02/15/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

          The February 15, 2021,  Alcester City Council meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Dan Haeder with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Linda Talbott and Councilwoman Melissa Kay in person.  Councilman Marcus Ireland and Councilwoman Darla Reppe, were counted present via telephone and City Attorney Sam Nelson was absent but I understand(by hear-say not through any announcement) available by phone if needed.  H-m-m

          Agenda Item #3 – Approval of Agenda –  Call to approve the agenda, motion was made, second was made and with no discussion the motion was approve by a five (5) count unanimous aye vote.  Three in person and two by telephone.

          Agenda Item #4 – Public Input – I (Vickie Larsen) started out. 

Why a custom built computer?  Why not use one of those extra Cares Computers?

Now compare what was said in council (01:04:08.93) Identical, really? I will deal with that one in another blog.

Website–where is it? (0:04:48.93)

Contact number for Councilman Ireland still not published for constituents. (0:05:14.50)

Cemetery roads clean off (0:05:34.17)

Question on city-owned bar as it related to mask mandate (0:06:02.70)

Wake Up call Armstrong City Council legal troubles (0:06:23.07)

(0:08:13.10) Councilwoman Kay questioned my comment as to the article related to ongoing criminality…”So are accusing someone of criminality?”  Madam Councilwoman is that the only question in your playbook?  If I were to accuse someone of criminality, it would be plain and you wouldn’t have to guess.  In addition, I would have concrete proof should I ever make a public accusation.  My answer (01:08:15.78)  was No!  Councilwoman Talbott squawks (0:08:19.87) “…you just said…it is going on here…”  Councilwoman Talbott I suggest you listen before you squawk! 

But since you brought it up Councilwoman Talbott, let’s compare shall we?

Folks you decide, You fill in the questions marks!

Yes or No

Source : https://esthervillenews.net/news/local-news/2021/02/13/multi-year-investigation-leads-to-arrest-of-armstrong-officials/

Mayor Haeder reported input (0:08:59.17) regarding pet licensing and increased fees.  (0:09:31.10)

Councilman Ireland reported input on complaints on the wreaths on the lights in the park.(0:10:59.67)  Folks thought it was tacky.  (0:11:33.03) further comment/discussion on keeping lighting in the park.  I believe at the time the ‘north to south’ leading to the shelter house sidewalk was formed in the park there were regular lights placed along that walkway.  So there were already lights existing in the park before the wreaths were attached.

          Agenda Item #5 – Property Tax Abatement – Extend an abatement to an elderly disabled resident.  Motion made and passed.

          Agenda Item #6 – Department Updates –

Police Department had no update.

Street Department report was presented by Patricia Jurrens in the absence of Mr. Johnson.  This involved putting on a touch for additional street lights on Lincoln from Anderson street southward to First Street westward.  Madam  Bookkeeper made her suggestions known to the group.  Discussion was introduced as a ‘safety issue’ for walkers.  As you can hear from the discussion very little information was handed to the council, just a couple of pictures with some hand drawn stars for placement.  As the discussion progressed it became apparent the council was having trouble following the rationale and the discussion twisted and turned more than the road.  It was shared Southeastern Electric Cooperative was provider of record for that part of the city.  However Ms. Jurrens opined where the poles would be placed and that if the city agreed to wood poles there would be no charge other than the added electricity. 

          Now here is where it becomes interesting.  Mayor Haeder opines to, “… go with the wood poles, ’cause it will be free…” (0:20:59.27)  Not free, sir!  Councilman David Larsen asks the question, “…do we need a motion…” (0:21:36.50) and Mayor Haeder says don’t think so.  Silence.  No councilmember asked the question how many light poles are we talking about?  No councilmember asked the question how much electricity per pole is going to be charged against the city?  Is there going to be a charge for the pole?  Really silence.  Now no vote?  The council should have made the motion to accept the deal of free poles and installation, state the number of poles and where they would be placed.  Keep in mind the city has set back right-of-way approximately 33 feet from the center of the street outward.  If the area the poles were to be placed was on the east side of Lincoln Drive which I do believe is outside of the city limits and the city has no control over.  Yup, I do believe it would have a real good idea to have a true, complete and accurate record of what this council is doing.

NO VOTE TAKEN!

          Agenda Item #7 – Discretionary Taxing Formula Ordinance  2021-04 – After some brief discussion, no attorney present Mayor Haeder called the question to approve the first Reading of Ordinance 2021-04.  Councilman Ireland asked for clarity’s sake that it was his understanding that the formula was not being changed just adapting language which would agree with South Dakota/City Statute.  Then the group approved the first reading.

Agenda Item #8 Finance Office –

          Electronic Readers, Water meters.  One of the hand held readers quit working.  Bookkeeper Jurrens thought it just needed a new battery.  Easy peesy, right.  Now FoPat is coming to the council with a radio meter read proposal  at a project today’s cost of $125K,  But guys, we can do drive-by-reads.  However Folks we are likely to get hit with the purchase of a vehicle to drive the street to read meters.  There is to be a meeting Wednesday to talk to representatives from Core & Main out of Sioux Falls at 11:00 a.m.  Now folks how will affect US?  Think about the meters we are presently using, Now think about the cost of new meters, installation to enable radio reads.  Guesses?  It appears these new meters can be installed in the city right-right-of-way, generally the city pays for the initial cost with the cost spread across increased water rates for residents.  Any questions you can think of?  Ask you council!

          City Records to be destroyed, Council sure did vote for that!

          Reminders and Updates –

          Petition deadline-  Folks get your election petitions in by February 26th.

          Election day, April 13, 2021.  Be aware that South Dakota Municipal League strongly advises against Finance Officers and their minions not circulate absentee ballots, supervise signatures or influence any voting procedure.

          Board of Equalization meets March 15, 2021. 6:00 p.m.

          2021 Chip Sealing bid Opening March 1, 2021.

Agenda Item #9 – Executive Session –  Not necessary- Personnel must be having a quiet two weeks.

Agenda Item #10 – Adjourn Meeting

          Meeting adjourned at 6:31 P.M.

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                   605-934-2287

Councilman David Larsen        605-934-2434

Councilwoman Melissa Kay     712-557-0689

Councilwoman Darla Reppe    605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot    605-934-1849

Councilman Marcus Ireland    605-370-1193

02/01/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

          The February 1, 2021,  Alcester City Council meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Dan Haeder, , Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott and Councilwoman Melissa Kay in person.  Councilman Marcus Ireland was counted present via telephone and City Attorney Sam Nelson was absent but available via telephone IF the council needed him.  M-m-m, you hiding Sam?

The city camera is beeping, Mayor Haeder adjusts it, he now puts the memory card in, Mayor Haeder sits down and camera starts beeping.  H-m-m.

          Council recites the Pledge of Allegiance.

insert video

Item #3 – Approve Agenda   Mayor Haeder called for motion to approve the agenda.  Motion is made, seconded and with no discussion the agenda is approved unanimously  (X5 Ayes) without change.

Item #4 – Approve Minutes of January 4th and 18th meetings Mayor Haeder called for motion to approve the minutes of the two meeting in January.  Motion was made by Councilman Larsen, seconded by Councilwoman Talbott, discussion was called with Councilman Ireland responding to add the adjective “alleged” before the narrative involving executive session in the 01/04/2021 minutes.  The group decided to add the word “alleged”.  Councilman Larsen made the motion to amend the initial motion by adding the word “alleged”, Councilwoman Talbott seconded the motion to amend, no discussion on the amendment, the group vote unanimously X5 Ayes to amended.  The Council returned to the motion on the floor, Councilman Larsen moved to approve the minutes for January 4 as amended, and January 18 (as written should have been noted in the motion), Councilwoman Talbott seconded the motion and with no further discussion the motion was approve with a unanimous vote X 5 Ayes.

