05/04/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

* council meeting in auditorium- acoustics are terrible and it is increasingly hard to hear because the mayor mumbles and is inaudible from the distance we are required to sit. The council needs to add at least three microphones, one each at the east side council table, the south side council table and the west side council table, so the gallery can accurately hear our council members.  Note I added captions to help identify some of the agenda items.

Mayor Glas called the May 4, 2020, Alcester City Council meeting to order (kind-of) at 6:00 p.m. with the following council members present: David Larsen, Melissa Kay, Linda Talbott, Darla Reppe, Dan Haeder and City Attorney Sam Nelson reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The group approved the agenda, no discussion and a unanimous vote of five ayes approving the agenda. Then they went on to approve the minutes of April 4, 2020, and April 15, 2020, again with no discussion and a unanimous vote of five ayes to approve the minutes without change.

The Beck Drive gas line issue was addressed and voted to pay the $4750.00 bill to run gas line to Mike Burke’s newly purchased lot. Again a little discussion but with a unanimous vote of five ayes passing the issue.

Warrants were called (the bills of the city) with a motion, a second, no discussion and a unanimous vote of five ayes passing the payment of warrants as listed by Bookkeeper Pat Jurrens.

The council adjourned the old council at 6:05 p.m. with a motion, a second, no discussion and a unanimous vote of five ayes to adjourn.

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Mayor Glas opened the new meeting.

Agenda Item #2 Ward II vacancy interview of candidate Austin Schuller. The motion was made and seconded to go into Executive session to conduct the interview, Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens was asked to leave the meeting prior to the commencement of the interview. There was no discussion and the group voted unanimously five ayes to go into Executive Session at 6:07 p.m. The council was declared back into session at 6:18 p.m. No motions were made, no decision made and no business was conducted with reference to Mr. Schuller’s request for council seating in the vacant council seat in Ward II.

Agenda Item #3 The election of Council President and Vice President of the city council. The Council President takes over when the mayor is incapacitated, absent or resigns with the Vice President in stand by position. Dan Haeder moved to appoint David Larsen as council president, second, no discussion and the vote was 4 ayes and Councilman Larsen abstained from the vote. The vote affirmed the appointment of Councilman David Larsen as President of the Alcester City Council.

David Larsen moved to appoint Dan Haeder as Vice-President of the Alcester City Council, seconded, no discussion, with 4 ayes and Councilman Dan Haeder abstained from the vote. The vote affirmed the appointment of Councilman Dan Haeder as Vice-President of the Alcester City Council.

Agenda Item #4 Mayor presents Committee assignments. Mayor Glas handed out his/FO Pat’s (overstep by FO)committee assignments of the city council members. Councilwoman Melissa Kay took issue with the logic and implementation of the committee assignments. Mayor Glas appears to have used the lottery system of assigning committee memberships, you know where the little cubes with councilmember’s names are shaken up and the first three names that roll out are on that particular committee.

Mayor Glas was irritated that his logic was flawed and he started to pout.  A-w-w!

Agenda Item #5 ROC Transport – No show, evidently they do not want our business!

Agenda Item #6-AMKO-No show. Finance Officer Pat ‘explained’

Agenda Item #7-Public Input-I had public input. The Contract Variance of Lance Johnson, former councilman. I presented the council with a Variance Case #20107, Don Hamerly v The City of Lennox. Mr. Hamerly was represented by Larry A. Nelson of Frieberg, Rudolph & Nelson. Gee I understand that is the father of our City Attorney Sam Nelson. This where the court agreed with Mr. Nelson’s argument and found for Mr. Hamerly. So with that precedent why did our city council allow the contract variance of Councilman Lance Johnson?

     I also presented the council with Headlines of a case which happened in Alcester with regard to re-call of the mayor. I explained to the council the first Headline section dealt with the signed petition for the recall of Alcester Mayor Kim Shefte, the second Headline section involved the news our petition was kicked out because it was not specific enough and finally the third Headline section dealt with the fact where we (the petitioners) edited the petition so that it was specific…collected signatures and re-presented our petition to the council when Mayor Kim Shefte resigned. I was asked the question is this a threat and my answer was no- a promise.

Agenda Item #10 Garbage Collection- Loren Fischer wanted to permanently continue the one-side pick-up. This is a problem for our less agile population and just a pain in the neck for the rest of us. If nothing else, we could have a central dumpster and toss our own garbage into the dumpsters. FO Pat responded that those from outside the city would be dumping into those dumpsters, I responded they already are. Council voted to do the one-sided pick-up just during the spring soft street months.

Agenda Item #23 ADJOURN

                   Council adjourned at 8:42 p.m.

02/26/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

  • Folks you ever wonder why FO Pat is foaming-at-the-mouth for a office with a view?

She and Mayor Glas put her old digs up for auction and she ain’t got nowhere to go!

  • Now ya’all gotta know it ain’t ’cause she is qualified for an office with a view.

Nah, she sure ain’t no book-keeper.  Nope she’d rather keep a set of spare books just to keep track of her off-hours.   Let me define those off hours to ya’all;  off-hours are what she takes when she s’posed to be a workin’, lockin’ the  residents out of the finance office on Tuesday afternoons and against city ordinance, those kind of hours among other things.

  • Ya’all gotta know it ain’t ’cause she is a holdin’ a torch in the air on a little island spoutin ‘give me your tired, your poor…” shoot she don’t even want your garbage.

Boy howdy accordin’ to the local newspaper ol’ FOPat and Mayor Magoo sure did pour some gasoline on that there torch with their musical chair garbage pick-up.  Evidently Mayor Magoo and FOPat never heard ’bout an essay on Civil Disobedience by Thoreau.  Mr. Thoreau described civil disobedience (breach of law) as one’s moral duty if the alternative legal obedience causes harm to others.  Mr. Thoreau an educator refused to pay a poll tax which would expand slavery into the southwest and for his non-payment he was arrested and spent a night in jail.

