11/21/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

The November 21, 2022, of the Alcester City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Haeder at 6:00 p.m. with Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilman Lukas Driesen, Councilman Kyle VandenHull, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples and City Attorney Sam Nelson.  The council and gallery recited the pledge of allegiance. 

(00:01:11.27)  AGENDA ITEM #3 – APPROVE AGENDA

(00:01:40.70)  AGENDA ITEM #4 – PUBLIC  INPUT 

          (00:01:48.17)  VICKIE LARSEN – Golf Carts being operated by underage kids.

          (00:02:46.13) COUNCILMAN LUKAS DRIESEN – Ofstad street complaint of sewer gas smell outdoors and in a home.  Councilman Lukas   also had an individual contact him about the old clubhouse with the idea of purchasing the building, leaving it where it sits and remodeling it into a         residence . 

(00:04:46.47)  AGENDA ITEM #5  STORM  SEWERS  SOUTH  IOWA STREET.  Discussion on the voids in South Iowa Street at and south of the railroad tracks. (00:05:34.37)  City Attorney Sam Nelson arrives as Mayor Haeder gives a recap on the initial video process.  (00:08:55.70) L.G. EVEREST suggests an Occupancy Permit in an email sent to City Attorney Sam Nelson.  2018 International Building Code which I believe the city of Alcester adopted describes and defines in “Chapter 3 General – 301.1  The provisions of this chapter shall control the classification of all buildings and structures as to occupancy and use…312.1 Buildings and structures of an accessory character and miscellaneous structures not classified in any specific occupancy…grain silos.”  However this relates to residential use and not commercial use.  What an Occupancy Permit would allow and in my opinion FSC and/or L.G.Everest to make changes and/or repairs to the in-ground culvert originally installed by previous owner Boyer prior to annexation of the FCS property.  FCS being the occupant of the property.  However in the annexation Union County specifically amended the agreement to read, “all abutting roads”…would become the city of Alcester’s responsibility of care.  (00:09:39.23)  Who issues the Occupancy Permit Mayor?  The City of Alcester?  Who?  (00:11:44.33)  Who sets the parameters, scope of work. limitations of work and inspection to make sure the work does not adversely affect the City of Alcester’s up-line infrastructure?  Who oversees and inspects the ‘work’?  (00:12:47.00) Banner Representative offers input.

After this information was shared with the council, the council approved a motion to “Seek engineering input on South Iowa Street culvert.  (00:18:05.90)  Council approves a motion to seek engineering input.  Unanimous vote X four.

(00:19:08.03) AGENDA ITEM #6  LEGAL UPDATES CITY ATTORNEY SAM NELSON

  (00:19:16.27) DELIVERY SERVICE GRILLE –  Proposal to operate a food delivery service from the Grille.  Listen to the discussion!  (00:19:56.87) By what authority is the Bookkeeper asking for a legal opinion or asking for a waiver from the City Attorney?  That is the purview of the Mayor upon the direction of the Alcester City Council, not the bookkeeper.  What the devil is the city doing?  To ask an employee to deliver food in their own personal vehicle, their own expense, and on their      own private insurance, who by the way would probably not be any more willing to insure them than the city’s insurance was willing to insure to this   ‘delivery service’!  So should the employee be involved in an automobile crash, will they be allowed worker compensation ’cause they were on the job?  Not from what I am hearing.  Either they are duly employed by the city   or they are contract working and they are vulnerable.  Waiver or not.  It is outrageous the city would even consider such an idiot move.  Folks take into    consideration if it would be an employee under the age of consent.  These youngsters under the age of consent do not have the ability to waive any of their rights unless they have been emancipated.  If they have not been emancipated any waiver is null and void and the City of Alcester would be on the hook financially from at least two complaining parties of an injury event.  (00:25:35.13) Councilwoman Reppe has received complaints about the ‘Grille’ service.  Specifically 45 minute waits for food and then Councilman Driesen commented on a complaint he received where an order for the day’s “special” was missing the fries and the drink and not receiving those missing items.  Instead of ‘comping’ the whole meal of $12.00 the “Grille” only knocked off $2.00 from the bill of $12.00.  THAT IS NOT GOOD PR!  The council correctly dropped the issue.

(00:27:50.73)  THE NEVER-ENDING STORY OF THE NUISANCE AT 307 IOWA STREET.  Nuisance inspection at 307 Iowa.  The City of Alcester is still wasting City Attorney Sam’s legal fees and Property Maintenance Inspector Joke Geoff Fillingsness’ $25.00 per hour fee on this ongoing, ad infinitum nuisance.  Three years now?

(00:29:13.40)  AGENDA ITEM #7  FAIR GROUND UPDATE  Alcester City Attorney introduced emails from County Attorney Jerry Miller questioning  how much money the city was willing to fork over for the moving of the County Fair.  Why should the city pay anything?  It is a county Fair.  From the relayed conversation with FCS CEO John McDaniel it is unlikely to pay a commensurate value for the land and the Union County Commissioners are unwilling to foot the bill, it sounds like “Tag Alcester is IT”.  Nah  (00:30:41.40)  As a citizen of Alcester I am not in favor of just handing over Alcester Municipal Property over to FCS or the County Commissioners.  We do not have the money for it.  As Councilwoman Reppe was questioned and reported about the status of the County/City Fairgrounds (00:37:54.97) a Constituent reported that a Union County Commissioner told them that “…Alcester has no money…” (00:34:35.37) Councilman Driesen quoted a Union County Commissioner, “…that if the fair move affects any Union County taxpayer, they don’t need to go any further.”  (00:39:53.50)  FCS was annexed into the city and became subject to all the ordinances Alcester residents are subject to.

(00:42:47.60)  AGENDA ITEM #8   505 OFSTAD STREET  – Discussion to establish 505 Ofstad as surplus property as it is no longer used for the purpose intended.  ???  This is residential, albeit it no longer has a house on the property the land is zoned residential.  The Council is making noises to sell the residential property or gift it to have a house built or a governor’s house place upon.  It is indeed being used for the purpose for which it was zoned,  therefore is still be used for the purpose intended.  (00:48:31.50)  MOTION TO DECLARE 505 OFSTAD SURPLUS PROPERTY.  Motion was passed unanimously.  Which, in my book of semantics, nullifies the vote to declare it as surplus.  So what ‘cha gonna do now?  Now there has to be an appraisal committee of three.  Approved members of the committee are Councilman Lukas Driesen, Katie VandenHull and David Larsen. 

(00:52:05.33) AGENDA ITEM #9 BANNER ENGINEERING – Tanya representative of Banner Engineering introduced the amendment to the bid and the ensuing costs for rebid $15,591.50 bringing the total cost of the project to $511,191.50.  Vote taken and approved the additional cost.  (00:55:37.47) Unanimous X4 vote.

(00:58:03.73) AGENDA ITEM #10  CHAIRPERSON UPDATE

          Street – Councilman Driesen – None

          Cemetery – Councilwoman Peeples  – None

          Water – Councilman Driesen – None

          Wastewater-Councilman VandenHull – None

          Library – Councilman VandenHull – None

          Golf Course/community ctr – Councilwoman Reppe – sales are slow and Sam has resigned as Cook

          Park/Pool – Councilwoman Reppe – None

          Finance Office – instead of a councilperson chair report Bookkeeper Patricia Jurrens gave a report

          Liquor – Councilwoman Reppe – None  She state she had not been there.

(01:04:19.03) AGENDA ITEM #11  OLD SCHOOL CENTER –Discussion began with an explanation from Finance Officer Jurrens in the capacity of her secretarial position’ on the Industrial Board. 

(01:17:40.23) AGENDA ITEM #12  PAYROLL AUTHORIZATION  APPROVAL  –  Abigail Moore described the process and the council approved the line of hierarchy for approve of the payroll and authorization process.  Council approve UNANIMOUS X 4

(00:01:26:20.57)  AGENDA ITEM #13  FINANCE OFFICE UPDATES

(01:27:36.53 ) AGENDA ITEM #14  EXECUTIVE SESSION IF NEEDED.  NOT NEEDED

(00:01: 27:49.10)  AGENDA ITEM #15 GOLF COURSE/COMMUNITY CENTER – HIRE another cook?  Approve the hire of Cornelia Hathcoat 16 yrs. at $10.00/hour as Cook  Unanimous Vote X4

(00:01:29:06.37) AGENDA ITEM #16  ADJOURN  COUNCIL ADJOURNED MEETING AT 7:29 P.M.

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                            605-934-2287     

Councilwoman Darla Reppe             605-934-2602

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples           605-934-2096

Councilman Lukas Driesen               605-934-

Councilman Kyle VandenHull          605-934-

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

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11/07/2022 A VOICE FROM THE GALLERY

The November 7, 2022, of the Alcester City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Haeder at 6:00 p.m. with Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilman Lukas Driesen, Councilman Kyle VandenHull present with Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples and City Attorney Sam Nelson absent.  The council and gallery recited the pledge of allegiance. 

(00:01:05.37)  AGENDA ITEM #3 – APPROVE AGENDA  Under discussion Councilman VandenHull asked about Agenda Item #8 Legal Update Sam Nelson, whether this agenda item would be discussion since City Attorney Sam Nelson was absent.  Upon answer provided by Mayor Haeder, Sam would be available via telephone should it be necessary.  (00:01:50.53)  Mayor advises the council that City Attorney Sam Nelson would like an Executive session at 6:45 p.m. (00:02:09.77)  Mayor doesn’t know where that 6:45 p.m. Executive session would fit in and he doesn’t know whether the agenda needs to be amended.  WONDERFUL!  Amazing what the Mayor doesn’t know!  UNANIMOUSE VOTE OF THREE (3) AYES to approve the agenda without change.