Item #5 – Public Input– I spoke to the erosion issue on the Sunnyside Storage project and possible loss of one of the buildings on the private property.  A retaining wall was to be built but as of this meeting had not been completed nor was it signed off by the ‘alleged building inspector Geoff Fillingsness.’  I asked, once again, about the city website with Finance Office Jurrens responding it (the website) was up. (09:53:47).  As of this writing I still do not see a website!  I commented on the telephonic participation of Councilman Marcus Ireland who, it appears will be taking part in the future council meetings until election.  I commented on the residents of Ward II have been to all intents and purposed disenfranchised by way the lack of their ability to readily contact their Ward II representative, Marcus Ireland.  Cell telephone number was to be provided to the newspaper for publication.

Mayor Haeder announced there was to be a virtual legislative meeting tomorrow, February 2, 2021.

Councilwoman Darla Reppe announced she had been contacted by a constituent who did not wish to be identified.  The constituent was extremely unhappy with the Burke Sh**house and requested the council take measures to fix the situations.  The council was warned back in December 2019 and January 2020 by me with regard to variances distributed by Finance Officer Pat Jurrens and approved by the council to allow non-residential building in the Numsen Addition prior to the building of these Beck Drive nightmares.  I warned them of the possible sharp decline in property values of innocent neighbors, and the possibility of losing any future sales of the remaining properties. However there is a precedent in Sioux Falls which caused the demolition of a violation of covenants in a historic neighborhood.  Mayor Haeder who was then a councilmember voted to approve the Burke Sh**house.  I noted in my complaint that Codes and Covenants ran with the property and it was up to the property owners to vote to change the Covenants and the city did not have the power to ordinance away the covenants.  Covenants were put into place to protect the property owners investments and assets.  To Councilmember Reppe’s un-named constituent, you can sue for lost value.  The council was warned and went ahead with the variance in spite of the warning.  I believe there may be a liability against the council for allowing the Sh**house variance. In last night’s meeting, Finance Officer Jurrens offered up a legal opinion (19:05:57).  Sorry madame bookkeeper, your alleged degree is in bookkeeping not legal opinions.  To Councilmember Reppe’s constituent and my Numsen’s Addition neighbor, upon your request I will give you copies of my research.  By the way, I do believe any resident has the right and ability to file a complaint on the Sh**house.

Item #6 Department Head Updates

Streets-Lonnie Johnson (absent) Chip sealing – advertising of Bid date  03/01/2021 6:15 pm

Hire Cash Hemmingson for Snow removal, Shop and Street Maintenance-???how many bodies does the city need for snow removal??? Call for Motion.  Motion was made by Councilwoman Kay, seconded by Councilwoman Reppe,  discussion question asked to amend start date with an immediate start date of February 2, 2021.   Motion was amended by Councilwoman Kay, seconded by Councilwoman Reppe, no discussion and a unanimous vote X5 ayes to amend the motion.  Call for motion returned to original question to hire Cash Hemmingson at $11.00 per hour for an immediate start date of  February 2, 2021.  Councilwoman Kay made the now amended motion, Councilwoman Reppe seconded the amended motion, with no further discussion the council voted X5 ayes to hire Cash Hemmingson at $11.00 per hour starting February 2, 2021. 

Shop Computer – Aw the shop computer crashed.  So FO Pat went shopping for a shop computer.  Where did FO Pat go out for quotes, why to her good bud Applied Software Beresford? So does Alcester get a friends and family discount from Mr. Monson?   Somehow I don’t think the $1216.00 price tag is a discount, do you?

Cemetery – No update

Water – Pumps have been installed

Police Dept – Police Chief Conference  Approval to attend Police Chief’s Conference. Council approved Police Chief Christie’s travel to the conference.

Police Chief vest purchase-Council approve purchase of vest for PD.

Golf Course -Trade in golf cart.  Phasing out and Trade one Yamaha for the purchase of One EZ Go Golf cart spending up to $2000.00.  Motion was made by Councilman Larsen, Second came from Councilwoman Talbott with the Mayor wandering off topic to some sort of Lift. Finally came back to topic for unanimous vote .

Library – Councilman David Larsen gave a summary of the Summer Reading Program.

Item #7 – Mask Policy  “Ordinance vs. Recommendation vs. Resolution Discussion related to do we do an Ordinance, do we do a Recommendation or do we do a Resolution?  The Consensus landed on a resolution.  Mayor Haeder called for a Motion to approve the 2021-03 Resolution, Councilwoman Kay made the motion to approve the resolution with implementation as soon as published.  Councilwoman Reppe seconded the motion, no discussion and with 4 ayes and 1 no from Councilman Larsen.  (00:00:00)  As soon as published, I was told the website was up and running.  In fact I pointed out we publish on the website.  In fact I believe the city is require to publish notifications on the website if we have one.  No response. Telephone call was made to Attorney Sam Nelson at 7:16 pm. for advice on the Resolution.  Dare I ask what that phone call cost?

Item #8 – Employee Bonus discussion Yup there it is.  Longevity/Performance Base Bonus Discussion.  Now folks while I sat listening to the presentation by Councilwoman Kay, it was hard not to chuckle at several points she attempted to make.  Going back to a time as she was hawking Bambee HR, she stated she/council did not know much about Human Resources takes me to a question she asked me when she was practicing her Legal Badgering Skills 101 on me, “Do you know how to read?”. 

          My response then is the same as it is now, “Yes very well!”  So madam you write you worked your way up in janitorial skills, from toilet processing to management of employee scheduling, sales, customer phone relations, and processing bids for services.  Additionally in your linked auto-bio you allege you, “… completed a Human Resources training course and Dealing with Difficult People course climaxing in protecting employees rights while maintaining the integrity of the company…” Wow!  So according to your proposed bonus performance review techniques, given the manner with which you dealt with me and I as your employer (tax payer) I should be able to score you on your performance, Right?  So let’s see what questions might I ask.  You see when I got the agenda about bonus discussion, I did my research.  I think taxpayers would like a preview of questions they might like to ask.  Shall we?  So Councilwoman Kay, did you protect my rights during the Great Badger inquisition?  Did you deliberately lie to the other council members to make your case?  Did you perpetuate a deliberate lie by administrative staff?  Did you or did you not make a false swearing with regard to the above listed questions?  That’s okay, I don’t expect an answer.

Item #9 – Finance Office Updates Alternate garbage route- so now the residents must tote their garbage across the street.  Really why not a central pick-up dumpster with a discount for residents who are willing to haul their garbage and/or their disabled neighbor’s garbage to the central dumpster.

2020 Audit-Approval to pay the bill.

Board of Equalization meeting- March 15, 2021 6:00 pm

Virtual District Meeting March 18, 2021, 5:30 pm

Reminders and Updates

Item #10 – Community Building – notation the builder took the liberty of changing the 8 foot garage doors out for 12 foot doors. 

Item #11 – Volunteer Roster- No Update

Item #12 – Executive Session 1-25-2.1 Personnel  AGAIN Call for motion, second, no discussion and unanimous vote.  Executive session commences at 7:51 p.m.  Those staying in executive session were Councilman Larsen, Councilman Ireland (via telephone et al), Councilwoman Kay, Councilwoman Reppe, Councilwoman Talbott, FO Patricia Jurrens, employee Wanda Halverson, Police Chief Jeff Christie, Police Officer Austin Schuller and Mayor Header. 

Newspaper reporter Gordon Richard, Employee Peeples and Vickie Larsen left the room.  Mr. Richard and Ms Peeples left the building while Vickie Larsen remained in the hallway. Interesting watching the group and the body language, like watching a silent movie.  The police officers left the executive session at 8:13 pm approximately 22 minutes after the commencement of the session.  The executive meeting continued on until 8:37 pm when it was declared out of session.

