04/06/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

On April 6, 2020, Mayor Glas called the April 6, 2020, regular meeting of the Alcester City Council to order in the Auditorium Gym with Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Melissa Kay, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilwoman Darla Reppe and Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson present. The reason for the meeting’s move to the Auditorium Gym was to adhere to social distancing due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Please forgive the sound quality, no microphones for the council so the only microphone was that of my video camera. Some of the meeting may be a challenge to hear or comprehend because of the acoustics.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Agenda approval with no changes to the printed agenda. I would like to note here, the approval included a motion, a second to the motion, no discussion* and unanimous* approval of the four city council members.

Agenda Item #4-Approval of the minutes of March 2, 2020, and March 16, 2020. Again motion, second to the motion, no discussion, and unanimous approval of the four city council members.

Agenda Item #5 – Executive Session for interview of candidates vying for Ward II and Ward III vacant positions. Motion, second to motion, no discussion and unanimous approval. Executive session commenced at 6:03 p.m. I had put my name in for Ward III, Dan Haeder put his name in for Ward III and no one showed up for Ward II vacancy. I was given the first interview spot.

I stood up and moved forward toward the council. I did turn my video camera off, although my first instinct was to leave it on because it was my interview, I had no need for secrecy in my responses to questions and the public might be interested in what exactly goes on in Executive Session (at least for interviews).

As three people in the gallery left the room at 6:03 p.m., I announced there would be no need for Assistant Finance Officer Wanda, Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens or Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson. As soon as these three had exited the room, I began to speak to my qualifications for Alcester Councilperson. I described my education, a few of the positions I have held in the local area CERT, EMS, Girl Scout, and Business Owner to mention a few. I specifically mentioned I was a business owner and would be an asset in the sense I had experience with employees, Human Resourcing, accounting, payroll specifically mentioning the two computer accounting programs I had used in the past.

After I finished my curriculum vitae, I responded to questions from the mayor and four council members. Councilwoman Melissa Kay started off with the question what would I change or bring to the city. I spoke to live-streaming all council meeting and selling city rental properties to get the property back on the tax rolls. I mentioned the four-plex, explaining it was never meant to be owned in perpetuity by the city and off the tax rolls. As it sits right now, we collect no taxes from the four-plex and it has reached a phase where it needs upgrades which will come out of taxes. The rents in the four-plex cannot keep up with the expenses as it sits right now. In addition because the construction of Beck Drive (Pat’s hobby horse) cost the city somewhere between $200K and $300K and over the years of that expense, only two or three lots have been sold so the city has not paid any principal, just interest and pay-off time is quickly approaching. Minimal lot costs are increasing just to maintain the interest payment. Really? The residents of Alcester are being expected to pay for Beck Drive where nobody is living and paying taxes while our streets are floating into the storm sewers.

I spoke to encouraging and building up main street businesses. I spoke of governor’s houses to replace and upgrade housing on the west side of Alcester. The city has the ability to purchase these homes, site them and re-sell them which will improve home values on our west side recapturing taxes to work on the infra-structure.

I spoke to developing a program to involve our students in local government, to educate them in the proper way to govern and know what they can do to participate in their local government.

Councilman David Larsen posed a question on my position about firing employees and I assumed he was referencing one specific employee. I answered his question that I would not necessarily fire that employee but I would definitely define and close the parameters of that employee’s job description. A follow up question on if I were to be appointed and in relation to my blog about any discussion of that employee which I took to mean Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens. I responded I could not nor would I discuss any employee in public venue as a Councilwoman on the Alcester City Council.  However and not part of my response to Councilman Larsen’s query, I would not tolerate the continued employment of a Finance Officer who violated state and local laws.

Mayor Glas, Councilwoman Reppe and Councilwoman Talbott had no questions for me. In fact Mayor Glas did not want anymore chit-chat on my qualifications, but I did understand why. My interview closed at 6:25 p.m. and I left the room. Immediately after I left the room, Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson was called in for a question.

At 6:25 p.m. Dan Haeder was called into for his ‘interview’ and five minutes later he was out of the Executive Session. Imagine that! No wonder Mayor Glas asked no questions of me. Folks, the decision was already a done deal before I ever walked through the door. In fact I surmise it was a done deal upon closing on the house on Park street. You see folks the council is not interested in what I could do or bring to city government, they do not care what actual experience I have, how many city council meetings I attended BEFORE I put my name in for council seat, they just want to protect Finance Officer Pat Jurrens no matter what violations she has accrued or short cuts she has taken or will continue to take.

At 6:33 p.m. Pat wasted no time swearing Dan Haeder into office to do her bidding. There, however, is a problem when Dan Haeder was forced to resign his Ward II seat, he no longer occupied the position of president of the council. He must be elected to that position, so the vice-president of the council has moved into the position of president of the council.