Now ladies and gents, you can have a say but you have to do it in numbers, lots of numbers.  If you live on the side of the street which will host the garbage-can-soiree, come to the March 2, 2020, city council meeting and JUST SAY NO.  If you have to tote your garbage can across the street onto your neighbors property, come to the March 2, 2020, city council meeting and JUST SAY NO.  IF we get at least 50-100 property owners to show up to tell FOPat, Mayor Glas and the council, NO!  NOT JUST NO, BUT HECK NO! we will make our point, we ain’t takin’ this garbage!  Check out this weeks “Alcester Union-Hudsonite Newspaper”, front page article, see where Mayor Glas wants to send the garbage-can-picket-line.

But if they ignore us, then we take a page out of Henry David Thoreau’s Essay and PUT AN CIVIL DISOBEDIENT EXCLAMATION POINT ON THE GARBAGE!  We need to breach their legal britches with a not-so-civil boot!  We ARE the people, we will take back our Voice with a resounding NO WE AIN’T GONNA TAKE THIS GARBAGE!

 

 

11/27/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

Oh, it’s cryin’ time again, an’ Alcester FO Pat is weeping
I can see by that lyin’ look she’s been scheming and
With what she told the deputies, it won’t be long before
It’s crying time again, an’ Alcester FO Pat will be weeping.”*
*(inspired by the song lyrics “Crying Time” by Buck Owens)

Definitions:

Embezzlement– “the fraudulent appropriation of property by one lawfully entrusted with its possession.   To “…embezzle” means willfully to take or convert to one’s own use, another’s money or property, of which the wrongdoer acquired possession lawfully, by reason of some office or employment of position of trust. The elements of ‘offense’ are that there must be relationship such as that of employment or agency between the owner of the money and the defendant, the money alleged to have been embezzled must have come into the possession of defendant by virtue of that relationship and there must be an intentional and fraudulent appropriation or conversion of the money. The fraudulent conversion of the property of another by one who has lawful possession of the property and who fraudulent conversion has been made punishable by statute…” According to Black’s Law Dictionary 361 (Abridged 6th ed. (Centennial Edition (1891-1991))

Conversion-“an unauthorized assumption and exercise of the right of ownership over goods or personal chattels belong to another, to the alteration of their condition or the exclusions of the owner’s rights. Any unauthorized act which deprives an owner of his property permanently or for an indefinite time. Unauthorized and wrongful exercise of dominion and control over another’s personal property, to exclusions of or inconsistent with rights of owner.” According to Black’s Law Dictionary 231 (Abridged 6th ed. (Centennial Edition (1891-1991))

Ownership–  Ownership refers to the ultimate and exclusive rights and control over property that have been conferred by a lawful claim or title.

The reason for the definitions above and the codes which will come after is Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens has received a Summons, she has run afoul of the law AGAIN.

See Summons below.  If I remember correctly, in the Warrant of Arrest after Indictment # 63CR119-470 filed on October 2, 2019, Pat Jurrens’ bond was Conditional that she obey all federal, state and local laws and ordinances and that violation of any of these conditions may result in revocation of the bond. It appears she has failed to obey state and local law as it relates to alcohol and in my opinion embezzled from the city.

Yup Alcester Finance Officer Pat Jurrens threw a surprise birthday party for hubby. As Gomer Pyle used to say, “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise” Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens sent out Facebook Invitations as I understand it, which said BYOB.  BYOB are ya kidding?

It is against the law! The Alcester Municipal Golf Course has been granted a Retail On-Sale Liquor License. (See Below)

Now here comes the Alcester Ordinance :

4.0304  Operating Agreements

  1. Liquor licenses. All on-sale and off-sale liquor licenses within the city of Alcester shall be required to enter into operating agreements with the City of Alcester and shall be required thereunder to purchase ALL ALCOHOLIC beverages sold in such an establishment from the City off-sale establishment for resale under the operating agreement at a price of the actual wholesale cost to the City, transportation charges billed to the city and a markup of ten percent (10%) and such additional compensation or fee as may be mutually agreed upon by the parties.

4.0308    Possession of Alcoholic Beverages

Unless a special permit license shall be obtained from the City pursuant to this Chapter, it shall be unlawful to possess in any public place, street, alley, sidewalk, public park, place of amusement, or business establishment, not authorized to sell alcoholic beverages, pursuant to South Dakota law and the ordinances of the City of Alcester, any bottle whether or not containing alcoholic on which the seal has been broken and which bottle either did or does contain alcoholic beverages, or any glass, can or other container, containing alcoholic beverages.

IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR ANY ON-SALE ALCOHOL AND MALT BEVERAGE ESTABLISHMENT OF ANY EMPLOYEES, MANAGERS, OR OWNERS THEREOF TO ALLOW ANY PERSON TO LEAVE THE LICENSED PREMISES WITHIN THE CITY OF ALCESTER, WITH A CONTAINER OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE IN THEIR POSSESSION EXCEPT FOR THE SALE OF UNOPENED CONTAINS OF ALCOHOL AND MALT BEVERAGES, WHERE THE LIECENSEE HAS SOLD THE SAME UNDER AN OFF-SALE LICENSE.

*IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON TO CONSUME ANY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE UPON THE PREMISES OF A LICENSED ON-SALE DEALER IF THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE WAS NOT PURCHASED FROM THE ON-SALE DEALER.

4.0313 Penalties     Any person or any licensee hereunder found to have violate this Chapter shall be subject to the following penalties,

A.  A fine not to exceed $500.00 for each day of violation of this Chapter shall constitute a separate violation as to the sale of any alcoholic beverage not purchased through the municipal off-sale licensee, each bottle or container sold shall constitute a separate offense.

B.  The City Council of the City of Alcester may be majority vote, find that this Chapter has been violated and may recommend to the South Dakota Secretary of Revenue that the license of any alcoholic beverage licensee/establishment, found to have violated said chapter may be suspended or revoked pursuant to SDCL 35-2-10 and/or that, civil penalties as provided by SDCL 35-2-10.1 be imposed.

 

It is not enough that the City of Alcester Alcoholic Beverage Ordinances have been violated by Alcester City Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens but as I understand it Alcester City Finance office employee Wanda Halvorsen was working/serving at the Alcester City Golf Course Clubhouse on October 26, 2019, at the BYOB party and in her primary finance office position should have known city ordinance, had access to city alcoholic ordinance or had access to City Attorney Sam Nelson so she too is subject to alcoholic beverage violations.