(00:03:16.43)   AGENDA ITEM #4 – APPROVE MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER 10,2022 AND OCTOBER 24, 2022, MEETINGS  No discussion or change, the minutes are approved as written.  UNANIMOUS VOTE OF THREE (3) AYES to approve the minutes unchanged.

(00:04:04.30)  AGENDA ITEM #5 – PUBLIC  INPUT 

          (00:04:09.60)  VICKIE LARSEN  Report of sewer backup from October 24th meeting, question put to Mayor Haeder, has the update in sewer infrastructure been pushed back a couple of years to meet the city’s ability to pay for the upgrade in the facility?  Listen to what Mayor Haeder has to say or perhaps not to say!  So it appears Mayor Haeder is unconcerned that Ward I residents are expected to pay a street tax for dirt streets and increased water and waste water bills for the thrill of sewer back-ups.  Folks listen to the silence. (00:05:05.57)  Report of City rejecting an application for unemployment  I asked the council did they vote to reject an application for unemployment.  Council members said there was no vote, I asked who authorized and wrote the letter of rejection.  Listen again to the answer.  (00:05:58.17)  Mayor Haeder responds, “…we had a meeting today…and we’ll see where it goes…Next”  Oh, ho Mayor Haeder doesn’t want to talk any more about it. WOW!  (00:06:09.03)  Question on Mayor’s pedophile comment from October 24th meeting. Listen to the exchange.  I reported I checked the list of sexual offenders and Alcester had only one registered offender which was not listed as a pedophile.  Mayor replies (00:06:45.50) in a sotto voce and asinine tone , “…only one, only one…Next”  Mayor Haeder still doesn’t want to talk any more about my question.  AH GEE!  (00:06.55.07)  Comment of polling site in the city finance office.   

12-18-3. Electioneering, offices, distracting communications devices, and signature gathering prohibited near polling place–Violation as misdemeanor.

Except for sample ballots and materials and supplies necessary for the conduct of the election, no person may, in any polling place or within or on any building in which a polling place is located or within one hundred feet from any entrance leading into a polling place, maintain a campaign office or public address system, or use any communication or photographic device in a manner which repeatedly distracts, interrupts, or intimidates any voter or election worker, or display campaign posters, signs, or other campaign materials or by any like means solicit any votes for or against any person or political party or position on a question submitted or which may be submitted. No person may engage in any practice which interferes with the voter’s free access to the polls or disrupts the administration of the polling place, or conduct any petition signature gathering, on the day of an election, within one hundred feet of a polling place. For the purposes of this section, the term, polling place, means a designated place voters may go to vote on the day of the election or go to vote absentee. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Source: SL 1897, ch 60, § 39; RPolC 1903, § 1923; RC 1919, § 7273; SL 1921, ch 222, § 1; SDC 1939, §§ 16.1209, 16.9920; SL 1974, ch 118, § 103; SL 1982, ch 86, § 84; SL 1985, ch 114; SL 2008, ch 34, § 14; SL 2009, ch 69, § 5; SL 2014, ch 71, § 1.

(00:08:27.83)  GORDON RICHARD PUBLIC INPUT  HRC report referring to the signs on the edge of town and the state of disrepair of the Welcome to Alcester Signs put up in the late 80’s by the Commercial Club now known as the Alcester Area Chamber of Commerce.

(00:09:33.83)  AGENDA ITEM #6  CHAMBER CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING  The Alcester Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction and cooperation with One More Bar requested special permit for alcohol at the juncture of Iowa street and Second Street during the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Council approved the permit.  UNANIMOUS  VOTE OF THREE (3) AYE

(00:13:41.90)  AGENDA ITEM #7  STORM SEWERS  SOUTH  IOWA STREET.  City hired Roto Rooter to video some 249.7 feet of ‘steel pipe’ from somewhere south of First Street and Iowa Street junction to the Creek.  Sink holes have been occurring in Iowa Street South creating a hazard and Mayor Haeder wants to get to the ‘bottom’ of them.  Follow Mayor Haeder’s part of the discussion and his interpretation of the photos.  Mayor Haeder says, “…the corrugated…tubing is okay…the holes are in the top…”  The bookkeeper is not sure what needs to be done, well-go-howdy.  If the bookkeeper cannot understand the source of a hole, well there ya go FOPat doesn’t understand the video pictures of a wastewater line.  NO ACTION TAKEN.

(00:19:00.47)  AGENDA ITEM #8  LEGAL UPDATES CITY ATTORNEY SAM NELSON  NOTHING DONE

(00:19:20.20)  AGENDA ITEM #9  POLICE DEPARTMENT  Police Chief Austin Schuller and Office Grayson Lass were present.  Chief Schuller gave the monthly update and discussed police actions and investigation of the past week or so.  Business addressed (00:22:31.73) was the approval of the Radio Purchase of a Motorola Solutions invoice for $8,284.25 for Radio upgrade to be assessed against the 2023 Police Department budget.  Council approved the purchase UNANIMOUS VOTE OF THREE (3) AYE VOTE.  At this point (00:26:41.00) MOTION FOR EXECUTIVE SESSION UNANIMOUS THREE (3) AYES.  6:27 P.M. OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR POLICE PERSONNEL AT 6:48 P.M.  NO ACTION TAKEN

(00:28:16.20)  AGENDA ITEM #8 REVISITED WITH EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH TELEPHONIC PARTICIPATION BY CITY ATTORNEY SAM NELSON SDCL 1-25-2.3 LEGAL.  (00:30:00.77) NO ACTION TAKEN ARISING OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION LEGAL.

(00:30:22.03) AGENDA ITEM #10 FINANCE OFFICE  DIRECT DEPOSIT forms to be filled out by city employees and other authorization housekeeping facilitating the move to Direct Deposit described by Finance officer Moore.  (00:35:08.90) APPROVAL OF WARRANTS.  October warrants were approved UNANIMOUS WITH THREE (3) AYE VOTES.  (00:36:32.33) 2023 OPERATING LIQUOR LICENSE AGREEMENTS WITH TOTAL STOP, ONE MORE AND ALCESTER GOLF COURSE.  UNANIMOUS WITH THREE (3) AYE VOTES.  Reminders and Updates. 

(00:39:10.97) AGENDA ITEM #11  HRC UPDATE  None

(00:40:33.33) AGENDA ITEM #12  EXECUTIVE SESSION  NOT NEEDED

(00:40:45.33) AGENDA ITEM #13  GOLF COURSE/EVENT CENTER  Information coming out of the agenda item is that errors in construction and failures in construction have not been completely resolved with final inspection to take place within the month of December.

(00:43:17.50)  AGENDA ITEM #14  ADJOURN    7:13 P.M.

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                            605-934-2287     

Councilwoman Darla Reppe             605-934-2602

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples           605-934-2096

Councilman Lukas Driesen               605-934-

Councilman Kyle VandenHull          605-934-

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

10/10/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

The October 10, 2022, of the Alcester City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Haeder at 6:00 p.m. with Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilman Lukas Driesen, Councilman Kyle VandenHull and City Attorney Sam Nelson present with Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples absent.  The council and gallery recited the pledge of allegiance.  This meeting was pushed back because FOPAT had a previous engagement…aw.  So the city council members and the residents of Alcester were inconvenienced by not only the date change of the first October meeting originally scheduled for October 3, 2022, but the second meeting was also changed, ” ’cause there must be two weeks between meetings.” 

The city bookkeeper’s presence is not necessary to the meeting, the city attorney can take notes.

(00:36.43)  Mayor Haeder announced he must leave at 8:30 p.m. in order to go home to change for his new job at Walmart Supercenter late shift. 

(00:49.10)  Mayor says, “…limit our discussion as best we can…” So it would seem Mayor Haeder is telling the good citizens of Alcester that they are coming in second to his Walmart job and the business of the city of Alcester is also coming in second.  WOW!

(00:58.90)  Mayor Haeder announces,  “Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples is out, so we have just three council members voting…”

(00:01:07.70)  AGENDA ITEM #3 – APPROVE AGENDA  The council of three approves the agenda as written.  Unanimous three (3)vote.

(00:01:45.50)   AGENDA ITEM #4 – APPROVE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER  6TH AND 19TH MEETINGS   The council of three approve the minutes of the Alcester City Council Meetings of September 6, 2022, and September 19, 2022, with no changes.  Unanimous three (3) vote.