Agenda Item #6-ROCS Transport Service-no one showed up

Agenda Item #7-Public Input

Council skipped over this to Open Chip Seal bids, (06:40:00) I called point of order that the council was not following the agenda. City Attorney Sam weighed in with an opinion the Council does not have to go by the agenda. I argued the council approved the agenda (02:04:00) without change or addition, therefore they were obligated to follow the agenda order. There was an opinion that the bid opening was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and the council had to abide by that. I argued since the bidders were not there in person the agenda time was not sacrosanct and the delay was marginal.

Agenda Item #8 – Seal Coat bids opened. I find it deplorable Mayor Glas feels the need to comment on a specific bidder i.e. referencing TopKote bid, “…You’re going to like this (07:58:00…), yet I was not supposed to critique the Finance Officer’s Failures. Or, “… TopKote must not want the business…) from newly appointed Councilman Dan Haeder (08:47:00)  Folks if we allow our council to make comments such as these, we will earn a deplorable reputation. Motion to accept Road Guy bid at $1.70 square yard, second, discussion none and unanimous vote X 5.

Agenda Item #7-Public Input- I spoke of the necessity of closing the pool and summer recreation. (11:54:00) Listen closely, then do your own research. Council members and Finance Officer Jurrens who has been allowed to respond in a pseudo council member position on any and all subjects. Finance Officer Jurrens only has the ‘expertise’ to comment on computer viruses and Pat-demics. Yes, Patricia Jurrens was seated as a city council member from Ward I pushing her agenda of recycling, I often wonder what  she was recycling, she then voted to not appoint Finance Officer Kezar because he would not spend down city accounts to suit her.  After her vote to fire the Finance Officer, she applied for his job.  So Folks, she is not a member of the council! (12:45:00 through 14:54:28). Councilman Haeder brought up a question concerning Peace Lutheran and Easter Basket deliveries. According to Finance Officer Jurrens, she took it upon herself (over-stepping position yet again) to call parents, asked them for their concerns on this community outreach and voiced her opinion. (18:10:13) Yo, Pat-demic the bookkeeper’s opinion does not count. I did not hear you asked parents about the hot lunch program for the students and their concerns. Preparation for lunches and Easter baskets would have the same handling precautions. You insult us!

Agenda Item #9 – Wastewater- (21:07:00) Translation by Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens.

Agenda Item #10 – Streets- (21:16:00) Translation by Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens.

Agenda Item #11– Police Department – Chief Christie delivered a recap of the month on his own and without Pat-demics translation. Motion to purchase a new police vest for Austin, second, discussion none and unanimous vote X 5.

Agenda Item #12 – Golf Course – Hire of Golf Course Manager-Motion to hire Deb Braaten at $12.50/hour, second, discussion none and unanimous vote X 5.

Agenda Item #13 – Legal Updates –

SDML request for city governments to issue a letter to Governor Noem regarding a state of emergency. Mayor Glas wanted to shirk his duty with his comment he signed the letter because it did not mandate him to close down businesses in the city due the Pandemic Covid-19. (32:10:00) The next interminable semantic discussion of the difference between the verbs of ‘shall’ and ‘is’. They forgot the ‘pixie dust’ sprinkling of; shall vs. should, shall vs. may, shall vs. will, shall vs. mandatory and etc. Then the council moved on to the definition of the noun ‘premises’. Oh and lest we forget the definition of Misdemeanor II and what fines the city should charge—$122.50 or $25.00 per incident. City Attorney Sam’s Robert’s Rules of Order comment (1:11:00:57) is telling. The council conducted the First Reading of the Ordinance 2020-04 with two amendments and projected effective date of August 30, 2020. Amendment of page 4-motion to amend, second, discussion none, unanimous vote X 5, Amendment of Section 5, motion, second, discussion none unanimous vote X 5 and finally the First Reading of Ordinance 2020-04, motion, second, discussion none and unanimous vote X 5.

Executive Session-Legal Counsel Motion, second, discussion, unanimous vote X 5. In Ex Session at 7:50 p.m. and out 8:02 p.m.

Beck Drive-gas line discussion on gas line billing, trying to figure out where the gas lines and other utilities Lee Drive area.

Agenda Item #15 Goodwill Great Plains Shredding- OH a favorite near and dear to Pat-demics heart. Councilwoman Melissa Kay (01:29:55) comment on historical documents statute of which Pat-demic was ignorant. Should have had the counsel of SDML on that one.

Agenda Item #16 – Pleasant Hill/Landfill Update ARE YA KIDDING ME? (Freudian slip, a bad pun in agenda labels or obituary?) Land fill is open Monday and Thursday Evenings 5p.m. to 7p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon.

Mayor has to potty 8:20 p.m.

Agenda Item #17 – Finance Offices Updates. Dumpsters on Friday.

