09/07/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

“Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching–even when doing the wrong thing is legal.”

(Aldo Leopold)

I am repeating the above quotation due to the abysmal failure of the mayor to do his job to do the right thing!  It has come to my attention that Councilman Curtis Keiser and Councilman Brian Johnson have left the council and rumor has it for much the same reasons as Chief Christie resigned. The right thing would have been to rein in finance officer Patricia Jurrens before the decimation of the police department and the Alcester city council, now it is left to the residents to solve the problem by removing her from the finance office!

I was not present at the September 7, 2021, council meeting, but I did have the meeting recorded for me.  My blog is based upon information from that recording and some judicious sleuthing.   Folks since Mayor Haeder does record the meetings, his recording of the meeting can be procured by Freedom of Information/South Dakota Sunshine Laws.

Mayor  Haeder called the September 7, 2021, city council meeting to order at 6:04 p.m. with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Council members present were Councilman David Larsen, Councilman Curtis Keiser, Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples, Councilwoman Darla Reppe and City Attorney Sam Nelson.   Absent were Councilman Brian Johnson and Councilwoman Linda Talbott (01:35.37)

Agenda Item #3 – Mayor Haeder called for Agenda Approval which passed unanimously.

Agenda Item #4 – Mayor Haeder called for approval of the minutes from the August 2nd and August 16th city council meetings.  The council unanimously approved those minutes without changes to what who-ever writes them recorded.

Agenda Item #5 – Mayor Haeder called for the approval of the Watershed/Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvement 2022 – Dale Pearson.  Mr. Pearson reported on the rusting pipes issue at the small shack across the street from our Water Tower which houses the valve joining from the feed pipe from the South Lincoln Water Port located just off  what used to be the Alcester Meats facility to our Water Tower.  The pipe is underground and needs to be lifted to be repaired.  Ideally a larger shed would make repair and future operation easier but Mr. Pearson indicated he felt he could make it work if he had to.  Mr. Pearson did suggest perhaps the City could work with South Lincoln by combining their water port directly to our  water main.  Drawback to that plan is South Lincoln has implemented a Flow Restriction Safeguard and their connection is just off the former  meat pack facility.  Realistic estimated costs to repair pipe/valve connection is $60,000. Mr. Pearson also remarked on the need for a larger control valve in case of emergency.  Given this cost, Alcester has an obligation to its citizens to meter all uses of water ( billed or not billed ) within the city limits. 

          This means the metering and monitoring usage by ALL entities from the pool to the firehouse so the city has a real-time usage of water.  Not necessarily to bill at this time but to have a true concept of usage should we ever have to dial back our water usage.

          Folks we cannot afford to put off the water feed repair.  We cannot afford the loss of any water due to a fore-seeable catastrophe.  No action taken.

Agenda Item #6 – Public Input  Mayor Haeder announced there was about two (2) minutes until the scheduled Public hearing of the Alcester Planning and Zoning Board but he did ask if anyone had any Input.   Aaron Larsen (09:58.20) brought up a problem with the administration of the Facebook pages of the city golf course and the utter lack of over sight.  Mr. Larsen stated he had recently moved back into town and was looking for the fees for the local golf course.  He stated he had talked to golf course personnel asking why the fees and golf course information was not published on Facebook.  He was given the answer that no one had the password to effect a change in information.  Folks I have to ask why wasn’t a copy of the golf course password kept in the golf course file in the city offices?  There was a brief discussion about the Facebook page and announcements.  However, at this point the Public Hearing had to take precedence due to the agenda scheduled time of 6:15 p.m.

Agenda Item #7  Public Hearing – Zoning Medical Cannabis

Agenda Item #7 (a) – (0:15:02.17)Motion to convene jointly as Planning Commission and City Council.  Now folks it needs to be explained about the Planning and Zoning entity and the city council.  I used the word entity because in 7 (a) and 7 (b) the group is named Planning Commission but in 7(e) the group is referred to as the Planning and Zoning Board then it flips back in 7(j) to Planning Commission.  So which is it, Planning Commission or Planning and Zoning Board.  If the Mayor and Finance Officer cannot tell the difference how the devil is the city council members much less the general public supposed to keep up with the musical chair name changing.

7(b) Motion for the Planning & Zoning Board to recommend 2021-17 Ordinance with a second received but no vote taken.  Board members question why no vote. Mayor Ya Mucked Up Buttercup!  Why the devil did you turn and ask the Bookkeeper about the NO vote when ya got City Attorney Sam sitting at yer right hand? (0:17:55.60) Mayor Haeder opens the Planning & Zoning Board meeting to Public Input. (0:18:13.40)  During the public input of the Planning & Zoning Board Mayor Haeder campaigns on approval of proposed Ordinance 2021-17. (0:20:05.97)  Dale Pearson asked a question with regard if the city does not approve the Ordinance 2021-17 what consequence for the city.  Simply put, the State will issue its mandates for the city after which the only changes the city can make to the State mandate is to be more restrictive and cannot relax the mandates issued by the State.  With no further public input for the Planning &Zoning Board, Mayor Haeder moved to further Planning & Zoning Board to discussion just among the board members (0:25:46.57)  At (0:26:50.77)  Mayor Haeder called for a roll call vote.  Councilwoman Talbott was not attending via telephone at this point.  So after the $2232.00+/- Covid money spend on the IPads, why were they in operation for this meeting?  At (0:27:20.23)  Mayor Haeder calls as the Dept. of Redundancy the City Council must now vote.  At (0:27:35.70) Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples makes the motion for the City to approve Ordinance 2021-17 Zoning Provisions.  At (0:28:44.33) Mayor Haeder calls for a roll call vote from the City Council.  Vote unanimous for approval for first reading.  At (0:38:08.60) Mayor Haeder calls for motion on Ordinance 2021-16 Licensing of Medical Cannabis Sales. (0:39:16.80) Mayor calls for roll call vote to approve .  At (0:39:36.27)September 20, 2021, is set for second reading.  At (0:39:54.70)      Mayor Haeder calls for a motion to adjourn the Planning & Zoning Board.  Board is adjourned and the Alcester City Council returns to its regular agenda schedule. 

Agenda Item #6   Public Input (continued (0:40:56.17) )  At (0:43:51.37)  Aaron Larsen continued with his discussion of the Alcester Golf Course/Alcester Golf Club Facebook presence.  Folks here are examples out there I have found  (1) Facebook.com/Alcester- Golf- Course- 291512377591356 , page created April 13, 2012  (2) Facebook.com/Alcester.golfcourse1, created February 1, 2017  (3)  Facebook.com/pages/Alcester-Golf-Club/794477947364425, created December 21/2015   (4) Facebook.com/alcestergolf, created February 19, 2014  with photos of Alcester, UK  Folks evidently no one has a password to any of these?  Now FO Pat wants to drop this sack of flaming Halloween manure (0:42:07.83) on Mr.  Huber’s door step but as you can see the many of the creation dates are long after Mr. Huber’s departure from Alcester City employ.

Agenda Item #8  Legal Updates – Sam Nelson Alcester City Attorney.