Now there will be the familiar Patricia Jurrens whine, “…I didn’t know it was a violation..”. Below please see BOTH Mayor Tom Glas’ and Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens signatures on the 2015 Lease and Operating Agreement with Deems, BOTH Mayor Tom Glas’ and Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens on the 2017 Lease and Operating Agreement with Deems and the 2019 Deem Lease and Operating Agreement was recently signed. IT IS FINANCE OFFICER JURRENS JOB TO KNOW THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THOSE LICENSURE DOCUMENTS.

Now we get into what I would term the EMBEZZLEMENT side of the alcoholic goat rodeo violations. Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens brought in by invitation (BYOB) and by her own hand, alcohol not purchased through the city of Alcester which benefitted her personally because this alcohol did not include the markup amounts which cheated the City of Alcester and its residents of the 10% plus fees and etc. markup.

Finance Officer Jurrens knew full well the terms and conditions she was violating and if there was any question, she had the counsel of Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson to rely upon. She certainly has called upon ACA Nelson’s legal opinion on past occasion.

Now folks it isn’t just Alcester Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens on the hook but Ass’t Alcester Finance Officer Wanda Halverson not to mention it would seem by my reading, violations of Alcester City Ordinance 4.0308 could be levied against each and every surprise birthday party attendee on October 26, 2019.*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

09/03/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

In the spirit of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and Where is Waldo ? Alcester has come up with a new game played by FO Patricia and Alcester Councilman Lance Johnson.  It is called, wait for it,  Where is Councilman Lance Johnson’s building permit?

Check out the pics below.  Where is Lancie’s License to build? Can you find the building permit?  Good Luck.  I was there in person today and I could not see the city building permit and I asked the workman.  I asked, “where is the building permit?”  Workman said, “it is probably in the mayor’s pocket.  I said, “Mayor?”  Workman said, “Yeah, the one who lives over there indicating 517 Anderson Street.” I said, “he is not the mayor, he is just a councilman.” Imagine that!LANCE JOHNSON 09-03-2019-III.JPGLANCE JOHNSON 09-03-2019-II.JPGLANCE JOHNSON 09-03-2019-I.JPG

Did you know no permit, no dig?  Permit is supposed to be posted and there is something about conditional use, too.  That did not happen.  Did FO Pat over-extend her job description again?  By-the-way are the side yard set-back boundaries per code, the back set-back or the front set back correction?

Now to be fair, (it really bites in this case) the funeral home has the same problem.  Where is the permit?

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Can you see the building permit?  Folks this is right across from FO Pat’s Peek-a-Boo Office Window.  Again, where is the building permit.  FO Pat made a big deal over a businessman adding a concrete pad without a building permit.  So FO Pat and Mayor Glas, Where is the permit?  Got-to-be-posted, right?  Or are those rules just for the rest of us?  H-m-m-m?

NEWS FLASH!

UPDATE

Prior to the September 4, 2019, meeting FO Pat told me the funeral home has a building permit posted. 

Yeah, where?  Well folks the building permit for the funeral home is located in the east window of the Quam-Berglin Building ’cause there was no wall to attach the permit to.  REALLY, REALLY  Give ol’ FO Pat a cane ’cause that excuse is so lame even Mayor Magoo could see through it. I told Pat the permit should be on the premises and maybe a simple wood stake would take care of the lack of a wall.  Geez Louise, give that woman a crystal ball with instructions how to use it and she would ask, ” how do I see through my hands?”  Good Gravy and FO PAT is still looking for Carmen and Waldo!

 

 

08/19/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

I have been traveling and missed the August 5, 2019, city council meeting.  It sounded interesting.

I do however have a report or two on the Alcester City Code Enforcement Officer Geoff Fillingsness’ fishing trip to the Kezars.  On or around August 8, 2019, Code Enforcement Officer Geoff Fillingsness contacted the Kezars to let them know he was coming on August 9th at 9:00 a.m. to ‘inspect’ their home for Code violations, there had been complaints.  Really?  Ole FO Snoopy Nose?  Code Enforcement Officer Fillingsness warned the Kezars he had a warrant and expected to go into their home to take pictures.

REALLY! 

I was there to video-tape the fishing expedition.   Upon Code Enforcement Officer Fillingsness arrival just a few minutes before 9:00 a.m., I started filming.  Code Enforcer Fillingsness made it all the way to the door and when asked to present a valid warrant, he had to hussle back to his car to find the document.  What did he think?  That he was just going to walz into the home without question?  He presented a quasi-warrant to the home owners.  I say quasi because the document had no date, lacked the judge’s name, lacked a readable signature and carried no file number.  It lacked the affidavit of the complainant giving the judge the justification for signing an administrative inspection warrant, just plain lacking legal status in my book and smacked of FO Jurrens ‘aptitude’ for legal document incompetence.

Code Enforcer Fillingsness was told no he could not enter the home.  Code Enforcer Fillingsness wandered around the outside property, poked his Pinocchio nose into the garage, took pictures of windows and upon failing to gain admittance into the house he left with the verbal threat of, “…I am going to have to report this…”

Code Enforcement Officer Geoff Fillingsness returned on August 19, 2019, and was allowed into the home under duress and protest.  Pay special attention to the conversation regarding the file number, the name of the judge, the lack of date and time to object to the findings.

This can happen to any of us who collect.  It is moronic for FO Jurrens and Mayor Glas to whiz and moan about property maintenance and filing blind complaints on people.  Look and see what she perpetrated on the atrium in city hall and this is just a small example of what junk she shoved into the atrium.

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In 2014 the council voted for a website, not a high priority.  About four months ago the council again voted for a website, evidently still not a high priority for FO Pat and Mayor Glas.  Could it be because they would have to publish the agendas, the minutes and the city ordinances on the website.  We would get the breakdown money dispersions for the finance office, not just a global number.  We can fix this, we just have to be willing.  Call Mayor Glas 934-2188 or your ward council person and let them know!

05/21/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

I filed a violation of property maintenance with the city of Alcester for 518 Anderson Street including a picture of the vandalization of the curb and gutter.  In fact I hand-delivered that formal complaint of violation to Mayor Glas in front of the Alcester city council on April 15, 2019.

Mayor Glas finally got around to sending a letter in reply.

On May 9, 2019,  I reiterated my FOIA Request on the property maintenance violation.