(00:02:27.93)   AGENDA ITEM #5 – WASTEWATER  FACILITY  UPGRADE – BID RESULTS AND APPROVAL  –  BANNER ENGINEERING AGAIN.   BannerRepresentative Tanya (00:02:57.77) announces the two bids received:  $4,823,891.00 and $4,984,000.00.  Discussion of how are we going to pay for this $1.7 million short fall took place.  (00:08:37.03)  Councilman Kyle VandenHull asks how are we going to pay for this, where is the money coming from?  FOPat replies in a whispery voice (00:09:02.73)  Everybody   Presumable all taxpayers in Alcester! Enter Mayor Haeder stage right to yap about how past councils should have done things in past upgrades.  YO Mayor Haeder were you here for those decisions on funding and need for Waste treatment and Water treatment?  I don’t recall hearing your voice when former Mayor Shefte wanted to scrap the Mechanical Facility to install Ponds.  I remember a group of us traveled to Pierre to speak to the subject and in opposition to Mayor Shefte’s Pond Position.  (00:11:35.37)  Tanya Miller of Banner projected under projected conditions an additional cost of $11.15 per month, per customer over thirty years. As Mayor Haeder did his run up to a call for vote to approve I raised my hand and asked to be recognised (00:16:53.27).  After Mayor Haeder did a side-wise pleading look to Attorney Sam Nelson as if to say do I have to and Attorney Sam tells Mayor Haeder it is his choice, I was recognised.  I voiced my concerns of an grossly abbreviated council making a $4.8 Million decision.  I questioned the validity of a quorum of three.  I question the apparent fact that two enterprise funds cannot pay for upgrades in the very systems supporting those funds.  Using a simplistic theory of an municipal enterprise fund is that, water fees are set with a modest profit and which profit is banked in an interest bearing account to offset any future major updates or changes to the system.  These named enterprise funds along with any interest they have accrued can only be spent toward the systems from which the moneys are generated.  PERIOD.  In essence I spoke against any decision made by a questionable quorum of three.  I pointed out there were two Council from Ward III, one Council from Ward II and NO representation from Ward I (the Alcester City Ward most affected by the raise in fees and the issues with the Wastewater system.  I also spoke to the possibility of an Initiative or Referendum signed by the public to put the issue to a public vote.  At this point the quorum of three were roll-called to ask their feelings on this issue.  All three were in agreement, they wanted additional time to speak with their constituents and gain a fourth councilmember before making a $4.8 Million decision with few guarantees.  (00:20:12.13)  Mayor Haeder interrupts when the words  INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM  are introduced with, “…THAT’S ENOUGH…, WE WANT TO GET THROUGH THIS…”

One more thing.  The city of Alcester due to a formula which found Alcester to have a high ratio of retired, limited income and aging home owners was declared impoverished and had a cap placed, limiting any fee raises to 3% over a specific time frame.

ALCESTER WARD I,  YOU NEED YOUR VOICE BACK ON THE COUNCIL.

(00:24:11.63)  AGENDA ITEM #6 – PUBLIC  INPUT –

          (00:24:21.23)  VICKIE LARSEN  

          (00:24:31.43)  Language of the annexation which places South Iowa and all adjoining roads         

          February 4, 2016,  Unapproved minutes Union County Commissioners:

          Alcester City Annexation

          Motion by Karpen, second by Headid to approve the resolution provided by the city of Alcester with the amendment “including all adjoining roads”.           Motion carried.

          Resolution Approving Annexation of Territory By The City Of Alcester

Resolution #UCC 2016-001

          WHEREAS, the City of Alcester desires to annex the following described property, to wit: Lot D-SE 28-95-49 was originally platted as being 408 ft. x 300 ft. as described in D.R. 30-635 and 36-380, but actually is 307.5 x 300 ft as occupied west of Iowa Street and north of South Street. WHEREAS, pursuant to SDCL 9-4-5, such annexation may be subject to review by the Board of County Commissioners.

          THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Union County Board of County Commissioners, that the annexation of the above described territory by the City of Alcester be and the same is hereby approved.

          **to include all adjoining roads.           Motion carried.

          February 16, 2016 Unapproved minutes Union County Commissioners:

          Motion by Karpen, Second by Headid to approve the minutes from February 4, 2016,  Carried

          (00:25:39.60)  Vickie  Meeting times and dates changed to cover FOPAT’s absence.  Not necessary, Ms. Moore can take notes or Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson can take notes as was practiced in the past by City Attorney Haugland so the city business was not delayed, the city council not         inconvenienced or the residents were inconvenienced by Finance Officer absence.

          (00:26:09.70)  Vickie  as described in

CONDUCTING THE PUBLIC’S BUSINESS IN PUBLIC -A guide to South Dakota’s Open Meetings Law

 (Revised Fall 2015)

Published by: South Dakota Newspaper Association, 1125 32nd Ave. Brookings, SD 57006

          “…Another law provides that meeting packets or materials given out to members of a public body must also be made available to the public when    provided to the public body, but this law also contains various exemptions…”

          (00:26:37.93)    Vickie  question onApparent back-to-back raises for Connor Lusk cook-in-training employee of the Community Center hired in   July 5th, 2022, Alcester City Council Meeting(1:47:56.97)  , ” …Hire      Connor Lusk $12.00 per hour cook…” and who went before the Alcester City council in Executive  Session on August 17, 2022, and then in the September 15, 2022, (02:28:00.63) Alcester City Council Meeting, Connor Lusk is awarded or is it rewardedby a wage increase of one (1) dollar per hour and retroactive to August 18, 2022.

          (00:27:17.27)  Vickie  re-run question on direct deposit for city employees. Was advised by Abigail Moore Finance Office, she was in the process of working on direct deposit. 

          (00:29:53.87)  COUNCILWOMAN DARLAWheelchair access on Second Street in front of Wass funeral Home.  (00:30:08.20)  School signs   not lit.  (00:31:00.43) Tombstone issue at cemetery  (00:31:16.33)  Multiple complaints on police deployment schedules and the cost of law enforcement.           Really?  There is mutual aid, in which if Alcester needs extra enforcement help Beresford will usually come over.  If Beresford needs extra guns, Alcester heads over.  Town of 800 needing two police officers, really.  Are you aware I-29 is no longer the route of choice for drug traffic?  No?  Think about it, why not transport your drugs through a line of small towns with only one cop?  About the time one of you nay-sayers is car-jacked in the middle of the day, in the middle of Alcester ya’all are gonna be squealin’           like stuck pigs.  These cops are laying their safety and lives on the line for you and yours for the paltry sum of a fist-full of dollars under the direction of a Walmart Toilet Paper stacker.  Really?

          (00:33:17.17) COUNCILMAN LUKAS DRIESENMain street   sidewalks and curbs condition.  (00:33:33.60)  FCS Dust Control.  Folks FCS is within the city limits and as such they are subject to each and every ordinance we are.  So if they are befouling the air we breathe, creating a nuisance to our ability for quiet enjoyment of our properties and/or creating a health hazard, they are required to take steps to mitigate and solve all issues their operation is inflicting upon the residents of Alcester. (00:33:53.77)  Weeds in alleys and properties.  (00:34:01.97)  Cars parked against traffic.     

(00:37:23.47)  AGENDA ITEM #7 –  STORM  SEWERS  SOUTH  IOWA   STREET  (00:45:31.27)  Councilman Kyle VandenHull moves to look into bids for scoping or videoing the line of culvert down Iowa Street to the creek, second coming from Councilwoman Darla Reppe with a unanimous three (3)vote to explore bids.

(00:48:23.53)  AGENDA ITEM #8  LEGAL UPDATE – SAM  NELSON 307 Iowa issue, still costing the city $175.00 combination legal fees and Ordinance Inspection fees.  Why?

(00:50:27.73)  AGENDA ITEM #9  POLICE DEPART – TABLED TO NEXT MEETING  PICKED UP AT (01:04:36.20) DELETED.

(00:50:41.43)  AGENDA ITEM #10  HANDICAP  PARKING – WASS FUNERAL HOME 

Resolution 2022-07 A Resolution of the City of Alcester to Authorize Accessible Parking on Second Street near the Corner of Iowa StreetMotion made by Councilman Kyle VandenHull, Second from Councilwoman Darla Reppe with no discussion and a unanimous three (3) vote.

(00:52:21.00)  AGENDA ITEM #11  FINANCE OFFICE UPDATES Beelner Invoice for Irrigation Valve  $8407.01  with $7776.00 from Second Penny Repair and $631.04 from the Golf Fund.  Motion by Councilwoman Darla, Second from Councilman Lukas, no discussion and a unanimous three (3) votes.

(00:55:01.73)  Approve September Warrants.

(00:56:53.33)   AGENDA ITEM #12   HRC UPDATE  How nice Mayor Haeder is gung ho on building new housing on the East side of the Alcester but is totally and embarrassingly, heart numbingly cavalier to the plight of the West side of Alcester.

(01:01:05.33)  AGENDA ITEM #13   EXECUTIVE SESSION – PERSONNEL SDCL 1-25-2.1 AND SDCL 1-25-2.3 ????SINGLE PURPOSE  RULE

SDCL 1-25-2.3  Consulting with legal counsel or reviewing communications from legal counsel about proposed or pending litigation or contractual matters;

(01:03:42.23) AGENDA ITEM #14 GOLF COURSE/COMMUNITY CENTER   (01:03:46.23)  Motion to hire Blake Walenga (sp?) as a community center dishwasher at $9.95/ hour.  Unanimous 3 vote aye.

(01:04:36.20) REVISIT AGENDA ITEM # 9  POLICE DEPARTMENT – DELETED

(01:05:01.47) REVISIT AGENDA  ITEM 11C  SEPTEMBER WARRANTS  Motion to Approve September Warrants, Councilman Lukas Driesen moves to approve the September warrants, Second came from Councilwoman Darla Reppe and with no discussion voted a unanimous three (3) vote.

(01:05:55.50)  AGENDA ITEM #15  ADJOURN    8:04 P.M.

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Mayor Dan Haeder                            605-934-2287     

Councilwoman Darla Reppe             605-934-2602

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples           605-934-2096

Councilman Lukas Driesen               605-934-

Councilman Kyle VandenHull          605-934-

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

09/19/2023 A Voice From the Gallery

Pinocchio is a fictional character,  a-lie-ve and well in Alcester, SD!

The September 19th meeting of the Alcester City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Haeder in the Alcester City/School Library at 6:00 p.m. with Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Lukas Driesen and Councilman Kyle VandenHull present.  The council and gallery recited the pledge of allegiance.

(00:52.57)  AGENDA ITEM #3 – APPROVE AGENDA  discuss of a change in the agenda with the removal of Agenda Item # 12 Executive Session SDCL 1-25.2.1 Personnel with the proposed discussion to take place in the Agenda Item #16 Executive Session CTA.  Council voted unanimously to approve the agenda as amended.

