01/15/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

ALCESTER CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

JANUARY 17, 2022

ALCESTER CITY HALL OLD SCHOOL CENTER – 500 Dakota Street

6:00 PM MEETING

1. Open Meeting

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Approve Agenda

Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Yes _____ No _____

4. Alderman Interviews – if needed

a. Motion to enter into Executive Session pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2(1) – Personnel

Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Yes _____ No _____

b. Motion to appoint _______________________, Ward II Alderman, until next election

Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Yes _____ No _____

5. Public Input:

6. Brosze Engineering – Multi-Community* Chip Seal Project

a. Discussion:

b. Motion to approve participating in Multi-Community Chip Seal Project

Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Yes _____ No _____

  • This includes a $3000.00 per community join feet, as I understand it. Allegedly to get a lower rate on the raw materials, labor and etc. (01:42:45.67) Street Maintenance curb tax increase?

7. Police Department – Chief Schuller

a. Police Updates

b. Rifle Purchase Discussion

Motion to approve purchase, AR 15 16” Barrel, Buck’s Gun Shop, GF, $975 Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Yes _____ No _____

8. Chairperson Updates, if needed

a. Street

b. Cemetery

c. Water

d. Wastewater

e. Library

f. Golf Course

g. Finance Office

9. Downtown Garbage Cans

a. Discussion:

b. Motion to approve Garbage Can purchase, Snyder Industries, SW Fund*

Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Yes _____ No _____

  • Sewer/Waste Fund (01:27:13.67 If I am translating the SW Fund appellation correctly, this is an enterprise fund in which the profits derived from the Sewer/Waste Funds were set up to pay for repairs and upgrades to the Sewer infrastructures not purchase garbage cans for downtown Alcester at $500.00 a pop, a lock down latch for between $60.00 to 70.00 a lid and $900.00 shipping just to get the things here, no matter how cute FOPAT thinks they are or what kind of finders fee Mr. Fischer may or may not get.

10. Finance Office Updates – Pat Jurrens

a. First day to Circulate Election Petition – January 28, 2022

a. Dog/Cat License Deadline – January 31, 2022 (FOPAT poor proofing)

11. Executive Session – if needed

12. Adjourn a. Motion to adjourn Council

Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Yes _____ No _____

Folks come to the meeting, call your Council representative/member let them know how you feel!

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

01/09/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

PREVIEW

(Agenda can be found on the city of Alcester’s Website.)

ALCESTER CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

JANUARY 10, 2022

ALCESTER CITY HALL

OLD SCHOOL CENTER, 500 Dakota Street

6:00 PM – MEETING

1. Open Meeting

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Approve Agenda

           Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________  Vote:  Yes ___ No___

4. Approve Minutes of December 6 & 20, 2021 Meetings

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________  Vote:  Yes___ No ____

5. Public Input:  ___________________________________________________

6. Police Policy & Procedure Manual – Chief Schuller

          a. Discussion: __________________________________

          b. Motion to approve updates to Police Policy & Procedure Manual effective  January 10, 2022

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote:  Yes ___ No ___

7. Police Department – Chief Schuller

          a. Update:

          b. Police Chief & Sheriff’s Spring Training, Deadwood, April 18-21, 2022        

Motion to approve Chief Schuller attending, 3 nights stay, $77 per night,  City Patrol Car

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote: Yes ___ No____

8. Community Center – Clint Nyreen

          a. Update:

          b. Motion to hire ________________________, Rate $______________,         Position of: __________

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote:  Yes ___ No ___

9. 2022 Retainer Agreement

          a. Motion to approve Retainer Agreement, Frieberg, Nelson & Ask, 2022  

Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________  Vote:  Yes ___ No ___

10. Street Purchases*

          a. Discussion:      

          b. Motion to approve the purchase of JD 54” Snow Blower ($1,600),   Ballast Box ($240), Cab ($385) Skid Steer brush (1,200); Renken Sales,  Snow Fund         

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote: Yes ___ No ___

          c. Motion to approve the purchase of JD Skid Steer Front Deck Mower ($1,800), Renken Sales, Solid Waste

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote:  Yes ___ No ___

11. 2022 Official Newspaper

          a. Motion to approve the Alcester Union ~ Hudsonite, Official Newspaper for City of Alcester, 2022

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote:  Yes ____No ___

12. 2022 Official Bank

           a. Motion to approve Premier Bank, Official Bank for City of Alcester,      2022

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote:  Yes ____No ___

13. Golf Course Tree Trimming

          a. Discussion:  

          b. Motion to approve hiring Lukas Driesen, trim Maples, Holes 5&7, 9&7 Fairways, $2,100,

Golf Fund

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote: Yes ___ No____

14. Golf Carts

          a. Purchase or Lease Discussion

          b. Motion to: _____________

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote: Yes ____ No ___

15. Downtown Garbage Cans **

          a. Discussion:

          b. Motion to approve purchase of cans

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote: Yes ___ No ___

16. Finance Office Updates – Pat Jurrens

          a. Warrants

          Motion to approve December Warrants

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote:  Yes ____No ___     

b. Resolution for City of Alcester 2022 Resolution of Fees***

          Discussion:

          Motion to approve the City of Alcester 2022 Resolution of Fees

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote: Yes ____No ___   

c. 2022 Municipal Election Information

          Vacancies / Election Terms

          Election Date April 12, 2022

           d. 2022 Salaries ****

          Motion to enter into Executive Session pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2-1 –    Personnel

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote:  Yes ___ No ___

          Motion to approve the 2022 Salaries

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote: Yes ____No ___

          e. Reminders & Updates

          Dog/Cat License Deadline – January 31, 2022

          Shovel all walkways & path to water meter

17. Updating Volunteer Roster for Workers Compensation*****

           a. Motion to add Wanda Halverson, Pat Jurrens – Alcester Community Center

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote:  Yes ___ No ___

18. Executive Session – if needed

          a. Motion to enter into Executive Session pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2-

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote:  Yes ____No ___

19. Adjourn

          a. Motion to adjourn Council

          Motion by: __________ Seconded by: __________ Vote: Yes ___ No ___

*        Street purchases-coming out of the Snow Fund and the Solid Waste Fund-Perhaps the city should hire outside contractors to bid this service.  That way we do not have a whole cupboard of toys that de-value over time, breakdowns costing the city fix-it money and save storage space.

**      Down town garbage cans- When it was suggested to the council to place a   couple of dumpsters in a central location to allow our older population to drop off  their trash in this central location and not have to trot their trash cans across the street for the convenience of the trash man.  FOPat argued         that our rural citizens would bring their trash into town and dump for free. 

SO FO PAT WHEN THE PARK TRASH BINS ARE LEFT OUT ALL WINTER, WHO DO THINK ARE FILLING THEM.  TAKE A LOOK AT THE BINS ON THE SERVICE ROAD THAT RUNS PARALLEL TO SIXTH STREET.  AND NOW YOU WANT TO BUY CANS FOR DOWN TOWN?

***    Resolution of  for Fees.  Ah yes, the ‘FO crap tax’  Folks you need to come.  Have you received your water and sewer bills?  These are usually referred to as enterprise funds.  In other words the profit derived from these funds is used specifically for water and sewer projects.  NOT for all these gadgets called support systems for our Sewer Facility or our Water Facility.  These funds have all the look of a bait and switch fraud with the rationale well if we use the loader to scrape the crap off the concrete at our sewer facility we can use the sewer funds to pay for it and then we can use it for the Albatross parking lot.

****  Salaries-Salaries is not an Executive Session Subject!  The only time a  salary would fit into an Executive Session Discussion would be the discussion to increase the Salary of FOPat to $65,000.00  per year and is she worth it.

*****         Volunteer Worker compensation naming Pat and Wanda with regard to the Alcester Albatross.  Volunteer, now there are Two Oxymorons.  For the health and welfare of the Albatross and the tax pocket books of the residents of Alcester, those type of volunteers should only be allowed at the Albatross to pick up a to-go order.

Come speak in Public Input.  Let your Council members know!

          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

12/20/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

This Ol’ Pat, she played one,

She played Knick, Knack on our H-h-m-m

With a Knick, Knack FO Patty’s Whacked,

Give A Pig a home,

Ol’ FOCat is on the roam.

The December 20, 2021, city council meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Pro Tem and President of the Council David Larsen, Darla Reppe, Linda Talbott, Cyndi Peeples and Lukas Driesen present.  Absent were Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson and Mayor Dan Haeder.

Agenda Item #3 – Approve the agenda.  Missing from the agenda under Agenda Item #7 – Department Chair updates was #7(h) Liquor Store which was added.  Also missing from the agenda under Agenda Item #6 – Police Department #6(d) was a blank description a motion to be made.  Sloppy work.  This  Agenda Item #6(d) was a motion to establish a separate post box  for the Police Department.  This item was not named until the Police Department agenda came up for consideration.  Again Sloppy work.  The Agenda was approved with the addition of Agenda Item #7(h) but not included was the specific description of Agenda Item #6 (d).

Agenda Item #4 – Council Interviews  Still…no one wants Pat on their back and so the vacant seat on the council remains vacant.  H-m-m-m!

Agenda Item #5 – Public Input

Vickie Larsen was the first to respond to the call for public input.  I posed three questions/subjects to the council. 

#1) (00:01:54.97)Was there a written apology to the resident whose private telephone number was shared publicly by the ‘girls in the finance office”?  There was no written apology made to this resident.  So there was no write up or punitive action taken against the finance office for release of private records.  WOW  Mayor Haeder needs to be sanctioned for his abysmal lack of oversight and the ‘girls in the finance office’ need a formal reprimand for handing out private telephone numbers.

 #2) (00:02:12.10) Prior to the December 20, 2021, meeting I placed two ‘forms’ documents at the council members and city attorney Sam Nelson dealing with a written Application for Overtime Prior to Working the Overtime and the written and signed Approval form from the Mayor allowing the Overtime prior to overtime being taken.  These forms need to be in place and evidenced by Agenda Item #10 Community Center (Alcester Albatross) Agenda Item #10 (a)(b)(c) Personnel.

#3)  (00:03:09.57)The (02/2022)Golf Expo Registration Fee of $500.00.  Folks this is for a 10 FT X 10 FT booth space at the Austad’s Sioux Falls Golf Expo.  This is for a vendor’s space to promote products and services.  I explained to the council that this venture is going to cost the taxpayers more than $500.00.  Having had experience in doing these types of Expo shows in the McCormack Place in Chicago, Expo shows in Reno, NV and in Sioux Falls and Sioux City venues, I explained about the rental of fixtures (i.e. tables, chairs, table drapes, floor coverings and powered presentations) purchase of banners, purchase of promotional brochures, wages of the personnel manning the booth, travel times, mileages over the two day Expo and a reliable website touting the golf course and community center.  ***Any guesses on who is going to primp, fawn, sniff and poke her nose to ‘man’ the booth and collect overtime?