Quam & Berglin Warrant, closing, costs and purchase price $15,368.25. Discussion of council (01:47:00)whizzing and moaning about purchase the building to house the police department and have the remodel and repairs several times the cost of the purchase price. Motion, second, discussion none, unanimous vote X 5

Police Charger revised First payment $3995.66 Motion, second, discussion none unanimous vote X 5

Warrants-motion, second, discussion none unanimous vote X 5

HR Human Resources (01:57:08.93)Bambee I have to assume the council after reading the fine print decided Bambee was too expensive. But it was decided to form a committee of three, Councilman Dan Haeder, Councilwoman Melissa Kay and Employee Pat Jurrens. Yeah right Pat-demic deciding if two misdemeanors or if bloating comp time claims are a firing offense.

2019 Annual Report- discussion on water fund mandate. There is a protected minimum of $59K hold back/reserve but as usual Pat wants to spend it down to nothing . (02:13:26) Council take back your powers, Finance Officer is not elected, she is not your equal, she is just a bookkeeper! Motion to approve the 2019 annual report, second, discussion, unanimous vote X 5.

Destroy records– 2001-2005-Motion, second, discussion none, unanimous vote X 5.

Amko approval– special meeting Bond People April 15, 2020, 6: 00 p.m. Motion, second, discussion none, unanimous vote X 5.

Continued discussion of Covid-19 – put up posters use park at your own risk, advertisement in the paper versus close park, park shelters, swimming pool–No decisions.

Golf Course – Food to go only. No bar.

Finance Office Open/Close– FO Pat Jurrens wants to work from home. Where is oversight on that one. How are people going to access building permits, pay bills, and etc. Oh I know an operating official website which will take payments. Councilwoman Melissa Kay asked about this. (2:37:49.27) Furlough Wanda, Keep Finance Officer Pat in the city office with the half-door locked and with a plastic drape over the top of the half door. No brainer! City business essential.**

Reminders and Updates

Clean up April 10-27, 2020

HRC-meeting coming up

Fair Board-06/01/2020 fair cancellation date

Alcester Community Building- architect to redraw- Leave out the Finance Offices and council room because size-wise the city gains absolutely nothing–Keep the city offices down town.

Volunteer roster-none

Agenda Item #22– Executive session personnel

motion, second, discussion none, unanimous vote X 5.

9:45 p.m. in session with Attorney Nelson but without Pat Jurrens or Wanda.

10:06 p.m. out of executive session

no business coming out of executive session

So another secret session to appoint another council member?

Agenda Item #23 Adjournment

Motion, second, discussion none, unanimous vote X 5. 10:08 p.m.

*Note the number of actual discussions for each Motion and note the number of unanimous votes for each Motion.

**Long, un-researched discussions outlasted camera battery.

02/01/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

Agenda 02/03/2020

 

COMING UP:

January 6, 2020,AGENDA ITEM #18 (e)-Motion to Approve CDBG Loan to City $32,640.66 (police car). 0% Interest, 4 year Payback per schedule. No action taken on CDBG Loan to City as Sam Nelson needs more information.

January 27, 2020,Special Meeting Agenda carried no provision for City Attorney Sam Nelson’s report on the $32, 640.66 proposed CDBG Loan to pay for the Police Car. H-m-m?

February 3, 2020, Agenda Item #8-Legal Updates-Sam Nelson-NO CBDG?

*Generally I do not like to use Wikipedia as a source because it can be edited by anyone. I will in this case include a quote from Wikipedia as it relates to Allocation of Funds,

“…communities must meet certain requirements…First, ‘not less than 70 percent of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons.’ Secondly, funds MUST be spend on eligible activities, which are broadly defined as including ‘community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and improved community facilities and services.’…Such activities may include ‘Acquisition of real property, Relocation and demolitions, Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures, Construction of public facilities and improvements’ and more…Third governments must follow a plan of project selection that includes citizen participation, especially by citizens who live in ‘areas’ in which the grantee proposes to use CBDG funds” *(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Development_Block_Grant.)

State Allocations and Contacts State CDBG allocations by state are listed at: http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/communitydevelopment/budget/. The best contact people are the HUD Field Office Directors, whose contact information can be found at: http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/about/staff/fodirectors/.

 

CONCLUSION:

NO CBDG FUNDING OF EQUIPMENT DESCRIBED AS POLICE CRUISER AND PER THE ALCESTER ORDINANCE FOR SECOND PENNY SALES TAX–ASSETS ONLY– NOT POLICE CRUISERS THOSE MUST COME OUT OF GENERAL FUNDS. NO PAY DAY LOANS ALLOWED FO PAT!  Wow, I did not realise Beacom had a program in PayDay Loans!

February 3, 2020, Agenda Item #14-PROPERTY PURCHASE 01.01.13.1040 QUAM & BERGLAND RENTALS, $15,000, 2ND PENNY-Class NADC and NADC2 valuation 2019 $16,260 Purchase price to be taken from 2nd penny sales tax. It is to be noted here, upon city purchase the property ceases to accrue tax dollars benefiting the residents of Alcester.

February 3, 2020, Agenda Item #15(b)-Golf Cart trade-in/purchase to come out of 2nd penny sales tax. Questionable 2nd penny assignment per ordinance restriction language.