(00:02:31.03) AGENDA ITEM #4 – WELCOME TO THE LIBRARY BY LIBRARIAN PAIGE GERMAN  Ms. German welcomes the council and gallery to the library explaining the programs, offerings and events which have taken place in the past season and coming up in the future specifically mentioning donations, Junior Fiction section, SWANK movie licensing, and grants.

(00:12:27.87) AGENDA ITEM #5 – JOY HEMMINGSON PRESENTATION -Alcester Let’s Get Growin’ This community growth presentation was delayed until after Agenda Item #6 due to the advertised Public Hearing time of 6:15 P.M. (00:56:39.50)  Hemmingson presentation resumes.

(00:15:16.37) AGENDA ITEM #6 – PUBLIC HEARING ON PHASE I WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY IMPROVEMENT FINANCING PROPOSAL  Presentation was made by SECOG Harley Ferguson-Planning Specialist.  (00:24:06.20)  Mayor Haeder opens public hearing for public input on the financing proposal and wastewater treatment facility.  (00:24:18.33)  Ms. Joy Hemmingson speaks and plays video,  MUFTI  (Michigan Urban Farming Initiative) 2013 FORD COLLEGE COMMUNITY CHALLENGE

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9Y4OOIstc0

Once video finishes up Mayor Haeder pontificates about AgriHoods which is off topic for the public hearing and application for funding the Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade, remember Mayor Haeder’s comment ?(00:23:44.07)

(00:34:51.07) Kyle Pennings Alcester resident asks questions concerning the Wastewater, current and proposed volumes or capacities.  (00:40:28.60)  Vickie Larsen, resident speaking.  (00:44:48.70)  Notice how Mr. Haeder interrupt when a point or points are being made by me?  So how is it again?  (00:23:44.07) Pinocchio your nose is growing!

(00:45:33.07)  Vickie Larsen addresses an anti-housing position unless code and covenants are adhered to and enforced.  (00:46:20.33)  Mr. Haeder calls for a motion to approve the application for funding from CBDG  (00:46:55.43) Kyle Pennings speaks to amounts of money cost and amounts of money in grants and loans.  He speaks to the $4.4 million price tag and comments on the CBDG grant of $700,070.00 and the apparent shortfall of funding.  Finance Officer Pat Jurrens speaks to additional funding in the process.  (00:52:31.30)  Mr. Haeder calls for a motion to approve application for CBDG funding.  (00:48:29.83)  Kyle Pennings asks another question.  ( 00:52:31.30)  Councilman Kyle VandenHull moves to approve the application for CBDG funding, Second came from Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples with a unanimous vote of the council as it exists with a Ward I vacancy and a Ward II vacancy.

(01:25:31.00)  AGENDA ITEM #7  PUBLIC INPUT  (01:25:36.23) Vickie Larsen input.  (01:26:20.30)  Progress on Direct Deposit for employee checks.  Listen to what Mr. Haeder says, (01:26:26.67) “…most of the employees are against it…” 

Really? Not what I hear!  (01:23:32.77)  Gallery member Kyle Pennings asks the question, “…they’re against it (direct deposit)?”  He (Mr. Pennings )states everybody he has talked to wants direct deposit.  Check yer pants Mayor Haeder, FOPAT is gonna have to call the Fire Department!

(01:34:37.47)  AGENDA ITEM #8  505 OFSTAD PROPERTY  Motion to approve up to $1500.00 to remove a tree at 505 Ofstad.  Unanimously approved by council.

(01:37:38.10)  AGENDA ITEM #9  LEGAL UPDATE SAM NELSON  Sam Nelson is not present so no legal update just a message sent through the city bookkeeper.  Nice!

(01:38:05.50)  AGENDA  ITEM #10  IOWA STREET STORM SEWER   No Sam just a message he is working on it.

(01:30:40.70)  AGENDA ITEM #11  CHAIRPERSON UPDATES. 

(01:44:35.43)  AGENDA ITEM #13  COMMUNITY CENTER PERSONNEL

(01:45:04.07)  Community center employee re-assigned from kitchen to server with a wage reduction to $7 per hour.  Motion to approve wage reduction.  Unanimous vote.  (01:45:49.90) Motion to hire Andrew Terwee as a part-time cook at the community building.   Motion approve by a unanimous vote.

(01:49:07.57) AGENDA ITEM #14   2023 BUDGET SECOND READING Motion made, seconded and approved unanimously.

(01:51:10.97)  AGENDA ITEM #15  FIANCE OFFICE  (01:57:15.20)  Change in the October meeting dates.  October meeting dates just do not fit into FOPAT’s social calendar.  So the council does not NEED her at the meeting.  Aide to the Finance Office Abigail is certainly able to take sufficient notes or better yet have Alcester City Attorney Sam take notes.  I am quite confident he can handle note taking for the city!  So folks the October 3rd meeting has been moved to October 10th and in the interest of ODC the October 17th meeting has been shifted to October 24th to maintain a 14 day separation.  Whew that was a close one!  (01:59:19.97)  Motion passed unanimously!

(02:01:46.67) AGENDA ITEM #16 EXECUTIVE SESSION SDCL 1-25-2.1 PERSONNEL  Motion made, seconded and unanimous vote to go into Executive Session for Personnel discussion at 8:02 p.m.  (02:03:16.43)  at 8:48 p.m. Council was declared out of executive session (02:03:06.33) 

(02:03:16.43) Motion was made by Councilwoman Darla Reppe, seconded by Councilman Lukas Driesen to hire Landon Nygard at $19.75 per hour and Kelsey Ericson at $15.63 per hour as CO-General Managers of the community center effective immediately to be reviewed on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023.  Motion passes unanimously. (02:05:45.47)

(02:06:09.07)  AGENDA ITEM #17  ADJOURN  8:52 P.M.

  Folks you have options to the resolutions, ordinance and other attempts to raise our taxes.  Write up an initiative, get signatures and put it to a city wide vote. 

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                            605-934-2287     

Councilwoman Darla Reppe             605-934-2602

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples           605-934-2096

Councilman Lukas Driesen               605-934-

Councilman Kyle VandenHull          605-934-

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

09/15/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

“He is a kitchen wench and all grease, and I know not what use to put him to than to make a lamp from him and run from him by his own light.

a bastardization of a William Shakespear quote.

I missed the opening of the meeting, the Pledge of Allegiance and the call for Agenda approval.  The video begins with (00:17.33) the last stage of agenda approval.

(00:25.83) Agenda Item # 4 Approval of the August 1, 2022, and August 17, 2022, meeting minutes.

(00:01:00.07) Agenda Item #5  Public Input

          Brian Johnson – Mr. Johnson asks the Mr. Haeder if he has a copy of the Oath of Office.  Once a copy has been given to Mr. Haeder, Mr. Johnson asks. “…would you please read it for me…” (00:03:20.83)  Mr. Johnson next addresses the Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson and asks Mr. Nelson to summarize the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  (00:03:30.67)  Mr. Nelson replied, “…Ah I would have to look it up…you know I think you have a right to counsel…”  According to Cornell Law: 

The Sixth Amendment guarantees the rights of criminal defendants, including the right to a public trial without unnecessary delay, the right to a lawyer,  the right to an impartial jury, and the right to know who your accusers are and the nature of the charges and evidence against you.  It has been most visibly tested in a series of cases involving terrorism, but much more often figures in cases that involve (for example) jury selection or the protection of witnesses, including victims of sex crimes as well as witnesses in need of protection from retaliation. (https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/sixth_amendment#:~:text=The%20Sixth%20Amendment%20guarantees%20the,charges%20and%20evidence%20against%20you.)

In anticipation of Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson’s inevitable response to the semantics of the phrase ‘criminal defendants’ and from my own experience with the Alcester City Council which at the time consisted of :  Mayor Dan Haeder, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbot, Councilwoman Melissa Kay, Councilman David Larsen, Councilman Marcus Ireland and Councilwoman-under-fire Vickie Larsen will have Mr. Nelson note the ‘issue’ of advice of counsel.  Amendment to 6.5.1.3 Right to Confront Adverse Witnesses:  Current Doctrine.  Spells out the right to have assistance of counsel for defense, reliability of trustworthiness, reliability of evidence tested in the crucible of cross examination.  Folks while I missed the meeting, I anticipated the outcome and did some ‘light reading’.

(00:05:33.50)  Mr. Haeder asks, “who was terminated?”  Duh?  Hey Mayor Haeder, where was your head when you folks came out of Executive session at the August 17th Alcester City Council Meeting and “…(1:05:38.60)  Mayor Haeder calls for motion to terminate Clint Nyreen.  Councilman Kyle VandenHull makes the motion to terminate Clint Nyreen for cause, Second came from Councilwoman Darla Reppe.  Councilman Kyle VandenHull, Councilwoman Darla Reppe and Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples all voted unanimously and by roll call to terminate Clint Nyreen effective August 18, 2022 at 8:00 a.m…”  Evidently your ears were filled fecal material!  (00:06:08.70) NOWHaeder states, “…the individual resigned…”

MAYOR HAEDER DEFENDS HIS NON-FEASANCE.  HIS PATHETIC, COWARDLY FAILURE TO DO WHAT THE ALCESTER CITY COUNCIL INSTRUCTED HIM TO DO.  LIAR! 

FOLKS WATCH THE VIDEO 08/17/2022  (1:05:38.60)

(00:06:52.87)  Mayor (?) Haeder states he was instructed to hand out the termination papers at 9:30 A.M.  Nah Mr. Haeder the motion/instruction was “…effective August 18, 2022, at 8:00 am …”   Video 08/17/2022  (1:05:38.60)

WHAT WERE YOU WAITING FOR MR. MAYOR,  MR. LUSK TO COME ON DUTY SO HE COULD DO THE DIS-HONOR FOR YA?

