f) changes to Agenda Item #10.  Hey I have a question, so the meeting in September is scheduled for September 7, 2021, and according to

SDCL 9-22-23 Annual estimate by auditor or clerk of expenses and revenue.

The auditor or clerk shall report annually, on or before the first day of September, to the governing body an estimate of the expenses of the municipality and likewise the revenue necessary to be raised for the current year. In municipalities of the first and second class, the budget form shall be similar to that recommended in the municipal accounting manual provided by § 4-11-6.

          Agenda Item #4 – Approval of the Minutes of the July 19, 2021, and July 26,2021, meetings.  Mayor Haeder called for approval of the July 19th and July 26th council meeting with the minutes of those meetings approved as presented.

          Agenda Item #5 – Public Input

I started out asking (for the third time) for Sunshine on certain water bills on non-residential buildings in residential zones.

Mike Bucholz made a complaint against Mayor Haeder and FO Patricia Jurrens (00:06:28.37)  Mr. Bucholz had and continues to be harassed by FO Jurrens with regard to his camper parked in the street.  FO Patricia Jurrens commanded the unit be ticketed and towed.  Mr. Bucholz presented three examples of camper trailers parked on Broad Street since June 14, 2021, asking FO Jurrens, “who owns those campers?”   FO Jurrens did not respond, once again Mr. Bucholz posed the question, “Who owns the camper at 4th and Broad?” and again FO Jurrens would not respond.  Mr. Bucholz stated the camper at 4th and Broad registered owner’s name was Jurrens. (00:07:49.40)  Imagine that!

A gentleman shared his feelings on the upcoming Liquor License and gave support to Acting Police Chief Austin Schuller.  I must apologise, I failed to get the name of this gentlemen.  I would suggest the council ask each person responding with input to give their name.

Another gentleman introduced himself as Eric MacMuller (sp) of Total Stop shared input concerning the Liquor License.

With no further input, this ended the public input until Agenda Item #8 Public Hearing on the Off -Sale Alcohol License for Total Stop scheduled at 6:15 p.m.

          Agenda Item #6 – DANR (Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources-2020 merger of Department of Agriculture and DENR (Department of Energy and Natural Resources) Award Certificates to Dale Pearson and Lonnie Johnson.

          Agenda Item #7 – September Council Meeting rescheduled to September 7, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.   Council approved unanimously to this change.

          Agenda Item #8 – Public Hearing  6:15 p.m.   (00:17:11:60) Hearing on granting an Off-Sale Liquor License to Total Stop.  Mayor Haeder polled the council regarding constituent reactions.  Councilwoman Linda Talbott reported her constituents were against the license grant.  Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples reported her constituents were against the license grant. Remarks and opinions were reported by Kama Johnson-Alcester Bar Employee, Teresa Deem-Alcester Bar Operator, Sherry Total Stop Operations Manager, Joe Constance-interested party, I – Vickie Larsen asked the question was the liquor mark-up going to be applied equitably to Alcester Bar, Total Stop and the Golf Course/Community Building?  Point of information here, the city of Alcester owns the building which houses the Alcester Bar.  This building is leased by the City of Alcester to Deem Enterprises, LLC which operates a bar carrying the name Alcester Bar.

After public comment was complete, Mayor Haeder called for a motion and upon failure to receive a motion to grant, the question died due to lack of motion.

          Agenda Item #9 – Medical Cannabis – Discussion took place on the questions of a Licensing Ordinance and a Restrictive Zoning Ordinance. 