February 3, 2020, Agenda Item #15 (c)-Golf Top Dressing Mower Purchase to come out of 2nd penny sales tax. Questionable 2nd penny assignment per ordinance restriction language.

February 3, 2020, Agenda Item #18 (e)-Motion to approve Loan to City, from Revolving Loan Fund (?), $32, 640.66, 0% interest, 4 year payback per schedule.

SO FOR US NOT-SO-ASTUTE RESIDENTS, ‘Lay Persons’ and ‘snoopy, busy-body neighbors’…Tell us what is the difference between the CBDG and a Revolving Loan Fund.  Just a name change?  Semantics Sam?  ACA Sam, is your judgment of a ‘well constructed letter for a lay person’ based upon Class ‘A’ legal advice, English degree, South Dakota Municipal League Lobbyist, seat in the SD Bar or participant/advisor to the city council in canvass of the 2019 mayoral votes meeting where Alcester City Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens handed over the keys to the ballot box and the council was allowed to handle the election ballots?”  Sam just because an argument does not ‘jump-out’ at you like a 400 lb. gorilla, it does not mean a small soft warning growl in the dark of a room does not mean there are no paws, no claws and no jaws waiting, on the ready to defend to the end! The FAT LADY is STILL not singing, do-re-mi-oorah!

 

Please readers, attend this meeting.

It is important.

Public Input is AGENDA ITEM #7, TELL THE COUNCIL WHAT YOU THINK. IT IS YOUR RIGHT, YOUR VOTE, YOUR TAXES!

 

01/26/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

Please find below, the agenda for Monday night’s special meeting, 6:00 p.m.  Just click on where is says 01-27-2020 Agenda.

01-27-2020

Please note Items #5 Architect Agreement, #5 Community Center Plans & Specs, #6 Community Center Advertising,  and #7 Approve Architect Agreement.  How sloppy can you get?  Another Half-Glas’d job!

Come on, with all those finance office shut down hours on Tuesdays just so the bookkeeper can get to her work done.  Maybe if she did not have so many court dates for personnel indictments and violations, the good citizens of Alcester would get value for their tax dollars.

If you do not want the city offices in the community building, if you do not what FO Pat in an over watch position of the police department, the golf course, your wedding celebrations, your family reunions, parties, if you do not want FO Pat deciding what you pay in taxes, if you do not want FO Pat deciding what tractor repair shop is going to be located off your bedroom window and if you do not want FO Pat deciding in which burial plot you will located, attend this meeting, make your feelings heard and shut FO Pat down.  We cannot TRUST FO Pat!     ATTEND THIS MEETING!

By the way, we STILL do not have a website.  The council has voted two or is it three times now and we STILL do not have a website!  WHY NOT?  Is it too far over FO Pat’s Gigabyte capacity to understand how to do it?  I know of at least two times the council approved two different entities to set up websites. WHY isn’t Pat doing what the council told her to do?  WHAT is FO PAT trying to hide?  Is it her inability to handle computer programs (I thought ol’ Mr. Monson ‘tutored’ her in programing) or is it perhaps her intent to keep the citizens ignorant of what she IS doing or NOT doing?  Remember it is the job of Mayor Glas to OVERSEE Finance Officer Jurren’s performance.  Oh that’s right Mayor Glas cannot tell whether his navel is an innie, an outie or an orange!

12/09/2019 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

Mayor Tom Glas called the December 9, 2019, special meeting of the Alcester City Council to order at 5:00 p.m. with Councilwoman Melissa Kay, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilman Dan Haeder, and Councilman David Larsen present. Absent were Alcester City Attorney and Alcester City Councilman Lance Johnson. Also attending the special meeting was Gordon Richards from the Alcester Union-Hudsonite and Vickie Larsen.

Mayor Glas called for the approval of the Agenda for the special meeting. With no changes and no discussion the group approved the agenda with a unanimous vote of five (5).

Agenda item #4 was public input. Prior to the meeting I distributed copies of my input on the proposed variance at each council persons seat. I went over the contents of the document which was a rough draft of my opinion on the variance, errors and omissions to the form and content and citations of statute brought forth by attorneys and the infamous variance.

I pointed out to the council, a South Dakota Supreme court decision involving code, covenants and restrictions running with land violation. The high court found in favor of the complainant that the covenants had indeed been violated and went a step further to award the legal costs of enforcing the codes, covenants and restrictions.

I was asked the question when the final draft would becoming, I answered as soon as I had access to Mr. McGill’s opinion. In addition to that opinion, I will certainly take into consideration any argument mounted by the Alcester City Attorney in my answer.