Gordon Richard Input (00:14:35.87)  Mr. Richard asked for the Statement of Financial Condition of the community center.  (00: 15:11.30) Response from Mayor Haeder, “…I don’t know…”  Mayor Haeder comments about another request for a Statement of Financial Condition of the community center by Mr. Gary McKellips.  Finally Mr. Richards is told by Mayor Haeder and FOPAT he will get a copy of the Statement of Financial Condition of the community center.  Hopefully that night!

Aaron Larsen Input (00:15:50.93)  Mr. Larsen questioned why the Mayor and council did not call for the employee’s side?  (00:17:50.53)  Mr. Larsen asked, “…why did you (mayor and council) fail to allow Mr. Nyreen to defend again the specious allegations put forth in ‘open meeting’ of August 17, 2022, by California Karen who accused one of our councilwomen of being ‘grossly negligent’  and one can assume more specious allegations were delivered by employee-cook-in-training Connor Lusk son of California Karen when he was invited into the Executive Session of August 17, 2022.  (00:17:59.30)  Mayor Haeder attempts to defend his abysmal failure to hear both sides of the allegation.  (00:18:15.37)  Mayor Haeder says, “…enough people involved in the Executive Session conversation…discussed…”  Folks ya gotta hand it to Haeder, fire a guy for an unproven cause while ya only have three (3) council persons present – just barely a quorum.  Those in attendance for the quasi Scopes Monkey Trial were Mayor Haeder, FOPAT (not a council member, just the bookkeeper), Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples and recently appointed Councilman Kyle VandenHull, City Attorney Sam Nelson with Councilman Lukas Driesen absent and Councilwoman Linda Talbott’s resignation due to the threats of California Karen and her cohorts still echoing in the ‘council chambers’.  Oh and lest we forget also making his grand entrance into the Executive Session by invitation was cook-in-training bravo-bozo Connor Lusk who has yet to learn what a butt-shark is or a one delta ten tango.  Now we have to wonder why FOPAT was in the session?  She is just the bookkeeper, although she certainly has experience in inappropriate behaviors.  Talk about your Looking allegations.  How many LOOK minutes does it take for a FOPAT to determine Duluth Underwear sizing for inappropriate gifting to employees?  Mayor thought it was funny.  FOPAT was not fired for cause.  How many invitations from FOPAT which carried BYOB to the golf course bar birthday party was the firing line criteria for FOPAT’s violation of state and city liquor law/ordinances.  Where the firing for liquor violation for cause that time?  Or how many computer hard drives did the city purchase from Applied Software.  Oxymoron?  What about the False 911 call?  No talks of firing for false claims.  Why not?  Seems to me some preferential treatment when a legitimate termination should have taken place.

Police Chief Austin Schuller Input – (00:20:14.07)  Apparently FOPAT just couldn’t get her act together to get the Police Department and Chief Schuller on the agenda.  Chief Schuller gave updates on activities occurring within the city. 

FOPAT Input(00:25:47.03)  States she was contacted by a landlord whose tenant up and left him with the water bill.

(00:29:39.57) Agenda Item #6    Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade   Tanya Miller

(00:30:33.97) RE- BID DATE WAS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDACannot be considered because FOPAT FAILED to include it on the agenda and the council approved the agenda without a bid-date.  It cannot be acted upon with just a flimsy cover-yer-ass blanket statement which describe nothing but the incompetence of the Alcester Finance Officer!  (00:34:23.07)  Hey mayor time to step aside if yer that tired.  WOW  Mayor wants to cut to the chase…he is tired of the 9:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. meetings.  Well mayor quit your inane blathering, inform the council proper, hire a Finance Officer who can get the job done correctly and then step aside for someone who knows what they are doing.  (00:45:05.80)  Motion by Councilman VandenHull with second from Councilwoman Reppe to do the Wastewater Facility Upgrade with the various changes.  (00:46:04.33)  Unanimous Aye x 4 vote!

(00:49:18.33) Agenda Item #7  Iowa Street Storm Sewer  NO ACTION

(01:06:46.60) Agenda Item #8  Legal updates  This Agenda Item #8 was relegated to Agenda Item #8B and in its stead Agenda Item #13 was inserted as Agenda Item #8A.  Evidently Sam needed a boredom break ’cause he left the meeting. (01:07:59.17)  Council goes into Executive Session alleged to discuss personnel SDCL 1-25-2.1 at 7:12 P.M.  (01:09:16.60) Council back in open session after Executive session lasting one (1) hour.  (01:09:36.31) Actual legal updates now.  Fairgrounds – Original appraiser could not be used due to concerns of conflict, found a commercial appraiser for $5000.00.  City Attorney Sam Nelson leaves the meeting at 8:17 P.M.

(01:14:03.17) Agenda Item #9  Council Committees Mayor Presentation

(01:14:51.77)  Agenda Item #10 Finance Office

(01:15:54.37) Call for motion and second to pay for AHHS Utilities  $2616.61  Motion by Councilwoman Darla Reppe with second coming from Councilman Kyle VandenHull, no discussion and a unanimous x 4 vote.  (01:16:49.67)  Motion to pay August warrants made by Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples with second coming from Councilman Lukas Driesen, no discussion and a unanimous x 4 vote.  (01:17:27.23) Budget Presentation by FOPAT

(01:59:57.07)  POLICE DEPT CRITIQUE

(02:10:24.53)  2023 APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FIRST READING

(02:10:33.10)  Motion by Councilman Kyle VandenHull, Second by Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples, no discussion with a unanimous x4 Aye Vote.

(02:10:58.00) 2022-05 SPECIAL MAINTENANCE FEE RESOLUTION

(02:11:35.43)  Motion by Councilman Kyle VandenHull, Second from Councilman Lukas Driesen, no discussion and unanimous Vote x 4.

(02:12:26.00) RESOLUTION 2022-06 ADJUST RATES FOR WASTEWATER DISCHARGE

(02:13:35.13)  Motion from Councilman Lukas Driesen, Second from Councilwoman Darla Reppe with discussion from Councilwoman Peeples for clarification for total cost with a unanimous Vote x4.

(02:21:36.30)  Agenda Item  #11NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY

(02:25:10.90)  Agenda Item  #12  – FAIR BOARD UPDATE

(02:27:47.17)  Agenda Item #14  City Employees

(02:28:00.63)  Motion by Councilwoman Darla Reppe to increase the wage of Sam LNU and Conner Lusk by one (1) dollar per hour and retroactive to August 18, 2022, with second coming from Councilman Lukas Driesen.  Amazing how back stabbing your boss ’cause you had to give up your phone and actually work can pay off!  No discussion and a unanimous Vote x4!  Oh and by the way Mr. Lusk had the brass

(02:29:33.60)  Agenda Item #15  Adjourn

(02:29:41.07)  Motion was made by Councilman Kyle VandenHull with the second coming from Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples and with no discussion Vote was unanimous X4.  Adjourned at 9:33 P.M.

Folks you have options to the resolutions, ordinance and other attempts to raise our taxes.  Write up an initiative, get signatures and put it to a city wide vote.  You do have the ability to reverse these addle pated edicts from Mayor Haeder and his hand-maiden FOPat.

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                            605-934-2287     

Councilwoman Darla Reppe             605-934-2602

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples           605-934-2096

Councilman Lukas Driesen               605-934-

Councilman Kyle VandenHull          605-934-

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

09/05/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

(0:11:13.97)  Gordon Richard  Mr. Richard questioned the lack of financial condition information on the Alcester Community Center, the Grill and the Event Center.  So where is it FOPAT?

FOPAT answered the latter of Mr. Richard’s questions as it related to the HWY 11 trash collection property first and once she had swept up that matter she stopped apparently with no intent to comment on Mr. Richard’s first question regard the Community Center and its operations until Mayor Haeder forced the question (0:13.07)   08/19/2022 Council meeting

(0:13.22)  Alcester City Council Meeting   FOPAT stated, “…I usually do those at the first council meeting of the month…”

I have further questions:

It appears the operations of the Albatross are inter-mixed with the operations of Alcester City.  WHY?  The operations of the Community Center (Albatross) should be treated as a stand-alone entity and as such all operations including financing income, all expenses and work product income should be reported as an independent entity showing profit and loss without any hide-the-pea-under-a-shell accounting maneuvering by the finance officer.

Why did FOPAT avoid the question?  Surely at any point in the month she should have an “intimate” knowledge of the profit/loss, right?

Why did FOPAT avoid Mr. Richard’s question?  H-m-m?



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Let your City Council Know How YOU Feel in person!

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Mayor Dan Haeder                            605-934-2287     

Councilwoman Darla Reppe             605-934-2602

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples           605-934-2096

Councilman Lukas Driesen               605-934-

Councilman Kyle VandenHull          605-934-

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

08/20/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

Anita Berit Johnson-Lusk says, “…my son Connor is 18 years old now, technically a man. However if I catch anyone looking at his crotch, you will be terribly sorry… (0:21:41.87)

THREAT?

Folks U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has defined Sexual Harassment as:

It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.

Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.

 Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).

The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.

 (https://www.eeoc.gov/sexual-harassment#:~:text=It%20is%20unlawful%20to%20harass,harassment%20of%20a%20sexual%20nature.)

Now Ms. Berit Johnson-Lusk now you have a real definition of Sexual Harassment and since I have already delivered the FACT that Ptomaine Poisoning was not considered Food Poisoning.  You Madam seem to have a FACT problem.  “Hear-say” does not prove sexual harassment.  So let’s talk about Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens and her office’s improper and what I term as grossly suggestive choice Christmas gifts for city employees.  I demand Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens be fired for cause for gifting grossly improper gifts to city employees a couple of years ago.  What happened to the traditional Turkey or Ham?  Huh?   