On May 20, I received the delayed FOIA information and was denied information regarding the vandalization of 518 Anderson curb because according to Alcester Finance Officer Jurrens, Randy Heuer OWNS the curb and gutter.  BULL!  What barn-door barrister handed down that opinion?  As to who gave him permission to vandalize the curb and gutter, could it have been the Alcester city councilman who admitted to vandalizing election signs of Mayor Glas’ opponent in the mayoral election?  This is the city, boyo not the back forty, shelter belt!

FO Pat and Mayor spent many hours crafting their Home-Owners-Association-like Circus of Hades.  You know where the city is being run by a pair of pissants dictating what we can and cannot do within our castles, imposing their troglodyte tastes upon the rest of us, and giving their  drinkin’ buddies ‘speschal’ privileges.    The city owns the curb and gutter, the abutting homeowner pays the upkeep.  Kind-of-like the nightingale call girl.  Ya’ll don’t own her but if you enjoy her company ya’ll are payin’ her upkeep, her ‘managing partner’ fees and her shots!

So tell me, WHAT ARE SET BACKS Mayor Glas and Finance Officer Jurrens?  The city owns from the center of the street, thirty-three feet toward the property.  Maybe Mayor Glas, FO Pat and IA-Roo need to do a refresher course on property owner-ship and who owns what and how far.

So third request for FOIA:

  • FOIA 04-22-2019 II-NO ANSWER
  1. Full name and title* of the individual granting permission to vandalize/modify the curb portion of the curb and gutter abutting the property at 518 Anderson Street, Alcester, SD 57001.
  2. Full and complete documentation/council variance approval* for the vandalisation/modification of the curb portion of the curb and gutter abutting 518 Anderson Street, Alcester, South Dakota 57001 and owned by Randy R. Heuer.
  3. The name and address of the individual or company* which performed the vandalisation/modification of the curb portion of the curb and gutter abutting 518 Anderson Street, Alcester, South Dakota 57001.

Readers, Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson ‘schooled’ me during a city council meeting interrogation on who was giving me advice.  Young Sir, I am fully capable of acting pro se and surely you have figured this out by now.  But to use your own logic Alcester City Attorney Sam, ‘If you refuse to answer, it didn’t happen and…(here I quote you ACA Sam), “…you are wasting my time discussing this…”.

Folks Mayor Glas and FO Pat are more worried about how high the grass grows, how low the trees hang, but working fire hydrants are not a high priority!  So Mayor Glas and FO Pat in your letter you stated Randy Ray Roo had permission, so where is the demolition permission and fee?  Randy Ray Roo chopped up the curb, where is the demo permit showing he paid you $400?  That is in you lil’ ole property maintenance.  I think you ‘jewels’ were charging somewhere around $400 for a demolition and a permit had to be obtained from the city.  SO WHERE IS IT?  If you make changes you have to have a building permit and according to FO Pat’s job description she has to inspect ‘yer process and progress’.  So what class was that at Beacom School of Business again?

So according to Alcester City Attorney Sam, there was NO variance, NO permission, there was NO professional removal, NO ownership, apparently NO demo permit just a ‘bag of words’, a mesh satchel of lies and absolutely no facts.

I WANT ANSWERS!  My fellow citizens WANT ANSWERS.  So if it is okay for Randy Ray Roo can vandalize his curb and gutter, if Alcester Councilman can vandalize an election sign, then by golly the rest of us can be civilly disobedient with impunity!

04/15/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

I thought I would provide a brief comparison of what Alcester City Finance Officer believes her duties are.  Please note the color coding.  RED is the color used for the South Dakota Municipal League definition of a Finance Officer.  BLUE is the color used for a brief definition of City Manager.  Purple is the color used to denote a blend of Finance Officer and City Manager.  Remember folks we have a finance officer, NOT a city manager or administrator!

DUTIES OF MUNICIPAL FINANCE OFFICER

SDML

  • KEEP REGULAR BOOKS OF ACCOUNT
  • SUPERVISE ACCOUNTING SYSTEM
  • KEEP A RECORD OF CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
  • DRAW AND COUNTERSIGN ALL WARRANTS
  • KEEP THE CORPORATE SEAL
  • COUNTERSIGN ALL CONTRACTS
  • AUDIT AND ADJUST ALL CLAIMS AGAINST THE CITY BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED BY THE GOVERNING BOARD
  • KEEP A BOOK IN WHICH ALL CONTRACTS SHALL BE ENTERED
  • CERTIFY ANNUAL TAX LEVY TO COUNTY AUDITOR
  • MAINTAIN SPECIAL ASSESSMENT RECORD
  • FILE BONDS OF ALL EMPLOYEES AND OFFICIAL OF CITY EXCEPT AUDITOR’S BOND
  • PREPARE, PUBLISH AND FILE ANNUAL REPORT
  • MAINTAIN BOND RECORD
  • PREPARE BUDGET BEFORE SEPT 1 OF EACH YEAR AND SUBMIT TO COUNCIL
  • MAINTAIN A FILE OF ANNUAL INVENTORIES
  • RECEIVE MONIES OF CITY AND MAINTAIN CASH RECEIPTS JOURNAL
  • ISSUE PRENUMBERED RECEIPTS IN DULICATE GIVING THE ORIGINAL TO THE PAYER AND THE DUPLICATE TO THE AUDITOR
  • INVEST SURPLUS CASH BALANCES OF CITY
  • MAINTAIN A WARRANT REGISTER LISTING ALL WARRENTS ISSUED BY FUNDS
  • COMPARE CASH BALANCES MONTHLY WITH AUDITOR
  • REPORT TO THE CITY COUNCIL GIVING A FULL AND DETAILED ACCOUNT OF ALL RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES SINCE THE LAST REPORT
  • MAINTAIN A REGISTER OF ALL WARRANTS NOT PAID FOR WANT OF FUNDS
  • FILE AUDITOR’S BOND.