(a)  (0:44:47.47)  307 Iowa Street -Nuisance  Once again this is a feature legal issue for the city of Alcester.  Now folks, I believe this issue has been going on for at least one year if not two.  I will look that up.  First let’s deal with the attorney fee per hour on this nuisance.  Back in around 2018 there was a great deal of whizzing and moaning about his legal fees (around $110.00 per hour) from council member, mayor and finance officer.  They took every opportunity to critique our city attorney who was giving the city a discount in his fees because he was a resident and a business owner.  Finance Officer Jurrens publicly badgered, publicly criticized him in meetings, the council would require his presence for an hour worth of council meeting and then dismiss him. Finally Finance Officer Jurrens marched Mayor Glass down to the law office the morning after the city council unanimously approved his legal retainer to tell our City attorney she and the mayor did not feel he was a good fit for the city of Alcester. There was no council vote.  Mr. Haugland understandably rescinded his retainer, yet Finance Officer Jurrens continued to use his work product (without his permission) in her attempts to ‘write’ legal.  Now we have Mr. Nelson and Mr. Frieberg at fees of somewhere around $130-$150 per hour.  Mr. Nelson occupies a chair for an average of 2-3 hours per meeting rarely offering up an opinion unless the city is being sued.  Watch, listen to the video of the meeting.  Here we have Mr. Nelson dealing with this nuisance for a year or more, folks you do the math.  Now let’s deal with the Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Officer Fillingsness.  The city pays Mr. Fillingsness $25 per hour for code enforcement.  The whole purpose of Mr. Fillingsness is to be the face of code enforcement so the Finance Officer or the Mayor do not have to take the heat of throwing people out of their homes.  Now folks if you have ever wondered what Finance Officer Jurrens and Wanda Halvorson are touring the streets of Alcester, taking pictures during the work day?  Do the math first.  Ya got a Finance Officer who is making $30+ per hour, ya got her aid making around $20 per hour wandering up and down the streets of Alcester.  Ya got $50+ /hour  worth of personnel just drivin around takin pictures and writin down addresses.  How long after those afternoon drives do we all-of-a-sudden have property maintenance issues to hand over to $25 per hour Fillingsness (So when is ol’ Fillingsness in town inspecting)and then hand off to $130-$150 per hour legal team.  You do the math.  Then ask yourself, “Who is answering the phones at city hall?”  Yeah right.

          Next up under Legal is the great roll-off question (0:45:27.33) followed up by a language question on ordinance (0:48:44.63).

          Moving on to the (0:49:17.40) to the 2021-11 RV ordinance and the (0:53:53.80) 2021-15 (Attempt to revoke covenants running with the land which is not within the wheel house of the city.)  The relaxing of variances rules.  The variances rules were put into place to protect bordering land owners from encroachment and devaluation of their property by some Yahoo who wants to put a stand along barn/shed.  Part of the existing variance rule in Alcester is it must be an emergency, not just an inconvenience.  Mr. Joe Constance commented on his application for variance and that it apparently was still in limbo He was understandably upset to hear this variance change being expedited while he is still waiting and winter is coming. (1:01:54.00)  Folks listen to Finance Officer Jurren’s response, “…Here is what I will do…”  Here is what you will do Ms. Bookkeeper?  Ms. Bookkeeper it is the council that will be doing, it is their decision!  You have no authority, that lies with the city council!

          October 4, 2021, is the hearing date for the variance.

Agenda Item #9  Police Department

          Updates on the hire of a part-time police officer, hiring a full time police officer and the order for radios.  (1:19:15.67)  Mayor says to Chief Schuller, “if you have any issues, do not hesitate to contact somebody.”  Contact somebody Mayor?  In your own vernacular Mayor Haeder, that somebody is you Buttercup!”

Agenda Item #10  Office Building Door

Quote for exterior entrance door discussion.  Finance Officer Jurrens had contacted Mr. Jami Schempp representing the owner of the old school building to ask about a payment arrangement between the two entities for the $9K+ proposed cost of the door she wanted  Finance Officer Jurrens was annoyed with the answer she received and made the recommendation that (01:26:28.23) “…if they  (the Industrial Board won’t split the bill) I recommend we don’t pay rent this year…”  Bookkeeper Jurrens where do you get off making a threat like you just made?  You are NOT a city council member, you the bookkeeper!  (01:27:20.10)  Now Wanda Halvorson who is also NOT a city council member offers up her unsolicited opinion.  Gee I did not realize this agenda item offered public input!  Whew!

Agenda Item #11  Finance Office Updates

At approximately 7:40 p.m. a call was initiated to City Councilwoman Linda Talbott (01:36:34.63)

(a)  Motion for warrants. Unanimously approved.

(b) 2022 Mayor Haeder Budget was read by Bookkeeper Jurrens.  Evidently the council was not presented to the council before hand therefore they could have read the thing and asked questions.  Evidently this way Bookkeeper Jurrens can have the floor all to herself, drone on and not be bothered with any substantial questions.  Oh yeah, Bookkeeper Jurrens would like a TV for her office (01:44:57.83)  Mayor Haeder calls for a motion to approve the first reading the tardy budget (02:26:19.60)  Call for a roll call vote for first reading with the unanimous approval vote. (02:26:57.07)

(c)  2021-19 Street Maintenance Tax  (02:28:26.33)  voted unanimously.  However folks this little ol’ can be referred.  (02:29:23.20)  Mayor Haeder states every year this fee must be done.  Horse Pucky!  If the budget was properly done and properly handle this extra Tax would not have to be levied.

(d)  2021-20 Wastewater Surcharge (02:30:52.13) Yeah another fee with vague language as to purpose other than get around the deficiency in handling budget adequately.  Mayor calls for motion (02:32:41.60)  unanimous vote.  Folks this too, can be referred.

(e)  2021-21  Water Surcharge Tax/Fee  Charges for new meters and meter reading device.  (02:33:55.30)  Mayor calls for motion to approve this Tax (02:35:03.30)  Unanimous vote, again this can be referred.

Agenda Item #12 – Update of Volunteer Roster

Agenda Item #13 – Executive Session for Personnel

Statue cited was SDCL 1-25-2.1  Discussing the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee. The term, employee, does not include any independent contractor; and 1-25-2.3 Consulting with legal counsel or reviewing communications from legal counsel about proposed or pending litigation or contractual matters;

Executive session at 8:44 p.m.

Executive session ends approximately  9:42 p.m.

NO ACTION TAKEN

Agenda Item #14 – Alcester Community Center Staff

Agenda Item #15   Adjourn

Council adjourned at approximately 9:45 p.m.

I was notified by Councilman Keiser he had resigned via email and requested I remove his contact information from my blog.  Mr. Keiser had asked about the expenditure for computers and why they were not in use.  He did not receive an answer.  Mr. Keiser as a councilman was not provided with one of those computers so he could more effectively take part in city meetings when he was away from the city.  He was disappointed with an expenditure of money for I-Pads which were in effect not put into use.  I am sorry he has resigned.  The council needed a business person as a member who could advise them on the business side of a city.  Thank you for your service.

I also learned Councilman Johnson had left the council apparently much for the same reason Police Chief Christie left.  We are losing good people and that is a shame.   

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                             605-934-2287      605-770-7929

Councilman David Larsen                  605-934-2434

Councilwoman Darla Reppe               605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot              605-254-3074

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples

Councilman Brian Johnson – Resigned

Councilman Curtis Keiser – Resigned 

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

08/16/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

“Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching–even when doing the wrong thing is legal.”

(Aldo Leopold)

Mayor Haeder called the August 16, 2021,  Alcester City Council meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Council members present were Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilwoman  Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Brian Johnson, Councilman Curtis Keiser (via telephonic participation), Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson with Councilwoman Darla Reppe running late.