Item #13 – Adjourn at 8:38 pm

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                   605-934-2287

Councilman David Larsen        605-934-2434

Councilwoman Melissa Kay     712-557-0689

Councilwoman Darla Reppe    605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot    605-934-1849

01/18/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

The January 18, 2021,  Alcester City Council meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m. by Mayor Dan Haeder, , Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott and Councilwoman Melissa Kay in person with City Attorney Sam Nelson.  Councilman Marcus Ireland was counted present via telephone.

The meeting was opened with the recitation of the pledge of allegiance.

Agenda Item #3 – Approval of the Agenda was dispatched

Agenda Item #4 – Public Input – Vickie Larsen addressed the following topics in public input: cemetery, snow plow speed, website, and comment on felon participation on ambulance:

                    -I  noted I had received notification of incidents involving monument damage after my presentation.

                    -Website- still waiting- asked Finance Officer Pat Jurrens – still no launch date.

                   – I shared the information with the council concerning felons on the ambulance.  This was shared due the city’s placement of members of the ambulance on the volunteer roster and any possible blow back on the city if the ambulance failed to properly vet their members.

Mayor asked if there was any other public input, then he remembered he had been approached concerning snow plow speed with a video showing what appeared to be excessive speed.

Agenda Item #5 – Alderman Statement – Councilwoman Melissa Kay made a statement to the effect she was not running for re-election as Ward I representative.  (00:13:07.93)

Agenda Item #6 – Department Updates – Report given by Parker Dooley for the cemetery, Report given by Alcester Police Chief Jeff Christie for the police department regarding changes in the police manual involving a proposed Resolution 2021-02 on Use of Force and Report given by Councilman David Larsen for the Library.

Agenda Item #7 – Masks Mandate discussion – No action taken in lieu of additional language and presentation to the public. If you watch the video you will hear me talk in favor of masking. As I stated in the discussion, I remember polio in the 1950’s. I remember seeing the iron lungs and scared to death. I remember my classmate who had contracted the polio virus, who had to learn how to walk with braces on both legs by the fifth grade but he walked. I remember going through the crippled children’s clinic, looking around at the children seated in row after row of folding chairs and like me waiting to be evaluated. I remember seeing the various physical, medical maladies which brought us to that waiting room. I did not ever want to go back to that room. Folks, masks are a temporary solution to a devastating pandemic. I understand those of you against masks have many emotions about the mask mandate. Please take into consideration none of us want to wear masks, just as my classmate did not want to spend the rest of his life in metal braces. He had no choice, polio made the choice for him. While a vaccine for polio was developed in 1953, it took time and education to get everyone vaccinated. Meanwhile, children needed machines to breathe for them, (not the respirators we have now) but entombed up to their necks in a metal cylinder with a mirror hanging over their head. To this day poliovirus is still alive, but we can vaccinate against it. Until poliovirus transmission is interrupted in the remaining endemic countries, all countries remain at risk of importation of polio, especially vulnerable countries with weak public health and immunization services and travel or trade links to those countries. Only active vaccination programs keep a polio pandemic away. Our city council has agonized over taking the masking mandate step, it is not their wish to violate individual rights but they do have a duty to protect as best they can the residents of Alcester. I would respectfully ask you help and let them know you are willing to make the choice to voluntarily mask and not let the Coronovirus-19 or any of its variants make the choice for you. It is better to suffer the masking mandate for a time, than to lose your life, lose your children, lose your parents to a horrible death, or to lose your own quality of life to some unknown permanent medical disability associated with Covid. Thank you.

Agenda Item #8 – Finance Office Report – Approval of the Plat map for the former Alcester School building.  Map is shown below, however the map does not show the complete plat notations.

Agenda Item #9 – Community Building purchase of kitchen equipment.  Councilman David Larsen made the presentation for approval of $20,000.00 expenditure for kitchen equipment for the community building.  After discussion a motion was made to approve a $20,000.00 expenditure to purchase Federal surplus used kitchen equipment.

Agenda Item #10 – Executive Session for 1-25-2 if needed.  Mayor Haeder asked if this action was needed and Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens told him Yes, for 1-25-2.1 Personnel.  A motion was made to go into Executive Session for personnel and was approved at 7:30 p.m.  As the gallery made preparations to leave the council room, Finance Officer spoke to the group telling City Attorney Sam Nelson to remain in the closed session, along with Police Chief Jeff Christie, Police Officer Austin Schuller, Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens and Wanda Halverson.   Mayor Haeder shut down his camera.

          As Mr. Gordon Richard and I took up our positions in the hallway, we watched the council as they debated whatever personnel issue Finance Officer Jurrens felt was appropriate for 1-25-2.1.  I noted during the Executive Session both Finance Officer Pat Jurrens and Wanda Halverson appeared to be taking notes which I believe is questionable.  If notes are taken it should be the task of the city attorney as to the appropriateness of the notes.  In addition I understand that in those states which allow recording the executive session, the contents of such a recording can only be opened upon a judicial order.

          At approximately 8:05 p.m. Alcester Police Chief Christie and Officer Schuller exited the executive session.  At 8:16 p.m. Mayor Dan Haeder declared the council out of Executive Session.

Agenda Item #11 – Call for Adjournment.  Meeting Adjourned at 8:17 p.m.   

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                   605-934-2287

Councilman David Larsen        605-934-2434

Councilwoman Melissa Kay     712-557-0689

Councilwoman Darla Reppe    605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot    605-934-1849

10/07/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

Mayor Dan Haeder, opened the October 7, 2020, Special meeting of the Alcester City Council at 6:03 p.m. with council members Darla Reppe, Melissa Kay, Marcus Ireland, David Larsen, Linda Talbott,  Vickie Larsen and City Attorney Sam Nelson present.  Also present were Jon Serck, Pat Kast and Austin Schuller, police officer.

Now folks a quick explanation for Austin Schuller’s presence.  I have been in this situation before where a police officer has been put on notice to be present in case I got out-of-line.  Office Schuller was I presume ‘commanded’ to be present.  Sorry Austin.

Approve Agenda 

Public Input- none  I really should have but I didn’t.

Oh yes, somewhere along the line I turned and asked Wanda Halverson if she was on the clock.  Tax payers want to know.

Wasterwater Equipment Purchase was called.   The whole purpose for the special meeting, or so I thought.  It passed.

Then what appears to be the real reason for the meeting was called.  To remove Vickie Larsen from office.   The motion was called to go into Executive Session to discipline a Council person and quickly a second came.  I voiced an objection to executive session, I chose to waive any right to executive session if the council was going to discuss me, and I voiced my intent to keep the video camera rolling.

Oh my goodness.  City Attorney Sam Nelson told me I did not have that right.  I objected through the sniggers of the rest of the council and was promptly accused of misconduct and disorderly conduct.  I was told to shut down my video camera, I said no.  Officer Schuller was brought in and I was told to remove the camera or Officer Schuller would.  I want to be sure to state Officer Schuller was under orders of Mayor Dan Haeder and had no choice.  Mayor Haeder was not requesting he was demanding!  I was threatened with removal, I told the council they did not have that authority. 

The session continued with a litany of petty, outrageous accusations authored by Melissa Kay which I will address along with what video I did manage to get in the future.  I have been removed from the council for now!

To those who came to me for help, I will still be there but tonight Mayor Haeder, David Larsen, Darla Reppe, Linda Talbot, Marcus Ireland and lest we forget Melissa Kay successfully removed me from the Alcester City Council.  However I will be there every meeting, I will still be doing research on all proposals and I will still hold each and every council member accountable to you the people.