***I would like to go back to a previous input comment made in the November 15, 2021, video to Public Input when I asked the question about a check cut for a snow truck before our Street Department head ever left the city and inspected the vehicle (14:35.20).  No credible answer from FO PAT.  I went on to ask why City of Hawarden had presented the City of Alcester a bill for $97.02 (15:08.83) for a water locate?  FOPat’s response (15:28.57) “Sometimes water locates are difficult to find…And they (Hawarden) have a little bit better equipment to locate that…we cannot locate it…”  When I asked if a resident asked for the locate FOPat answered, “…water line repair…” non-answer.  Check out the video.

          Gee what an Oxymoron, ol’ FOPat handed over a signed check to an employee who left town to inspect a snow truck in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,  which had not yet been approved by the council then remarks our city employees have difficulty doing water locates so we have to call Hawarden to come into town to show our guys how to do their job. 

This Ol’ Pat she played two

She played Knick Knack on our city crew,

With a Knick, Knack FO Patty’s whacked,

Give that Pig a home

The ol’ FOCat is still on the roam.

Cosette Heman (0:07:48.83) responded in Public Input, thanking the street crew for their response to her curb stop issue.

Agenda Item #6 – Police Department

Police Chief Schuller gave updates on calls and incidents over the past weeks.  At Chief Schuller’s completion of updates (0:12:02.30) Councilwoman Linda Talbott moved to go into Agenda Item 6(b) Executive Session under SDCL 1-25-2(1) Personnel while still within the Police Department Agenda time.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Peeples and with a unanimous aye vote the gallery including FO Jurrens and Wanda Halverson were excused out of executive session and into the hallway at 6:12 p.m.  At 6:22 p.m. the council was declared out of executive session and the gallery along with Jurrens and Halverson were allowed back into the room with no time for me to set my camera back up and start of recording which caused a delay in recording of meeting in my video.

          Agenda Item 6(c) Police Chief Schuller began his discussion of the progress of the Police Policy Manual (0:13:12.13) which included updates of recording and body camera devices, discretionary body camera usage, use of deadly force, definition of deadly force, use of naloxone/narcan and sick leave as it relates to FO Pat’s administrative reporting of worker compensation filing in a timely manner and within the frame standards.

          Agenda Item 6 (d) unspecified police department line item.  One can only speculate here why this item was left blank on the agenda and its connection with the Executive Session regarding Personnel.  This line item was the necessity of a (0:27:42.27)separate and independent Post Box for the Alcester Police Department.  Council approved the separate and independent Police Department Post Box and the costs involved with the establishment and ongoing rents for that Police Department Post Box.

Agenda Item #7 – Chairperson Updates If Needed

a)  Streets – (28:54.23)Nothing other than the proposed 2022 Street Purchases of skid steer brush and skid steer front deck mower $3000.00 scheduled to appear on next month’s agenda along with proposed X758 Mower, snow blower, ballast box and cab for $2225.

          Still no action taken to paint walk lines at the east side of the school and children crosswalk.  I advised the council of this lack months ago in public input and Mayor Haeder blew me off.  Mayor Haeder you were warned of this failure regarding the safety of children going to and from school.  Any incidents arising out of your and the council’s failure to act may be costly in life, limb and pocket books.  The term I refer to is the joint and several liability in a tortuous act or non-act.

b)  Cemetery – nothing

c)  Water – nothing

d)  Wastewater – nothing

e)  Library – Covid issue

f)  Golf Course – nothing

g)  Finance Office –

h)  Liquor Store – (0:34:28.57) Still no plumbing fix.  Pat is waiting to contact someone after the new year.  Theresa Deem had asked for a copy of the lease (34:49.33) but Pat (administrative) appears to be dragging her heels with the lease copy and fixing the plumbing in a timely manner.

Agenda Item #8 – Golf Expo $500 fee.  Folks this is an Expo which could be defined as a large public exhibition of art or trade goods.  Now since Alcester City is not an exhibitor of art it must be the exhibition of ***trade goods***the city is looking at peddling.  Now it is not just the booth fee of $500.00 with or without taxes that is in play.  It is the contents of the booth, the ***trade goods*** which involves the golf course and of course the great white albatross.  Speaking from experience of exhibiting our paddles, oars, boats and RV’s  in Reno, Chicago and the small venues of Sioux Falls and Sioux City over our 44 year business existence.  We had to rent or ship tables, chairs, fixtures, carpeting, product, banners, brochures and set-up our booth a day prior to the opening of the Expo.  We still had mileage, food and lodging to included with those costs. The city will have all those same costs above and beyond the $500.00   We set-up our booth the day before, we manned the booth ourselves with the occasional sales representative for the three days of the exhibition and we did the tear down and pack out at the end of the exhibition.  So folks the city is looking at all of these additional costs.  Now Councilman Larsen says (35:37.67), ” a table and two chairs are provide with the booth rent”.  So Councilman Larsen you gonna sit with an unadorned banquet table and two folding chairs and present the golf course and the great white albatross as a venue you want to hold a wedding, celebration, funeral or tournament?  So you did volunteer for one day, just who is going to ‘man’ the booth for the other day.  Who is going to set up and who is going to tear down and who is gonna jump up and down and holler pick me, pick me?  The Overtime twins, Fricksy and Fracksy?  At what pay rate is that now?  Break even, not hardly.

Agenda Item #9(0:41:01.07) $ 3.800.00

Cement Work Golf Course Maintenance Building

Councilman Larsen insists this concrete work MUST be done now.  Are ya kidding me.  Councilman Driesen raised the cold weather concrete pour as ill-advised.  Common, the maintenance building couldn’t braved its gravel flooring for two or three months more.  There is no heat in the building, so ya’ll gonna use hot water.  Really???  I do not have the background in masonry that Councilman Driesen has but my father working as a mason and worked laying block, brick and pouting concrete and I was conscripted into assisting on occasion.  I remember mixing cement, sand and water in a wheel barrow with a shovel and hoe, loading it into bucket and handing it down to my father standing in a hole where he was laying block.  It makes an impression, believe me.  Now the cure rate of cement is interesting.  Did ya’ll know concrete is never totally cured.  Cure defined by the ACI (American Concrete Institute)  curing–action take to maintain moisture and temperature conditions in a freshly place cementitious mixture to allow hydraulic cement hydration and (if applicable possolanic reactions to occur so that the potential properties of the mixture may develop,   (See ACI 308.)

The rate of moisture maintenance decides whether the concrete cracks, surface skins blisters and scales or flakes off.  Of course there is always the decision to add chemicals to the mix or on the surface or insert rebar in areas where heavy equipment will be driven, stored or worked on.  So the trade off (0:45:21.20) Councilman Larsen, risk $4500 for three months?  Remember it is your neighbors and friends who end up paying for a redo,  are three to four months worth the risk?  The council chose to ignore the concerns of Councilman Driesen. (00:45:11.13)

Agenda Item #10 – Alcester Community Center (The Great Alcester Albatross)

This Ol’ Pat she played three

She played Knick, Knack but oh no-not for free,

With a Knick, Knack FO Patty’s whacked

Give that Pig a home,

Ol’ FOCat is still on the Over-Time roam.

a) (00:50:41.27) Executive Session for SDCL 1-25-2(1) Personnel, wait for it folks, wait for it.  Remember back when the Police Chief had to all but beg for his on call time and the responses from FOPat and Wanda.  Well now we hear the rest of the story!!  Council went into Executive Session to discuss personnel at 7:00 p.m. and talked and talked with FOPat and Wanda in the session which ended at 8:22 p.m.  There was little open session discussion with an immediate jump to Agenda Item #10(c) which was left blank surprise, surprise. This time however instead of the usual lack of action there was a motion to approve (00:51:16.80) Overt-time payments to Finance Office Patricia Jurrens in the amount of $854.13 and to Finance Office employee Wanda Halverson in the amount of $170.67.  This overtime was not approved in advance and according what little discussion made public the council was upon Reporter Gordon Richard asked if this motion came out of the Executive Session and Mayor Pro Tem Larsen stated (00:51:56.07)they were advised by City Attorney Sam Nelson, they had to follow the policy manual.  Thus the need for the two forms I handed out to the counsel.  Keep records of bona fide as evidence of mayoral approval of OverTime. (00:52:09.10) 

OVERTIME 5.7

“…Except in emergency situations, all overtime MUST be authorized by the Mayor.  Overtime is to be authorized only if the work cannot be otherwise done during normal work hours…Overtime without prior authorization MUST be paid, but may result in disciplinary action.”

Okay folks, here it is.  So where did this OT happen?  I have my opinion, it sure as heck not in the city offices.  Here is the question which comes first doing one’s job in the city office during office hours on city business OR sticking their snouts into a venue outside the city offices and under the direction of a bona-fide manager/operator.  So folks just what is the definition of administrative duties as they relate to overtime.  Pat and Wanda both work in administrative positions and are exempted from overtime. 

EXEMPTIONS TO OVERTIME 5.9

“…The following employees may be exempt from the overtime standards:

1)  Appointive officers (if determined to be FLSA exempt)

2)  Police Departments with less than five (5) officers

3) Swimming pool personnel (if the pool is operated for less than 7 months in a calendar year)*

4)  Executive, Administrative, Professional, Computer and Outside Sales Employees.

* Folks the city in the recent past paid OT to pool employees and our pool is operated less than 7 months.

The council also hired more help for the Albatross, both at minimum wage.

Agenda Item #11 – Resolution 2021-20 Clean Water Systems Application for Financial Assistance

The council voted to apply for Financial Assistance.  Now it should be note here this is one of our enterprise fund and by which we should be making a profit to afford upgrades. 

Agenda Item #12 – Supplemental Appropriation Ordinance 2021-19 

FO Pat’s remedy for not effectively doing her job.  Now folks it is not totally unusual to have to move money around in extremely instances.  But it is becoming more and more the usual doing of business is to rob the enterprises funds and the second penny sales tax income to pay for Patty’s Pretty’s.  The council voted for the Supplemental Appropriation to keep Alcester from being in the red for the auditors. But it is only a matter of time before that happens and make sure we know who to thank for his lack of oversight and her lack of financial competency.