 

CITY MANAGER

  • MANAGING THE CITY BUDGET
  • OVERSEEING CITY PERSONNEL
  • ADDRESSING QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA REGARDING CITY COUNCIL ACTIVITIES
  • MEETING WITH VARIOUS HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS TO IDENTIFY AND RESOLVE ISSUES
  • MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL ON A VARIETY OF ISSUES, INCLUDING BUDGETS, PERSONNEL NEEDS AND PROJECTS COST
  • ENSURING COMPLETION OF REPORTS AND STUDIES COMMISSIONED BY ELECTED OFFICIALS
  • OVERSEEING IMPORTANT SERVICES SUCH AS TRASH PICK-UP AND RECYCLING PROGRAMS
  • ENSURING WATER SUPPLIES ARE SAFE
  • WORKING ON IMPORTANT EXONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
  • RESPONDING TO AND RESOLVING DIFFICULT OR DELICAT QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS OF CITIZENS

PAT JURRENS DEFINITION OF DUTIES

  • RECOMMENDS NEW POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES TO THE COUNCIL, TRAINS AND EVALUATES PERFORMANCE AND DISCIPLINES PERSONNEL USING THE EMPLOYEE STANDARDS ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL
  • SERVE AS LIASON BETWEEN THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL WITH REGARD TO WATER, SEWER, STREET AND OFFICE DEPARTMENTS, OFFERING RESOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS AND EVALUATING THE PROGRESS OF GOALS.
  • BRIEF COUNCIL MEMBERS ON PENDING AGENDA ITEMS AND OTHER CITY ISSUES PROVIDING ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT TO THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL AS NEEDED
  • PROVIDE ANALYSIS NEEDED TO ASSIST THE COUNCIL TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS
  • PERFORM FINANCIAL AND MANAGERIAL ANALYSIS FOR THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL RELATING TO CITY OPERATIONS, GRANTS AND PROGRAMS FOR CONSIDERATION
  • PREPARE THE BUDGET BEFORE SEPT 1 AND SUBMIT TO THE COUNCIL, PREPARE, PUBLISH AND FILE THE ANNUAL REPORT BY MARCH 1
  • COUNTERSIGN ALL CONTRACTS
  • SUPPLY MONTHLY, QUARTERLY AND ANNUAL INFORMATION TO THE AUDITOR FOR REVIEW
  • MAINTAIN ANNUAL INVENTORIES AND A LIST OF ALL FIXED ASSETS OWNED BY THE CITY
  • ISSUE BUILDING PERMITSMAKING PHYSICAL INSPECTIONS SEVERAL TIMES DURING CONSTRUCTION
  • ISSUE ALL OTHER LICENSES AND PERMITS AS ALLOWED BY THE ORDINANCES
  • ACT AS CUSTODIAN OF BOOKS OF RECORD, ORDINANCES, MEETING MINUTES AND OTHER OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS AND ACTIONS OF THE COUNCIL, THE CORPORATE SEAL AND OTHER OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS.
  • CREATE, MAINTAIN AND IMPLEMENT A POLICY & PROCEDUREAL MANUAL FOR CITY OPERATIONS
  • FILL OUT MONTHLY AND QUARTERLY REPORTS FOR THE SEWER PLANT, RETIREMENT, SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, EMPLOYMENT TAXES AND WITHHOLDING AND SALES TAX REPORTS
  • WORK WITH THE ASSISTANT FINANCE OFFICER ON THE WATER BILLING, DELINQUENT BILLS, ADDRESS UPDATES AND OTHE INNER OFFICE DUTIES
  • LISTEN TO THE REQUESTS AND CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY AND RELATE TO THE COUNCIL FOR REVIEW.
  • MAINTAIN THE CHECKBOOK BALANCE, PREPARE MATERIALS FOR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS, CITY COUNCIL MINUTES AND SCHEDULING GYM EVENTS.
  • ATTEND ALL COUNCIL MEETINGS AND OTHER MEETINGS AS REQUIRED
  • CONFER WITH THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL ON FISCAL MATTERS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
  • ANY OTHER DUTIES ASSIGNED BY THE COUNCIL.

 

 

 

 

03/23/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

“Government is instituted for the common good:  for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men.”

John Adams

Silencing the Voters

I am political!  Growing up Lutheran I practiced the Golden Rule, RSV Mathew 7:12 “So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them;  for this is the law and the prophets.”  Please note the use of ‘practiced’ is my free admission I do not have this lesson totally learned so I continue to “practice” with the faith I will someday be good at it and I will be able to fit through the narrow gate.

I have held many positions as a Girl Scout Leader, to a volunteer EMT, but the one thing I am not is a liar.  You can believe me when I say telling the truth can be painful, it has cost me friends, it has cost me business, my political voice/position and I am sorry to say cost my husband, Peter a mayoral election and placed a great target upon my back.

I am political!  In 1999 I learned when one has rung the bell at the top of the rope of public embarrassment, public embarrassment no longer controls my behavior.  I started going regularly to the Alcester City Council meetings after Rick Johnson was elected mayor.  Upon Rick Johnson’s seating, I started writing regular letters to the editor to give my fellow residents and taxpayers highlights of the council meetings.  One of the first things Rick Johnson did as mayor was to appoint Finance Office Mike Kezar for only four months which was ratified by the Alcester City Council of which Patricia R. Jurrens was seated.

March 17, 2014, Special meeting.  The council opened bids on Beck Drive, Pat Jurrens Pet Project.  Pohlman Excavation came in with low bid at $194,353.06 which with additional fees blowing up the cost of Beck Drive to around $250K excluding the paving fee of what I believe $60K to be the city’s expense.  The deal was the HRC/City of Alcester would be paying interest payments only until lots were sold in which the price of the lot sales would be applied to the principal.  To date Folks, only ONE lot has sold.  I do believe the interest rate amount has exceeded the reasonable price of the remaining unsold lots.  Care to guess who is going to be called upon to pony-up more taxes to pay for a street on the far side of town?

03-27-2014 Beck Drive

It was but a week or so, the Finance Officer position was posted.  LO and BEHOLD Pat R. Jurrens long, harassing critic of Finance Officer Kezar applied for the Finance Officer appointment.  In the June 2, 2014, council meeting Patricia R. Jurrens was appointed to Alcester Finance Officer with a TRAINING SALARY OF $40K PER YEAR commencing June 30, 2014, and current Finance Officer Kezar to expected to train her at his $38K salary.  In addition there was talk of a $2K bump in Patty Rose’s salary after training, within a year.  WOW!

