Mayor, President, and Vice President
The chief executive officer of a first or second class municipality under the aldermanic form shall be a mayor. The mayor shall hold office for a term of not less than two nor more than five years as determined by ordinance (§9-8-1).
The mayor shall preside at all meetings of the council but shall have no vote except in case of a tie as long as the vote does not create a liability or appropriate money. He shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the laws and ordinances, and take care that such laws and ordinances are faithfully executed. He shall annually and from time to time give the council information relative to the affairs of the municipality, and shall recommend for their consideration such measures as he may deem expedient. He shall have the power to sign or veto any ordinance or resolution passed by the common council, and the power to veto any part or item of an ordinance or resolution appropriating money (§9-8-3). The veto, with written objections, must be filed with the finance officer within ten days after final passage (§9-19-10). The vetoed ordinance or resolution must then be presented by the finance officer, with the mayor’s written objection, to the council at their next meeting for reconsideration. If the ordinance or resolution passes by a two-thirds vote of all the aldermen, it shall be published and become effective (§9-19-11).
At the first regular meeting after the annual election in each year and after the qualification of the newly elected alderman, the council shall elect from among its own members a president and vice-president, who shall hold their respective offices for the municipal year. The president of the council in the absence of the mayor shall be the presiding officer of the council, and during the absence of the mayor from the municipality or his temporary disability shall be acting mayor and possess all the powers of the mayor. In the absence or disability of the mayor and president of the council, the vice-president shall perform the duties of the mayor and president of the council (§9-8-7).
The February 20, 2023, meeting of the Alcester City Council was called to order by Mayor pro tem Lukas Driesen at 6:00 p.m. with Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples and Councilman Kyle VandenHull, Attorney Austin Felts present and with City Attorney Sam Nelson absent. The council and gallery recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
(00:43.63) AGENDA ITEM #3 – APPROVE AGENDA – Question on agenda item #4 – 1 More bar Approve with no change to agenda. There would be no motions made. Agenda approved with no changes. Vote X3Ayes.
(00:03:32.17) AGENDA ITEM #4 – 1 More Bar – Special permit street dance discussion with no action taken.
(00:12:05.37) AGENDA ITEM #5 – PROPERY TAXES – MIKE AND KRISTI BURKE seeking a tax abatement from the city of Alcester to the tune of $11,016.00 plus or minus as a result of their application for Discretionary Taxation which was later described and revised in the 2022 legislationeffective July 1, 2022. language contained in Ordinance 2023-02. Our city attorney Austin Felts was apparently tasked with the justification for allowing the abatement which the city of Alcester had no control and whose legal fees for the time spent on this issue is assessed to the taxpayers of Alcester. The council made no decision at the meeting. My opinion is that the Burkes need to seek redress from someone other than the City of Alcester and seek their own legal counsel. (00:30:21.83) Mike Burke says, “…We feel the city (Alcester taxpayers) owes us…)
LET THE COUNCIL KNOW YOUR OPINION ON THIS.
(00:32:03.13) AGENDA ITEM #6 – PUBLIC INPUT – VICKIE LARSEN (00:32.08.83) Addressed issues concerning having the city attorney do research on behalf of a private individual at city cost? Audi costs (actually the city hall)? Reimbursements to Pat Jurrens in the amount $412.22 which was an overspend of her city credit card? Code of Conduct and application. Pat Jurrens time spent on various boards as representative of the city on city time when a council person could be tasked with the membership on the boards. Finally I requested the Log for the city car. Who checked the car out, What purpose was the car checked out, Where did the car travel and How many miles were put on the car. This is to track how the car is used, who is using it and which department should the cost of the use of the car be distributed. MIKE BURKE (00:37:06.40) asks about council seat vacancies. I would suggest that background checks should be applied to all prospective council seat applicants.
(00:38:16.23) AGENDA ITEM #7 – COMMUNITY CENTER UPDATE LANDON NYGARD/KELSY ERICSON
(00:40:51.17) AGENDA ITEM #8 – GOLF COURSE There was a discussion regarding the old golf course clubhouse. Suggestions of possible AirB&B type dwelling. I would strongly suggest if any type of B&B situation is broached, that inspections as to safety and habitability are required by the city. If these structures are being rented, they must meet all codes and be regularly certified as safe for habitation. Receipt of the resignation of Landon Nygard as golf course superintendent effective March 17.2023. Resignation was accepted by council vote.
(00:54:03.87) AGENDA ITEM #9 – LEGAL UPDATES – AUSTIN FELTS Among the issues discussed were chip seal bids, police policy manual, Closson letter update and At-Large Alderman vs. Wards. I did speak out against this move for the simple fact, we could end up with taxpayers being disenfranchised because their representative was not living in the Ward therefore had no skin in the game so-to-speak.
LET YOUR COUNCIL KNOW HOW YOU FEEL!
(01:00:17.90) AGENDA ITEM #10 – POLICE DEPT. Patrol car storage. At this point the two police vehicles are being stored in the street department building and blocking the immediate access to snow plows etc. Discussion covered the two vehicles should not be stored outside in the street. However other options are available immediately until a garage can be constructed. One option is to store the two vehicles in the golf cart building and another option is to store the vehicles in the Ag. room of the old high school building.
(01:14:08.27) AGENDA ITEM #11 – WATER METER PROJECT CASH FLOW OPTION OVER FOUR YEARS (100 meters per year) Installation would be separate. Emphasis that the cost of this project would be covered by the water fund $186,000.00 and which cost would not be reflected on the taxpayers water bills.
(01:25:16.27) AGENDA ITEM #12 – WASTEWATER FACILITY PLANT UPGRADE Banner Representative Tanya Miller wants a pre-bid meeting with council on February 28, 2023.
(01:26:26.13) AGENDA ITEM #13 – ORDINANCE 2023-02 DISCRETIONARY TAXATION OF REAL PROPERTY SECOND READING Vote X3 Ayes.
(01:29:47.40) AGENDA ITEM #14 PLAT MAP APPROVAL Plats of Lots 1 & 2 south Addition, An Addition in the Southeast 1.4 of Section28, T95N, 5thPM, City Alcester, Union County, South Dakota This action was tabled due to a question of annexation of the parcels involved. Need for more information.
(01:40:33.00) AGENDA ITEM #15 PREMIER BANK REMODEL CHANGE IN IOWA STREET.
(01:44:35.70) AGENDA ITEM #16 – 2022 AUDIT APPROVED X3 AYES
(01:46:53.13) AGENDA ITEM #17 FINANCE OFFICE UPDATE
(01:50:21.47) AGENDA ITEM #18 EXECUTIVE SESSION SDCL 1-25-2.1 PERSONNEL APPROVED X3 AYES
EXECUTIVE SESSION AT 7:50 P.M.
OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION AT 8:23 P.M. NO ACTION TAKEN
Motion was made by Councilwoman Darla Reppe and seconded by Councilwoman Peeples. Vote X3 Ayes Meeting adjourned at 8:23 pm
Contact City Council
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