Approval of the agenda was called (01:36:.00) and so begins what felt like a quadrimular city council meeting.  There should have been a scoreboard to determine which goal post the mayor and his minions were heading for.  The agenda had some problems, City Attorney Sam wanted the discussion of the nuisance property located at 307 Iowa street to happen in executive session (01:48.37).  Now this property has been on the agenda for the past year in various stages of discussion and mediation.  Now it needs an executive session for legal counsel?  So agenda item 7(a) needs executive session.  Okay.  Motion is made to approve the agenda by adding an executive session to deal with agenda item 7(a).  Motion is made, seconded and further discussion is called.  Yup and so it begins.  City Attorney Sam says, “well we could move that executive session on to agenda item #12 (a) (the perennial just-in-case executive session usually held for personnel)  Mayor thinks that is a great idea.  So now do we amend the amendment, start over or do we consult a parliamentarian ’cause we do not have one of those on the payroll.  Mayor called for vote (02:35.47)  Now is the time for the Parliamentary purge (03:40.47)

Now that other shortfalls of the agenda items list (specifically all those pesky ordinance language) have been effectively obscured, the vote is taken. (04:58.70) Yay!

Agenda Item #4 is called and Mayor Haeder is already cringing. 

I had input, I asked where is my FOIA/Sunshine request from several months ago?  The context of this request for information relates to those properties located in residential areas but are nothing more than storage garages.  Are they using water and are they paying for the water?  Some are, some are not and it appears it is at the ‘discretion’ of the FO and wonder-of-wonders she has property contained within that request.  She has determined this is Top-Secret-Personal information, just as she did with the over-hanging tree citations and refused to comply.  We’ll see.

I had a second subject of input which dealt with 2021-11 the Golf Cart ordinance.(08:58.50)  This ordinance is a joke in that it accomplished absolutely nothing. No penalties and no procedurals for our law enforcement and citation purposes.  Language wording makes the assumption that an adult is the operator of the golf cart.   Please note the language of Ordinance 7.0902 being repealed:  Golf Cart* Operation.  golf carts shall not be allowed to operate within the City excepted as authorized by state statute or by this Chapter.  Golf carts properly permitted pursuant to this Chapter shall be allowed to travel on the roadway portion of public streets, alleys, and other roadways within the City except those highways where golf carts are prohibited by state statute.  An operator of a golf cart shall comply with all City and state traffic rules and regulations applying to vehicles generally, and except that a golf cart shall not be required to have a bell, horn, or directional signals.   

Now compare the language of the New ordinance:  7.0902  Golf Cart* Operation.  Golf carts shall not be allowed to operate within the City except as authorized by state statute or by this Chapter.  Golf Carts properly permitted pursuant to this Chapter shall be allowed to travel on the roadway portion of public streets, alleys and other roadways within the City except those highways where golf carts are prohibited by state statute.  An operator of a golf cart shall comply with all City and state traffic rules and regulations applying to vehicles. (10:34.23) (11:43.23)

*SDLRC  32-14-13 –  Golf cart defined.  For the purposes of §§32-14-14 to 32-14-16 inclusive, the term, golf cart means a four wheeled vehicle originally and specifically designed and intended to transport one or more individuals and golf clubs for the purpose of playing the game of golf on a golf course.  (11:53.37)

*SDCL §58-23-9 – Motor vehicle defined.  For the purposes of § 58-23-8, the term, motor vehicle, means automobiles, motor trucks, motorcycles, and all vehicles propelled by power other than muscular power and designed primarily for travel on the public highway except traction engines, road rollers, farm wagons, freight trailers, house trailers, trailers, vehicles that run only on rails or tracks, and off-road vehicles as defined in § 32-3-1. However, a vehicle not designed for travel on the public highway that is licensed is a motor vehicle for purposes of § 58-23-8. Freight trailers, house trailers, and trailers which are attached to a motor vehicle are part of that motor vehicle. ( Casetext – current with changes from 2021 Legislative Session) (11:53.37)

COUNCILWOMAN TALBOTT  (12:22.57) Councilwoman Talbott stated she had received questions  why there has been no publication for the position of police officer after Chief Schuller was hired as Alcester Police Chief.  (12:32.50)

FO Jurrens response (12:32.50)    

Councilwoman Talbotts response “Two weeks”  (12:43.80) 

Chief Schuller stated he had requested AD COPY from FO Jurrens and got no response. (13:05.90) 

Chief Schuller stated he had written his own AD COPY for the position of police officer, submitted it for approval to Mayor Haeder.  Mayor Haeder approved Chief Schullers proposed AD COPY, so Chief Schuller submitted the AD COPY to FO Jurrens three times and still no response.  Councilwoman Talbott asked the question, “… so will that be getting done soon…?” (13:50.17) 

FO Jurrens whined “…Like I said, it was my intention to do it today…I’m sorry, but nothing about my day was normal today…I’m just one person…” (13:56.17) 

Councilwoman Talbot said, “You know…and I get that but I also get he’s (Chief Schuller) is one person…” (14:06.13) 

Councilwoman Talbott states further, “That is why we need to get something done before he does what our prior chief had to do…” (14:20.03) 

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples  speaks to the Bar door which has not arrived yet.

Wanda Halverson speaks to the Chamber of Commerce Football book fund raiser.

Councilwoman Darla Reppe spoke of the opportunity to obtain a very early edition of an abstract of Alcester.

 Agenda Item #5 – Wastewater Facility – Presentation of Ms. Leslie Mastrioanni Planner II SECOG (Southeastern Council of Government) regarding funding of the new Wastewater Facility.  Resolution 2021-14 dealt with a vote to move forward on a possible addition of CDBG funding of this project.  No action was taken at this time.

At this point Councilman Keiser’s phone went off-line for the balance of the meeting. 6:40 PM

Agenda Item #6 – Medical Cannabis licensing 2021-16 and zoning 2021-17  Setting up public meetings of the city council and the zoning and planning committee.  The Planning and Zoning committee at this point in time is made up of the entire membership of the Alcester City Council which is problematic in many ways.  The public would be better served if our Planning and Zoning were made of three council members and three regular citizens who own property in Alcester.

2021-16 Licensing of Medical Cannabis was first up, however after the motion and a second to the motion it was determined there was a public hearing time frame issue. Mayor Haeder determined since there was a motion and a second on the floor it would be proper to vote on the issue and with a consensus to vote against the issue and re-do the motion involving both 2021-16 and 2021-17.  So a vote was taken and with a vote of five (5) nays the issue failed.  Again no parliamentarian on site.   

The issue was re-introduced to make room for the time parameters for publication.  Too bad this was not addressed while the agenda was concocted.  Sloppy work.  So the public hearing was set for September 7, 2021, P&Z hearing and recommendation at 6:15 PM with the public hearing of the Alcester City Council meeting to commence at 7:00 to consider the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning committee which is de facto the City Council.  “Hey Abbot   Who is on First? ” 

Agenda Item #7 – Ordinance Galore.

2021-11  –  Golf Carts –  Approved First reading.

2021-12  –  Parking  – Approve Second reading.

2021-13  –  Penalty of Offenses – Approve Second reading.