Agenda Item #13 – Finance Office Updates

a)  Pat mumbled something about the SPOT CHECK and scheduling times to inspect?

b)  Lawler bill for the Albatross Kitchen Single Door Cooler $2,875  golf fund-Council approved.

c)  Banner Engineering bill for design installment payment $40,592.30 – Council approved.

d)  Year end warrants  allows Mayor Haeder to sign checks and pay warrants – Council approve upon comment from Mayor Pro Tem Larsen some of those checks will be ours. (1:02:21.13)

Agenda Item #14 – Adjournment at 8:35 p.m.

Ol’ Pat she played four

She played Knick, Knack got OT, Cooler and the Expo exhibit floor.

With a knick, knack FO Patty’s whacked

Give that Pig a home

Ol’ FO Cat is still on the winky-fluff roam!

          There a couple of things from the past I would like to take this opportunity to address.  When I draw things to the attention of the council, I expect them to take note and take action.  For example the city was johnny-on-the-spot putting up signs on Lincoln drive on the east side of the school for crosswalk.  A safety issue!  However the city FAILED to paint the crosswalk after seal coating the area.  Even though signs are posted, there needs to be a marked pathway across the street for the students to recognize where they should walk across the street.  I warned the city and they did nothing.  I was given information that a child was almost hit as he crossed the street going to school.  To the city, I informed you and you failed the safety of students.  After the warning you continued in your failure to direct the street department to paint the crosswalk!  In your failure to act, you set yourselves up for a joint and several liability for any injuries or deaths which could arise out of your failure to mark safety zones. 

          I would like to reiterate chapter 5.7 Overtime which appears and was approve by the Alcester City Council in 2020.  I want to point out the last statement of that portion.

“OVERTIME WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORIZATION MUST BE PAID, BUT MAY RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION.”

I hereby demand disciplinary, punitive action to be taken against the Finance Officer in light of  her ongoing filings for overtime.  Finance Officer has access and direct knowledge of the Alcester City Employee Personnel Manual 2020 and has violated it knowingly to her own benefit.   I hereby demand disciplinary, punitive action against Mayor Haeder for his failure to institute and use written, dated and signed applications for Overtime by eligible employees stating the emergent necessity of Overtime and his failure to institute and use written, dated and duly signed forms approving the Overtime and rate of Overtime pay to all eligible employees of the city of Alcester.  Again Mayor Haeder has access and direct knowledge of the Alcester City Employee Personnel Manual 2020 and has violated it knowingly.  

          Folks, read it for yourselves.  Ask your Ward Representative for a copy of the Alcester City Employee Personnel Manual 2020.  Better yet insist this document be placed on the website.  You have that right, you are paying the bill!

BEGS THE QUESTION, HOW MUCH OVERTIME DOES IT TAKE TO FIGURE FOPAT’S OVERTIME?

(Updated 12/22/2021)

                                                                                           Vickie A. Larsen

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

12/06/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

The Ignis Fatuus is a vapor shining without heat.

Isaac Newton

 It is comforting Uncle Isaac recognized Ignis Fatuus as something which appears in the night over marshy ground and is often attributable to the combustion of gas from decomposing brainless matter as a faux FO.

The December 6, 2021, city council meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Haeder with council members David Larsen, Darla Reppe, Linda Talbott, Cyndi Peeples and Lukas Driesen present.  Absent was Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson.

The council quick-timed through the Approval of Agenda and Approval of the minutes of  November 1, 2021, and  November 15, 2021.

Mayor Haeder called Agenda Item #5 – Banner Engineering design update by Tanya Miller.  Ms. Miller walked through the update of the design which is now approximately 50% complete, noting the deletion of certain costs and enumerating the cost additions ranging from site reads to grading to demolitions taking the project from $3,095,000.00 to a projected cost elevation to $3, 295,000.00 +/- million. Document available at city offices (03:35.00)

Agenda Item #6 – Interviews for the vacant Ward II council seat.  No takers.

Agenda Item #7 – Public Input.  (29:29.93) Reporter Gordon Richard asked for the status of the HRC Four Plex, received no answer.  (29:58.80) Theresa Deem had comments concerning the raise in her rent which she characterized as a blind-side..  She stated she had emailed Mayor Haeder and Councilwoman Reppe with no response.  Still no comment from Mayor Haeder and the council.  (32:26.80) Vickie Larsen.  I held up my water bill which I had received in the mail and asked once again for the properties with stand-alone garages hooked up to water because the city finance office (31:56.00) was now sharing personal information such as private telephone numbers with out-of-state people looking to rent homes in Alcester. I stated, “…please tell me that is not accurate. (32:07.30)  NO ANSWER!  I was denied access to whether water was being supplied to specific properties and accused by the Mayor of wasting the city’s time with Freedom of Information requests.  Yet he allows the finance office to apparently “act as a go-betweens or solicit potential tenants, sellers, purchasers or landlords” or in another case give out telephone numbers to a management company for outdoor property maintenance on a property within the city of Alcester. (32:16.37) I requested via email to FO with CC to Mayor Haeder and City Attorney Nelson for a copy of the Promissory Note Resolution prior to the Monday night meeting.  My request was ignored.  I sent a second notice of request for the Promissory Note to FO with CC to Mayor Haeder and City Attorney Nelson.  My request was still ignored with the exception of City Attorney Nelson who sent me a copy.  Folks this document should have been published on the website for the public to read and make comments during Public Input.  Anything coming before the council for a yay or nay vote should be available to the public for comment. Evidently the FO did not feel like doing her job.  (0:33:10.60) Chief Schuller indicated he had asked for agenda time but evidently that did not happen so he made his announcements during public input.  Chief Schuller informed the council and gallery Officer Grayson was now moved into the area and there are elves to be found in the community.  (0:34:22.97)  Theresa Deem spoke again asking, “…did the city take a vote?”  Mrs. Deem also noted the front door was not repaired and there was an odor of sewer gas at the bar sink.  Regarding raising the rent Mayor Haeder opined, “…all kinds of things were going on (yeah like the city setting up competition to Mrs. Deems business)…we didn’t raise the rent last year…”  Mayor Haeder goes on to opine (0:35:30.57). “…we’re all guilty of not having the best communication…”  Depends on the type of telecommunication you are a usin”…”  (0:35:44.37) Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples stated she did not want to see the rent raised until all repairs were taken care of.  (0:38:38.97)  Mayor Haeder asks Councilwoman Peeples, “…are you going to do this plumbing…?  Mayor Haeder, HOW DARE YOU VOICE THAT COMMENT IN A PUBLIC VENUE!  YOU OWE COUNCILWOMAN PEEPLES AN APOLOGY FOR YOUR GROSS LACK OF COURTESY! 

          (0.44:18.03) I asked for permission to speak to your comment nothing had been done to the bar building since Shep (circa 1936) was a pup.  Sir, I responded to you emphatic NO with the comment …Sullivans 2011.    Sir, this was another issue with the bar.  The council extended a lease to these folks with no checks into their backgrounds.  Only one Councilman voted No to extending them a lease, Peter Larsen.  These folks were told all changes had to be approved by the council which they ignored, hired contractors to make repairs and upgrades without the approval of the council and ultimately failed to pay those contractors who initiated a lawsuit against the city.  The city settled, but these changes were made and Sir, Shep was long gone!

Agenda Item #8 Legal Updates  Short discussion of properties on Iowa Street and Ofstad streets.  City Attorney Nelson had asked for an Executive session for this agenda item.  Council went into Executive Session for Legal counseling at 6:47 P.M. and exited the session at 7:16 p.m.  No public action was taken!

Agenda Item #9 Mayor’s Statement (0:48:39.37)  Aha, now Mayor Haeder acknowledges he did receive a letter regarding the sharing of private information.  The Blabbing of private information of a resident by the Finance Office.  Sadly this is not a one-time transgression and add window peeping to the mix, the city of Alcester has a problem.  We know the council has a perpetual Executive Session for personnel (SDCL 1-25-2.1), but we never-ever see any type of censure for this apparent on-going behavior. (0:50:28.00)  SO MAYOR HAEDER WHAT ARE YA GONNA DO ABOUT FO BLABBERY?   You responsibility!

Agenda Item #10  Library Board Appointment

Agenda Item #11  Promissory Note Resolution  2021-18

Agenda Item #12 Fund Transfers

Agenda Item #13 Supplemental Appropriation

(01:03:48.43)  Pat’s overtime doing special projects not related to her job description.  Now we know where she goes and what she is not doing in her own words!  (01:12:36.13)  Mayor explains Bookkeeping 101 to us.  “…For those of ‘US” who are not aware of this…”  Hey Mayor why aren’t you aware of this, you have been a councilman and a mayor for at least a year now?  Yet you claim not to be aware of what is going on in the city?  (01:13:07.07)  So Mayor Haeder you seem to be saying being in the Red isn’t really in the RED, we just have the FO wave her wand and she makes RED the new Black?  Is that what you are saying?          

The second penny sales tax is our savior?  So Mayor Haeder what happens when our city owned business runs our privately owned shops out of business???  What do ya think happens to the second penny sale, shoot what happens to the first penny sales tax???  I know ya’ll gettin’ your eyes fixed, but are ya really gonna see that one comin’ down the road at cha???

Agenda Item #14 Finance Office Updates  Warrants for Banner, Motorola and regular warrants approved.  Now onto the FO checks.  (01:21:46.43)  Finance Office monthly spot checks haven’t happened, updated schedule OVERSIGHT OF THE FINANCE OFFICE HAS TO BE RE-SCHEDULED ‘CAUSE FO PAT HAS BEEN TOO BUSY RE-ORGANIZING THE COMMUNITY CENTER KITCHEN AND OTHER UNRELATED BOOKKEEPING CHORES.

This Ol’ Pat, she played one,

She played Knick, Knack on our H-h-m-m

With a Knick, Knack FO Patty’s Whacked,

Give A Pig a home,

Ol’ FOCat is on the roam.

Agenda item #15  Executive Session (SDCL 1-25-2.1) Personnel  Entered into Executive Session at 7:52 p.m. Gallery plus Pat and Wanda banished to the hallway.  Out of Executive Session at 8:24 p.m.  No open meeting action taken on the personnel issue.

Agenda Item # 7 Public Input by Reporter Gordon Richard is revisited for an answer from Mayor Haeder.  HRC meeting yet this year, Mayor Haeder states, “… (01:26:00.60) trying to get out from under the Four Plex issue.”  I have to ask the question, “So how much did Councilwoman Pat Jurrens push for Beck Drive cost the HRC fund?  The street to insolvency for the HRC?

Agenda Item #16  Adjourn at 8:28 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 Lukas Driesen

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

11/15/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence.

          Mayor Haeder called the November 15, 2021, city council meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. recited the pledge of allegiance with Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Lukas Driesen and City Attorney Sam Nelson present for the city. 

