12/19/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

The  December 19, 2022, meeting of the Alcester City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Haeder at 6:00 p.m. with Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilman Lukas Driesen, Councilman Kyle VandenHull, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples present with City Attorney Sam Nelson absent.  The council and gallery recited the Pledge of Allegiance. 

(00:01:17.30)  AGENDA ITEM #3 – APPROVE AGENDA  Approved unanimously x 4 aye votes.

(00:02:59.63)  AGENDA ITEM #4 – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT  SETH WEILAND  Mr. Weiland made a brief presentation after a couple of questions regarding how far along the council was with a community development plan.

(00:15:19.50)  AGENDA ITEM #5 – PUBLIC INPUT

          (00:15:28.10)  VICKIE LARSEN

          (00:20:40.53)   DAVID LARSEN PUBLIC INPUT

          (00:21:59.47)  DARLA REPPE PUBLIC INPUT – AT LARGE COUNCIL MEMBERS. Folks you do not want this to happen. Already Ward I and Ward II are not fully represented or equally. You do not want the possibility of having someone not from your Ward speaking for you. YOU need to speak, get with the other members of your Ward. Take control of your votes!

          (00:23:37.43)  CYNDI PEEPLES PUBLIC INPUT – Ice machine failure at the bar.

           (00:25:47.53)  MAYOR HAEDER brought up the renaming of Vast to Bluepeak.

(00:27:46.73)  AGENDA ITEM #6 – LEGAL UPDATES CITY ATTORNEY SAM NELSON – ABSENT.    

 (00:28:22.03) AGENDA ITEM #7 –  CHAIRPERSON UPDATES

(00:32:40.77)  AGENDA ITEM #8 – COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANT FUNDING PAPERWORK  (0:33:05.03) RESOLUTION 2022-09 FAIR HOUSING  UNANIMOUS X 4 AYE VOTES  (00:35:17.80) RESOLUTION 2022-10 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY UNANIMOUS X 4 AYE VOTES  (00:37:17.50)  AUTHORIZE THE RELOCATION, DISPLACEMENT AND ACQUISITION PLAN UNANIMOUS X 4 AYE VOTES.  (00:38:40.17) AUTHORIZATION TO APPROVE CERTIFICATION REGARDING RESTRICTIONS ON LOBBYING  UNANIMOUS X 4 AYE VOTES.  (00:40:45.50)  AUTHORIZATIONTO ALLOW MAYOR HAEDER TO SIGN AN EXCESSIVE FORCE POLICY  UNANIMOUS X 4 AYE VOTES.  (00:43:37.63)  ORDINANCE 2022-11 CODE OF CONDUCT CHAPTER 1:05 TO THE CITY OF ALCESTER ORDINANCES UNANIMOUS X 4 AYE VOTES. The city had to adopt all of these measures to gain grants to fund what…an albatross?

(00:48:39.03)  AGENDA ITEM #9 –  FUND TRANSFERS – Discussion  (00:49:42.37)  Listen to FOPAT defend her actions.  (00:49:59.30) Listen to Mayor Haeder talk to “camera people” demanding they understand his unfathomable and unplumbed analogies.   (00:50:34.50) 

MAYOR HAEDER, THE ONLY PAST ADMINISTRATIONS YOU COULD POSSIBLY KNOW OF ARE THOSE OF YOUR TWO PREDECESSORS GLASS AND JOHNSON WHO WERE AS CLUELESS AS YOU WHEN IT COMES TO SENSIBLE GOVERNANCE OF A MUNICIPALITY!

Folks listen to Mayor Haeder blame you for not understanding his vague grasp of municipal finance.  He blames you for his and FOPAT’s penchant for recklessly spending your tax dollars.  Listen closely.  (00:55:47.37) Mayor Haeder, your explanation of the purpose of an enterprises fund is like skydiving and while you are drifting your way down to earth, ya’ll keep cutting the cords that keep the parachute open and your HOT AIR is just ain’t inflating the reality of that sudden stop that is waiting for you at the end of your descent. (01:04:44.03)  You really did not just go there.  Those two didn’t quit, they could no longer stomach the machinations of FOPAT and you did nothing.  It is on you Mayor Haeder!  (00:01:07:12.13)  MOVING MONEY AROUND FROM ONE ACCOUNT TO ANOTHER.  SAY ISN’T THAT WHAT ‘EASY EDDIE’  DID WHILE CONSPIRING WITH AL CAPONE?

(00:01:14:08.23) AGENDA ITEM #10  – SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ORDINANCE 2022-08  VOTE  THREE (3) AYE (Reppe, Peeples and VandenHull) VOTES AND ONE (1) NAY (Driesen)

(00:01:15:06.03)   AGENDA ITEM #11  FINANCE OFFICE UPDATES

(00:01:27:48.30) EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS SALARIES/PERSONNEL  In Executive session at 7:27 p.m. and out of Executive session at 8:42 p.m.  (00:01:30:40.73)  Mayor Haeder moves on to Agenda Item # 11 (f) Year End Warrants without taking any action or approval of the 2023 salaries.  Agenda Item #11(e)(iv) called to an approval of the salaries but Mayor Haeder failed to call for the approval action.  So I take it through that failure to call the motion to a vote, no salary changes were approved for the employees of the city? What is going on? We only have FOPAT’s word when it comes to the City Attorney’s advice, she is not an attorney. We are expected to take HER word?

(00:01:34:16.03)  AGENDA ITEM #12  – EXECUTIVE SESSION IF NEEDED – NOT NEEDED

(00:01:34:32.23)  AGENDA ITEM #13  – GOLF COURSE/COMMUNITY CENTER.  Motion to hire Jenna Smith as a cook at a wage of $12.00 per hour effective immediately.  Second was made with the motion passing.  Unanimously X 4 aye votes.

(00:01:35:33.60) AGENDA ITEM #14 – ADJOURN  MEETING ADJOURNED AT 8:48 P.M. 

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                            605-934-2287     

Councilwoman Darla Reppe             605-934-2602

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples           605-934-2096

Councilman Lukas Driesen               605-934-

Councilman Kyle VandenHull          605-934-

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

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