2021-14  –  Resolution Funding Wastewater Treatment Facility – No Action Taken

2021-15  –  Variance simplification to aid in quid pro quo (my definition) First read

2021-16  –  Licensing Medical Cannabis  public hearing

2021-17  –  Zoning Medical Cannabis public hearing

                – Ordinance update Title 3  Garbage – not ready for discussion

2021-18  –  Resolution amending policy 7.2 Vacation time 

Agenda Item #8 – Committee Updates

Streets – Okay

Pool – Possible Liner Leak

Cemetery – Again no weeding done

Water/wastewater- rusting pipes connect water source to our water tower.  Hard estimate to fix $60K

Police – Need for Officer –  Mayor opines about Sheriff’s Department (1:31:10.50)

Library – Board member resignation

Golf Course – none

Finance Officer – Budget not ready but it is her hope she will have it sometime later September.  Usually due by September 1.  So why the delay in the budget? (1:37:48.97)

Agenda Item #9 – Finance Office

Updates  Question asked about Direct Deposit of Payroll.  (1:38:50.90)

FO Jurrens offers comment, “Not all city employees bank in Alcester” (1:40:20.03)  FOJurrens opines employees must bank in Alcester, not true.  It is all in the routing numbers!

Agenda Item #10 – Community Center – Sheetrock coming.

Agenda Item #11 – Fair Board Councilwoman Darla Reppe.

Agenda Item #12 – Executive Session

1-25-2.3  Legal Counsel  7:51 PM – 8:06 PM Council, Attorney Sam and FOPat

1-25-2.1  Personnel  8:07 PM -8:50 PM Council with Attorney Sam w/o FOPat A great deal of laughing and pacing in this session. H-m-m-m

Agenda Item #13 – Adjourn  8:51 PM

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                             605-934-2287      605-770-7929

Councilman David Larsen                  605-934-2434

Councilwoman Darla Reppe               605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot              605-254-3074

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples  

Councilman Brian Johnson               605-214-0282

Councilman Curtis Keiser                  605-214-7604

Patricia Jurrens                                  605-934-2517

08/09/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

LEARNING LESSONS THROUGH LIFE EXPERIENCES AND FORMAL SCHOOLING.

In my August 6, 2021, Voice From the Gallery, I presented a Judgement Test which was given to me as an assignment during my senior year of college. The class was given three anonymous case studies which we were to read and determine whether the individual described would be functioning as Gifted, Average-Normal, Psychotic, Delinquent or Mentally Deficient in five years. Our assignment was to write our prediction after each blind Case study. After we had made our predictions and handed in the assignment, we were given the identities. I promised I would reveal the identities today, so as promised here are the identities I received back then

Case 1

Eleanor Roosevelt

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Girl, age sixteen, orphaned, willed to custody of grandmother, by mother, who separated from alcoholic husband, now decease.  Mother rejected the homely child, who has been proven to lie and to steal sweets.  Swallowed penny to attract attention at five.  Father was fond child.  Child lived in fantasy as the mistress of Father’s household for years.  Four  young uncles and aunts in household cannot be managed by the grandmother, who is widowed.  Young uncle drinks; has left home without telling the grandmother his destination.  Aunt, emotional over love affair, locks self in room.  Grandmother resolves to be more strict with granddaughter since she fears she has failed with own children.  Dresses granddaughter oddly.  Refused to let her have playmates, put her in braces to keep her straight.  Did not send her to grade school.  Aunt on paternal side of family crippled;  uncle asthmatic.

Circle your prediction

Gifted     Average-Normal      Psychotic,       Delinquent,          Mentally Deficient

Case 2

Albert Einstein

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity

Boy, senior year in secondary school, has obtained certificate from physician stating that nervous breakdown makes it necessary for him to leave school for six months.  Boy not a good all-around student has no friends, -teachers find him a problem- spoke late-father ashamed of son’s lack of athletic ability-poor judgment to school.  Boy has odd mannerisms, makes up own religion, chants hymns to himself-parents regard him as “different”

Circle your prediction

Gifted      Average-Normal     Psychotic,    Delinquent,    Mentally Deficient

Case 3

Dwight D. Eisenhower

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight-it is the size of the fight in the dog.

Boy, age six, head large at birth,  Thought to have had brain fever.  Three siblings died before his birth.  Mother does not agree with relatives and neighbors that this child is probably abnormal.  Child sent to school- diagnosed as mentally ill by teacher.  Mother is angry-withdraws child from school, says she will teach him herself.

Circle your prediction

Gifted        Average-Normal      Psychotic     Delinquent        Mentally Deficient.





If we were judged as the three individuals were, what would we become? 

 Who were they and what happened to them?

I think the names should be familiar enough to answer both questions.

What lessons do we take from our judgments of all we encounter?

Out of my predictions in that assignment based upon the information I was given, I only managed to get just one of the three correct. I would point out after decades of lessons, I have learned each one of those five listed labels, could be equally and accurately applied to any us at any point of our lives. It is the lessons we take from each event in our lives which shape how we react and the length of time we hold onto that reaction. Every moment of our lives is a learning opportunity. As each one of the individuals described in the Case studies above answered their call when opportunity knocked, so should we!

08/06/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

LEARNING LESSONS THROUGH LIFE EXPERIENCES AND FORMAL SCHOOLING.

As my life advances, little tidbits I have picked up along the way creep their way back into my memory.  Some of these life experiences I have shared with students when I was a substitute teacher in an effort to show learning is a process to be enjoyed. I was careful not to share certain escapades because while they were amusing, the students should learn from the lessons I learned and not emulate the circumstances of the lesson.

Lesson Definitions

Type of Lesson:   class room, lecture, session, tutorial, seminar, and period

Example of Lesson:  By Example, via message, through morals and as warnings

These are the lessons taught by parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, peers, and personal experiences bad and good.  This is how we learn and amuse ourselves at the path our learning follows.

As a pre-school child I learned lessons primarily by experiences and attempts by my parents to keep me safe. 

Experience – I learned about physics with the use of a Radio Flyer Wagon, an old bedspread and two boards with 1/2 inch nails in them and a trip down a hill.  The purpose was pure in heart, but I failed to understand the old bedspread will push the two boards with nails pointed to the front of  the Radio Flyer Wagon as it slopes down a hill and that one really shouldn’t jump butt first into the wagon to ride it down the hill.  When the wagon came to a stop, I still remember seeing my shadow with two boards ‘nailed’ securely to my butt. 

Lecture – Parental question after the boards were pried from my butt and Iodine was being applied to the eight nail holes in said butt, “Vickie what were you thinking?”  Well truth be told, I was thinking about a fun ride down the hill before I leaped onto the wagon. 

Tutorial  – Medical question upon my visit to the doctor for a tetanus shot in the butt, “Vickie what were you thinking?”  I was still thinking about a fun ride down the hill, but it would have been nicer had I not punched eight, no nine holes in my backside.

LESSON LEARNED – DO NOT SIT ON NAILS!

When I entered school I was surrounded by teachers, fellow students, a principle and a superintendent, and so I was introduced to the workings of the rest of the world.  Rules, consequences and so forth. 

As an undersized kindergartener, I learned it was not acceptable to poke a second grader in the nose for his bullying. As a fourth grader it was not acceptable to react aggressively when my cousin shoved purple tempura paint into my mouth ( I managed to escape a visit with the principal on that one). That same year I slid down the wooden, two-storied toboggan slide in the summer in a cardboard box. I climbed inside a tractor tire at the invitation of a neighbor-boy who rolled me (still inside the tire) down the bank toward East Lake Okoboji. Self preservation kicked in so I stuck my arm out to stop the speeding tire and quickly realized that strategy would not work. I finally threw myself sideways, tipped the tire over and experienced what the physical movement of dropping a coin on a flat surface called “spolling” was like.    Again I learned much about physics, problem-solving, and psychology without formal training. 