          Mayor Header then called for the approval of the agenda.  The agenda was approved. 

Agenda Item #4 – Vacant Ward II seat interviews – None,  No one wants a “Pat on their back”   

Agenda Item #5 – Alcester Chamber of Commerce presentation by Kim Erickson and Christine Hakl.  The two young women gave a presentation on the December 3, 2021, event planned for ‘main street’ Alcester and which necessitated the closure of a portion of Iowa Street and Second Street.  Motion to block those portions off for the event was unanimously approved. 

Agenda Item #6 – Banner Engineering/Tanya Miller.  Ms. Miller was unable to make the meeting and would be rescheduling.

Agenda Item #7 – Public Input

(13:09.13) Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples wanted to point out a proof reading error in the minutes of the November 1, 2021.  Apparently the payment the city awards to the Alcester Fire Department of $1400.00 has become on more than one occasion $1,400.00.00.

(13:48.50)Vickie Larsen asked the following questions; the status of the Chesterman/Coca Cola sponsorship, Missing months of FOI request missing VISA payments for the months of May 2020, July 2020, September 2020, and September 2021.  (14:35.20) Payment was contingent upon a visual inspection by Lonnie Johnson of the street department.  But a check was cut on October 30, 2021, before Mr. Johnson ever left town to go to Cedar Rapids and before the vote by the council. 

(15:08.83)  I asked about a check in payment for a bill submitted by the city of Hawarden for $97.02 called maintenance.  I asked, “…did a resident ask for this?…”  FO Pat’s response (15:28.57) Care to try that one again FOPat?  You see I served a FOI on City Administrator Michael De Bruin and it proved to be interesting.

(15:53.27) I asked about a warrant for a clothing allowance payment of $115.98 for Wanda. Pat’s answer, Wanda gets a clothing allowance because she reads meters…Really? What does she need, extra long sleeves when she holds the meter reader? Does she need special boots to wade up to windows? By the way, FO Pat, where is the inventory of these pieces of clothing so if Wanda quits they can be check back in? H-m-m?

(16:22.63) Councilwoman Darla Reppe repeated the concern about alcohol being served in this event.

(16:39.90) Reporter Gordan Richard asked about the opening date for the Alcester Community Building.  (17:02.97) Pat’s response among many excuses was, “a water situation” which translates into the building cannot be opened to the public due to a fire code problem regarding water pressure or the lack thereof which may trace back to the water source hook up being before the water tower connect or after the water tower connect.  So tell us about the water hook up short cut that caused this oopsy-doodle.

(17:31.00) Councilman David Larsen moved from his seat at the council table to “stand and deliver” his rebuttal of perceived ‘mean’ comments.  (18:03.53)  “…45 years in town…Best city staff”  So what about what appears to be your Freudian slip by not including the finance office in that statement speaking of the ‘best city staff’  Let’s speak of the comment, “…Chamber Chair…”  the person writing on Facebook was not writing as the Chamber Chair anymore than a city councilperson singing in the front pew of her church is not singing as a city councilperson but as an individual penitent.  And yes sir, MY siding is dimpled and it shows.  (22:16.83) Councilman Larsen says, “..like Pat and Wanda whenever I was doing that stuff, I did not charge for the time spent or any mileage…”  Now sir you have been on the council for eight (8) years I think you said, did you or did you not see the OT hours accrued by that pair, did you or did you not hear and witness the health insurance stipend for Wanda and did you or did you not hear and witness that outburst by Wanda asking for on-call time.  (22:26.67) Councilman Larsen says, “…those of you that don’t like and I’m talking not to the group here but anybody in that camera, those you who don’t like the way the city is being run, Run for office…”  Sir, I Vickie Larsen did and was appointed, but you know how that turned out, don’t you.  In fact YOU voted to expel me.  You cannot have it both ways. Mr. Larsen goes on to say, “…Next April we have an election…there is going to be, I know three (3) spots available…petitions you can start circulating in February…The job pays $125 a month, we have at least two meetings, probably more, there are few benefits…there are some headaches and some sleepless nights and if you’re one of those people that would like to do that, sign on for the long term, ’cause it’s going to take you 6 or 7 months to know what’s going on… and for those of you who like the way things are going, might not hurt to tell somebody on the city staff you like the way things are going, ’cause like anybody else we like a “Pat-on-the-back” (23:40.50)

Agenda Item #8 – Jeff Nohava  (24:05.30), Mr. Nohava (26:01.36) states he, “was hired by the board”  So how much money are they paying ya.  You do realize that,

“…No part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its directors, officers or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered  to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered, to pay any necessary costs and expenses, and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set for herein…”  (Articles of Incorporation NSO14556) (28:09.37)  

Mr. Nohava goes on to claim, (28:19.10) “We have hired an accountant and an attorney…”  and (28:57.23)  “…just part of my squad!…” 

(29:51.30)  Councilman David Larsen asks a question on funds.  (30:00.37) Mr. Nohava’s answer.  Mr. Nohava speaks of a power cot, folks these devices Stryker brand 6500 Power Pro w/XPS Power load combo runs $33,045.00 (30:27.90) and a 12 Lead PHYSIO AED will run somewhere around $36,000.00 to $50,000.00.  Mr. Nohava speaks of sharing the expenses. (31:24.63)  So does that mean the sharing will includes some portion of ownership, too? 

(32:53.00) Former President now Ass’t Director Jon Serck takes over speaking.  Mr. Serck speaks of the South Dakota Department of Health, Deputy Administrator of Rural Health Marty Link contacted the Alcester EMS about state interventions.  Folks Mr. Serck neglects to tell all.  I resigned from the ambulance in or around 2012.  Around 2020 I started getting calls regarding the ambulance from folks the ambulance owed money to, insurance company’s who were not getting billings and delinquent billing.  In fact there was a time frame billing for transports had not happened for three months.  You see folks, my name was on the documents as being one of the incorporators.  I was embarrassed to hear an entity I worked hard to get running, was running amok.  I contacted Mr. Serck asking pointed questions and was promptly lied to.  I asked was bill such-n-such paid and Mr. Serck told me it was.  I called the complainant and told him it had been paid and to let me know if he did not get it.  The complainant called me again, this time I told the complainant I would take care of the situations.  Mr. Serck got Vickie Larsen – the collector.  In that period of time, I did speak to Mr. Link and was not at all impressed.  All Mr. Serck and Fire Chief Kast could do was to whizz and moan about a fellow EMT.  Boys the situation to which I was treated was on your watch!  Trip reports had to be on time, Billing had to be on-time and bills had to be paid on time. 

          Regarding Mr. Serck’s (33:33.93) and Mr. Kast’s exuberance over the number of calls they have been experiencing.  On my watch our ambulance ran an annual average of around 100 ambulance calls.  This should not to be confused with the current number of calls because comparison is not apples to apples.  ‘Cause the powers that be,  mandated somewhere around 2020 the ambulance was to be paged out on every Fire call.  We had trouble with crewing during the day due to employers resistance to their employees leaving during the workday.  NOW all of a sudden no problem?  H-m-m! 

          Serck, Kast, Nohava and Mayor Haeder’s elation over the number of members on the ambulance roster.  Again not comparing apples to apples.  Our ambulance roster consisted solely of Nationally registered EMTs and Paramedics.  Today’s ambulance roster is made of a handle full of EMT’s, non- EMT Drivers, Nurses given special permissions and so on due to changes in regulations.  (34:48.03) 

          Again I do want to draw your attention to the financial side of the ambulance’s inability to generate funds.  You do the math, when I was on the ambulance we had calls to Hawarden, Canton, Sioux Falls, Sioux City and Vermillion.  Load fee was $300 with $8.00 per loaded mile. so Hawarden was $364.00, Canton was $484.00, Sioux Falls was $660.00*, Sioux City was $684.00 and Vermillion was $556.00 billable.  Spread that over 100 calls at a simplified average amount for the sake of example. $549.60 (100 calls) =$54,960.00.   Now, all transfers go to Hawarden and at $364.00 (100 calls) = $36,400.00    You do the math.  I was there, folks we paid a brand-new ambulance off in five years. *majority of our calls were going to Sioux Falls, where the patient or family wanted to go.

Agenda Item #9 – Legal Updates

Agenda Item #10 – Redistricting  Here we go again and again, and again and again.  Redistricting happened without us.  We had Attorney Sam advising us, yet we managed to miss the train.  We dinked around and dinked around, wasted our attorney’s time and our money.  No resolution but we sure did manage to whizz legal fees down our collective pant legs. (40:21.53) Nope, We’re Not Happy!

Agenda Item #11 – Updated 2021 Council committee and Chairperson.  How many revisions does that now make.

(43:57.97)  Mayor insists there are no classes for Elected Officials,  Au contraire Monsieur Maire, there are classes, seminars, tutorials, and SDML handout manuals for Elected officials (https://www.sdmunicipalleague.org/vertical/Sites/%7B2540DC39-A742-459F-8CAF-7839ECF21E89%7D/uploads/Aldermanic_Form_for_Packets_2021.pdf.

Agenda Item #12   Chair person Updates –

Agenda Item #13 – Police Dept  pushed back Chief was called away.

Agenda Item #14 – Golf Course

Agenda Item #15 – Community Building- Hiring more staff for an uncertain start

Agenda Item #16 – Finance Office

Agenda Item #17 – Executive Session SDCL 1-25-2.1 In executive session for approximately 1/2 hour with no decisions made in open session.  Both Pat and Wanda were included in the Executive Session.

Agenda Item #13 – Return to Police Department  Chief Schuller has returned.  Austin was awarded his on-call time as he presented again with chafing from Mayor Haeder perhaps he should have refrained from the Pat-on-the-Back he allowed with the previous police officers.

Agenda Item # 18 – Adjournment  7:53 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 Lukas Driesen

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

11/01/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

Let It All Hang Out*

The Hombres – 1967

written by Jeff Paris/Moon Calhoun

A preachment, dear friends, you are about to receive
On John Barleycorn, nicotine, the temptations of Eve”
(Bronx cheer)* to Finance Office

No RV parkin’ near the sewer line

Dang that cat needs a tag, ’cause the city’s broke

Water drippin’ out the water tower spout

But we don’t care, let it all hang out!

Mayor Haeder called the November 1, 2021, city council meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Lukas Driesen and City Attorney Sam Nelson present for the city.  Present in the gallery were Gordon Richard-reporter, Jennifer Schuller, Amanda Ericson, Brian Johnson, Aaron Larsen, Theresa Deem, Vickie Larsen-blogger and city ‘what-evah’ Wanda Halverson.  The assemblage recited the Pledge of Allegiance and so it goes, we’re gonna let it all hang out! 