Ms. Berit Johnson-Lusk you ranted, raved and threatened in your input of diatribe and by Golly if the council didn’t jump to accede to your rant ’cause if they didn’t they were going to be in your own words, “…terribly sorry…”! Are you threatening Mayor Dan Haeder? Sounds like it! Are you threatening the Council? Sounds like it! Are you threatening former Councilwoman Linda Talbott? Sounds like it? Are you threatening me and the rest of Alcester? Sure did sound like it!  How  dare you?  You witnessed nothing! You apparently are ranting, raving and threatening upon basely upon “hear-say”. You make the threat, “…if I catch you looking at my son’s crotch…you will be terribly sorry…” Ma’am you make the assumption someone thinks there is something there to look at. 

Now Madam Berit Johnson-Lusk I watched your son go into Executive Session Wednesday night to ‘talk’ to the Mayor Haeder, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Kyle VandenHull, City Attorney Sam Nelson and Finance Office Patricia Jurrens.  Unfortunately I did not time his performance but it seemed around 1/2 hour.  So your  ‘adult, 18 year old, man’ son was presumably describing the ‘alleged’ incident.  So Madam Johnson-Lusk, just WHERE was your son looking?  A corruption of a old Germanic saying “Tip for Tap” or was it “Tit for Tip”?  H-m-m?  I never had to compete for Tips but I did notice the restaurant waitresses I knew who achieved the highest Tips definitely dressed-for-the-income.   I bring this up due having witnessed the open-meeting discussion by the city council of proper attire for the wait staff of the Albatross.   So if you son was indeed relating this ‘looking incident’, he was looking too!  So Sugar what-is-sauce-for-the-Chef is sauce-for-the-Chef-in-waiting.  Gee, I wonder what conviction/sentence would a “man” get for felony-looking?  If Mr. Nyreen’s termination is anything to judge by, A long one!  I can hearing the Village People Navy would be chanting We don’t want you, We don’t want you, we don’t want you as a new recruit. (for sous cook for the Albatross)

Continuing on discussing your public diatribe.  The city has employed male and female life guards.  I commented some time ago on the appropriateness of the swim costumes the life guards were wearing.  I opined to the council that city female lifeguards should be wearing a one piece demur swim costume, preferably with a t-shirt and the male lifeguards wear similar swim attire of a T-shirt and swim trunks.  I suggested the city purchase the appropriate swim wear much like a city uniform for the life-guards.  I felt the string bikinis I saw that summer were a highly inappropriate exhibition of skin to our children at the pool and the mode of swim wear has not changed. I mean Come On, a swim-suit so tight and miniscule you can count the rolls of skin like the rings in a tree stump.

TOO BAD THE FOLKS AT WEDNESDAY MEETING WERE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THAT ATTIRE.

Folks it is a sad state of affairs when Mayor Haeder did not have the intestinal fortitude to allow Mr. Nyreen to rebutt any of these scurrilous allegations.  The council failed their due diligence and fell prey to the ranting and ravings of some California Karen and her co-horts.  The Council and Mayor Haeder voted to terminate Mr. Nyreen for cause and evidently Mayor Haeder was too much a coward and negligent in his mayoral duty to give the termination notice in person. Hear It? I hear a chicken by the Alcester Swimming Pool, squawking and flapping his wings.  To date it is my understanding Mr. Nyreen still has not received official notification of termination from the Great Coward himself, Mayor Haeder.  Then top it all off, evidently Chef-in-waiting Connor Lusk had the unmitigated crassitude to text Chef Nyreen for instructions on how to be a Chef.  Apparently young Mr. Lusk seemed to think he was qualified to replace Chef Nyreen. By Golly he and the girls could handle the Albatross kitchen. Unfortunatley he was crass enough to send a text asking how long should he cook meat, the morning after Chef Nyreen was terminated.   Yeah right. So let’s see how well the kiddies do and how long?

More to come, lessons in napkin folding. 

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Mayor Dan Haeder                              605-934-2287     

Councilwoman Darla Reppe              605-934-2602

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples          605-934-2096

Councilman Lukas Driesen               605-934-

Councilman Kyle VandenHull          605-934-

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

08/18/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

The truth will set you free, only if you are allowed to speak.

Today a man was not allowed a voice. He lost his job due to gossip, hear-say, and retaliation. It wasn’t just his job he lost that could be replaced, but there was a concerted effort to tarnish his name and reputation.

Mayor Dan Haeder called the  August 17, 2022, meeting reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Kyle VanderHull, Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson and gallery.

In the restaurant business there is a part of the menu called an appetizer (a diners sneak preview) an aperitif (taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite), in government there is a daily briefing (lol) and in the military there is another kind of briefing (There are four (4) basic types: the information brief, the decision brief, the staff brief, and the mission brief). (0:00:18.27)

Agenda item #3(0:02:21.00)  Approve the agenda.  Unanimously approved by all three council members (Councilman VandenHull, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples and Councilwoman Darla Reppe.

Agenda item #4(0:03:13.00))  Accept Resignation of Councilwoman Linda Talbott.  Mayor Haeder read Councilwoman Talbott’s letter of resignation to the council members and gallery.  Council (all three of them Councilman VandenHull, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples and Councilwoman Darla Reppe) voted to accept Councilwoman Talbott’s resignation.

Agenda Item #5(0:05:34.00)  Elect Council VicePresident   Councilwoman Darla Reppe was nominated to fill the Vice-President of the Alcester City Council vacated by the resignation of Linda Talbott.  The vote was as follows:  Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples voted aye, Councilman Kyle VandenHull voted aye and Councilwoman Darla Reppe abstained (nay).  With the absence of Councilman Lukas Driesen according to Mayor Haeder that was two aye votes and two nay votes so he broke the tie and voted aye to seat Councilwoman Darla Reppe as Vice-President of the Council.

Agenda Item #6  (0:09:17.10)   Premier Bank Account Signers  Motion to remove Linda Talbott from all city bank accounts and add Councilwoman Darla Reppe to the city bank accounts and a signor.  Vote was taken as follows:  Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples voted aye, Councilman Kyle VandenHull voted aye and Councilwoman Darla Reppe abstained (nay).  With the absence of Councilman Lukas Driesen according to Mayor Haeder that was two aye votes and two nay votes so he broke the tie and voted aye to remove Linda Talbott from the city bank accounts and add Councilwoman Darla Reppe.    

Agenda Item #7  – (0:11:05.97) Public Input

(0:11:13.97)  Gordon Richard  Mr. Richard questioned the lack of financial condition information on the Alcester Community Center, the Grill and the Event Center.  So where is it FOPAT?   Mr. Richard also questioned why the city was tolerating the trash heap at 409 SD Hwy. 11 which appears on Beacon-Schneider as being owned by Daniel Waterman.  Yeah FOPAT why is this trash-heap property being allowed continue without challenge when YOU (FOPAT) engaged in an apparent vendetta against former city finance officer Mike Kezar for the last years of his life? Seems like Mayor Haeder and Finance Office Patricia Jurrens are failing miserably in their jobs.

(0:13:44.63) Vickie Larsen  (0:13:52.43)  Who is Visions Solutions and what did they do to earn $164,460.19 Profession fees (Oxymoron)?  (0:14:20.57)  Shell Game of the second August Meeting of the Alcester City Council.  Yeah, First FOPAT hid the pea under the shell marked “incompetence of job” (publishing the Agenda with the Heading and content of August 16, 2021, on Monday.  Then FOPAT hid the next pea under the shell marked “trying to excuse incompetence of job” by taping the August 16, 2022, Agenda the morning of August 16, 2022 on the door of city hall.  Totally ignoring the 24 hour rule of notice of meeting…  1-25-1.1. Notice of meeting of political subdivision–Agenda–Violation as misdemeanor.  Each political subdivision shall provide public notice, with proposed agenda, that is visible, readable, and accessible for at least an entire, continuous twenty-four hours immediately preceding any official meeting, by posting a copy of the notice, visible to the public, at the principal office of the political subdivision holding the meeting. The proposed agenda shall include the date, time, and location of the meeting. The notice shall also be posted on the political subdivision’s website upon dissemination of the notice, if a website exists. For any special or rescheduled meeting, the information in the notice shall be delivered in person, by mail, by email, or by telephone, to members of the local news media who have requested notice. For any special or rescheduled meeting, each political subdivision shall also comply with the public notice provisions of this section for a regular meeting to the extent that circumstances permit. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.  And the last pea was hidden under the shell marked “trying to keep from being arrested for a Class 2 misdemeanor” with a legal advice fee tagged.  After FOPAT’s failure to notify a full 24 hours before the meeting both on the front door AND the website the meeting was moved back to August 17, 2022.  Now all of this Shell Game was because FOPAT wanted to attend a meeting the day of the regular Alcester City Council meeting and she was going to be absent.  SO WHAT?  Any member of the council could take notes, shoot even City Attorney Sam could take credible notes.  Our previous city attorney often took notes for the council.  In fact Mr. Haugland’s notes and Finance Office Kezar notes were often compared for any errors or omissions one or the other of them missed something.  So FOPAT’s presence was not vital to the flow of the council meeting.  SO WHY DID the council have to change all of their schedules just to accommodate the city bookkeeper?  One has to wonder, just how much did FOPAT’s classic screw-up cost us?  (0:15:38.43)  Albatross Booze Patio and gate too close to school property.

(0:18:47.10) Josh Carlson Working conditions at the Community Center and healthy conditions.  Litigation?