Experience – I learned first hand experience ‘spolling’ and the laws of motion

Lecture – The only witnesses were my partners in learning crime,

Tutorial Luckily there were no trips to the doctor or the school ‘Office’ 

LESSON LEARNED –  IT WOULD HAVE BEEN EASIER TO HAVE READ WHAT LEONARD EULER AND ISAAC NEWTON HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE ‘SPOLLING’. 

Who says you cannot learn from the old guys or watch a YouTube video. See (Youtube.com/watch?v=Sm96UC6O8Kw)  I do have to admit the experience was fun. By the way my birth surname was Newton. I just purely-by-accident experimented with those ‘laws of motion’ great-great Uncle Isaac philosophised over.

My next life experience was the mile-stone of taking driver’s training and getting my driving permit.  Again I did not use this experience in class for the obvious reasons.  While I took my driver’s education in Iowa, Mr. Sievert would not have appreciated my tale of hands-on-driving tutelage being shared.  The tale begins with a day of driving the Iowa Great Lakes area during tourist season.  We had two driver’s education cars that fine day (one instructor and three student drivers per car) and we were practicing the fine art of passing each other that fateful day on a back two lane road between Spirit Lake and Arnolds Park.  The speed limit was 70 mph and there was a double ESS curve that could have served as a training course for a grand prix.  The curves were banked, elevation changed two or three times and most important to this tale, the double ESS curve was not marked as “NO PASSING”.  The fateful instructions from my instructor, Mr. Woods as I slid under the wheel of the driver’s education car? “Pass when it is clear”, which probably needed more clarification for a fourteen year old.

It was clear and remained clear, as I headed into the first phase of the curve which involved an outside, uphill curve which bent to the right and down grade. I increased my speed to move out and around the other driver’s education car ahead of me.  When I moved around the other driver’s education car, I beeped the horn twice as I had been taught. I moved into the oncoming traffic lane to pass.  When I sounded the beep-beep, the other driver’s education car student driver suddenly moved to her left so I moved higher on the outside of the curve and I held my position, speed and passed her. I moved back into the right-hand lane, moving down grade to the inside curve and straightened out.  As this movement was taking place, I remember hearing a gasp from Mr. Woods. As I straightened out, Mr. Woods told me to pull over. I pulled over and the other driver’s education car parked in behind me.  I turned and asked Mr. Wood, “did I do something wrong?”  He took a long ‘breath-catching’ pause and told me, “No, you certainly have good control”  He got out of our driver’s education car, walked back to the other drivers education car and stood there an awfully long time speaking with the other driver’s education instructor. 

Experience – personal,

Lecture – None amazingly.

Tutorial/Message – Do not do as I did but think about the consequences.  One rider (sorry for the pun) to this experience, I was placed into another town’s driver’s education car because there were two of us who would use what was called the “passing gear” and so we were set passing each other during our remaining driver’s education time at the legal posted speeds.

LESSON LEARNED – LISTEN TO AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS, BUT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE OF SEMANTICS.  KNOW THE DIFFERENCE OF WHAT IS SAID IS NOT NECESSARY WHAT IS MEANT.





As I matured, on September 18, 1974, a senior in college I received an assignment to complete.   This Lesson was titled A Judgment Test.  Find the text below:

A JUDGMENT TEST

Below are listed three true case studies of young people.  In five years do you predict they will be functioning as Gifted, Average-Normal, Psychotic, Delinquent or Mentally Deficient persons?  Write your prediction after each case study.

Case 1

Girl, age sixteen, orphaned, willed to custody of grandmother, by mother, who separated from alcoholic husband, now decease.  Mother rejected the homely child, who has been proven to lie and to steal sweets.  Swallowed penny to attract attention at five.  Father was fond child.  Child lived in fantasy as the mistress of Father’s household for years.  Four  young uncles and aunts in household cannot be managed by the grandmother, who is widowed.  Young uncle drinks; has left home without telling the grandmother his destination.  Aunt, emotional over love affair, locks self in room.  Grandmother resolves to be more strict with granddaughter since she fears she has failed with own children.  Dresses granddaughter oddly.  Refused to let her have playmates, put her in braces to keep her straight.  Did not send her to grade school.  Aunt on paternal side of family crippled;  uncle asthmatic.

Circle your prediction

Gifted     Average-Normal      Psychotic,       Delinquent,          Mentally Deficient

Case 2

Boy, senior year in secondary school, has obtained certificate from physician stating that nervous breakdown makes it necessary for him to leave school for six months.  Boy not a good all-around student has no friends, -teachers find him a problem- spoke late-father ashamed of son’s lack of athletic ability-poor judgment to school.  Boy has odd mannerisms, makes up own religion, chants hymns to himself-parents regard him as “different”

Circle your prediction

Gifted      Average-Normal     Psychotic,    Delinquent,    Mentally Deficient

Case 3

Boy, age six, head large at birth,  Thought to have had brain fever.  Threesiblings died before his birth.  Mother does not agree with relatives and neighbors that this child is probably abnormal.  Child sent to school- diagnosed as mentally ill by teacher.  Mother is angry-withdraws child from school, says she will teach him herself.

Circle your prediction

Gifted        Average-Normal      Psychotic     Delinquent        Mentally Deficient.





If we were judged as the three individuals were, what would we become? 



 Who were they and what happened to them?

Answers on 08/09/2021



What lessons do we take from our judgments of all we encounter?

08/02/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

A bad manager can cause the best employees to flee and the remaining employees to lose all motivation.

Mayor Haeder called the August 2, 2021,  City Council meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Council members present were Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilwoman  Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Brian Johnson, Councilman Curtis Keiser (via telephonic participation) and Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson.

          Agenda Item #3 – Approval of the Agenda.  Mayor Haeder called for approval of the agenda.  The agenda was approved with deletion of agenda item (c) and agenda item (f) changes to Agenda Item #10.  Hey I have a question, so the meeting in September is scheduled for September 7, 2021, and according to

SDCL 9-22-23 Annual estimate by auditor or clerk of expenses and revenue.

The auditor or clerk shall report annually, on or before the first day of September, to the governing body an estimate of the expenses of the municipality and likewise the revenue necessary to be raised for the current year. In municipalities of the first and second class, the budget form shall be similar to that recommended in the municipal accounting manual provided by § 4-11-6.

          Agenda Item #4 – Approval of the Minutes of the July 19, 2021, and July 26,2021, meetings.  Mayor Haeder called for approval of the July 19th and July 26th council meeting with the minutes of those meetings approved as presented.

          Agenda Item #5 – Public Input

I started out asking (for the third time) for Sunshine on certain water bills on non-residential buildings in residential zones.

Mike Bucholz made a complaint against Mayor Haeder and FO Patricia Jurrens (00:06:28.37)  Mr. Bucholz had and continues to be harassed by FO Jurrens with regard to his camper parked in the street.  FO Patricia Jurrens commanded the unit be ticketed and towed.  Mr. Bucholz presented three examples of camper trailers parked on Broad Street since June 14, 2021, asking FO Jurrens, “who owns those campers?”   FO Jurrens did not respond, once again Mr. Bucholz posed the question, “Who owns the camper at 4th and Broad?” and again FO Jurrens would not respond.  Mr. Bucholz stated the camper at 4th and Broad registered owner’s name was Jurrens. (00:07:49.40)  Imagine that!