Oh yes for those of you who want to decide who you want to chose your own medical treatment provider be sure to give your opinion to Jon Serck 605-360-7255 and Pat Kast  605-934-6250 they have requested it in my 10/05/2020 A Voice From the Gallery.  They want  your opinion.  (00:08:22.60) 

09/08/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

Mayor Dan Haeder, opened the September 8,2020,  meeting of the Alcester City Council at 6:00 p.m. with council members Darla Reppe, Linda Talbott, David Larsen, Vickie Larsen and City Attorney Sam Nelson present and council members Melissa Kay and Marcus Ireland participating remotely via telephone.

The group began the meeting with recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

The council went on to approve the agenda with an adjustment in the printed agenda.  Agenda item #18 was moved forward to immediately follow agenda item #6 due to a time conflict with City Attorney Sam Nelson.  The group approved the agenda with that adjustment.

The council approved the minutes for August 3, 2020, and August 17, 2020, without change.

Agenda Item #5 – Public Input – Mayor Haeder had been contacted by Nathan Beeler, Mitchell Drive of a problem with the street condition.

Agenda Item #6 – Alcester EMS -Jeff Nohava acting director of Alcester EMS.     Mr. Nohava gave a report/update on Alcester Ambulance and it’s proposed, revised operations.   I would like to address some of the statements Mr. Nohava made during this ‘update’ with regard to prior operations of Alcester EMS while I was a member of the crew.  (00.04.54) “…When Alcester couldn’t crew it fell on Hawarden to crew…about 60% of the time”. Vickie response, As a past crew member, Nationally Certified EMT, prior to 2012, it was our practice if we could not crew, we would refer the call to  Beresford Ambulance or Hawarden Ambulance.  Much of the time it was Beresford Ambulance who responded.  (00:12:16)  Nohava, “…in the past people were taken to Sioux Falls…”  Vickie response, As a past member of the dedicated Alcester EMS crew, we transported patients to the hospital of their choice.  We did not dictate which hospital they had to use.  We did however in the event of an extreme emergent situation, transport to Canton or call in Med Helicopters out of Sioux Falls. (00:12:33)  Nohava states, “if it is a true emergency”  Vickie response, Whose definition of TRUE? Insurance carrier, Hawarden Ambulance, Alcester EMS Medical Director-Dr. Waddell or someone with triage training?  Who?   (00:13:03) Nohava states, “…a hospital eight miles away…I have reviewed some of the trip reports…”  Vickie response, it is my understanding the last quarter 2019 trip reports were sketchy, not filed in a timely manner with insurance claims left waiting.   (00:13:13)  Nohava states “…45 minutes trip to Hawarden, the EMT’s like it…3 hour trip in the past…”  Vickie states, Having been on many, many trips to Sioux Falls Avera, Sioux Falls Sanford and Sioux Falls VA Hospital, those three hour trips entailed travel time dependent upon location of patient loaded, extrication time, road conditions and the normal run time 40 minutes from Alcester to ER.  We spent time giving report on patient, exchanging sheets and blankets for clean linens and if we were out over lunch time we would stop for a quick lunch.  On the way back, our dedicated crew worked on trip reports, worked cleaning equipment, stowing the cleaned equipment and squaring away the rig in case our dedicated crew had another emergency call while we were on our way back to Alcester.  On more than one occasion we did indeed have two calls back to back.  Mr. Nohava talks of the two major Alcester employers in terms of the ‘three’ hour trip time, well sir.  I was one of those self-employed EMT’s who made those daytime trips, and I substitute taught in the local school which I believe appreciated having an certified EMT on premises along with the school nurse even if I was called away on one or two occasions.  (00:15:45) Vickie response, Mr. Nohava repeats his mantra, “…the past is past…”, but appears to accuse our dedicated past EMS crew of endangering patients with Sioux Falls Transports.  I warned a previous Hawarden Ambulance director who dared accuse our dedicated Alcester Ambulance crew of abandoning a patient.     On that occasion our Alcester Ambulance crew transported a patient to Hawarden Hospital ER, where we transferred the care of the patient to the hospital ER staff, but had to wait an unusually long time for release.  The hospital had received the patient into their care.  Folks procedurally and legally our independent EMT/ ambulance acted under the direction of a medical doctor not a hospital. So our EMT’s could transfer patient into the care of  a hospital or medical doctor (higher skill level), however once care of that patient was transferred to the higher skill level, it could not legally be handed down to a lower skill level  EMT to transport to Sioux City. Alcester Ambulance EMT’s delivered a patient to Hawarden Hospital.  Hawarden Hospital made the determination the patient needed transfer to their Sioux City affiliate and for whatever reason Hawarden Ambulance would nor or could not transfer.  Alcester Ambulance EMT-B level was told to transport the patient from the higher skilled Hawarden Hospital to the higher skilled Sioux City Affiliate Hospital.  We declined based upon the fact we would be violating the chain of medical skill.  Our ambulance later received a nasty letter from the director of Hawarden Ambulance with the accusation of patient abandonment.  Needless to say, even after I sent a letter explaining our position to the Director of the Hawarden Ambulance, and copies of the letter the Director of the Hawarden Hospital and the city of Hawarden, the members of that dedicated crew still have a bitter taste of insult that we ever would abandon a patient entrusted to our care!

Agenda Item #18 – Community Center –  Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson removed a small phrase from the contract.   

FROM

A133 contract section

12.2 Binding Dispute Resolution read,

“For any claim subject to, but not resolved by mediation pursuant to Article 15 of AIA Document A201-2017 the method of binding dispute resolution shall be as follows: (check the appropriate box)

          [ ]  Arbitration pursuant to Article 15 of AIA Document A201-2017

          [X ]  Litigation in a court of competent jurisdiction

          [ ]  Other:  (Specify)

TO

A133 contract section

12.2 Binding Dispute Resolution

“For any claim subject to, but not resolved by mediation pursuant to Article 15 of AIA Document A 201-2017 the method of binding dispute resolutions shall be as follows:  (check the appropriate box)

          [ ]  Arbitration pursuant to Article 15 of AIA Document A201-2017

          [X ]  Litigation in a court of competent jurisdiction

          [ ]  Other:  (Specify)

During the discussion (00:21:20) and the brief discussion and the race to spend $2.6  million dollars.  I voiced my opinion and objection to portions of contracts written by and for the architect and by extension the contractor.  The document I held up was referenced within the A133-2017 document and the A201-2017 document is A503-2017/2019, Guide for Supplementary Conditions (for A201-2017, 2017 Owner-Contractor and 2019 CMc agreements)  If you are interested in some light reading (?) ask for copies or access to copies of the signed documents AIA 133-2019 and AIA 201-2017 with online access to AIA 503

As you can hear in the video how the $2.6 Million vote went down.  (00:23:00)

Agenda Item #7 – Public Hearing – Wastewater Facility Upgrade.   Explanation and recommended upgrade of the present mechanical system with costs.  Copies of the handout should be available at city office.

Agenda Item #8,# 9, #10, #11, and #12 self explanatory on video.

Agenda Item #13 – legal updates and #14 – Executive session not needed.

Agenda Item #15 – Planned Development District Discussion

                                

Agenda Item #16-Finance Office

          Warrants vote,

          Dakota construction Warrant

          Road Guy Warrant

          Budget- discussion on pay raises, merit, longevity and etc.

OFF VIDEO RECORDING

Agenda Item #17- None

Agenda Item #18-already dealt with

Agenda Item #19 – EMS Update

Agenda Item #20- Update volunteer roster

Agenda Item #21 – Executive Session to SDCL 1-25-2-1 Personnel

            9:38 p.m.  in Executive session

            9:51  p.m. out of Executive session

Agenda Item #22 Adjourn  9:52 p.m.

07/20/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

Mayor Dan Haeder opened the July 20, 2020, meeting of the Alcester City Council at 6:00 p.m. with council members David Larsen, Marcus Ireland, Darla Reppe, Linda Talbott, Melissa Kay and City Attorney Sam Nelson present.