After my presentation, Pat offered up an astounding comment. (00:06:35). Alcester Finance Officer Jurrens argued that Alcester a city of just 800 population did not need a variance form such as the one Union County uses. ‘Cause she knows everybody who comes in for variances and she uses information from Beacon-Schneider site. Uhm folks, the Beacon-Schneider site has a warning notation under the summary specifically a brief tax description. (Note: Not to be used on legal documents) Of course what Pat is passing off as a legal document is nothing more than the equivalent of a page ripped off from a First graders coloring book. Folks would you want the value of your life’s asset/property to be dependent upon the legal and financial judgment of Finance Officer Jurrens? She seems to struggle with those concepts.

So using Finance Officer Jurrens logic if a city of 800 people is too small to bother with legal documents for variances, then we can do an initiated measure, get rid of the Property Maintenance Code and ol’ Geoff Fillingsness. Right?

Agenda item #5– was the Second reading of the 2019-08 Pleasant Hill Cemetery Ordinance. The motion was made and seconded for the second reading of the 2019-08 ordinance. Let’s hope she got this right, who knows what might rise to the surface here.

Agenda item #6 Rumor has it the new police car has hit Iowa. Time to pay for the car. Finance Officer Pat has robbed the CBDG account once again to float her bookkeeping. Mayor Glas repeated the motion only where it the amount was $24, 744.00 to Wegner Auto and $8.00 to Premier Bank Check Fee- Ol’ eagle-eyes lost the dot and read the amount as $800.00 into his regurgitation of the motion.

Agenda item #7 Supplemental Appropriation Ordinance 2019-09- Folks this is the part of Finance Officer duties where the Finance Officer makes a mad scramble to come up with the funds to pay the bills she and Mayor Glas encouraged the council to spend. Normally referred to as Robbing Peter to pay Paul or Pat. Don’t forget that $4880 fee paid out to Pat where no one approved of the OT!

Agenda item #8 Committee meeting date for City vacancies. Committee members, Councilwoman Melissa Kay, Councilwoman Linda Talbott and Councilman David Larsen.  Date was set for December 16, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Will need job descriptions for librarian, solid waste (dump-ground) and Sextant (this one I will leave alone)

No Executive session

Adjourned the meeting at 5:17 pm

 

12/06/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

Ladeees and Gents our favorite Glas flower has a problem with me.  A-w-w-w!  Oh by the way, she plead ‘not guilty’ in court yesterday for those of you who are following the Alcester FOSAGA (Finance Officer Summoned Again Government Action) oh yeah and do not forget to BYOB (Bring Your Owed Bail)!

When ‘we the people’ have a problem with finance officer, she’s gonna have a problem with us specifically but not limited to me .  In my opinion, “When ya ain’t doin’ your job, you ain’t worth the pay!”  FO Pat whined to the council, “I work so hard… “I do my best and I work really hard”…” Well Madam FO, IF that is your best—–yer best ain’t good enough”  Case in point I served this FOIA request arising out of Pat’s statements in the December 2, 2019, city council meeting on Pat this morning (December 6, 2019):

FO Pat produced the ‘variance application’ below in answer to #1 of my Foia Request 12/06/2019 and charged me $.25.  This document is the sum total of the variance request or so FO Jurrens purported it to be.  This must be the truth, otherwise Alcester Finance Officer LIED to me and by deliberate omission of facts produced a false record as a true copy of the variance application and charge me for it.  SO WHICH IS IT?

Yup this is what FO Pat considers a variance application, Who knows what version of the famed firm of Dewey, Cheath’em’ and Howe drew this exemplar up.

Below find a sample of what Union County uses:

I asked several questions about the remainder of the FOIA request, to which Patti Parrot responded, “I don’t have that, I don’t have that”.  I asked the question, “WHY don’t you have it, you should” and Patti Parrot responded, “I don’t have that, I don’t have that”  Yeah I figured that out when you lowered your voice and looked to the left each time you professed, “I don’t know that”  Then when I asked where are those documents you and Lance Johnson were running up and down Anderson begging for signatures, you told you did not have them and that I had to ask Lance Johnson.  Why?  Were you not there on the Alcester City time clock as Finance Officer/notary assisting Councilman Lance Johnson? Or representing yourself as Finance Officer instead of just plain ol’ Pat Jurrens?

First-those of you who signed the mystery document Councilman Lance Johnson and Finance Officer Pat Jurrens were hawking to allow Councilman Lance Johnson to build his combine/body shop sized stand alone garage and regret signing the document.  Take note, because Councilman Lance Johnson along with Finance Officer Pat Jurrens is attempting to change the terms and conditions with a variance.  The document you signed is null and void because you were not advised of the whole truth, you were NOT given a copy of the document for your records and nor were those property owners whose property directly abuts 518 Anderson Street in writing of the Variance Hearing.  Your rights were negated by sloppy and negligent procedure by Alcester Finance Officer Pat Jurrens.  I am not an attorney, but I would urge you get togther as a group and seek an opinion from a lawyer on the validity of the document you signed.