A gentleman shared his feelings on the upcoming Liquor License and gave support to Acting Police Chief Austin Schuller.  I must apologise, I failed to get the name of this gentlemen.  I would suggest the council ask each person responding with input to give their name.

Another gentleman introduced himself as Eric MacMuller (sp) of Total Stop shared input concerning the Liquor License.

With no further input, this ended the public input until Agenda Item #8 Public Hearing on the Off -Sale Alcohol License for Total Stop scheduled at 6:15 p.m.

          Agenda Item #6 – DANR (Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources-2020 merger of Department of Agriculture and DENR (Department of Energy and Natural Resources) Award Certificates to Dale Pearson and Lonnie Johnson.

          Agenda Item #7 – September Council Meeting rescheduled to September 7, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.   Council approved unanimously to this change.

          Agenda Item #8 – Public Hearing  6:15 p.m.   (00:17:11:60) Hearing on granting an Off-Sale Liquor License to Total Stop.  Mayor Haeder polled the council regarding constituent reactions.  Councilwoman Linda Talbott reported her constituents were against the license grant.  Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples reported her constituents were against the license grant. Remarks and opinions were reported by Kama Johnson-Alcester Bar Employee, Teresa Deem-Alcester Bar Operator, Sherry Total Stop Operations Manager, Joe Constance-interested party, I – Vickie Larsen asked the question was the liquor mark-up going to be applied equitably to Alcester Bar, Total Stop and the Golf Course/Community Building?  Point of information here, the city of Alcester owns the building which houses the Alcester Bar.  This building is leased by the City of Alcester to Deem Enterprises, LLC which operates a bar carrying the name Alcester Bar.

After public comment was complete, Mayor Haeder called for a motion and upon failure to receive a motion to grant, the question died due to lack of motion.

          Agenda Item #9 – Medical Cannabis – Discussion took place on the questions of a Licensing Ordinance and a Restrictive Zoning Ordinance. 

          Agenda Item #10 – Legal Updates

          a)  Nuisance property-still in the works

          b) Vacation of Alley-city cannot abandon by ordinance.  (see Chapter 9-45-7 through 9-45-15) and for an interesting read check out (Chapter 9-45-20 and Chapter 9-45-24)

          c) Garbage – (not ready for consumption…O lord did I just type that?)  Garbage needs more work (still on a roll, guess I will move on).

          d) Ordinance -update of Tile 5, Chapter 5.01 Offenses Against Public Welfare- 2021-13 An ORDINANCE AMENDING THE REVISED MUNICPAL ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF ALCESTER, SOUTH DAKOTA, TITLE 5-OFFESNCES, CHAPTER 5.01 OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC WELFARE, SECTION 5.0108 PENALTY.  5.0108 Penalty    A violation of this Chapter shall be shall be punishable for a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00), for each offense.   Folks setting aside rule #1 of writing Ordinance, Thou shall proof-read what thou wrote.

           Ordinance Update of Title 7 – Chapter 7.05 Parking, Stopping. 2021-12  AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE REVISED MUNICIPAL ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF ALCESTER, SOUTH DAKOTA, TITLE 7, TRAFFIC CODE, CHAPTER 7.05 PARKING, STOPPING, SECTION 7.0501- PARKING PROHIBITED IN CERTAIN PLACES.  7.0501 (J)

          Folks trying to decipher all the meanderings of legal language from eight different sources and one bookkeeper was nigh unto impossible to keep up with.  So with a phrase here and a phrase there, here a phrase, there a phrase an ordinance was cobbled together enough to earn a first reading.  What is a goat rodeo without a bathroom break!  Oh listen to the Bookkeeper push her agenda (01:30:31:33)  Say, you do realize that a car parked across the sidewalk on Iowa Street is unlawful and that is an ongoing illegal action.

          f) Resolution Personnel Policy Manual, Policy 7 – Leave of Absence Section 7.02(a) Vacation Leave.  Folks this one was not ready for consumption, either.

          Agenda Item #11 Police Department– Call for a motion to go into Executive Session SDCL 1-25-2.1 Personnel, For as many times SDCL 1-25-2.1 has been used in the past eight years the council should know SDCL 1-25-2.1 by heart.  At 7:38 p.m. the council went into Executive Session, at which point the gallery which included Wanda Halverson, Melissa Kay with her phone contact Marcus Ireland, Gordon Richards, Finance Officer Patricia Jurrens and Kerry Hedden moved to the hallway, leaving City Attorney Sam Nelson and Police Chief Austin Schuller in the closed session.  At 8:00 p.m. the council was called back into session where Interim Police Chief Austin Schuller was hired as Full Police Chief with a salary of $23.00/hour dating back to June 5, 2021.   Next item of Police Department business was to publish an ad for police officer.  Wording of the advertisement was reserved by Police Chief Schuller with the approval of the City Council. (01:45:18:70)

          Agenda Item #12 Committee Chairperson Updates

          a) Street committee update – none

          b) Pool committee- Councilwoman Reppe related a disciplinary incident with a group of boys.  Hey Melissa 0616 I did turn to see your face, so did ya catch the exasperated comment made. (01:52:00.00)  So are ya gonna spend two days a writin’ about that comment like ya did with me in your Confidential Memorandum?

          c) Cemetery committee-  Pine tree fatalities which appear to be lack of attention.

          d) Water-wastewater committee – none

          e) Police/Public Safety Committee -statistics report

          f) Library -Library Board member resigned

          g) Golf Course – given by Councilman David Larsen

          Agenda Item #13 – Finance Office

Call for approval of warrants for the July Warrants- which were duly approved with no questions.

          Agenda Item #14 – Community Center  There will be a employment booth at the Fair.

          Agenda Item #15 – Fair Board – Councilwoman Darla Reppe  The City Float was brought up and touted by FOPat.  Not a lot of interest among the Council to sit in a golf cart parade.

          Agenda Item #16 – Executive Session (if needed) Nope,  not yet anyway.

          Agenda Item #17 – Adjourn Call for adjournment with vote, council adjourned at 8:31 p.m.

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                       605-934-2287      605-770-7929

Councilman David Larsen            605-934-2434

Councilwoman Darla Reppe         605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot         605-254-3074

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples  

Councilman Brian Johnson           605-214-0282

Councilman Curtis Keiser             605-214-7604

Patricia Jurrens                             605-934-2517

07/27/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

“A GOVERNMENT BIG ENOUGH TO GIVE YOU EVERYTHING YOU WANT, IS BIG ENOUGH TO TAKE AWAY EVERYTHING YOU HAVE”

THOMAS JEFFERSON

I want especially to draw your attention to certain items in Resolution 2021-10 so I have highlighted portions of the document along with definitions and my comments:

SECTION 1 – RECITALS, AUTHORIZATION AND SALES

1.01- Recitals and Authorization:

1.01 (e) – this Council hereby determines that it is in the best interests of the City to authorize the issuance and sale of its Sale Tax Revenue and Refunding Bonds, in one or more series (the “Series 2021 Bonds” together with the Series 2018 Bonds and any additional parity lien bonds authorized hereunder, the “Bonds”), in a principal amount not to exceed the sum of $640,000.00 for the purpose of (i) refunding the Series 2011 Bonds. (ii) funding costs of capital improvements as authorized by the Ordinance, including construction of a community center (the “Projects”), and (iii) paying the costs of issuances of the Series 2021 Bonds, including an underwriter’s discount not exceeding 2.00% of the principal amount of any series of the series 2021 Bonds, original issue discount not to exceed 2% of the principal amount of any series of the Series 2021 Bonds) and bond insurance premium, if any.  The Series 2021 Bonds are issued on a parity (essentially using the same standards) with the Series 2018 Bonds.