The group recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Haeder called for approval of the agenda.  Agenda was approved as written without change

Agenda Item #4 – Alderman Vacancy  was called.  At this point there were no scheduled applicants until Vickie Larsen again submitted her name for consideration for Ward III seat placement.  At this point Executive Session was called for the interview process.  Ms. Larsen was amenable to open session questioning but the council felt more comfortable to go into executive session.  Executive session commenced at/around 6:10 p.m.  Ms. Larsen was excused at 6:18 p.m. for council discussion and the group resumed open session at 6:37 p.m.  Upon resumption of the meeting, I discovered my camera had not be shut down, so at that point and at the request of council members I cleared the memory card at that point which is the reason the video commences at the appointment part of the meeting.  I was sworn in and seated as the Ward III Council person at the council table.

Agenda Item #5 Public Input- I raised a concern about children playing on East Bound Sixth Street just below the hill.  Drivers traveling from the west, eastbound on sixth street cannot see the kids when they are just below the crest of the hill.

Agenda Item #6 Legal Updates which includes two properties in process of violations.  Other Code Enforcement letters have been sent out.

Agenda Item #7 Planning and Zoning Proposed Readings of Amendments to the Zoning Regulations.  2020-08 regarding a planned development District for the City of Alcester and 2020-09 regarding Residential District and permitted Uses.  Copies of which should be notices in the newspaper.

Agenda Item #8 Personnel Policy Manual-The 2020 revision version with adjustments in language, adjustments in policy and restatement of policy.  Still in the revision stage.

Agenda Item #9-Executive Session – Discussion of Contractual Matters.  Session began at 8:13 p.m. with exit from closed session at 8:45 p.m.

NOTE:  Video stops at this point because access logistics were not planned when I was seated.  I will try to make sure logistics will be corrected for video engage after executive session shut down in the future.

Agenda Item #10-Mayor and Alderman Salary Adjustment-  This discussion was briefly discussed and will be more fully discussed at the next meeting.

Agenda Item #11-USDA Loan Payoff  Pay off loan balance of $36K+ out cash funds.  Motion passed 4 ayes with one nay.

Agenda Item #12– Wastewater Surcharge or Rate increase- put off to next meeting and to hear options.

Agenda Item #13– Finance Office-Move day July 28-29 to old high school.

          Change council meeting date to September 8,2020.

          Declare items surplus

Agenda Item #14– Executive Session- Not needed

Agenda Item #15 – Adjourn    9:19 p.m.

06/01/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

Mayor pro-tem David Larsen called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the following council members present: Councilwoman Melissa Kay, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilman Dan Haeder, Councilman/Mayor pro-tem David Larsen, Councilwoman Darla Reppe and Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson.

Agenda Item #2 – Pledge of Allegiance

Agenda Item #3– Approve agenda

Agenda Item #4 – Approve Minutes of May 4, 2020, and May 18, 2020.

Agenda Item #5 – Vacancy

Executive Session was called to interview candidates for mayor and for Ward II Council seat at 6:02 p.m.

Council came out of executive session at 6:35 p.m.   At 6:36 p.m. Ward III Councilman Dan Haeder resigned as Ward III council representative. It is uncertain why Councilman Haeder chose to resign because he could hold his seat as Ward III Councilman and perform duties as appointed mayor pro tem without resignation. Upon acceptance of what appeared to be his written resignation, the council appointed Mr. Haeder as Mayor until April 2021. Ward III was declared vacant and posting should appear in the official newspaper to fill the vacancy.

Next up was the appointment of Marcus Ireland as Ward II representative.

Both Haeder and Ireland were administered the Oath of Office by Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens. After five minutes of meeting and in which two (2) agenda items were dealt with, Mayor Pro Tem David Larsen realized Mayor Dan Haeder had not taken over the meeting and unfortunately our Parliamentarian Attorney Sam missed the failure to transfer of power. Mayor Haeder took over directing the meeting and re-did agenda items 6 and 7. A note here it came to my attention that FO Jurrens had not verified eligibility of Mr. Ireland prior to her administration of the Oath of Office to him. I asked FO Jurrens this morning (June 2, 2020) if Mr. Ireland was in fact eligible, registered voter in the city and her answer to me. “I do not know, I will contact Callie or Marcus”. This troubles me because the quasi-election official failed to verify eligibility before she administered the Oath of Office. After my conversation with Finance Office Jurrens, I verified with Union County that Mr. Ireland was indeed a registered voter and eligible to hold city council member seat.

Agenda Item #6 – Council office. Councilman David Larsen retains his position as President of the Council and Councilwoman Linda Talbott was elected as Vice-President of the Council second in line for mayor should something prevent Mayor Haeder from executing his duties as Mayor before April of 2020.

Agenda Item #7 – Signatures Council voted to place the following individuals as signatories for the bank accounts and access to safe deposit boxes in the name of Alcester City. Signers are listed as Mayor Dan Haeder, Council President David Larsen, Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens and Finance officer employee Wanda Halverson.

Agenda Item #8 – AMKO-Mark DeRaney Bond Issue

Mr. DeRaney has been working on the refinance of the water bond. A Resolution (2020-07)was needed to set this refinance in motion. In light of the recent changes in the economy it was determined that banks were no long as willing to finance bonds so Mr. DeRaney was working with underwriter D.A. Davidson, out of Des Moines, Iowa, and with Zions Bank Trust Corporation as payee which was required for the change-over process. The resolution needed to be amended to reflect the changes.

In addition to the publication of Resolution 2020-07, a special meeting was needed to complete the transaction. Special meeting was set up for June 19. 2020, at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Agenda Item # 9 – ROCS transport -represented by Peter Smith. This agenda item was pushed back in the agenda line up due to the Planning and Zoning Hearing.

Agenda Item #12 – 7:00 p.m. -Planning and Zoning Hearing-(out of order) . It was determined an amendment was needed in Ordinance (2020-08) to create a planned development district which can write its own rules but cannot be an area smaller than a city block.   (Chapter 5)

Agenda Item #9- ROCS Transport continued. This is a transport service to provide rides to appoints and etc in town and out of town. It was mentioned the Care Center was no longer transporting residents to appointments.

Agenda Item #10 – Emergency Siren testing and repairs- Discussion and information was shared concerning our emergency siren system by Axel Ericson and Pat Kast. Discussion covered a weekly routine test at a specific time and day to keep batteries operational and find any problems before any emergency.

Agenda Item #11 – Input-

I shared input which dealt with inaccuracies in meeting minutes. Specifically the Finance Officer editorializing the minutes and not facts of the meeting. Specifically the reference to the issue/input regarding contract variance. She opined the conversation between Attorney Sam and myself did not have anything to do with Alcester. The contract variance dealt specifically with a seated councilman and the finance officer of Alcester which definitely deals with Alcester. I also advised the council that Hawarden pool is closed and Beresford pool will not be open until June 15, 2020, and then only to residents of Beresford and the Beresford School District. I also mentioned an issue with the cemetery and an employee of the city with regarding to a squirrel jumping from a Pine tree on the cemetery property and causing a power outage down Lincoln Drive. The employee was mowing with headphones on, failed to hear the explosion, failed to quit mowing when the Mid-American Tech was on scene discussing the situation with me even when he saw us standing next to the Utility Truck with a Boom.

A gentlemen who had just moved into town was questioning the zoning and asked how to get and who to get a building permit from. He also asked where he might find the building codes. It would have been nice to be able to tell him he could find all that information on our website, BUT we do not have a website—WHY?