To the property owners on Anderson Street, the Variance Hearing was not held per agenda, there was some discussion (00:50:38) to table the Variance Hearing to the next meeting which is December 9, 2019, but no formal motion was made nor seconded or voted upon.  However, Alcester City Attorney Tom Frieberg announced the council should table the Variance Hearing to the January meeting (00:51:31) to receive confirmation from a document of Mike McGill attorney allegedly prepared for Alcester Councilman Lance Johnson.  NO motion, no second and no vote was taken to table to the January meeting of the city Council either.  THE COUNCIL DID NOT OFFICIALLY ACT UPON MR. FRIEBERGS JANUARY SUGGESTION NOR THE ORIGINAL DECEMBER 9, 2019 DISCUSION.  SO WHICH IS IT MR MAYOR?  

RULES OF ORDER:

1.    Table.  If the Council is not ready to vote – be it a lack of information, a sensitive topic people need more time to process or deliberate, or other urgent matters came up – a member may make a motion to “table” the item.  The motion needs a second. It is NOT debatable/open to discussion. And then it needs a majority to carry the motion.  The important point to remember; however, is that it must be re-addressed at the NEXT official meeting.

2.    Postpone. If the Council is not ready to vote and if there is uncertainty on when it will be ready, then a motion should be made to “postpone until ______ (fill in the blank).”  Herein lies the major difference between tabling and postponing; postponing can be defined, but tabling is at the next meeting. Postponing requires motion, second, it CAN be debated/discussed, and a majority vote to carry.*

*Secondary discussion of Roberts Rules of Order which simple describes motions to table and motions to postpone.  https://sharpermanagement.com/2017/06/board-tip-tabling-agenda-item/

 

A SUGGESTION;  So you may want to add an agenda item to the agenda when you approve the agenda Monday night ladies and gentlemen of the council.  This does meet the requirement of an emergency add-on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/12/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

An observation while constructing my argument to the South Dakota Office of Hearing Examiners and counterpointing Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson’s quotation of statute in his denial letter.

What I found interesting is the citation of statute struck a chord of recognition. I had been going through the file of my 2016 application to the Office of Hearing Examiners to refresh my memory of process and elements of such a complaint when I came across a letter dated October 4, 2016, allegedly composed by Mayor Glas.

Please note the section which reads the City of Alcester is citing 1-27-1.5 (12) and (22) for denying the release of names. H-m-m why does that look familiar? Oh I know….

Now look a City Attorney Sam’s letter, please note the first paragraph section which reads, “…with respect to the 09/10/2019 request…SDCL 1-27-1.5 (12) and (22) exempt this information from disclosure…”

So did FO Pat get the 2016 citation from Beresford Sam?  So was Mayor Glas and FO Pat already cutting Alcester City Attorney Haugland out?

Ode to Sam*

*inspired by the poem Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Seuss, D. (1960). Green eggs and ham. New York: Beginner Books.

I am Sam! That is WHO says I am-I am Sam? Yeah, I AM Sam!

  • Do you like to eat crow from a can?
  • Sam does not eat crow from a can, Sam? Sam is that WHO says I am?
  • I do not like to eat crow from a can.
  • I do not want to eat crow from your hand!

 

  • Would you like to eat crow from a can?
  • Would you like to eat crow from my hand?
  • I would not like to eat crow from your hand
  • Of that I sure am! Nope, no crow for Sam-I-am

 

  • I would not like crow in a tiny house listening to Straus…
  • I would not like crow on a Second street…
  • I would not like crow on a North Third street…
  • I would not like crow on a Fifth street…
  • I would not like crow on South Main…that would be a pain

 

  • I will not eat crow even ‘on the house’…
  • I will not eat crow with a trial team…
  • I will not eat crow with a marine…
  • I will not eat crow in a lobby, I will not eat crow with a lobby
  • I will not eat crow even as a hobby ’cause

I am Sam! That is WHO says I am, I am Sam?

Right?

 

11/06/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”

Elvis Presley

 …and neither am I…

Vickie

 Mayor Glas called the November 4, 2019, regular city council meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with Council members Melissa Kay, Linda Talbott, David Larsen, Dan Haeder and Darla Reppe present. Also present was Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson, Chief Jeff Christie and Alcester Police Officer Austin Schuller. Absent again this month was Council member Lance Johnson.The council approved the agenda without change and the October 2nd meeting minutes without change.

video was to be inserted here but due to human error and foul up the memory card was compromised.  My profound apologies.

Dwight Berglin presented the 2018 audit which was after a question posed by Councilman David Larsen concerning a rumored $60K shortage was approved as presented.

Mark DeRaney AMKO Advisors representative presented an option to change from the outstanding USDA Loans on the waste treatment and water tower to bonds. Mr. DeRaney needed signature approve by the mayor to move the process forward. The Mayor’s signature did not commit the city to anything more than a forward movement on the process. The council voted to allow the mayor to sign the agreement. Judging from the mayor’s expression, now they just have to ‘splain it to him.