1.03 –  City Officers Authorized to Execute Documents.  “The Mayor and Finance Officer are hereby authorized and directed to execute and deliver a Bond Purchase Agreement and the documents require thereunder (archaic expression meaning in agreement of the thing mentioned), the Official Statement, the Series 2021 Bonds and any other documents required to complete the financing contemplated hereby.  Execution and delivery of such documents by the Mayor and Finance Officer shall constitute (give legal form) to evidence that such items are consistent with the terms of this Resolution and have been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the City and are enforceable against the City in accordance with their terms, subject to customary exceptions relating to bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency and other laws affected creditors’ rights.  The Mayor and Finance Officer are further authorized to take such other actions as may be required to effectuate (put into force) the terms and intent of this Resolution.  In the event of the absence or disability of the Mayor or Finance Officer, the acting Mayor or the acting Finance Officer is hereby authorized to act in the place and stead of the Mayor or Finance Officer, respectively, and to tall all actions and execute all documents approved hereby (as a result of this document).”

1.04 – Official Statement.  “If determined (who is determining?) necessary, the Mayor and Finance Officer are authorized, in cooperation with AMKO, to prepare one or more Official Statements to be distributed to prospective purchasers of the Series 2021 Bonds.  The Mayor and the Finance Officer are hereby authorized and directed to approve, and , if requested, to execute a final Official Statement.”

SECTION 2 –  BOND TERMS, EXECUTION AND DELIVERY

2.01  Execution, Authentication and Delivery.  The Series 2021 Bonds shall be prepared under the direction of the Finance Officer (in my opinion our FO cannot direct a garage band let alone competently prepare a legal ‘promise’ to pay a lender their principal and interest) and shall be executed and authenticated on behalf of the City by the signatures of the Mayor and the Finance Officer and countersigned by an attorney resident and licensed to practice in the State of South Dakota…”

2.04 – Redemption  ” The Series 2021 Bonds may be subject to redemption prior to maturity, at the option of the City, in the years and at the redemption prices set for in an exhibit to a Bond Purchase Agreement… (Call Date – a credit enhancement feature which makes the Bond more attractive to the Bond purchaser such as a higher interest pay rate during the time when the outstanding amounts are at their highest. Call-able loans generally pay a higher interest rate than non-callable loans ie. the city will most likely pay a higher rate of interest for a call-dated Bond loan than a non-call dated Bond )

2.05 – Appointment of Initial Registrar  “The City hereby appoints the City Finance Officer as bond registrar (city employee who maintains the Issuers list of the names, addresses, and other identifying information of Owners of Bonds 2021 Series), transfer agent (she will make sure the investors receive their dividends on time yeah ya really trust that one?), and paying agent (Indenture Trustee or any other Person that meets the eligibility standards for the Indenture Trustee specified in Section 6.11 that has been authorized by the Issuer to make payments to and distributions from the Collection Account, including payment of principal of or interest on behalf of the Issuer. ( the “Registrar”)”

2.06 – Registration The effect of registration and the rights and duties of the City and the Registrar with respect thereto (to this or that) shall be as follows:

2.06(a) – The Registrar shall keep at its principal office a bond register in which the Registrar shall provide for the registration of ownership of Series 2021 Bonds and the registration of transfers and exchanges of Series 2021 Bonds entitled to be registered, transferred or exchanged. (Really?  FOPat has trouble getting payroll out in a timely manner and you want to trust her to handle this?)

Folks these examples are all within the first four pages of the document titled “RESOLUTION NO. 2021-10”.  The Resolution 2021-10 document has 12-14 pages depending how you count.  I embedded the text of the Resolution 2021-10 document in the 07/26/2021 A Voice From the Gallery or you should be able to get a copy of the document from the city office (free) as well as the document must be published in the newspaper and on the Alcester City website.

One interesting item, City Attorney Sam Nelson was not at this meeting to advise the council members face-to-face before they voted.  The council just had to take the word and expertise of the Mayor as they relate to the legal language of this document.  In fact Mr. DeRaney made the statements with regard to his explanation of the Resolution 2021-10 Document, its language and its specifications (0:10:58.33)* and (0:11:02.10)* thatattorneys wrote the document and that he was not an attorney and we all know Mayor Haeder and Bookkeeper Jurrens are most assuredly not attorneys.

While I realize Resolution is not an easy read, I ask the Council members to please re-read the document, I ask the citizens of Alcester to please, please read the Resolution 2021-10 document and if you do not totally and completely understand and agree with what this document is allowing the Finance Officer and Mayor to do please take steps to stop it!

* These time stops can be found in the video published within the 07/26/2021 A Voice From the Gallery publication.

Interesting read, “Anatomy of a Bond issue: The Participants and the Steps” Donna Kreiser and David Unkovic public finance lawyers with McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC., This article was published in the Winter 2014 edition of the Municipal Law Section Newsletter of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, March 12, 2014

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                       605-934-2287      605-770-7929

Councilman David Larsen            605-934-2434

Councilwoman Darla Reppe         605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot         605-254-3074

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples  

Councilman Brian Johnson           605-214-0282

Councilman Curtis Keiser             605-214-7604

Patricia Jurrens                             605-934-2517

07/26/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

“Although there is no progress without change, not all change is progress”

John Wooden

Mayor Haeder called the July 26, 2021, special city council meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Council members present were Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilwoman  Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Brian Johnson, and Councilman Curtis Keiser.  Alcester City Attorney Sam Nelson was absent.

Mayor Haeder called for approval of the special meeting agenda.  The agenda was approved as presented.

Agenda Item #4 of the special meeting agenda was Public Input.  I asked for the  amount of sales collected in 2020 which is relevant to the ability to pay the amount of the bond in the 2021-10 Resolution.  After a long pause (0:02:12.10), Finance Officer Jurrens was able to pull up the amounts for which I asked, $206,000.00 in first and second penny sales tax for 2020.  I then asked for the source of the funds which would used to pay for the bonds in Resolution 2021-10 to confirm intent and understanding that the funds must come from city sales tax.  Finance Officer Jurrens responded with the answer the bonds were to be funded using the first and second penny of city sales tax.

Second response to the Public Input was Bob Anderson (0:03:31.60), who wanted to endorse Austin Schuller as Chief of Police for the city of Alcester.  Mr. Anderson cited many the reasons why Acting Police Chief Austin Schuller would be the best choice for our community’s Chief of Police.

Agenda Item #5 of the special meeting agenda was consideration, authorization and approval of issuance of Resolution 2021-10 a Parameters Resolution Bond using Sale Tax Revenues in the payment of the bond.  While the council members had copies of the Resolution and accompanying documents, an update copy of the Resolution and accompanying documents was handed out prior to the start of the Special Council Meeting.  Mr. Mark DeRaney, representative of the independent municipal advisor AMKO Advisors, LLC has met with the City of Alcester advising them in matters relating to the funding of the Community Center Building project.  Mr. DeRaney was present to answer questions concerning the Agreement Documents/Resolution 2021-10 to the City Council members and members of the gallery.  Mr. DeRaney spoke to the $640K maximum amount of the bonds, the “Call Date” (payoff of Bond cannot happen before this date), 3.5% interest, the refunding amount due on a present $55K on the present golf course debt, term of bond 20 years and the payment schedule of semi-annual interest payments with annual principle payment.