          Agenda Item #10 – Legal Updates

          a)  Nuisance property-still in the works

          b) Vacation of Alley-city cannot abandon by ordinance.  (see Chapter 9-45-7 through 9-45-15) and for an interesting read check out (Chapter 9-45-20 and Chapter 9-45-24)

          c) Garbage – (not ready for consumption…O lord did I just type that?)  Garbage needs more work (still on a roll, guess I will move on).

          d) Ordinance -update of Tile 5, Chapter 5.01 Offenses Against Public Welfare- 2021-13 An ORDINANCE AMENDING THE REVISED MUNICPAL ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF ALCESTER, SOUTH DAKOTA, TITLE 5-OFFESNCES, CHAPTER 5.01 OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC WELFARE, SECTION 5.0108 PENALTY.  5.0108 Penalty    A violation of this Chapter shall be shall be punishable for a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00), for each offense.   Folks setting aside rule #1 of writing Ordinance, Thou shall proof-read what thou wrote.

           Ordinance Update of Title 7 – Chapter 7.05 Parking, Stopping. 2021-12  AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE REVISED MUNICIPAL ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF ALCESTER, SOUTH DAKOTA, TITLE 7, TRAFFIC CODE, CHAPTER 7.05 PARKING, STOPPING, SECTION 7.0501- PARKING PROHIBITED IN CERTAIN PLACES.  7.0501 (J)

          Folks trying to decipher all the meanderings of legal language from eight different sources and one bookkeeper was nigh unto impossible to keep up with.  So with a phrase here and a phrase there, here a phrase, there a phrase an ordinance was cobbled together enough to earn a first reading.  What is a goat rodeo without a bathroom break!  Oh listen to the Bookkeeper push her agenda (01:30:31:33)  Say, you do realize that a car parked across the sidewalk on Iowa Street is unlawful and that is an ongoing illegal action.

          f) Resolution Personnel Policy Manual, Policy 7 – Leave of Absence Section 7.02(a) Vacation Leave.  Folks this one was not ready for consumption, either.

          Agenda Item #11 Police Department– Call for a motion to go into Executive Session SDCL 1-25-2.1 Personnel, For as many times SDCL 1-25-2.1 has been used in the past eight years the council should know SDCL 1-25-2.1 by heart.  At 7:38 p.m. the council went into Executive Session, at which point the gallery which included Wanda Halverson, Melissa Kay with her phone contact Marcus Ireland, Gordon Richards, Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens and Kerry Hedden moved to the hallway, leaving City Attorney Sam Nelson and Police Chief Austin Schuller in the closed session.  At 8:00 p.m. the council was called back into session where Interim Police Chief Austin Schuller was hired as Full Police Chief with a salary of $23.00/hour dating back to June 5, 2021.   Next item of Police Department business was to publish an ad for police officer.  Wording of the advertisement was reserved by Police Chief Schuller with the approval of the City Council. (01:45:18:70)

          Agenda Item #12 Committee Chairperson Updates

          a) Street committee update – none

          b) Pool committee- Councilwoman Reppe related a disciplinary incident with a group of boys.  Hey Melissa 0616 I did turn to see your face, so did ya catch the exasperated comment made. (01:52:00.00)  So are ya gonna spend two days a writin’ about that comment like ya did with me in your Confidential Memorandum?

          c) Cemetery committee-  Pine tree fatalities which appear to be lack of attention.

          d) Water-wastewater committee – none

          e) Police/Public Safety Committee -statistics report

          f) Library -Library Board member resigned

          g) Golf Course – given by Councilman David Larsen

          Agenda Item #13 – Finance Office

Call for approval of warrants for the July Warrants- which were duly approved with no questions.

          Agenda Item #14 – Community Center  There will be a employment booth at the Fair.

          Agenda Item #15 – Fair Board – Councilwoman Darla Reppe  The City Float was brought up and touted by FOPat.  Not a lot of interest among the Council to sit in a golf cart parade.

          Agenda Item #16 – Executive Session (if needed) Nope,  not yet anyway.

          Agenda Item #17 – Adjourn Call for adjournment with vote, council adjourned at 8:31 p.m.

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                       605-934-2287      605-770-7929

Councilman David Larsen            605-934-2434

Councilwoman Darla Reppe         605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot         605-254-3074

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples  

Councilman Brian Johnson           605-214-0282

Councilman Curtis Keiser             605-214-7604

Patricia Jurrens                             605-934-2517