Agenda Item #7-Public Input-

  1. I gave my opinion of the City Office proposed move to the Golf Course/Community building if it is built.
  2. Gordon Richard of the Alcester Union-Hudsonite Newspaper asked the question, what progress was being made on the ballot box complaint and investigation. Alcester City Attorney paused, then answered, “…no comment…”.
  3. Councilman Dan Haeder said he had been approached about a city dog park. Discussion ensued concerning where such a facility would be located the former ice skating rink in the park, maybe the ball field, who would pick up the poop–honor system (?) etc.

Agenda Item #8-Legal updates

  •  Cemetery transfer 01/01/20
  •  Sewer discharge/lines update-easement needed
  •  On-sale liquor-Hillbillies not renewing their liquor license

Agenda Item #9-Community Clean Up

  •  Possible condemnation of two properties

Agenda Item #10- Street Update

  •   Street Update-sump pump discharge into street. No discharge in winter
  •   Street sweeper-two broken sprockets and chain. Unknown fix-it charge.

 Agenda Item #11- Police Dept.  Up-dates

  •  Meth resurgence
  •   Suicide alerts
  •   School sign battery issues
  •  Advisory board make-up: Police Department, Fire Department, Alcester EMS and council members Haeder and Kay.

Agenda Item #13-Update given by Councilman David Larsen

Agenda Item #14-Tiny House

  •   Contact Patrick from Secog for zoning change
  •   Add R-4 to Residential district

Agenda Item #15-Finance Office

  •   Approve Warrants.
  •   City Letterhead change-FO Pat did not like the green.
  •   2020 Resolution for Fees.
  •   Community Building-according to FO Pat they must develope a menu to design the kitchen. Ya’all cannot afford the building let alone hire a chef that requires a speshal menu to design a commercial kitchen.
  •  Approve $2500 appraisal fee on the auditorium. Mayor failed to ask for discussion during the motion process.  Council voted to approve.
  •  Approve operating agreements with local bars.  With the community building bar set-up (no pun intended), the city will be a full-blown competitor with the private bars in the city.
  •   Resolution of fees 2019-08 Waste water discharge-a 5% raise in fees with a specific   minimum.
  •   Water Deposits levied.
  •   Flag Burning-Legion-Council approved.
  •   Special Meeting set in December approved for December 30th at 6:00 p.m.
  •   Reminders and updates.
  •   Wanda brought up the need for extra funding for meals for kids.  Councilman Dan Haeder made the comment, “…Prisoners eat free…”*  

*Funds received for the inmate, from any approved source, while the inmate is in custody of the Department of Corrections will be deposited into the inmate’s account.

Inmates may use the funds in their bank account to purchase items such as writing supplies, hygiene items and snacks. Court ordered financial obligations, special program financial obligations and costs incurred while in custody of the DOC are automatically withdrawn from an inmate’s account.

Each inmate has a bank account set up in their name. There are a number of subaccounts that can be utilized depending on DOC policy. 

https://doc.sd.gov/about/faq/finances

Agenda Item #16- HRC Update

  • Rents to increase $25 per month

Agenda Item#17-Community Flyer

  • Finance Office worked hard on getting the community flyer out-who paid for this? The labor and postage?

Agenda Item #18-Volunteer roster-nothing

Agenda Item#19 Executive Session-Contracts SDCL #1-25-2-4*

*1-25-2.   Executive or closed meetings–Purposes–Authorization–Violation as misdemeanor. Executive or closed meetings may be held for the sole purposes of:

 (4)   Preparing for contract negotiations or negotiating with employees or employee representatives;

                *https://sdlegislature.gov/Statutes/Codified_Laws/DisplayStatute.aspx? Type=Statute&Statute=1-25-2

Agenda Item #19-Council went into Executive Session at 8:12 p.m. ostensibly to discuss contracts with the mayor, the council, FO Pat Jurrens and Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson.

FO Pat Jurrens exited the executive session at 8:36 p.m. and remained in the atrium pacing back and forth until the Council was declared out of executive session at 9:09 p.m. Take my word for it, this never happens unless the council is discussing FO Pat. Please note the agenda notations for Agenda Item #19, obviously there was some sort of decision to occur. What happened?

Agenda Item #20-Executive Session for the purpose of discussing personnel. SDCL 1-25-2-1*

*1-25-2.   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;

*https://sdlegislature.gov/Statutes/Codified_Laws/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&Statute=1-25-2

It is to be noted here the police department appeared to have been instructed to be available for Agenda Item#20 to be declared. Was there maybe some idea to interview about the Indictment?

Agenda item #20 did not happen.

Agenda Item #21-Adjourn

      Council adjourned at 9:11 p.m.

11/05/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

Not only does Mayor Glas not know what’s going on, he wouldn’t know what to do about it if he did unless the fish line attached to his head ‘n’ held tightly in FO Pat’s upper hand was yanked so he could see FO Pat’s look-at-me nod!

 

I would like to touch on my input during last evening’s city council meeting. Once again I voiced my opinion that the city offices DO NOT belong in the community building.

