02/21/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

“True Leaders should always practice the three R’s:  Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all their actions.”


          The February 21, 2022, city council meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance with council members responding Councilwoman Darle Reppe, Councilman Lukas Driesen, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples, Councilwoman Linda Talbott and Councilman David Larsen.  Absent was Alcester city attorney Sam Nelson.

          A note here, I was not present for this meeting.  I had a videographer make the video record of the meeting for me.  Processing took a bit longer than usual. Thank you Aaron.

          There are a few agenda items I would like to address. 

          Agenda Item #5 – public input was received by Rich Akland resident of Alcester (0:01:52.77).  Mr. Akland thanked Councilman Larsen for his efforts on the community center and golf course.  Although no mention was made concerning the wall cracks.  H-m-m and so it starts.  Mr. Akland also commented on Wanda, the face of city hall and how accommodating her demeanor was with the residents of Alcester.  Lastly Mr. Akland suggested a pickle ball court in the old school gym would be nice.  Councilman David Larsen (0:06:42.40) took time to thank Alcester Union-Hudsonite news reporter Gordon Richards for his coverage and summaries of the minutes of the city council meetings. 

          Agenda Item #6 – Banner Engineering Tanya Miller was not available for a project update.

          Agenda Item #7 – Community Center Updates were presented by (07:47.20) Clint Nyreen and (0:22:37.77) Landon Nygard in their respective positions.

          Agenda Item #8 – HUD Contact  This agenda item was introduced by Mr. Gordon Richards who is a local board member.  A meeting was to be set up to meet with a couple of council members and Mr. Roger Jacob, HUD representative via Zoom.

          Agenda Item #9 – Multi-community Chip Seal Project and Bid Project.  Folks, according to the discussion in the January 17, 2022, the Brosz representative dissing local providers of chip seal (0:07:47.) and (0:11:17.0) and in which Mayor Haeder opined (0:50:31.03) “…cannot trust local…” and Mayor Haeder opined about the contract which carried a questionable line item (0:54:28.97) regarding to Engineering fees not to exceed $10,200.00?  The council had trouble following the document titled, “City of Alcester Chip Sealing of 2022” what they were going to be shelling hefty amounts of money for Brosz to hold our hands and for us to “trust” them.  Listen to the individual voice vote.  Give ’em a chance says Councilman David Larsen,  give ’em (Brosz) a chance with $42,500.00 when we did not get a current bid from the local ‘guys’  What happened with get a quote, and I DO NOT MEAN LAST YEARS QUOTE?  Are we really going to compare “apples to a**soles”.  The council voted to give ’em a chance!  WOW

          Agenda Item #10 – Chief Austin Schuller gave an update and approval for part-time officers.

          Agenda Item #11 – Sam Nelson (No Show or was his invitation lost in the mail?)  Well maybe next meeting?

          Agenda Item #12 – Chairperson updates- Nothing of any consequence.

          Agenda Item #13  TSR quote for repair of plumbing with a side trip to discuss the bar door.

          Agenda Item #14 – Community Center Purchases:  A traveling bar @ $2069.00 plus freight and room dividers @ $3274 plus freight.  Listen closely to the discussion on the traveling bar, especially the comment on having the bar outside for football games.  That is awfully close to school property with liquor and the possibility of traveling liquor onto school property.  Maybe we can get the police chief to park by the convenient gate checking ID’s, Breathalizers and liquor sales violations.  H-m-m?  Room dividers, imagine your pay function on one side of the ‘room-divider’ and discovering the low brow, bourbon brawlers on the other side of the ‘room-divider’ and being charged regular rate?  Yeah  Council approved the expenditures.  So what is happening with the wall cracks in the Albatross?

          Agenda Item #15 – Finance Office Update.

          Agenda Item #16 – Executive session – if needed  This is almost a sure-thing bet.  SDCL 1-25-2.1 Personnel.  Folks this is abuse and violation of Executive Session, ’cause there is never any action taken out of this session.  If it is not serious enough to take action, it can be talked about in open session.

          Agenda Item #17 – Adjournment  at 8:39 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 Lukas Driesen

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517