Clingin’ to a metal chair with my knees

Sun is still shinin’ in the street

Nobody knows (not even the Mayor) what the agenda is about

It’s too much man, we’re gonna let it all hang out!

Agenda item #3 – Mayor calls for Approval of the Agenda.  No changes in the line-up, so they’re gonna let it all hang out!

Agenda Item #4 – Mayor calls for Approval of the Minutes of October 4, 2021, and October 18, 2021, and so with no challenges or corrections in FO Pat’s version of the minutes the council voted to accept.

No one steppin’ up to take a Ward II chance

No council interview to make FO Pat spill her Victoria’s Secrets

No time to waste on a fade out

It’s a cause lost, so we’re gonna let it all hang out!

Agenda Item #5 – Interviews of the vacant Ward II council seat.  No takers, FO Pat must be losin’ her touch in her search for protections against Patty Whackers.

Agenda Item #6 – Alcester Chamber of Commerce – Amanda Ericson appeared on behalf of the Alcester Chamber of Commerce to request street closure for the Christmas Tree Lighting event.  Her request was granted by the council but with the codicil Mayor Haeder wanted to consult with Chief of Police Austin Schuller.

Pinned up with my button plea

I listened to the following opinioned input

Much of it held some clout

It smacked and walloped, but we’re gonna let it all hang out!

Agenda Item #7 – Public Input.

(12:42.00) Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples voiced her concerns with the public Facebook criticisms of the Finance Office.  Councilwoman Peeples stated, “…First people I met when I moved here were the city Finance Officer Jurrens…Chief Jeff Christie and Police Officer Austin Schuller.  They are the reason I fell in love with this town…”  (16:27.10) Councilwoman Peeples went on to comment on the signs that were put into place by the Commercial Club-now known as the Chamber of Commerce.  These signs are in a condition which fails to give a welcome message.

(17:57.53)  Vickie Larsen was next.  I asked if Chief Austin’s On-Call was paid.  I was told he had received his On-Call pay November 1, 2021, two weeks after the council voted to pay the On-Call time.  I questioned why the payment was delayed since the council voted to pay the debt on October 18, 2021.  I asked why FO Pat delayed payment.  She used a variety of excuses why she deliberately failed to pay Chief Austin.  From she didn’t want to do a special payroll, so she delayed the payment.  Oh and yes (18:38.80) FO Pat, “…I don’t appreciate that comment…”Yo, FOPat do ya realize the penalty of delaying payment to an employee?  Folks check out the FLSA.  Usually government entities cannot be sued but if any delay in payment is deliberate or punitive, immunity may be waived.  In addition, if a city employee takes this action on her own initiative she may be liable for damages actual and punitive and may rise to criminal. 

>I noted the Freedom of Information for the credit card itemized billings were missing a month or two, but that I would be sending which months were missing in the warrant records I was given access to on Monday, October 11. 2021, at 10:00 a.m. 

>I asked whether former Police Chief Jeff Christie was paid for his On-Call time.  Mayor Haeder answered, (19:10.46) “I believe his account was completely settled up when he left.”  In other words, Mayor Haeder did not know firsthand and was working off FO Pat’s ‘word’ Chief Christies’s On-Call time was paid, on time and in full.  

(19:18.40) Jennifer Schuller voice her displeasure of the delay in payment to Chief Austin for his On-Call time.  She spoke of On-Call time covering a span from June 6, 2021 to September 25. 2021.  She spoke of the FO Pat’s failure to post the job opening for several weeks. (20:26.93) Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Alcester City Safety Committee responded to Jennifer Schuller’s comments, acknowledging the city dropped the ball.  (21:53.43) We should have been doing our job.  (22:56.27)  Mayor Haeder states it is going to be paid, it is being paid acknowledging the city failed Chief Austin.  (23:49.90)  FO Pat injections. “I’m going to stand up for our office because our office took the brunt of all these negative comments that were made…there was not communication from the public safety committee or the mayor”.  WOW such loyalty, you sure did through your bosses under the bus.  Too bad your employee evaluation cannot be made public.  Maybe the public would like to file their own evaluation of how ya’ll are doin’ your job.  FO Pat goes on to say, “…we didn’t know…”,   Yo Pat welcome to our world, you commented one time in the office at the auditorium when I was in the hallway waiting, “what the council doesn’t know…”!  (25:39.27)  Mayor says, “we’re not trained…there’s no class we can go to”  Tell us again Mayor Haeder, ’cause FO Pat knows about them and so should City Attorney Sam Nelson.  It’s call SDML (South Dakota Municipal League) and the city of Alcester is a member.  In fact folks there was a conference just this past October.  Point of fact, October 7, 2021, Thursday at 9:00 a.m. there was a workshop/class for Elected Officials:

“9:00 a.m.  Elected Officials Workshop 1. Public Nuisances: Problems and Solutions Dave Pfeifle, Director, SDPAA ` Ryan Sage, Assistant City Attorney, Sioux Falls • Authority to Access Property for Inspection and Photos • Entry onto Property for Abatement • Junk Car Removal Process • Bring your questions for discussion! 2. Connecting With Your Community, Even During Crisis Heather Hitterdal, Owner, H Squared Communications A variety of projects require public buy-in to succeed. The best intentions don’t matter if the project never gets off the ground because of public controversy. Heather will help you engage the community with accurate and timely information that will inspire trust, acceptance, and support.” https://www.sdmunicipalleague.org

In fact I know Pat Jurrens, a June 2012 council appointee filling the Ward II city council vacancy attended a SDML workshop on Property Maintenance in Pierre.  By-the-way the city paid for her registration and she only attended one class on her way fishing.  Pat Jurrens has also attended the SDML Finance Officers School and Municipal Elections workshop so her whiny excuses, “I didn’t know” should have the Pinocchio rule applied or is there an app for that.  (31:43.90) Mayor Haeder states, “we should have thought about this three months ago…”  IT WAS YOUR JOB, MAYOR!

(33:44.43)  Councilwoman Linda Talbott asked about the interviews and how should she handle the documents arising out of those interviews.  Put them in a safe place and keep them out of the hands of the Finance Office.  ‘Cause I have found in the past, things just ‘disappear’.

(34:44.47)  Theresa Deem asked if the hours of the Golf Course Bar were going to be enforced.  Note the tap-dance Mayor Haeder did about enforcement.  He never said a word about the employee who allegedly sold multiple packs of beer, locked up but left the patrons still sitting on the patio of the golf club house.  (39:23.67)  After a lengthy discussion on city and state laws on alcohol, it was acknowledged it is against the law to send a patron out with a glass of booze in their hand.  OMG shades of the BYOB Birthday party and sending out open bottles of booze with the clean-up crew of one.

(42:26.77) While the Alcester Community Center is not officially open, they have been granted temporary occupation.  Now the building must be inspected by certified professionals in the various fields of inspection to be allowed to have public events or occupations.  Guess who did the inspections?  Why is was none other than Geoff Fillingsness, the city code enforcement officer who is employed at $25 per hour by the city of Alcester to do property maintenance inspections.  What is wrong with this picture? Is he really going to tell Pat he cannot inspect her…building?   Yeah right.

(43:28.03) Mayor Haeder had input regarding the HRC.

Agenda Item #8   Legal Updates-nothing consequential.

Agenda Item #9 – Redistricting Resolution- No action taken, draft was not completed.

Agenda Item #10 – Sterling Snow Truck –  (47:35.30)  The Mac is out but now we have a better (?) pick.  It is a 2006 Sterling A9500 for the great price of $39.900.00.  Lonnie Johnson, street department was traveling to Cedar Rapids Monday morning at 7:00 a.m. to have a-look-see.  According to Pat we looked at it on-line and for the edification of the council Pat made copies.  I went on line and looked at the pictures, I sure hope the Sterling stays in Cedar Rapids.  My problem is the warrant and check (?).  Pat says, “…we couldn’t tell from the pictures…” (about the cracks?)  Right fender had a spider webs of what appeared to be cracks in the fiberglass.  This was on the website showing the vehicle.  I believe there were 16 pictures of the interior and the spider-web on the right fender.  Those were not on the handouts.  Unfortunately when I went back to the site to save those photos the unit was no longer on the site.

It is still smokin’ in the big window council room

So FoPat and Wanda how does Face timing with social media mess you up?

Eatin’ you Panera baguettes, bistro soup and Greek sandwiches

Suck it up mesdames, let it all hang out!

Agenda Item #11 – Community Center Staff Hire (54:30.43)

Agenda Item #12  – Community Center Cleaning Contract (01:04:25.87)

Voted to spend $1300 a month for cleaning.

Agenda Item #13 – Community Center Equipment (01:06:48.00)  $19,160.36

Dinnerware , Tableware, food service items.  Now folks I really gotta share this with you ’cause it shows how hard the Finance Officer works.  FO Pat met with Mr. Nyreen and Mr. Nygard October 11, 2021, in the city offices while I was present.  The conversation I heard went like this, FO Pat saying, “…should we use plates for salads or bowls for salads…” and “…we’ll go up to Maxwells tomorrow afternoon make final decisions…”  She spent almost an hour and a half  put her two cents in on what kind of dinnerware, tableware and other items.  Council voted to accept the $19,160.36 price tag.  Oh yeah lest we forget the purchase of 33 dozen dinner plates was included in that figure.

Agenda Item #14 – Wastewater Facility Upgrade  (01:12:35.07)  Council voted to approve boring bid of $6250.00 with a $15.00 per foot. 

Agenda Item #15 – HRC  (01:20:58.53)

Agenda Item #16Finance Office Update  (01:31:21.37)

Agenda Item #17Executive Session 1-25-2.1 Personnel (01:33:03.33) 

27 minutes of disgusting personnel. 7:34 p.m.- 8:01 p.m.

Agenda Item #18 – Adjourn  8:02 p.m.

Writ’ the story all day, took notes all night

Eyes tired,  Brain numb, can’t stop now

For sure, there ain’t no doubt about FO Pat’s snout,

Kept an open mind and now I’m gonna let it all hang out!*

*inspired by the lyrics of the song, (Let It All Hang Out) 1967 performed by The Hombres written by Jeff Paris/Moon Calhoun

I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the folks who attended the city council meeting Monday night, November 1, 2021, to support Police Chief Austin.  You have read, heard and viewed what went on in that meeting.  The Facebook conversations referred to in that meeting, were from individuals offering up their opinions as individuals not entities or organization.   

Mayor Haeder and the council hold the power of the Finance Office, not the other way around.  When FO Pat Jurrens is directed, told, commanded to do something within her job description, she is to do it forthwith!  Not delay, dally or defer to a time when she feels like doing her job.