(0:19:58.93) Anita Berit Johnson-Lusk  Ranted and raved about sexual harassment, ranted and raved about safe food and ranted and raved about Ptomaine Poisoning.  Ms. Anita Berit Johnson-Lusk did you never hear the adage, “look but don’t touch”?  (0:20:24.17)  Grossly negligent?  Tell me Ms. Berit Johnson-Lusk, isn’t  defaulting on property taxes payment #054-353-017-000 of $5650.55 executed at Madera, CA and published May 26, June 2nd and June 9, 2021, grossly negligent.  Here in the mid-west we Rubes say your grossly negligent statement a case of, “…the pot calling a kettle black. (0:21:30.27) Folks don’t ya just love it when a California Emigrant attempts to school us mid-westerners on our social opinions.  (0:21:46.13) Madam Berit Johnson-Lusk you keep pushing that your son is an adult, he is 18 years old and technically a man.  So why does he send his mommy in to protect and appear to threaten lawsuit?  H-m-m?  (0:22:10.37) Madam Berit Johnson-Lusk you rant and rave about food being dropped.  Who dropped it your son?  Madam if it was raw meat, it could be treated with vinegar to take care of any harmful substances, if it was cooked the piece of meat could be trimmed and placed in an oven at a temperature that would burn off any harmful substances.  What is it you do for a living, Karen?   (0:22:57.83)  As to ptomaine poisoning, “… ptomaine poisoning a term commonly misapplied to food poisoning. Contrary to popular belief, ptomaines are not injurious to the human digestive system, which is quite capable of reducing them to harmless substances.  (citation… Miller- Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.)

(0:23:33.77)  Jessie Paulson  comments on her daughter Aleigha’s job experiences at three other jobs.

(0:25:43.50)  Councilman Kyle Vandenhull  comments,

(0:26:07.17)  Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples comments.

(0:26:24.27)  ACTION?  how about a fair and impartial investigation and not some threats based upon hearsay.

Agenda Item #8 – (0:26:43.27)  Alcester Bar Name Change  Vote to change the name of the bar to 1More.  The licensure and operational names will be the same name.  1 MORE.  The lease agreement will be amended to read under Section 1 the lessee will be allowed to use the name 1 MORE and under Section 28 “…excepting the items highlighted in yellow from the inventory to be purchases…”  The city will pay the Deems for any liquors excepted.  Council voted unanimous.

 Agenda Item #9 – (0:40:40.57) 505 Ofstad Street Property ongoing legal fee, ongoing property inspector fee and ongoing bookkeeper fee assessed to the tax payers of Alcester.

 Agenda Item #10 – (0:46:55.23)  Legal Update  Sam  Already dealt with.

 Agenda Item #11 – (0:47:39.50)  Chairperson Updates  Other than the grave stone marker repair under Cemetery, nothing of any consequence reported.

Agenda Item #12 –  (0:53:43.73) Finance Office Updates   (0:54:46.20)  Warrant approval

Agenda Item #13 – (1:03:27.97)  Executive Session SDCL 1-25-2.1 Personnel

.(1:05:38.60)  Mayor Haeder calls for motion to terminate Clint Nyreen.  Councilman Kyle VandenHull makes the motion to terminate Clint Nyreen for cause, Second came from Councilwoman Darla Reppe.  Councilman Kyle VandenHull, Councilwoman Darla Reppe and Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples all voted unanimously and by roll call to terminate Clint Nyreen effective August 18, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. and without any attempt apparently to hear his side. 

Agenda Item #14(1:08:07.00)  Adjourn 

Conclusion

Folks, a man was fired today, his reputation shredded and apparently not once was he allowed to refute the allegations against.  His crime, he looked at someone funny.

He was to be in charge of a kitchen and the wait staff, however it was the Alcester City Council and Mayor Haeder who interviewed the ‘staff’ of 14-18 year olds and made the choice whether to hire them or not.  He was plagued with continual turn-over of staff, staff more intent on their cell phones, social media and staff/finance officer interference in the performance of his job.  Dress code was discussed by the council ’cause some of the children were not dressed appropriately.

Last night the council as a result of coercion of a handful of parents ’cause their kiddies didn’t like being supervised and evidently a new experience for them, a council member resigned in light of this pressure.  Folks this man was judged for sexual harassment for looking at a kid.  The council failed to ask him what happened.  Some of these same council members failed to fire the finance officer for election violations and they failed to fire the same finance officer for purchasing Duluth underwear for male employees for Christmas.  Talk about Sexual Harassment.  That finance officer violated South Dakota liquor laws and violated city ordinances by throwing a birthday party for her husband at the city owned golf course which served liquor.  On the invitations she sent out carried the BYOB notation.  Was she fired?  Nope.  Why not? 

So ya’ll think ya can run a supper club and serve high class menus without Chef Clint Nyreen just with teens who cannot legally serve liquor, cook with liquor, no recipes and most would have trouble balancing a double entry bookkeeping system.  Do they think they can handle it?  I give ’em two weeks before they walk.

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Mayor Dan Haeder                              605-934-2287     

Councilwoman Darla Reppe              605-934-2602

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples          605-934-2096

Councilman Lukas Driesen               605-934-

Councilman Kyle VandenHull          605-934-

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

08/01/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

FORWARD

I acknowledge some inadvertent mis-information I shared with the City Council and gallery members during the August 1, 2022, meeting. (1:00:46.97)  I was in error when I made a statement regarding a past contract amount which was signed on the 3rd day of November, 2015 between the City of Alcester and Deem Enterprises and commencing on January 1, 2016 through the last day of December 2016.  In this agreement, “the operator agreed to pay the City the sum of Fourteen Thousand, Four Hundred Dollars ($14,400.00) paying in monthly installments of One Thousand Two Hundred Dollars ($1200.00) per month”  which I mis-stated in last night’s meeting.  I apologize for the mis-statement.  In the years prior to the 2016 contract the Alcester Bar had been pulling in much higher rental fees but unfortunately there was an event which cost the city money and the city had no candidates for the Bar lease and the 2016 lease rent dropped substantially, down to $1200 per month.  Each succeeding year after 2016 the rental income from the bar was stagnant but the expenses continued to grow.  I looked at the 2016 lease before the meeting to refresh and verify the monthly income.  Unfortunately only the $14,400.00 figure stuck in my memory last evening.  I should have realized the $14400. was not accurate as a monthly rate but I did not.  My purpose in raising the issue of rent was to recognise the prospective gain in bar lease rents to the point where the rents were even with the expenses.  I make this statement to correct my error.  I still believe the bar building/premises should be sold into private hands and the city get out of the rental business and get away from competing with our local businesses.

Mayor Dan Haeder called the  August 1, 2022, meeting reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Kyle VanderHull, Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson and gallery.

Agenda item #3(0:0051.70)  Approve the agenda.  An error in the agenda was noted by Councilwoman Linda Talbott under Agenda Item #6 subsect. (b) referencing the term Quick Claim Deed was incorrect.  The correct term is Quit Claim Deed.  Once that correction identified and made, the council approved of the Agenda with the correcting change in place.

Agenda item #4(0:02:03.30)  Approve minutes of the July 5 & July 19, 2022 meetings.  Unanimously approved without additions or corrections.

Agenda Item #5(0:02:42.17)  Public Input  

          Vickie Larsen (0:02:49.93) presented input on an opinion on the language of the Alcester Bar Lease.  As I noted in my input ‘troubling language” while I did not address specifically in my video remarks, I will note a few of the here: 

          “…ITEM 10-ALTERATIONS, ADDITIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS…All alterations, additions and improvements on or in the demised (fancy legal term for the property the tenant is renting under a lease) premises at the commencement of the term, and any that may be erected or installed during the term of this lease and Operation Agreement, shall become part of the ‘demised premises’ and the sole property of the City.  Operator shall make no alternations, additions and improvements to the described premises without the prior written consent of City

          VICKIE opinion-Okay so the Operator formally agrees to refer any alternation, addition and improvement plans in advance to the full council of the City of Alcester.  Once said Operator has received formal, written approval by vote of the Alcester City Council, he/she may contract and begin start-of-work of plans which have written approval of the by full  of the City of Alcester.  

ITEM 11-REPAIRS…Operator shall maintain the building premises and any improvements, additions or alterations thereto in a good, safe and substantially condition to the condition existing at the commencement of this Lease and Operating Agreement, and shall use all reasonable precautions to prevent waste, damage or injury to the demised premises.  Operator shall also, at his/her own cost and expense, put, and maintain in thorough repair and in good, safe and substantial order and condition, and free from dirt, snow, ice, rubbish and other obstructions ( you mean the $500.00 garbage cans FOPAT needed?)or encumbrances, the sidewalk areas, gutter and curb in front of and adjacent to the ‘demised premises’…

          VICKIE opinion- By the statement “condition existing at the commencement of this Lease” which is contained within the contract-for-lease, the City of Alcester is indemnifying/guaranteeing conditions within the ‘demined premises’ as being up-to-building code, up-to-health code and safe bar operations code at the time of the effective date and/o date of taking possession by the Lessee/Operator unless any adverse conditions have been made known to the city, identified as needing repair and are on a schedule to be repaired in advance of the possession by the Lessee.

          ITEM 14 – INDEMNITY…The Operator shall indemnify the City against all expenses, liabilities and claims of any kind, including reasonable attorney’s fees, by or on behalf of any person or entity arising out of either (1) a failure by Operator to perform any of the terms of this lease and agreement, (2) any injury or damage happening on or about the ‘demised premises’, (3) failure to comply with any law of any governmental authority (4) any mechanic’s lien or security interest filed against the ‘demised premises’ for equipment, materials or alternations of buildings or improvements thereon, contracted for by the Operator, or (5) losses sustained by any person as a result of the operation of Video Lottery within the ‘demised premises’

          VICKIE opinion – By this indemnification statement’s insertion into the contract the City wants the Operator-alone to stand responsible for, “…all expenses, liabilities and claims of any kind …”  Even though the City is dictating all terms and conditions which affect most forms of liability.  The City formally approves all improvements, additions and alterations as well as the City dictates the Operator and his/her employees meet the ‘good character’ requirements of SDCL 35-2-6.2.  The City stands as Governance and Final decision maker with that said it is my opinion it(the City) is the Cheese who stands alone before the judge and jury of any legal actions.