 

I spoke of the insult to the merchants on main street. Finance Officer Pat Jurrens once was the president of the local chamber of commerce, yet she wants to abandon downtown Alcester in favor of ‘classier digs’ as Mayor Glas described the proposed community center at the golf course. As Mayor Glas and Finance Officer Pat Jurrens prated on that current golf course personnel could not handle scheduling for events.   REALLY? And FO Pat can? Then tell me Mayor Magoo why did you violate Alcester City Ordinance to keep the city offices open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The stated excuse—that Pat and Wanda just couldn’t get their city work done does NOT ring true!

Mayor Glas prattled people do not come into Alcester to go to city hall, they come to shop. H-m-m, seems to me Mark DeRaney of AMKO Advisers came to city hall, representatives from Congressman Dusty Johnson came to talk to the council (who didn’t show up) at city hall, or people looking for city information come to downtown Alcester. Finance Office is too small for Finance Officer Pat?–get rid of the clutter—-you know that over-sized ear imprint wallpaper does take up room. Maybe move the police department to the old high school for convenience and privacy from the finance office wallpaper.

Oh ‘n’ of course the allure of the at-FO’s-fingertips ‘cordial atmosphere’. Well maybe residents would be inclined to attend city council meetings regularly. But imagine the executive session lengths, so maybe not!

As to the recognition, that only lasts until the new finance officer has a garage sale Pinterest find. Remember the donation plaque for the Auditorium? Not so much? It is no longer hanging in the atrium, so where did FO Pinterest consign that RECOGNITION? Your family named upon that plaque? ASK FO Pat!  Peter and I donated a ball washer to the golf course, within weeks it was vandalized, destroyed and when the ball washer was replaced (I assume by insurance funds)—-Lo and Behold the ball washer had a new donor name. Thank you!   Or when Peter and I donated Christmas lights, the lights stopped at the railroad tracks. Thank you! So my answer to the donate brochure Pat and Wanda spent city time assembling and mailing with the fond hope of ruling over the golf course community building —NO THANKS, as long as the plan is to move Alcester City Offices to the golf course community building—-ABSOULTELY NO !

 

FOLKS IF YOU FEEL THE SAME TELL THE CITY COUNCIL HOW YOU FEEL, IF THEY IGNORE US—-RECALL, WE CAN REPEAL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/24/2019 A Voice From the Gallery

So–Fo Pat

I hear tell ya think yer doin’ well.

An’ good things are comin’ to you.

I wish I had yer confidence ma’am an’

you had to do-wacka, do-wacka, do-wacka-do.!

 

I see yer runnin’ free,

An yer work days in yer office been few.

I wanna recall yer good luck Tom an’

give you some do-wacka, do-wacka, do-wacka-do.

I see you truckin’ down the street with yer travelin crew

ya got a Johnson in the front and a Glas in the back tailgatin’ you

Yeah, an way back ya got my money in yer sack,

with yer key in the ballot box and yer ears pinned back

root-doot-doot-doot-doot-do-wah!

 

I hear tell ya think yer doin’ well,

An’ good things are comin’ to you.

I wish I had yer confidence ma’am an’

you had a do-wacka, do-wacka, do-wacka-do*

(*inspiration Roger Miller’s 1965 song (and You Had A) Do-Wacka-Do “Do-Wacka-Do Lyrics.” Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 25 Oct. 2019. <https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/598190/Roger+Miller>.)

 

 

I hear tell FO Pat is running around trying to get support for Councilman Lance Johnson’s Fifth Wheel Fiasco.

Councilman Johnson has violated the CCR’s that run with the land at 518A Anderson Street. Unfortunately the CCR’s allow for a change after twenty-five years which appear to be imminent for Lots One (1) through Eleven (11) of Block Seven (7), Lots One (1) through Three (3) and Lot Seven (7) of Block Eight (8), Lots One (1) through Four (4) of Block Nine (9) and Lots One (1), Two (2) and Seven (7) though Ten (10) of Block (10) of Numsen Addition, being a part of Tract Three (3) in the Northeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (NE1/4NW1/4) and in the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NW1/4NE1/4) of Section Twenty-Seven (27), Township Ninety-five (95) North, Range Forty-Nine (49), West of the 5th P.M., City of Alcester, Union County, South Dakota according to the recorded plat thereof.

 

 

Specifically note #items 1, #4, #5, #14, and #15 listed in the covenants. Read for yourselves.

To the folks living in the above mentioned Blocks, unless you want some boxcar type dwelling or storage garage next to your $200K home, vote against the change in CCR. It must be a public vote of A MAJORITY OF THOSE NEIGHBORS AND LAND OWNERS affected. It is not a vote of the council.

Tell FO Pat NO, tell Councilman Lance Johnson NO, A covenant change can mess with the value of your home and property investment—check it out for yourselves. It is your right!

 

Just tell FO Pat to take her DO AND WACKA-IT DOWN THE STREET!