When I have been questioned by Mayor Haeder or the council at the council meetings, they ask me why am I speaking of the issue?  I usually respond it is something I myself has witnessed or gathered irrefutable proof.  I do have folks who come to me because they feel council listens yet does nothing.  People are afraid for their jobs or retaliation from the Finance Office or Council members if they push back.  I have a bit of advice, for any city employee or any city official who elects to harass a citizen in their workplace, particularly if the citizen is a federal employee.  Be very careful!

Oh yeah, Wanda you happily collect overtime for what-ever-it-is you do but our police officers cannot not!

After what I have witnessed, heard and overheard, it appears we need the Busy Bees come and fumigate our Finance Office and we will gladly pay $1300. 00 for that service.

Heard a man lying through his teeth

Watched a woman honing her on-going criminality skills

Making Charles Ponzi look like a girl scout a sellin cookies

Sorry ’bout that, but I am gonna let it all hang out.*

*inspired by the lyrics of the song, (Let It All Hang Out) 1967 performed by The Hombres written by Jeff Paris/Moon Calhoun

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

10/27/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

Stand and Deliver

Eric Clapton

“Stand and deliver

You let them put the fear on you

Stand and deliver

But not a word you heard was true

But if there’s nothing you can say

There may be nothing you can do” *

September 18, 2021 City Council MeetingAgenda Item #9 – (38:06.87) On Call Pay  Police Chief Austin Schuller presented his claim for his unpaid on call time of  $1.36 per hour compensation for his on call status. Folks as the council tried to grasp of paying their chief of police what was due him and I suspect what was withheld from for Police Chief Christie by Finance Officer Jurrens and Mayor Haeder. 

Listen carefully to the discussions:   (51:41.80)(55:47.77)(1:01:56.80)(1:03:04.47) (1:03:25.23) and (1:04:15.87).  Now pay special attention to FO Ass’t Wanda Halverson.  Where does Wanda get off comparing her duties of filing, sweeping and shopping with the duties and obligations of law enforcement? 

At the October 18, 2021, council meeting video marker (1:03:04.90) Wanda says,

“can I say something?…Nobody else gets on-call pay, they (?) get calls all weekend long… you don’t want your water treatment plant uh plant flooding.

Chief Schuller who actually had the floor,

“you get to go to Sioux Falls whenever you feel like…when you are off?”

Wanda,

U-h-m, not all the time…No…not if there is something going on…We (who is we?) usually stay at home and make sure nothing is needed…  (Here Wanda raises her voice) I’M JUST SAYING NOBODY  ELSE GETS TO GO TO…YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN… NOBODY ELSE GETS ON-CALL DUTY AND THEY ARE…HE ( who is he?) DOESN’T GET ON-CALL PAY.”

Councilwoman Linda Talbott says,

“…but this is in our policy…”

Wanda,

“…But isn’t everybody else…shouldn’t everybody get on-call pay?  If one department does…I get stupid ones (phone calls) at home…there’s a dog running-at-large…I need the dump key…the..the shed over there…the park shelter… the shelter.”

Councilman David Larsen breaks in with,

…Let’s, let’s figure out much that is…” (?)

Folks. I want to go back to Alcester employee Wanda’s reference to a phone call “…I need the dump key…”  Hell-O?  So folks is the city office just handing out dump keys to anybody to dump anything.  REALLY?  The dump-site has hours in which waste is accepted, those manned hours should be published at the dump-site, the city offices-site and the city web-site.  The city web-site does publish the Rubble site hours, so there ya go.  Shouldn’t need a key if ya’ll show up during open hours.

          Now going back to Wanda’s whine fest over ON-CALL duty.  I will again refer back to Mayor Haeder’s favorite public response when citizens of Alcester complain about certain decisions of the city council, “Suck-it-up buttercup!”  So in the Mayor’s own vernacular Ms. finance office employee, Suck it up Buttercup. 

Actually,  “suck it up, buttercup”  is another way of saying, “quit whining, and put your big girl (Duluth brand?) panties on” 

            So Wanda, nobody else got that $100 medical insurance stipend that you did ’cause you were already on a family policy through your spouse’s work place.  In the past, medical insurance for city employee’s was take it or leave it, not go screeching down the aisle let’s make a deal.

          By the way does the city withhold the proper taxes for those windfall stipends or it is up to W-the-WNR to claim those stipends she gets as income.  Folks, “Stipends are fixed amounts that are paid to an individual to offset certain expenses…Smaller stipends are sometimes offered to defray specific costs like phones.  For example a monthly $30 phone stipend allows the employee to pay for a phone of their own choosing.  BUT using your own telephone, private email or computer with a city app. has inherent problems.  For instance, if the city records are subpoenaed for cause, so to may your personal telephone, your personal computer, your personal email and ALL information they contain.  Now that would be entertaining for the good citizens of Alcester to read any subpoenaed transcripts of emails or computer contacts of say the finance officer or the mayor.  So why do the council members not have city-generated emails where citizens can contact them and the city snoop patrol not have access to private emails.  Laziness?

          Because stipends are not wages for services, Social Security and Medicare taxes are not withheld.  Stipends are still considered taxable income.  Since employers are not required to withhold taxes on a stipend, employees of the city receiving stipends should maintain records of those quarterly stipends you receive throughout the year.

          Back to the On-Call issue. 

  “Policy 5:  Hours of Work – 5.6 ON CALL TIME:  ‘Police Department:  The Chief of Police  (not the mayor, not the finance officer nor Wanda Halverson)will schedule on-call time.  Officers who are on-call will comply with the same standard of care and conduct as the on-duty officers.  While on-call, officers will remain within 15 miles of the City of Alcester, and avoid situations where they would not be able to receive and respond to calls from dispatch.

          Officers who are on-call will respond to calls for police services as quickly and as safely as possible.  When responding to calls for police services, officers will consider the nature of the call, the need for immediate assistances, road conditions, weather conditions, traffic conditions and other circumstances that may pose risks to public safety.  Response times will reflect these conditions.’”

After Wanda’s whining the council spoke of dealing with ON-CALL FOR ALL or ON-CALL FOR NONE.  That is bull***t.  Come to the November 1, 2021, 6:00 p.m. meeting and make your voice hear.

You wanna be your own driver

Or keep on flogging a dead horse?

Do you wanna make it better

Or do you wanna allow it to be made worse?

*

Do you wanna our law enforcement to be free

Or do you wanna them to be slaves?

Do you wanna then to wear those FO $$ chains

Until they’re lying in the grave?

*

Stand and Deliver

You let her put the fear on you

Slow down that river called follow the leader council  voting

If there’s nothing you can say (according to the mayor)

There may be something you CAN do.

*

Stand and Deliver

Stand and Deliver

*

Stand and Deliver your view on November 1, 2021.**

Do we want safety for and with our law enforcement team or do we want this:

    October 18, 2021, Video marker (1:01:53.73) Councilman David Larsen opinion,

“If there’s a school shooting, county’s going to have to take care it…If someone is burglarizing my house, I’ll take care of it!”

Vigilantism?

Folks you want to take back control?

Tell the council!  Do not just tell them, trusting something will be done.  Look them in the face, make them look at you and then tell you to your face to Buck it up Buttercup. 

The Buck stops with WE THE PEOPLE

Stand and Deliver!

Make Alcester Great Again!

Come to the meeting Monday, November 1, 2021 – 6:00 p.m.

**Inspired by the song, Stand and Deliver, Written By Van Morrison – Performed by Eric Clapton

Release Date December 4, 2020

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

10/18/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

Mayor  Haeder called the October 18, 2021, city council meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Council members present were Councilwoman Linda Talbot,  Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples. Councilman Lukas Dreisen and City Attorney Sam Nelson.

Agenda Item # 3 Approval of the agenda was called (01:16.93).  There was discussion of a change/addition to the agenda but was not acted upon.  Judge for yourselves folks. (01:30.70)  Does adding an executive session to Agenda item 10(f) constitute a change?  I think it does.  Note Mayor Haeder’s reaction to this news (01:56.07), it is the Mayor job to set the agenda.

Agenda Item #4 – Public Input – was called (03:03.27) with two responses.  Vickie Larsen (03:05.40) presented items of interest Pig Ordinance, Crosswalk at Lincoln and Jefferson, Redistricting, No city video on city website, city website not current, water cost raises may be in error due to previous rural water loan and Mayor Haeders remarks regarding wasting time. (04:57.70)

Reporter Gordon Richard (05:22.17) asking for the official date of opening of the Alcester Community Center.

Agenda Item #5 – Council vacant seat candidates.  None

Agenda Item #6307 Iowa Street nuisance – Legal updates (06:39.07)

Agenda Item #7 – Redistricting of District #16  Motion was received to prepare a Resolution for no change to the District 16 Boundaries.

Agenda Item #8 – Chairpersons updates of departments. (15:34.40)

a) Street Department- Councilwoman Linda Talbott gave an update on the desire to bid at Auction on a used snow plow/truck.  (16:42.13)  Bookkeeper Jurrens butted into the discussion to display her expertise of “Cats, Macs and Sterling Snowplows” Oh My!  Bidding ends October 28th. 

The Mayor Haeder diverted from the agenda to discuss upcoming reviews of employees.  Folks here is your chance to voice your opinion on employee performance and behaviors.  Contact the Mayor.

b)  Cemetery – no report

c)  Water/wastewater –  (25:10.93) The city failed to pass water quality due to Toxins present.  Another test will be performed.  This test uses (25:49.30)  a bioassay using the Daphnia Magna’s  super sensitivity to toxins in monitoring water quality.  Daphnia Magna, Order Cladocera is a fresh water crustacean carrying the common name of water flea solely due to its appearance and jerky movement through the water resembles that of a land flea but has no biological connection to the Flea, Order Siphonaptera.

d)  Police  Update –

e)  Library Update – Handicap button arrived for installation for handicap access.

f)  Golf Course – slow to no patronage.

g)  Finance Office – Flitting like a flea doing “construction things”.  Why and with what ‘expertise’?  (37:17.47)

Agenda Item #9 – (38:06.87) On Call Pay  Police Chief Austin Schuller presented his claim asking for his unpaid on call time of  $1.36 per hour compensation for his on call status. Folks as the council tried to grasp of paying their chief of police what was due him and I suspect what was withheld from for Police Chief Christie by Finance Officer Jurrens and Mayor Haeder.  Listen carefully to the discussions at (51:41.80), (55:47.77), (1:01:56.80), (1:03:04.47), ( 1:03:25.23) and (1:04:15.87).  Now pay special attention to finance office assistant Wanda Halverson.  Where does Wanda get off comparing her duties of filing, sweeping and shopping with the duties and obligations of law enforcement? 