          VICKIE opinion – The statement regarding, “…losses sustained by any person as a result of the operation of Video Lottery within the ‘demised premises’…”  In this context it appears the City wants the Operator to stand liable for any losses an incautious gambler may incur by and through Video Lottery from gambling with money he/she does not have to lose, losses he/she may incur due to a program glitch/incursion, to being assaulted for a winning ticket.  All of which the Operator has no hand in choices another person makes of their own free will, conditions beyond the Operator’s reasonable control and the actions of another actor’s choices.

          Vickie Larsen (0:04:03.77) presented an opinion on the Authorization of City of Alcester Credit Card with the limits per department as follows:  Finance Office – FO Jurrens $1000, Police Dept. – Chief Austin Schuller $1000, Street Dept.- Lonnie Johnson $1000, Water/Wastewater Dept. – Dale Pearson $1000, Finance Office – Assistant Abigail Moore $500, Police Dept. – Officer Grayson Cannon-Lass $500, and Library – Librarian Paige German $500.  It is to be noted here contrary to a past event, if the card holder exceeds his/her assigned limit on his/her City of Alcester Credit Card it is not permissible to place any overage charges on one of the other Alcester City Department Credit Cards.  This got my attention when I was leafing my way through duly appropriated FOIA records.  With that said, perhaps the next audit should be a Forensic Audit and records disappear as did the January text messages of the U.S. Secret Service.

          Councilwoman Darla Reppe and Councilwoman Linda Talbott (0:05:31.10) participated in sharing concerns of their Ward members during Public Input. Public Input has become a wonderful venue in which Alcester City Council members are able to share the concerns of their Ward residents with the council, the mayor and the rest of the city.  Having the Council members voice their concerns and those of their constituents allow the residents of Alcester hear their voices have been heard and not have to wonder when they call Mayor Haeder about an issue and hear a recorded voice tell them to leave a message at the tone where the mayor has the ability with the help of his APP. to erase, ignore or block any resident he chooses not to be on his call list.

          Additionally Mayor Haeder you DO NOT tell OUR city council representatives what to do, who to listen to and how to vote.  Mayor Haeder how dare you presume to voice a veiled criticism of Councilwoman Reppe and Councilwoman Talbott because they shared during Public Input when you asked (0:07:02.92) “…was that complaint considered public input…?”  Or  (0:07:15.13) when you asked, “…if somebody comes into the Finance Office to file a written complaint, is that considered public input?…”  I disagree with Counselor Nelson in his answer to Mayor Haeder. While I understand the semantics Mr. Nelson is alluding to, by simple definition public input is the opportunity for citizens to provide information, facts, data, figures, and opinions respecting an issue before a governing entity. A correction here and make no mistake this is not a veiled criticism Mayor Haeder, it is an in-your-face criticism! IT IS THE OFFICE OF THE CITY OF ALCESTER!  Which just happens to house the finance office, city files, site of city council meetings and on occasion fulfills the honor of voting precinct.  With that correction on the record, I would also voice a complaint relating to the so-called finance office.  If a resident actually goes to City Hall to lodge a complaint or request agenda placement, depending who they are they are advised by FOPAT/Mayor (at least in my case and as I understand it others have experienced the advice from FOPAT/Mayor) to do Public Input.  Where you may or may not be granted time to speak.  In fact in my case during one of my inputs, the Mayor repeated several times NEXT!

So Yeah Mayor the council is allowed to participate in Public Input, after all they are members of the Public and it is their duty to speak for their Constituents, too!

Agenda Item #6 – (0:08:03.33)   Legal Updates 505 Ofstad

          Update- City Attorney Sam Nelson gave an summary of actions on the 505 Ofstad Property.

          Quit Claim Deed Motion Parcel 01.03.01.1025  This is an adverse action to pass a real property from one person to another or one entity to another entity without a guarantee of ownership.  For example I could, if I wanted to live dangerously, issue a quit claim deed to the Albatross on Sixth street stating for a consideration I would give up all my interests in the building, outbuilding and real property at, I would not be liable for any defects in the title nor would I be liable for any damages for any defects.

          The council voted to accept the issuance of a Quit Claim Deed on the 505 Ofstad Property.  Once the City has the Quit Claim Deed, the intent is to sell the property to recover collection, demolition costs and legal costs of the property transfer.  Question was this the most recent form of the South Dakota Quit Claim Deed?

          Acceptance of Bid of demolition.  The council voted to award the demolition of 505 Ofstad to Bidder Scott Persing Excavation for $12000.00  time frame of 08/08/2022-08/12/2022.  Council voted unanimously.

Agenda Item #7  – (0:22:14.03) Legal Updates 307 Iowa

No Action taken, waiting for updates.  (0:22:19.13)  At this point we can hear FOPAT yapping and asking questions of City Attorney Nelson. 

FOPAT HAS NOT BEEN RECOGNIZED by Mayor Header and there has been no agenda item called, SO why the devil is she asking questions out-of-order, without any standing and acting like a councilmember?             

 Agenda Item #8 – (0:30:17.80)  Alcester Bar Bid Opening   6:30 P.M.  Mayor Haeder made a production of opening the bids for the lease of the property called the Alcester Bar.  Lease document can be found on the city website.

(0:31:17.07)  Augustine LaFramboise #1  $1520.00 per month initially rent to purchase but became rent for the time being.

(0:34:35.27)  Rick & Laura Walleen #2  $1405.00 per month rent

(0:38:56.70)  Melissa Koenan #3  $1413.00 per month rent

 Alcester Bar Lease was awarded to Augustine LaFramboise by unanimous vote.

 Agenda Item #9(1:01:38.50) Public Hearing 7:00 P.M.  Representatives from Alcester Quik Stop and Total Stop Grocery were present for the public hearing.  Off sale Liquor License awarded to Total Stop Grocery by unanimous vote.

 Agenda Item #10(1:10:56.10)  Police Dept – Chief Schuller Update

Executive Session  SDCL 1-25-2.1 (1:22:34.67)  Personnel

in session at 7:23 P.M.  out session at 7:55 P.M.

Hire:  Lisa Schenzel Part-time  $17.75 per hour.  vote unanimous

 Agenda Item #11 – (0:25:21.07)  Golf Course/Community Center Updates

Motion to Hire was inserted into the agenda item but no hire imminent. 

Agenda Item #12 –  (0:23:33.20) DANR Award Certificates  Mayor Haeder announces a DANR certification and award for water quality and etc.

Agenda Item #13 – (1:30:04.90)  Finance Office

(1:36:28.57)  Budget meeting set for 08/09/2022 at 6:00 P.M

(1:36:58.63)  Approve July Warrants Approved unanimously

(1:37:32.40)  City of Alcester Credit Card limit approval  Note:  FOPAT announced that Wanda will be done sometime in August and upon her leaving the City of Alcester Credit Card in her name will be destroyed.  Approved unanimously

(1:39:04.00)  Removal of Wanda Halverson from the city bank accounts and addition of Abigail Moore to the account along with Dan Haeder, Patricia Jurrens Lukas Driesen and Linda Talbott.  Approve unanimously.

(1:40:40.50)  Change of meeting date of September 5, 2022, to September 6, 2022, at 6:00 P.M. due to Labor Day Holiday.  Unanimous vote aye.

(1:42:09.87)  Incident at pool, behavioral issue.  Punitive measures were taken.  An official complaint was made.

 Agenda Item #14(0:26:18.40)  HRC Update  Announcement of HRC tenant moving out as of August 11,2022, and the open unit will be offered for sale.  Mayor gave report.

Agenda Item #15   Executive Session  NOT NEEDED

Agenda Item #16  (1:47:51.83) Adjourn

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Mayor Dan Haeder                             605-934-2287     

Councilwoman Darla Reppe              605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot             605-254-3074

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples                    605-934-2096

Councilman Lukas Driesen              605-934-

Councilman Kyle VandenHull          605-934-

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

08/09/2022 A Voice From the Gallery

A thief is a thief, whether he steals a diamond or a cucumber.

Indian Proverb

Folks I am ashamed to report, our food pantry was robbed. Not of money but the sustenance which it housed. Those items which contributed toward the well being and comfort of those families in our community, who through no fault of their own, fall short of meeting their need of a full, healthy daily meal.

Sometime between Monday, August 1st and Friday, August 5, 2022, our pantry was breached and the entire refrigerated stock was stolen, most of our frozen stock was taken along with salts, oils, cereals, paper goods and detergents. The amounts of inventory taken was not just to satisfy the hunger for one meal to just-get-by but to fill an avaristic greed which knew no bounds.

My message to the thieves you did not steal from me, but you literally stole food out-of-someone’s mouth. What You did do to me?…You forced us to turn away folks who needed that food! You forced us to delay much needed meals to families in need of food until we could replenish the food panty. You could see the call list for access and assistance in the use of the Food Pantry. Yet instead YOU chose to steal not just one meal but many meals.

YOU DID THAT!

YOU BEAR THAT SHAME!

Law enforcement has been notified of the breach. You cannot make up for those meals lost due to your poor decisions and actions but you can provide for future meals with a donation to the Food Pantry. I can be contacted at the number on the call list at the Food Pantry.

AN HONORABLE MAN HAS A HEART FOR THE POOR AND VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY.

Kristian Goldmund Aumann