Oh and lest we forget Mike Burkes, purchase Lots 5 and 6 in on Beck Drive (just behind to the north of Randy Heuer)in the Numsen Addition and their proposed S***House. This is a residential neighborhood and not business, storage or commercial. This edifice S***House was according to Mr. Burke too big for just one lot. Mr. Heuer those covenants which protected the value of your property are deemed null, care to argue that premise with those of us complaining the covenants are not void. You have more to lose than me.

Agenda Item #15 – Pool Updates- Yeah, there was a discussion concerning the interview of pool personnel. It came to light the pool committee was not notified of the interviews and were kept out of the interview by Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens. Once again she was interview employees without a bona-fide councilmember present. WOW talk about major over reach. FO Jurrens you are still not a councilmember, you are still not a city administrator, your are still just the city bookkeeper!

Agenda Item #16– Chief of Police- Discussion of hours, and over -time.

Agenda Item # 19-

Ordinance 2020-05 Clovid 19 derivative, amended by repeal of all but the mayor’s call to close down. Passed

Ordinance 2020-06 Two meetings per month-Passed 3 Ayes, 2 nays. Comment was made by Mayor Haeder about the length of meetings being the reason for the change to two regular meetings per month. I submit Mayor Haeder you set the agenda and you are in charge of what business comes before the council and how much time is spend on that business not Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens. Sir you control the length of the meeting, so in fact you do not need two regular meetings a month.

Agenda Item #20– Personnel Manual rewrite-Still in process. Department Heads, versus Committee versus Supervisors exercise in semantics. Additional discussion of Overtime for police Department which is exempt from Overtime versus Administrative Exempt from Overtime. Sam indicates that FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act is not applicable to Alcester. We better make it applicable or we will not be able to maintain a decent police department.

Agenda Item #21- Finance Office- Warrants dealt with. Notice the Finance Office was undergoing an Analytical Review. Rent for city offices at the old school will be in exchange for law care paid by city.

Agenda Item #26 – Adjourn at 9:32 p.m.

05/18/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

“THE SECRET OF FREEDOM LIES IN EDUCATING PEOPLE WHEREAS THE SECRET OF TYRANNY IS IN KEEPING THEM IGNORANT”.

Maximillien Robespierre

 President of the Alcester City Council (mayor pro tem) David Larsen called the Special Meeting of the Alcester City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. with the following council members present; Councilwoman Melissa Kay, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilman Dan Haeder and Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson seated at the council table.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by the council and gallery.

Upon the completion of the pledge recitation and immediately prior to the call for approval of the agenda, I called ‘point of order’. I chose this method because Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens placed Input as Agenda Item #8 well behind any opportunity to point out errors in her agenda. I addressed the error of announcing in Agenda Item #4 Mayor and Ward II vacancy under subsection (a) was a motion to approve the appointment of Dan Haeder as mayor and I pointed out that this move had the effect of shutting out the voters of Alcester as well as the council who were unaware of proper procedure and were being ask to take Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens legal opinion on this. South Dakota Statute SDCL 9-9-8. Absence of sickness of mayor-Acting President-Acting mayor and SDCL 9-13-14.1, 9-13-14.2 and 9-12-14.3 deals with this issue as well as the 2014 Supplement 2.575 Vacancies in the SDML publication. In addition to the error of Agenda Item #4, Agenda Item #5 dealt with announcing the vacancy of Ward II and Ward III. At this point I asked Councilwoman Darla Reppe if she was vacating her seat on the council, she answered, “no she was not” which left Councilman Dan Haeder’s newly (shoot the shine was barely off the Ward III seat) appointed seat up for grabs. But according to statute, if the council appoints a sitting ‘brother’ councilman as mayor–he takes on all the duties of mayor pro tem until the next election and retains his vote as Ward III representative unless it creates a conflict and he must abstain. Kind of a complicated thing to grasp.

A spirited conversation ensued as you can witness in the video. Upon the conclusion of the discussion the motion was made to approve the agenda with agenda items #4 and #5 deleted from the agenda with 4 ayes and 1 nay. Agenda Items #4 and #5 were deleted.

Agenda Item #6– Signatures was called to allow Councilman David Larsen and Councilman Dan Haeder to power of signature with the bank.

Agenda Item #7-Credit Card Charge Limit to be raised and one additional card holder to be added for a grand total of $5,500.00.   Now folks it seems $5,500.00 is out-of-line for emergency purchases. In fact I have been advised that $5,500.00 is excessive for emergency purposes for a city credit card. I agree. If you ever get an opportunity (IF) to view warrants of finance office purchases, instead of going down Alice’s rabbit hole you will enter the cluttered closet of our recycler of discarded households.

Agenda Item #8-Public Input- Now folks in the interests of open meetings and the public right of input on any business before the council the agenda item of public input is usually at numeral placement of item 3 or 4 to keep the meeting open to the public and not force them to stay in meeting ’til 9:00 p.m. and then the input is rushed ’cause the council is ‘tired’ and want to go home.

I did ask who all had access to city credit cards at varying amounts–Answer to name a few- Finance Officer Pat, Ass’t Finance Officer Wanda, Dale, Lonnie, Chief Christie, with the most recent addition of the librarian.

Agenda Item #9 – Swimming pool- The discussion should we or shouldn’t we open the pool and how do we handle it. Do we have enough personnel and so forth? Who is going to do the cleaning and how often. Dudes have ya ever seen the wipe down frequency of a doctor’s office? I can assure you the nurse does not hand you a wet wipe and tell you to wipe the exam table down, much less have a lifeguard tell a ten year old that once he/she has wiped their derriere to pull out a wet wipe ‘n’ wipe the toilet seat down A-N-D then wash their hands?

From the sounds of the discussion the pool may or may not be open.  One caution, if one placards a known danger and yet opens the danger to the public, who gets sued jointly and severally?   Sioux Falls has closed their pools, hint, hint, hint!

Agenda Item #10 Golf Course Clubhouse Manager- Wait did we not just hire a clubhouse manager? Yup and now we are at it again. Oh but wait to you hear. We had a committee of three council members who over-see and keep track of the arm of the city which involves the golf course. Now the agenda item is described as motion to hire Michael Croy. First question was from Councilwoman Talbott and to the effect what happened to the most recent club house hire? Answer, that person is no longer there. Really? Okay but the problem is that Councilwoman Talbott was one of the committee. H-m-m Then comes the question, when is the interview,   Answer? Yup you guessed it. The interview already had happened WITHOUT Councilwoman Talbott. Next question from Councilwoman Talbott, why didn’t you let me know? No answer. W-O-W Last question who did the interview? Are ya ready?—–-why Councilman David Larsen and Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens! Really the town bookkeeper? Alcester Bookkeeper Jurrens has no authority and it appears she FAILED to notify at least one council member who did have the authority. Talk about getting run off the road and then bookkeeper Patricia drove her bus over the real councilwoman. Are we really going to put up with her over reach?

Agenda Item # 11 Legal Updates- Ordinance 2020-06 (amendment) First Reading

Agenda Item # 12 Planning and Zoning – Notice of amendment of district, Notice of hearing for public input schedule for 7:00 p.m.

No Executive sessions

Agenda Item #14-adjournment 7:11 p.m. Meeting adjourned

NOTE from the quote above and the secret of freedom, it seems a whole lot of tyranny is goin’ on.

*Update as of yesterday 05/18/2020 and my check in with SD DCI the election violation case is still alive.

 

Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for citizenry.

Thomas Jefferson

05/13/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

As I understand it, after the May 4, 2020, city council meeting Mayor Tom Glas resigned as mayor.  By the way it is not official until the council VOTES to accept his resignation!

This left the newly elected president councilmember David Larsen of the council as mayor pro tem to perform the duties of mayor until a new mayor may be appointed or elected.

Folks the city has the option of appointing a mayor or having a special election. I urge the residents of Alcester to insist upon a special election to fill the positions of Ward II council position and Mayoral position with an emphasis let the people decide.