06-12-2014 Training Salary

Upon the September 2014 Mike Kezar’s ignominious ejection after 30 some years of public service to an agenda driven upstart.  FO Patty Rose Jurrens subsequently to be referred to as FOPRJ (pronounced FO-purge) began her campaign against the citizens of Alcester by offering up changes in ordinances, changing finance office job descriptions form SDML to FOPRJ code, spending money like it was being printed on the Finance Office Copy Machine, concealing payroll figures and exceeding her employment terms.

SDML Finance Officer description

In 2013 with the advent of Rick Johnson as mayor, the city of Alcester was subjected to a petty tyrant with absolutely NO Working Knowledge of city government beyond campus cop.  On July 6, 2015, with the appointment of Tom Glas to mayor, the city of Alcester was subjected to “Mr. Magoo goes to city hall” where NO Working Knowledge was elevated to a doctorate level.  In addition to Tom Glas’ appointment, the city of Alcester was gifted with a weak mayor who allowed and continues to allow the city Finance Officer to act as a proverbial Rabid Cat Off a Leash!

When the Alcester Union-Hudsonite was sold to Shane Hill, I was black-balled from the newspaper.  Some folks didn’t like my letters-to-the editor, I guess applied pressure on Publisher Hill and undeniably it was Publisher Hills prerogative to reject my letters.  If those folks thought they could SILENCE me, they found much to their chagrin they just issued a challenge to the Mouth That Roared.  I found the internet and A VOICE FROM THE GALLERY was not silenced just as the voters will not be silenced!

I am political!  It is time for a strong mayor who will re-take the reins of city government from the Finance Office.  It is time for a strong mayor who can speak to city government, public policy and practices with knowledge without the tired comment, “…when I was in construction…”.  Alcester is a municipality not four inch slab concrete without the rebar base of oversight! It is time for our city to operate in the black without assessing exorbitant fees on the property owners for extra street maintenance fee or comp time (from which our Finance Officer who is exempt and appears to have accumulated and used comp time illegally(without prior signed approval)).  It is time to elect a mayor who will bring Alcester back into compliance! It is time to elect a mayor who will guide our recalcitrant Finance Officer back into compliance!

 

” A person that started in to carry a cat home by the tail was gitting knowledge that was always going to be useful to him and warn’t ever going to grow dim or doubtful.”

Mark Twain

Register to vote!  If registration at the city level becomes an issue, feel free to contact me or contact the Union County Auditor.  Do not be silenced!

It is time to retire the present milk-toast mayor and elect a strong Mayor who will actually work for the residents of Alcester and help to corral the cats off their leashes!

Vickie A. Larsen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

03/19/2019 A Voice from the Gallery

Last evening, a special meeting of the Alcester City Council was convened as the municipal Board of Equalization to conduct hearings on what property owners feel are inaccurate property tax assessments.  While the council conducts these hearings, other city business can be conducted after the Equalization Board portion of the meeting has been completed.

Mayor Glas opened the meeting at 6:00 p.m. with Councilwoman Melissa Kay, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilman David Larsen and Mr. Larry A. Nelson of the law firm Frieberg, Nelson and Ask present.  Absent were Councilman Dan Haeder and Councilman Lance Johnson.  Mayor Glas opened the Alcester Council Special Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and called for Approval of the Agenda.

Agenda Item #4 – Equalization Meeting 6:00 p.m.  No call to order, just Mayor Glas announcing the Alcester Board of Equalization had received no objections to property tax valuation.  Finance Officer Jurrens offered a summary relating to the 5% increase on structures as Council members inspected tax valuations for their respective wards.  At 6:17 p.m. Mayor Glas declared the Alcester Board of Equalization out of session.  Note:  Mayor Glas seems to have Mr. Magoo’d the Alcester Board of Equalization meeting calling it out of session without ever calling it in session.

Agenda item #5 – Mayor Glas called for public input:  I responded with an introduction of five documents I had distributed to the council members seating placements prior to the 6:00 p.m. start.

Document #1– a highlighted discussion of FLSA describing Exempt employees, Non-exempt employees, salary tests, definition of executive jobs, professional jobs, and administrative jobs.

Document #2 – a highlighted Job Description, for the position of City Finance Officer, December 2014 presumably authored by Finance Officer Jurrens which she presented to the South Dakota Hearing Examiners Office as proof of her authority to deny me access to public records through excessive, illegal charges for services.

Finance Job Description 

Documents #3 – copy of pages purporting to be compensatory time accumulations for Alcester full time city employees with specific emphasis on the Alcester City Finance Office, Finance Officer Pat Jurrens and Wanda Halverson.

Comp Time Log

Document #4 – a copy of a spread sheet which compared the two finance office employees.

Spread Sheet

Document #5 – A sample Overtime Approval Form.

Sample Approval Form

The results of the information contained within these documents show Finance Officer Pat Jurrens is exempt from overtime pay or comp time!

In addition, my February 28, 2019, FOIA/Sunshine request asked for,

“… 2.  A full and complete copy specifically but not limited to Alcester City Council pre-approval of finance office personnel (Patricia Jurrens, Wanda Halverson, Shoshanna LNU) overtime and comp time, justification of overtime and comp time, council roll-call vote for over-time and comp time, date of Alcester Council approval of over-time and comp time, council vote to exceed the limit of over-time and comp time, roll call vote of council exception to over-time and comp time limits, justification for exception of policy and all full and complete minutes of Alcester City Council Meeting relating to over-time and comp time specifically for Finance Officer Pat Jurrens, Wanda Halvorson and Shoshanna LNU of the Alcester City Finance Office…”

I was not given the information requested in item number two (2) of my FOIA request nor was I given an explanation as outlined in that FOIA request.

“… If  you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies your refusal to release the information and notify of the appeal procedures available to me under the law…”

In light of the absence of documentation of approval for overtime by Mayor Glas and with the Finance Officer job description ‘evidence’  Finance Officer Jurrens supplied to the South Dakota Office of Hearing Examiners in the city’s response in Larsen v. City of Alcester, Finance Officer Pat Jurrens was not and is not entitled to the 239.89 hours of overtime or comp time for which she expects remuneration.