          I would quote from the 2020 city personnel policy, “Policy 5:  Hours of Work – 5.6 ON CALL TIME:  ‘Police Department:  The Chief of Police  (not the mayor, not the finance officer nor Wanda Halverson)will schedule on-call time.  Officers who are on-call will comply with the same standard of care and conduct as the on-duty officers.  While on-call, officers will remain within 15 miles of the City of Alcester, and avoid situations where they would not be able to receive and respond to calls from dispatch.

          Officers who are on-call will respond to calls for police services as quickly and as safely as possible.  When responding to calls for police services, officers will consider the nature of the call, the need for immediate assistances, road conditions, weather conditions, traffic conditions and other circumstances that may pose risks to public safety.  Response times will reflect these conditions.'”

Agenda Item #10 – Community Center (1:14:17.37) Note the motions to hire personnel, pay for equipment purchase of TV, Grills, Griddles and stand.  Then we get to the conundrum of the great Coke Sponsorship.  (1:30:13.63)  Quid Pro Quo?  As I researched this ‘wind-fall’ I found this involves an application.  So who filled out the application?   I noted Coke had a Covid type sponsorship which FOPat seems to gravitate toward.  Anyhow, when she said the magic number of  $135,000.00 +/- to be delivered in two installments of $67.000.00 just reached up and grabbed Mayor Haeder by his spend-nerve.  Now folks there is a contract Coke requires for participation, a rather lengthy, provocative and naturally favors Coke.  Alcester city attorney Sam Nelson read the contract and expressed his concern over several items contained within the contract language. 

          Needless to say, here is where the unapproved agenda change comes in.  City Attorney Sam wanted to ‘talk’ in Executive Session and so the Motion so Councilman David Larsen could listen to a ten minute explanation of Attorney Sam’s concerns.  The council went into Executive Session at 7:34 p.m. and was back out at 8:02 p.m. some 30 minutes later.  So at (1:35:00.07) the motion was called to allow Mayor Haeder to sign this great sponsorship deal upon advice of city attorney Sam Nelson’s opinion of form and manner.  Yup the council voted to blindly allow Mayor to sign us up for gosh only knows what. 

Agenda Item #11 – Finance Office 

City Offices will be closed on October 22, 2021, so our Finance Officer and her minion may ‘work’ on cleaning and prepping the Great Alcester Albatross for its first event. (1:44:54.40)  Before that event can take place the place must be inspected to satisfy fire code.   H-m-m  (1:45:54.83)

Agenda Item #12Executive Session  Not needed

Agenda Item #13  – Adjourn  –  Meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

Folks it is past time for the removal of Ms. Jurrens as finance officer!  Her review is imminent, let the council and mayor know how you feel.  We have lost two Police Chiefs due to her interference, we have lost at least three council members who worked for the people and now we are in danger of losing more law enforcement due to the lamentable lack of controls over the finance office.  We have a large number of residents who cannot afford the fees, street taxes and water fees levied against them and who have no one to speak for them. 

          We now have an albatross wrapped around our collective necks, with a business plan designed apparently to just break even or if we are really unlucky goes bust leaving us with an empty event center with no community in it!  We have allowed the city to run competition to several businesses in the bar and restaurant fields which effectively shuttered those businesses.  With the shuttering of those businesses we lost sales tax revenues, when we allow stand-alone garages in residential zones (i.e. a $25K garage instead of a $100K home) we lose property tax revenues and property values, when we cannot attract businesses to town we cannot offer jobs and our homes lose their value.

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

10/04/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

Mayor  Haeder called the October 4, 2021, city council meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Council members present were Councilwoman Linda Talbot,  Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples and City Attorney Sam Nelson.

Agenda Item #3 – Approval of  the agenda.  (00:55.80)

When I pulled the agenda, I noticed errors and violations in it.  I e-mailed my concerns to the council to make sure it was amended.  Public input was placed as agenda item #9 after Agenda Item #5 Variance, after Agenda Item #6 Variance, after Agenda Item #7 changes to District 16, and after Agenda Item #8 Interviews of  Ward II and Ward III vacancy candidates.  Agenda Items #5, #6, #7 and #8 all required the public opportunity to speak to their content.  In addition the council was acting as the Planning & Zoning board for the two variances which the agenda failed to note.  The Planning & Zoning Board is called to order, call the two variance questions, discussing the merits, then vote to recommend the variances to the city council.

          Under the 2018 Revised Alcester Zoning Regulations Chapter 15,

15.04  Variances  The Zoning Board shall have…For purposes of this Ordinance, public interest shall include the interests of the public at large within the City, not just neighboring property owners…”

 SDCL 11-4-17

(1) Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of this chapter or of any ordinance adopted pursuant to this chapter;

(2) Authorize upon appeal in specific cases such variance from terms of the ordinance not contrary to the public interest, if, owing to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the provisions of the ordinance will result in unnecessary hardship and so that the spirit of the ordinance is observed and substantial justice done; and(3) Hear and determine conditional uses as authorized by the zoning ordinance. The uses shall be determined by an affirmative majority vote of the present and voting members of the board of adjustment. (SDC 1939, § 45.2607; SL 2000, ch 69, §62; SL 2015, ch 72, §8; SL 2021, ch 55, §6.Amended by S.L. 2021, ch. 55,s. 6, eff. 7/1/2021.Amended by S.L. 2015, ch. 72,s. 8, eff. 7/1/2015.)”

in addition further requires the following:

C.      Required findings for the Granting of a Variance:

          In granting a Variance, the Zoning Board of Adjustment shall affirmatively determine that all of the following criteria are met:

          1.  Literal interpretation and enforcement of the provisions of this Ordinance create an “unreasonable hardship” by depriving the landowner of the ability to reasonably use his or her lot for those principle uses  authorized in the particular district in which the lot is located.

          2.  A variance shall be granted only where the physical conditions of the lot (including but not limited to irregularly shaped, narrow, shallow, steep, etc.) directly result in the unnecessary hardship.

          3.  The variance request is not seeking to allow a principal or accessory land use otherwise excluded from the particular district in which the lot is located.

          4.  The variance granted is the minimum variance that will alleviate the unnecessary hardship.

          5.  Granting the variance will comply with the general purpose and intent of this Ordinance, and will not be offensive or unfairly burden neighboring properties or the public welfare generally.

It is my belief that these required findings for granting the Variance be enumerated and documented in the variance, point by point signed by the Mayor and attested to by the Finance Officer.

So suggestion were made to move Agenda Item #10 to the Agenda Item #7B position (01:06.73) and to move Agenda Item #9 between Agenda Item #4 and Agenda Item #5 (01:45.83) So with those suggested amendments to agenda approval the motion was called and unanimously approved.

Agenda Item #4  – Approval of the minutes of September 7 and September 20 council meetings.  Vote was unanimous to approve.

Agenda Item #9 Public Input  

( 06:06.77)I responded with comments and questions on the Christensen lawsuit (0:06:18.70) which has not yet been settled, the 307 Iowa Street issue (06:27.00) which has not resulted in litigation yet still requires legal attention, I asked for the (0:07:30.90)pig ordinance number and ultimately for a copy of that ordinance which City Attorney Sam echoed his request, I asked about my Credit Card FOIA  access and I asked about the Samsung Tablets (07:47.23)   Specifically why Former Councilman Keiser did not receive one particularly when he was unable to make the meetings in person, a situation the council was made aware of when they appointed him.  FO Jurrens responded (08:20.40) that she had asked him but he did not take it.  I find this hard to believe and indeed when I double checked for accuracy his answer gave lie to FO Jurrens response.  Mayor Haeder asked Council members Reppe, Larsen, and Talbott if they had received the Samsung Tablet.  They replied they had.  Of course they did, ’cause Mr. Johnson and Mr. Keiser were not on the council yet.  I asked this because one of those Samsung tablets was never offered to me, s-o-o evidently my tenure as councilwoman was never considered anything but brief so why waste a tablet on me.

Ms. Cosette Heman responded to public input praising the cemetery care. 

(09:15.93) Councilman David Larsen responded to get the word out the ‘Community Center’ was in need of wait staff.

Agenda Item #5   – Variance (10:14.43)   310 Union  Joe Constance property.  Discussion took place and at motion was made to approve the variance.  Vote was taken (11:58.07)  with Mayor Haeder announcing approval of the variance.  Wrong Mr. Mayor, this was the Planning & Zoning Board, they can only vote to recommend to the city council.  This is an appointed Board and can only recommend. 

Agenda Item #7 – Redistricting of District 16.  (13:30.67)  This was something no one really knew much about.  Received a call from one of the Union County Commissioners on Friday asking the issue be placed before the city.  (13:41.09)  There was a map of the suggested re-alignment of District 16 but unfortunately not a certified map so no real basis on which to make any kind of judgment.

Agenda Item #6 – Variance  (29:51.80) 406 Broad Street  Josh and Audri Carlson.  Councilman David Larsen moved to AGAIN to approve the variance, NOT to recommend the variance to the city council. (31:28.23) Council votes to approve the variance instead of recommending to the council.

Agenda Item #10 – Legal Update on 307 Iowa issue. (32:51.43)  At (32:31.90) FO Jurrens wants an Executive Session to discuss her concerns.  Kind of late for that, don’t cha think?  Council goes into Executive Session with FO Jurrens SDCL 1-25-2.3 at 6:33 PM and discuss and discuss while those of us exiled into the hallway and did not have a phone to play with like Wanda, stood around.  Finally the council came out of Executive Session at 7:22 PM .  City attorney Sam Nelson made his escape for his 7:00 PM appointment.

Agenda Item #9 – Public Input – (32:31.90) Police Department report.  This should have had its own agenda item but the agenda was royally screwed up and failed to specifically place the Police Department.  Police Chief Austin Schuller gave his report.