I CALL FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION!

NO APPOINTMENT!

A SPECIAL ELECTION!

 Unfortunately the council has not distinguished itself when considering variances, appointments and spending money. It has been argued that special election costs have not been included in the city budget-that the city cannot afford an election.  THE CITY CANNOT AFFORD NOT TO HAVE AN ELECTION. If Finance Officer Jurrens can scrape up money for a police building caused by Mayor Tom Glas and the council not having the foresight of no place for the Police Department before selling the PD Office out from under our police force and other non-budget items, I am confident money can be found for an election.

LET’S SEE PAST PERFORMANCE:

  • Councilwoman Patricia Jurrens/Finance Officer “wanted” Beck Drive, she found non-budget money for that.
  • Finance Officer Patricia “wanted” over-time for her appointive position as Finance Officer, she found non-budget money for that. Of course not the secret desk drawer, dollar diary, non-compliant, non-approved overtime $28K +/- for which she was hoping but $4880. +/-. The mayor/city council had to approve on paper any over-time or comp time, didn’t happen. I asked for FOIA and was told these approvals did not exist. Mayor Glas FAILED his duty, and the council voted (against city ordinance) to approve a non-approval of over-time rated payment demanded by Alcester City Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens while she actively worked against over-time/comp time request of police chief Chris Doty using the argument he was not eligible for over-time or comp time.
  • Mayor Glas allowed Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens to attend non-Finance Office functions on city time at tax payer expense. Glas allowed Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens to campaign during finance office hours at the Commercial Club/Chamber of Commerce meeting, Community Building meetings, hold birthday parties at the local club house of which it is my understanding she was not a paying member of the golf club, allowed Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens to circulate through Anderson Drive residents with the City Council Member Lance Johnson to obtain a Contract for Variance and attend a meeting (video admission) with Michael McGill to get an opinion on covenants in the Anderson Drive section of Numsen Addition at the suggestion of Mr. Tom Frieberg who had a conflict of interest.
  • Said Contract for Variance (contract for variance is illegal) had an objection by Vickie Larsen and which a named partner, Larry Nelson had argued against a variance in Hamerly v. city of Lennox which the Hamerly’s objected to the construction of a garage (non-conforming) building to be built in a residential neighborhood.
  • Then there are the election violations perpetrated by Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens and she was not furloughed/terminated by Glas or the Council.
  • Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens found money for FDR (Full Depth Reclamation) which was a predictable (according to a road construction business owner) miserable flop and cost the residents street repair money through street maintenance tax.

These are just a few instances where the Finance Officer over-reached her position and violated city law.

There are people who have witnessed the illegal antics of Patricia Jurrens, please come forward complain. Let me know (vickielarsen98@gmail.com). I have taken a public stand, I will continue to take a public stand but I need support since I have been repeatedly denied placement on the council.

There is a meeting Monday, May 18, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the city auditorium. Come see and hear for yourselves. Let your voices be heard.

The city is waffling on closing the pool due to the pandemic. It is your children, your parents and grandparents who are at risk. It is our life-guards and city employees who are at risk because some of the council think we need to keep the pool open. That we need to keep the kiddies occupied, do you really want to risk your children to be occupied (if they are lucky) with just plain breathing with a vent in a hospital?

PUSH BACK FROM APPOINTMENT OF MAYOR AND COUNCILPERSON BY THE EXISTING COUNCIL TO A FULL BLOWN ELECTION BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE.*

 

 

*the Finance Office cannot be involved in going to the Care Center to ‘help’ fill out absentee applications or ballots—it is deemed a conflict by SDML

03/03/2020 A Voice From the Gallery

Mayor Glas said, “well I guess it is time…” and so the regular meeting of the Alcester City Council was half-glas’d into session with Councilman David Larsen, Councilman Dan Haeder, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Melissa Kay and Councilwoman Linda Talbott in attendance–who knows where Councilman Lance Johnson was, he sure wasn’t a sittin’ in his seat at the council meeting. Small wonder why the council hasn’t a clue of what is happening per comments made later in the meeting.

Pledge was called, Agenda Approved without change, Minutes approved without change and finally public input was called without all the enthusiasm of “oh, dang she is here”. I responded I had public input.

Agenda Item #5 Input- I announced I had, immediately prior to the meeting, delivered to the Mayor’s seat my formal appeal request of Councilman Lance Johnson’s variance and a FOIA (Freedom of Information Request-South Dakota Sunshine) and I also pointed to the 17 page, fine-print, terms and conditions of the BAMBEE contract as well as an article titled, “Making the Best Use of Your City Attorney”.

Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens said she didn’t have the copy of the appeal and the FOIA and I responded they had been placed at the Mayor’s seat. I commented on the fine print of BAMBEE pointing out the yellow highlighter on the document. Specifically mentioning item #3 where BAMBEE explains she cannot give a legal opinion, Oh deer! It was my impression that legal was the whole purpose of hiring BAMBEE. Now folks BAMBEE requires a $500 audit fee right off the bat, then requires a monthly fee, the combined totals account Mayor Glas’ stated was a grand total of $2500.00 to $3000.00 (01:17:55:63) annual fee for HR advice. HR advice which HAS to be run past our city attorney, who the city council previously insinuated is not trained in HR and is costing the city too much in legal fees! H-m-m the two gentlemen who currently hold retainers to represent the city, list their areas of expertise as Real Estate, Probate, Federal Income Tax, Family Law, Municipal Law, Civil litigation and Criminal Defense which seems to cover territory which has prominently figured in our HR problems recently and still has one doozy HR problem still in the hopper. Somehow I think our retained attorneys cannot ‘handle’ this situation without a conflict question.

I also pointed out the article on, “Making the Best Use of your City Attorney” might be a good read if it is true as Councilwoman Melissa Kay pointed out later in the meeting, (01:22:31:30) “…we only have one or two times a month where we are seated in Council, we do not get enough information and we do not know how to deal with it…”  ?

Agenda Item #6 – Executive Session-Contract- and request for Revolving Loan for a local businessman. Council went into Executive session at 6:05 p.m. and came out at 6:17 p.m. with no motion made.

Agenda Item #7 – Legal Updates-

  1. a) Shouse discussion – Now I had to ask what Shouse was, thinking it was a misprint. It was explained a Shouse was a metal house/shed which according to FOPat is just ‘the thing’. Yeah? IN TOWN? Is the illegal garage at 518A Anderson Street now morphing into a metal sh** house? Yet another effort on FOPat’s part to legalize a ‘favor’ for a dirty-handed councilman?
  2. b) Chip Seal – Now we have to amend the chip seal bid to delete the most wondrous, amazing street treatment ‘evah’ and a Fantastic Failure Done our Roads. Given the efficacy of FDR on our streets, we would have had more success papering our streets with laminated BFranklin paper. So now we must pay for City Attorney Tom to apply Anti-Monkey Butt lotion language to FOPat’s and Mayor Tom’s RASH bid contract to FIX our streets! (54:42:43)  Get the Red out of our Budget!  I warned the council in a past complaint the vandalism to the curb at 518B Anderson Street would create water damage to the street and I was told by Mayor Glas the water ran-off just fine.  Check out how he changes his tune (52:55:17)(54:42:43)(55:55.17) about street damage due to cracks in the curb and gutter.

Agenda Item #9 – Nuisance Update –  (13:08:07) Arlene’s Cafe sidewalk drainage solutions. The city sat, wasting council time on discussing this issue and its ‘fix’ solutions. This is private commercial property NOT belonging to the city of Alcester. While there is certainly an issue with water draining down-stream from the city owned bar and city responsibility for the property, the simplest solution is to routinely clear the space between the City owned building and the adjoining Arlene’s Café property of snow BEFORE it gets to the sidewalk. Messing with an apparently sound sidewalk on the east side of Iowa street is unnecessarily costly. The two entities can share the cost of removing the alley snow, leaving each entity responsible for the snow clearance of the sidewalk fronting each property as provided by ordinance.