At the conclusion of my input, I asked the Alcester City Council review the documents I supplied to them and asked they table the issue until they familiarized themselves with the issues I presented.  Councilwoman Melissa Kay responded a committee formed of Mayor Glas, Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Melissa Kay and Alcester Finance Officer Pat Jurrens had met, researched and discussed at length the numerous issues arising out of her ‘comp time’ and attempted to justify an executive session to discuss comp time.  I reminded Councilwoman Kay, Mayor Glas and the Council, Executive session is for Specific Employee discussion not General issues.  Therefore when Mayor Glas called for Executive Session and discussed “general comp time issues ” Mayor Glas violated open meeting.

Agenda Item #8 – Compensation Time  The council discussed issues of Finance Officer Pat Jurrens Comp Time, all those weekends, late nights, Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Golf Cart Road Trips to measure trees, organize parades, window peep for dogs and etc. which apparently made up the corn maze of Finance Officer Jurrens comp time diary.

Mayor Glas and his committee discussed options of paying Finance Office Jurrens ‘comp time’ in one lump sum or over several months.  The rate however was not divulged, so is it the $40/hour she attempted to extort from me or is it perhaps some other extortive amount?

Folks, Finance Officer Pat Jurrens is exempt from Overtime or Comp Time.  Remember not long ago when Mayor Glas and Finance Officer Jurrens re-defined the position of Alcester Police Chief as hourly labor rather than salaried and why?  Alcester Council members, you DO NOT have any documentation of Mayor Glas’ approval, you do not have written justification why extra time was needed to complete Finance Office tasks, you have no written justification why the work could not be completed during office hours or any Need for the overtime hours.  There is no sign off from Mayor Glas.  No approval was given, overtime did not happen!  Finance Officer Jurrens either perjured herself to the Office of Hearing Examiners with a Alcester Finance Officer Job description she knows is operationally fiction or she is falsifying overtime/comp time she knows does not apply to her function as Alcester Finance Officer!  Mayor Glas did nothing to curtail the fiscal abuse and the finance office version of daylight savings time padding-move the time-clocks ahead!  Oh that is right, cell phones are used to clock-in sans time cards.

Agenda Item #10 – Executive session to discuss personnel.  At 6:50 p.m.  Council moved into executive session for personnel SDCL 1-25-2-1,

Executive or closed meetings–Purposes–Authorization–Violation as misdemeanor. Executive or closed meetings may be held for the sole purposes of:

             (1)      Discussing the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee. The term “employee” does not include any independent contractor…”

with Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Kay, Councilwoman Talbott, Councilwoman Reppe and Legal Counsel Nelson in session.  After a period of time, Finance Officer Jurrens was called into the closed session.  Once the door was closed behind FO Pat there was a trill of laughter.  H-m-m-m!  After another shorter period of time FO Jurrens exited from the closed session.  At 7:29 p.m. Mayor Glas declared Alcester City Council out of Executive session.

Upon re-seating the Gallery, Mayor Glas stated on the record a complaint regarding the city finance office’s handling of elections had been lodged with the city.  Mayor Glas stated the city of Alcester and Finance office would continue handling elections as they had in the past.  NOTE:  The city finance officer is in charge of elections procedures in municipalities per SDCL 12-1-3.(9),

“Person in charge of an election,” or “person charged with the conduct of an election,” the county auditor in all cases except local elections for a municipality, school district, township, or other political subdivision, in which case it is the officer having the position comparable to the auditor in that unit of government if not specifically designated by law; “

During my run for Ward III representative, sixteen (16) ballots were not returned to the ballot box and not sealed within the ballot box per protocol.  Instead those sixteen ballots laid on top of the ballot box, unsecured overnight in the office of Alcester City Finance Officer Jurrens.  Alcester Finance Officer Jurrens failed in her duties resulting in sixteen(16) spoiled ballots!  While the count did not appreciably affect my election run, I believe it did affect the recycling question count and outcome.

So Mayor Glas says the city is going to continue handling elections as Finance Officer Jurrens handled them in the past?  Now isn’t that warm comfort!

Agenda Item #9 – Planning and Zoning  The garage issue.  The city has had two requests to build stand alone garages on residential properties.  Two requests have been made for variances to build a garage in the Broad Street area and I believe another on Anderson Street to house an RV which is contrary to the codes and covenants of the addition.  So the city is being asked to forfeit property tax for an RV garage not in-line with the primary property.  Now this means no street maintenance tax, low-ball property tax on a $15K RV storage garage instead of property taxes on a $30K-$50K residence.  Tell your Ward representatives you object to variances of these types!

Agenda Item #12 – Adjourn at 7:57 p.m.

10/16/2018 A Voice From the Gallery

I felt some items from the October 1, 2018, Alcester City Council meeting needed additional attention.  First and foremost is the fact it is the Mayor’s job to set the agenda, not the finance officer’s position to decide any agenda item or fill up the agenda with her own ‘agenda’ items.

I would also like to point out what Mayor Glas deems necessary to conduct a city council meeting; one sheet of paper (which I presume is the agenda), one bottle of water, a pen and of course his name plate (see October 1, 2018 city council video)

Agenda Item #8 – Street Updates I have already shared the news that there will be no chip sealing of Alcester City Streets.   

  • WHY?
  • WAS THE 2018 MONEY BUDGETED FOR STREETS SPENT?
  • WHAT WAS IT SPENT ON?
  • WAS THE APPROXIMATE $37K FUNDS RECEIVED THROUGH THE STREET MAINTENANCE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT SPENT?
  • WHERE WAS THE $37K STREET MAINTENANCE ASSESSMENT SPENT?
  • IF NOT SPENT, WHERE DID THAT $37K GO? GENERAL FUND OR THE STREET FUND?

Notice our city streets especially where recent patching appears.  Many of our streets carry a black stripe about 18 inches in width which abuts the cement gutter and runs, almost the length of the block.  Wonder why?  The next time you take your robot-arm-friendly-trash container to the curb, think about where the wheels of the robotic garbage truck are juxta-positioned in relation to the curb and gutter as it latches onto your trash receptacle, now consider how heavy that Great Robotic garbage truck is (approx. 33,000 lbs empty to 51,000 lbs full (9 ton load)) and finally, consider the weight of vehicles for which the streets were designed all those years ago. Notice the squish effect in those areas of the streets not yet ‘patched’.