Agenda Item #8( 37:15.73) Ward II and Ward III vacancy candidate interviews.  (37:40.67)  Ward II had no candidates or applicants for the vacated seat.  (38:03.07)  Ward III had two applicants for the vacant seat, Lukas Driesen and Vickie Larsen.  (39:12.10)  The council moved into Executive Session at 7:26 PM to conduct the interviews.  Ready, set, go for it.  Mr. Driesen was first to interview at 7:30 PM , then at 7:40 PM it was my turn.  Once the door clicked shut I was immediately asked the question, “…if you are appointed will you stop your blog…?”  I answered no but I would not critique city employees but I would share my opinions and then watched the faces.  I was accused of disseminating mis-information, alluding and accusatory comments.  I informed him that I double check anything I print for accuracy and I asked him what false information was I passing along.  There was the $500,000.00 debt that I disagreed with and evidently it is my fault people are asking tough questions.  I see the “Community Center” (the city of Alcester) is running direct competition with the other food and liquor providers in town.  Why didn’t the Community Center/City of Alcester lease the ‘restaurant’ to a restaurateur/chef instead of paying a hourly rate?  Yeah the city has all those donations, donations with strings and etc.  Once that building is built and the donations have been spent, just where is the income going to come from to keep the Community Center a viable business.  Just like a perpetual care cemetery, what happens when the cemetery runs out of land and has no income to pay the bills, what happens to a $3 million dollar building when the golf course and restaurant cannot pay the bills.  WHO PAYS?   It appears NOW as well as October 7th of last year I am not allowed to have my own opinion or vote anything other than the ‘party line’.  I have a problem indebting my fellow taxpayers to the tune of half a million dollars plus.  I explained what I had in mind for the long run for the community but I would not stop my blog.  I was told that he could not vote to seat me.  So be it.  The folks on the west side of town can come and look at the new asphalt for the Community Center and compare their gravel streets.  Congratulations Lukas (43:02.97) 

Agenda Item #11  Community Center (45:02.87)

(45:16.97)   The final bill for the kitchen equipment has come due. $11498.84.  Motion to pay.  (47:17.77)  Councilwoman Reppe asked Councilman Larsen to explain about the Community Center Funding.

(50:14.00)  Motion to hire Clint Nyreen at $18.50 per hour plus South Dakota Retirement and single health care. 

(52:50.57) Motion to hire wait staff, dishwasher cum plate scraper at minimum wage $9.45 per hour.  (54:32.43)

Agenda Item #12  – Library Door

Motion to pay 1/2 cost of repair to ADA accessibility.  $1250.00 city share.

Agenda Item #13 – Finance Office

Approve the warrants, approve and update volunteer roster and amend the credit cards.

Agenda Item #14 – Executive Session SDCL 1-25-2.1 Personnel   In Session at 8:20 PM…out of Session at 8:59 PM.

NON-Agenda Item #15  – Not approved Executive Session asked for by Wanda Halvorson.  SDCL 1-25-2.1 Personnel   In Session at 9:00 PM…out of Session 9:12 PM.

Agenda Item #16 – Adjourn  9:13 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

09/20/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.

Walter Elliot

Mayor  Haeder called the September 20, 2021, city council meeting to order at 6:01 p.m. with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Council members present in the council room were Councilwoman Linda Talbot,  Councilwoman Darla Reppe and City Attorney Sam Nelson with Councilman David Larsen and Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples taking part in the meeting via telephone/cell phone.   Absent were Councilman Brian Johnson and Councilman Curtis Keiser.

Agenda Item #3 – Mayor Haeder called for Agenda Approval which passed unanimously with four votes.  Please take note here the inherent problems with a telephonic council meeting.  Aside from the fact the Mayor cannot effectively determine the telephonic council persons are alone during executive sessions.

Agenda Item #4  – Council Resignations of Brian Johnson and Curtis Keiser due to cause.  Both men tendered their resignations via email letter stating why they were resigning from the council.  To paraphrase; lack of common business sense, lack of spending controls, pig-pet trolling, political symposium plugs coming out of the Alcester city office business, making time for meetings which turn into marathon exercises of “well back in Salem, we did this”…”well back in Emery, we did that” and other marathon memory meme’s.

          Councilman David Larsen made the motion to accept the resignations of Brian Johnson, Ward II and Curtis Hunter, Ward III and thanking both men for their service. (?) (04:23:20)   Councilwoman Darla Reppe  (04:35.10) seconded the motion as it was spoken and no correction to the name.  (05:13.23)  Mayor Haeder announcesunanimous approval vote to accept the resignations of Brian Johnson and Curtis Hunter.  NOT ONE WORD OF APPRECIATION TO THE TWO MEN from Mayor Haeder.  ‘Spose they will get a plaque? 

          (05:43.00) Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples asked the Mayor to repeat the names of the folks who made the motions and who seconded the motions.  She could not hear over the telephone.  Councilwoman Peeples made the point that telephonic participation in a city council meeting is minimal at best.  No see, no hear, and can lose connection in a heartbeat.

          The group went on to approve advertisement for two more city council members.

Agenda Item #5 – Public Input  (06:57:23)  Gordon Richard introduced himself as a reporter and  asked Mayor Haeder for a statement or statements regarding the cause for the two resignations so soon after appointment to the council.  Mayor Haeder told Mr. Richard that he really should ask the two former councilmen.  They had given their resignations via email.  (08:04.33)  Mr. Richard asked if the emails could be public information. The  Mayor turned to the actual lawyer and asked the question if the email would be public and city attorney Sam Nelson responded he felt it would be public accessible. (08:34.60)   With Mr. Richard’s question answered Mayor Haeder asked for more public input. 

          I responded (08:53.83)  covered several subjects included my FOIA for Water information, my FOIA for Credit card information.  I thanked the resigning councilmen for their service and I asked if Wanda was on the clock taking notes? (09:47:90)  Folks the Finance Officer is present, on-the-clock and taking council minutes is her duty.  In the past our city Attorney took notes on the minutes of the meeting.  So now it has been the habit to have Wanda Halvorson sitting presumably on-the-clock taking notes, the city Finance Officer is on-the-clock presumably take minutes and we have a City Attorney on-the-clock who could be taking notes on the minutes.  So we have a two employees from the finance office city in the council meeting at a wage of somewhere between the two of them is $50-$60/hour straight time, Overtime is $75-$90/hour and a city attorney who is booking out at $130 per hour.  So if one takes the September 7, 2021, meeting as an example, the fee for 4 hours worth of council meeting would cost the city $200-$240 straight time, $300-360 Overtime and legal time $520.00 for just one night.  Think about if folks, the city has now gone to two regular meetings per month for 24 meetings per year.  In addition, in the month of August, I believe there were at least 2 special meetings in addition to the two regular meetings.  Now figure that into your calculations.  Worth it, I do not think so.  I then made mention of some gifting, which has apparently taken place, of inappropriate gift which step over the line of sexual harassment.  I mention this because this had been reported to the council.  The council apparently took no action.  Now Folks presuming this event is accurate, the council was indeed informed and took no action the theory of ‘joint and severally’ kicks in.  Simply put if a criminal action takes place, it is reported to the superiors and the superiors take no action, the city can be sued and each individual council member can be personally named and redress can be exacted.  I find this behavior distasteful and criminal.  Nor do I think the later response made after I brought it up is inappropriate because it negates the duty to act and makes sport of the complaint. (17:32.30)  City Attorney Sam starts in on the Water Bill FOIA, he has his opinion and I have mine. (11:27:77)  Good Gravy Sam , I am not asking how many baths a week are drawn or who is sharing the bathtub! I had one more comment to Councilman David Larsen, I left copies of the Facebook accounts listed under the Alcester Golf Course and Alcester Golf Club mentioned in the previous meeting at his place on the council table. One additional comment to add which did not happen in the council meeting and is adverse to FO Pat’s comment regarding Rick Huber handled the Facebook pages, was the fact Mr. Rick Huber states he gave everything he had from the Golf Course to the city secretary when he left his position.

Agenda Item #6   Police Department

Full-time Police Officer candidate was presented.  Tracy Grayson Reid Cannon-Lass has applied for the position and agreed to the terms and conditions of employment.  The council voted to hire Grayson Lass as he prefers to be called.  Officer Lass will be paid $17 per hour until he is certified and then he will be paid $18 per hour.  Welcome to Alcester Officer Lass.

Agenda Item #7   Medical Cannabis

A)  Approval of the Licensing of Medical Cannabis – 2nd Read approved unanimously

B)  Approve of Zoning for Medical Cannabis – 2nd Read approved unanimously

Agenda Item #8   Legal Updates –  None

Agenda Item #9   Chairperson Updates-

          Golf Course patrons approached the city to form a Golf Course advisory Board.  This board would be limited to opinions only with no power.  The proposed make-up of this board would be; 2- male, 2-female, 1- council member and 2- members of the community.

          The library needs a handicap friendly door.  The $1200 total cost of this proposed modification would be shared 50/50 by the school and the city of Alcester.

Agenda Item #10   Office Building Door  Update is that City Glass effected a fix for the door so that it can be opened.  No confirmation of cost sharing between the city and the board.  Two entities have been contacted for quotes, quotes shared during the meeting were ADG (Automatic Door Group) proposed a bid of $8990 while City Glass proposed a bid of $9885.  Since there are still some issues yet to be addressed on this project and the ultimate proposed cost share, the council elected to wait to make a decision.

Agenda Item #11  Finance Office Updates

A)  Budget second reading approval was unanimous.

B)  Work Comp Volunteer Roster added coverage for select groups beyond Fire and Ambulance was approved

C)  Test Results  for THHM and HAA were within acceptable limits.

D)  TextMy Gov was presented by Finance Officer Jurrens.  In spite of FO Jurrens apparent approval the council to its credit decided we already have a Website along with several other avenues of communication with the residents of Alcester, we do not need a $3K per year program with a $1200 fee in addition to the $3K for the first year sign up.  Council stated NOT INTERESTED–TOO SPENDY.

E)  Reminders.

Agenda Item #12  Alcester Community Center

A)  Bond Closure  –  AMKO with Premier Bank taking on the 20 year commitment at 2.5% interest.

B)  Center Rental Agreement  –  Council approved unanimously.

C)  Cart Rental Storage Agreement    –  Council approved unanimously

Agenda Item #13  –  Executive Session  – SDCL -25-2.1 Personnel

Evidently the council did not want to take up my proposal to speak to my concerns about personnel.  GO Figure!  Evidently the council is not concerned about an on-going problem.  Council went into Executive Session at 7:33 P.M. with Councilwoman Reppe, Councilwoman Talbot, City Attorney Sam Nelson and Mayor Haeder in the session.  At 8:04 P.M. Finance Officer Jurrens was called into answer questions.  The Executive Session remained in session with the additional of Finance Officer Jurrens remaining in the session until 8:48 P.M.  NO ACTION WAS TAKEN ON THE SESSION RESULTS.

Agenda Item #14  City Employees

 A)  Hire James Anderson for the duties of part-time Utility person for Landfill, cemetery, mowing and snow removal.  Unanimously approval to hire at $15.00 per hour.

B)  Hire Mitch Merrick for the duties of part-time snow removal and mowing at unanimously approved hire at $15.00 per hour.

Agenda Item #15  Adjourn

Council unanimously approve adjournment at 8:51 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 – Resigned

Councilman Curtis Keiser – Resigned 

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517