Agenda Item 8 – At this point 6:30 p.m. the time for scheduled bid (17:41:90) opening for the auditorium property.  Mr. Scott Hansen representative of Alkota Cleaning Systems was present (26:40:00) for the opening. Mayor Glas opened the lone bid received, which offered $120, 000.00 for the building/and property and which was well below the appraised price on the auditorium of $260,000.00. And so the great debate/discussion began over a bid contract which the council failed to read and understand their own terms and conditions for bidding. When the council put our auditorium up for bid, they lacked the foresight to make alternate plans for holding city council meetings, they lacked the foresight what to do if the bid is substantially lower than appraisal, and what is the lowest bid we are willing to take for our building. Judging from the discussion,

“Our council Hindsight is 20/20 and our Council foresight is legally blind.” (Inspired by the quote of Benjamin Graham)

How many people would put their homes up for sale without a clue where they were going to live after promising an immediate possession sale?

Questions were asked of Tom Walsh who was also present (29:26:77) with regard to the Golf Course Community Building. The council opined they cannot possibly make a decision to accept the Alkota Bid until they KNOW IF AND WHEN the proposed Community Building Dream Gaffe project is consummated. Mr. Walsh gave an update from the architects of the golf course project.  In a past meeting when FOPat was ‘splaining’ the project to the council she commented that, “…the architects projected the cost of the community building high…” It appears that COOP Architects project costs missed the boat ’cause the reported bid info shared on March 2, 2020, meeting was “the bids came in SIGNIFICANTLY HIGH-something nearer to $1 Million+ over. FOPat commented they, “…just couldn’t figure out where the costs came from…” (00:00:00) Dear Sweet Auntie Em, this is our finance officer who cannot figure out expenses? Folks the items involved in this bid HAVE to be commercial grade not Sh**House grade or Residential grade. More discussion to take place at the March 16, 2020, special meeting set for 6:00 p.m.

Agenda Item #9 – Nuisance(continued) – Council touched on 204 Ofstad, 208 West Fourth, Dog License Compliance. City Attorney Tom Frieberg to clean up Dog Licensing ordinance language to compel our Police Department to act as dog catchers. Councilman Dan Haeder made an analogy concerning dogs-at-large, citing a tragic car/truck crash on I-29. The crash cause summary per news reports was a northbound tractor-trailer with a pup trailer abruptly braked to avoid two dogs crossing the interstate. A Mazda following the tractor-trailer rear-ending the pup trailer. The operator who was wearing seat belt was pronounced dead-on-scene with no injury to the tractor-trailer driver.

Councilman Haeder’s analogy (40:53:57) using the crash, inferred dog owners were culpable because the dogs were running-at-large. Errors in that analogy include such circumstances as:  1- Dogs could have been deer. 2- what exactly was the Mazda driver doing, what was the speed of the Mazda (posted limit 80 mph), how close was the Mazda following the tractor-trailer, were there contributing road conditions, 3- There is no ordinance dogs in Alcester must be caged, just that they are controlled, their vaccinations are current, they are spayed/neutered and have a city license which proves the appropriate documentations has been provided to the city, the only apparent concern for at-large-dogs relates to menacing behaviors, 4- As I understand motor vehicle liability relating to rear-end collisions, is the failure to have one’s vehicle under control is a cause for citation for failure to have control. Tragically it was the failure to have the vehicle under control which ultimately caused the death. There is no justification for licensing dogs in this analogy and no justification for attributing a tragic death to a pet owner.

Perhaps instead of licensing cats and dogs, owners of domestic pets voluntarily register their pets with the city without license or cost and we avoid the Mayor Glas’ and the city council’s castration of our city police department into dog catchers which distracts our police department from their very real job of enforcing the drug laws, domestic abuse laws, embezzlement laws, false 911 reporting and liquor violations. Anybody on meth or over-reaching political authority is far more menacing than Fluffy or Lassie any day of the week!

7:03 p.m. Alcester City Attorney Tom Frieberg left the meeting.

Agenda Item #15– Executive Session called at 7:03 p.m. for interview of two candidates for Utilities person. Out of Executive session at 7:52 p.m. with no decision voted upon or action taken.

Agenda Item #11 – Streets- Most important issue was the city asking for advice from Engineer McLaury. Now I personally have a problem with this because Mr. McLaury in all his engineering prowess during the SRTS issue caused the illegal vacation of alley behind to two residential properties from 4th street to 6th street, the earthen dam design caused AND CONTINUES TO CAUSE flooding of the property at 301-4th street along the east side of the alleyway, required a significant change order which ultimately cost the taxpayers of Alcester an project over-run of $20,000.00 ’cause he could not seem to figure out the ADA restrictions and requirements while maintaining his bid quote. Now FOPat wants to reward him with another shot at our tax coffers?

Agenda Item #18 – Finance Office

a) Warrants

b) HR Services – California BAMBEE (01:17:03) Ask to see the copy of the terms and conditions of BAMBEE I provided to the city.  The council has presented BAMBEE, yet none of the council seems to have read or investigated this subject adequately to make AN INFORMED DECISION.

*PLEASE NOTE Finance Officer Jurrens cannot seem to get a simple agenda done properly. She cannot seem to go from 18 (a) to 18 (b) to 18 (e) without screwing up and leaving out 18(c) and 18 (d). Now folks I make proofing errors, but I do not get paid $46K to get a simple agenda correct!

*e) District meeting – Vermillion March 19, 2020. Now you have heard about HR BAMBEE and how according to Councilwoman Melissa Kay, “…we just do not have the information, the experience or the know how about HR…” District meeting is where you can get this information, SDML to whom you pay a membership dues is another source of information, Alcester City Attorney to whom you pay a retainer for HR information and council-folks it is part of what you were elected/appointed to do.  Readers check out the video (01:39:58:63) and (01:41:23:00) see how many council members attend the district meeting. Oh do not FOPat it where you sign up and only show up for a hour.

You want to have information, demand your finance officer get it to you in time for you to read up on the subject matter BEFORE council meeting. IF your finance officer cannot get the job done or get the information to you in a timely manner-FIRE HER BUTT! In addition do not accept her ‘translation’ as accurate, it is YOUR responsibility to verify all information. I email information from time to time to the you, or lay it at your place at the council table. I put it in front of you so when I reference it,  you can pick it up and read it at brain level. I do not place this information on your chairs so you must absorb the information through your emergency exit!

Agenda Item #18 (?) Alleged payment for a Website- HOORAY Now payments made to the city, the golf course, the pool and etc. can be made to the city via the Official Website.

WE DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE THE CITY OFFICES AT THE GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY BUILDING ‘CAUSE ALL PAYMENTS CAN BE MADE THROUGH THE OFFICIAL ALCESTER WEBSITE PAYMENT PORTAL. WE CAN ACCESS AGENDAS, MINUTES, FORMS AND ALL OFFICIAL NOTIFICATIONS THROUGH OUR OFFICIAL WEBSITE     YAY!

Agenda Item #18 (f)   Updates and reminders-One item not under the updates and reminder is the 2019 Election Issue, according to my source the complaints have been investigated and the reports are sitting in line on the prosecutor’s desk for execution.

Agenda Item #23 Executive Session

8:50 p.m. In Executive Session for Personnel

9:23 p.m. Out Executive Session for Personnel

NO ACTION TAKEN

Agenda Item #6 (?)

9:25 p.m. In Executive Session for Contracts

9:35 p.m. Out Executive Session for Contracts

NO ACTION TAKEN

Agenda Item #24 -Adjourn

Adjourned at 9:35 p.m.