Agenda Item #10 – Police Department  As I have already discussed in the 10/01/2018 A Voice From the Gallery, I spoke up and was dinged for being out-of-order.  I invite you to go back to the October 1, 2018, video at (01:09:17) and listen to what Alcester City Attorney Sam said to the council, “…you do not have to answer questions from the gallery…”  and as I reported, a few moments later Alcester City Attorney Sam thought better of his response and requested time to, “…to go back to the On-Call…” and upon permission Alcester City Attorney Sam stated, “… in previous discussions (closed session) he had briefed the council on possibilities with regard to the On-Call Solution with a $2K compensation…”

Now folks let’s go back in time to the salary versus wage discussion the council had concerning the rate of pay and for Alcester Police Chief Jeff Christie where Alcester City Attorney Sam offered his opinion concerning what I would term the safer course of wage payment (CTA) for the Alcester Chief of Police would be a per hour wage over the then current offer and past practice of salary payment.  Again, I do believe all discussions relating to per hour wages versus salary were in closed session.  I believe that portion of the closed session was in violation of South Dakota Opening meetings statute because the council and Alcester City Attorney Sam were discussing changing a department payment schedule NOT discussing a specific employee.

I also believe Alcester City Attorney Sam the portion of the closed session/sessions discussing police payroll payments to which you referred (01:09:17), involving the over-time exemption rule and method of compensating our police officers for the hours they spend on-the-job was a generic discussion type of payroll payment not an individual police officer was another violation of South Dakota open meeting statute.  In addition, I believe Alcester City has the ability to compensate our police officers with overtime pay “at Alcester City’s discretion”.  Folks imagine working as a small town police officer where 60 or 80 hours on duty time is required.  Imagine the $18.00 per hour wages for only the 40 hours the council deigned to pay, now do the math!  Federal 2018 minimum wage is $7.25 per hour and South Dakota 2018 minimum wage is $8.85 per hour.  So at some point in those 80 some hours required of Alcester Police Chief and police officers, our law enforcement could be making less per hour than what Alcester pays a first year pool staff, non-WSI.

Now Alcester City Attorney Sam opined during the MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices) conversation something about Federal jurisdiction within a municipality.  I must have missed the change in US sovereignty after I graduated.  As I recall in an over-simplified form the Federal government holds sovereignty as outlined in the United States Constitution and grants sovereignty to the individual states who in turn grant sovereignty in form to its counties and municipalities.  I do believe the tenth amendment addresses this sharing of power and sovereignty protection to states, counties and municipal governments.  Simply put the Federal government relegates power to states, states relegate power to counties and cities.  The kicker being as I understand the power trickle- down theory in which states, counties and cities may amend Federal statute but ONLY to make the law more restrictive not less restrictive.  Analogy- the state of South Dakota says bars must close at 2:00 a.m., Alcester Council says,  “Madam Woolworth says she cannot possibly clear the bar at 2:00 a.m., so we will allow her to close at 2:30 a.m. and we will make an ordinance that affirms a 2:30 a.m. closing in place of the state mandated 2:00 a.m. closing.  Alcester does NOT have the authority to over-ride state statute (SDCL 35-4-81.2) by loosening the restrictive 2:00 a.m. state closing time to a less restrictive 2:30 a.m. closing.

Now onto Agenda Item #12 – Special Projects  

  • Agenda Item #12(E)(I) Wow! It appears I have achieved special projects status.  I asked for FOIA (Freedom of Information or South Dakota Sunshine) to obtain payroll reports of the total hours and line item break-downs of regular hours, over-time hours per and payments made per week over an approximate two year period for Alcester Police Chief Doty and Alcester Police Officer Dylan Nelsen.

In the past I have made FOIA requests for additional information not presented to or  made available to the residents of Alcester or the gallery.  In addition I always wondered when the push back was going to happen, so I was not overly surprised at the tactic Alcester Finance Officer took upon my June 12, 2018, FOIA request for the payroll reports.

I did not receive a denial but I did receive the next best thing a provisional billing from Finance Officer Pat Jurrens of the City of Alcester for, “…$40.00 per hour for Eight (8) hours of research time to pull time cards and check stubs…to produce copies…” for a grand total of $320.00.  I sent a reply that I would just access them without asking for copies.  I received another copy of the provisional billing stating, “…the cost would remain the same…”  Really?  Then I found there are NO TIMECARDS to pull, the employees use their cell phones or as I witnessed a week ago Alcester City Finance Officer Pat Jurrens logs them in on her computer.  In the course of this Pat-a-cake push back scenario, I requested the name of the accounting program and the name of the payroll program(QuickBooks and CheckMark respectively)both have the capability of producing reports detailing in an Excel-type format, the information for which I asked.

So feeling I had paid out enough line, I set the hook and filed a complaint with the South Dakota Office of Hearing Examiners detailing my official request and the City of Alcester reply.  This constitutes the 8 hour special project charge against the Finance Office.  Really?  Now Alcester Finance Officer Pat Jurrens expects $40.00 per hour

JUST TO DO HER JOB?  REALLY?

  • Agenda Item #12(E)(II) – Special Projects-Tree trimming Database/Letters-134 – 12 Hours. Oh my dear sweet, old Aunt Tillie!  Are ya kidding me?  12 hours to write a form letter reciting a tree-overhang violation?  Folks, think about it, obviously FO Pat has not.  Type up one form letter citing the code violation, save form letter to file, copy the list of residents from the water bill data base onto Avery Labels times 2 (one label for the letter and one label for the envelope), fold copies, insert into envelope, seal envelope, stamp and trot on down to the post office and that takes twelve hours.  Oh that is right we have a Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Officer Geoff Fillingsness, just what does he do now for his fee again?  Somehow I do not think he is running around in a golf cart with his young finance office live-in kid-at-your-back protégé eyeballing branch height and Kodaking the weed heights.  Nope I just do not think so, but I have noticed a pole on the street sweeper and I do not think that it is for a flag!

Again Special Project-Twelve hours? FOR DOING HER JOB? I am relieved the city has a janitor, I would hate to see how many hours it would take for the Special Project of changing the toilet paper in the City Offices restrooms!