Once Mr. DeRaney finished speaking, Mayor Haeder put the Resolution before the Council.  Remember now City Attorney Sam Nelson was NOT present and the most up-to-date version of the Resolution Document was placed before the council immediately prior to the presentation and vote giving the council very little time to read and comprehend what it was they were approving.

Informational Links to explanations:

Note  this Link information gives background information on municipal bonds (muni).  This information is generally aimed at the Bond investor rather than the Municipal Bond Issuer (the city), the Solicitor (the issuer’s regular lawyer), the Bond Counsel (legal firm specialising in Bonds)  and the Financial Adviser (entity structuring the bond issue) however it does explain the steps in the process for both sides of the Bond issue.  It also covers certain issues to be aware of in the Resolution language and process.

https://platform.parametricportfolio.com/FixedIncomeLadder?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwLPrlMGD8gIVEwutBh2J3gfkEAMYASAAEgKT5PD_BwE

https://www.fool.com/investiting/how-to-invest-/bonds/municipal-bonds/

https://www.investopedia.com/investing/basics-of-municipal-bonds/#call-risk

https://www.jhinvestments.com/viewpoints/investing-basics/bond-duration-and-why-it-matters

Mayor Haeder called the for the motion to approve.  (0:28:01.20)  Roll call vote was taken, Councilwoman Reppe-Aye, Councilman Johnson-Aye, Councilwoman Peeples- Aye, Councilwoman Talbott-Aye, Councilman Keiser-Nay and Councilman Larsen-Aye.  Resolution passed with Four (4) Ayes and One (1) Nay.

Agenda Item #6 – Executive Session 1-25-2.1 Personnel  Councilwoman Linda Talbott felt the need for an Executive Session dealing with Personnel (0:29:24.37)  The Council voted to go into Executive Session for the purposes of discussing Personnel.  I would like to insert a comment on the appropriateness of continuing closed sessions for personnel discussion meaning action to be taken on one specific employee not a general discussion.  SDCL 1-25-2.1  SDCL 1-25-2.1-Discussing the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee. The term “employee” does not include any independent contractor…”

Executive Session was entered into at 6:29 P.M.

Executives session was declared back into Open meeting status at 6:56 P.M. 

No action was taken in ‘open meeting’ as a result of this Executive Session.

Agenda Item #7 Adjourn the 07/26/2021 Special Meeting of the Alcester City Council.

Council was adjourned at 6:57 P.M.

“Minor details–like pennies–add up.  A good banker isn’t careless with ‘pennies’ a good lender isn’t sloppy about details.

John Wooden

Just as a good mayor isn’t carless about form, procedure and full information and a good council doesn’t tolerate sloppiness by the failure of the Mayor and/or Finance Officer disclose FULL AND COMPLETE Agenda information prior to votes, failure of proper procedure and failure about necessary details.

Vickie Larsen analogy

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                       605-934-2287      605-770-7929

Councilman David Larsen            605-934-2434

Councilwoman Darla Reppe         605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot         605-254-3074

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples  

Councilman Brian Johnson           605-214-0282

Councilman Curtis Keiser             605-214-7604

Patricia Jurrens                             605-934-2517

07/19/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

Mayor Haeder called the July 19, 2021, city council meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Council members present were Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilwoman  Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Brian Johnson and Councilman Curtis Keiser.  Absent were Councilman David Larsen and City Attorney Sam Nelson.

Mayor Haeder called the July 19, 2021, Alcester City Council meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.

NOTE-  Folks I was accused of prolonging meetings when I was a council member and it was one of the unfounded accusations used to remove me from my council position.  Please note in this video the number of times Mayor Haeder detoured through the maze of his experiences in this non-council meeting or that non-council meeting or his personal philosophy on weeds and etc.

Agenda Item #3 -Approve Agenda-  Oh, Oh there was a glitch in the Agenda, City Attorney Sam Nelson was absent and the agenda needed to be amended.  Now folks the usual method of making an amendment is to first approve the amendment with a motion which specifically states the change in the agenda, a second to the motion to amend, discussion of the change and a vote to amend.  Second the council must approve the agenda with the amendment attached which requires a motion, a second to the motion, further discussion and finally a vote to approve the agenda.  (02:36:07) 

The quasi amendment to the agenda was specifically related to Agenda Item #9 under parenthetical items 9(b) through 9(g) which follow: 

Agenda Item #9(b) Property Nuisance (307 Iowa Street),

Agenda Item #9(c) Ordinance to Vacate alley,

Agenda Item #9(d) Ordinance Update of TITLE 3 – HEALTH AND SANITATION, Chapter 3.02 COLLECTION OF GARBAGE – 3.0201-  License for Commercial Collectors, 3.0202- License Terms3.0203-License Fees, 3.0204 – Issuance of License, 3.0205 – Criterion for Issuance of License, 3.0206 – Renewal or Continuation, 3.0207 – Vehicle, 3.0208 – Equipment, 3.0209 – Garbage Rate, 3.0210 – Collection (A collections schedule shall be approved by the City Council of the City of Alcester for garbage as well as yard waste and other recyclable matters and may be modified from time to time only with prior approval of the City Council of the City of Alcester), 3.0211 – Recyclable Collection Plan, 3.0212 – Revocation of License, and 3.0213 – Penalties.

Agenda Item #9(e) Ordinance Update of TITLE 5 – OFFENSES, Chapter 5.01 OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC WELFARE – 5.0101- Interfering with Public Improvements, etc., 5.0102 – Intentional Damage to Property (you mean destroying political signs?), 5.0103 – Disorderly Conduct (you mean (H) Commits any act which tends to corrupt the public morals or outrages public decency is guilty of disorderly conduct which is hereby prohibited.), 5.0104 – Open Containers,5.0105 – Indecency, 5.0106 – Public Urination and Defecation Prohibited, 5.0107 – Bikes, Roller-Skates and Skateboards Prohibited in the Business District.  (SO WHO IS GOING TO POLICE THIS ONE?) 

Agenda Item #9(f) Ordinance Update of TITLE 7 – TRAFFIC CODE,   CHAPTER 7.05 PARKING AND STOPPING – 7.0501- Parking Prohibited in Certain Places ((J)No person shall park any creational vehicle in any street within the City for a period longer than seventy-two (72) hours.  Recreational vehicle(s) shall be tagged by a law enforcement officer and a warning issued to remove within seventy-two(72) hours.  Failure to do so will result in removal by the City at the owner’s expense.  For purposes of this Section, recreational vehicle is defined to include, but shall not be limited to the following-Cargo trailers, Travel trailers, Pickup campers or coaches, Motor-homes ,Camping trailers, Boats and boat trailers, Snowmobiles and snowmobile trailers, Jet ski and jet ski trailers, golf carts and golf cart trailers, all-terrain vehicles and all-terrain vehicle trailers, Dirt bikes and dirt bike trailers and Any other recreational equipment or cases, boxes or items used to store or transport such recreational equipment. ), 7.0502 – Standing for Loading or Unloading Only in Certain Places, 7.0503 – Parking Zones, 7.0504 – Penalty, 7.0505 – Non-Parking Areas, 7.0506 – Obstruction of Traffic, 7.0507 – Parking in Central Business District Prohibited During Snow Season,  7.0508 – Parking During Snow Removal Alert Prohibited, 7.0509 – Ticketing and towing Vehicles, 7.0510 – Abandoned Vehicles, 7.0511 – Parking and Storage of Certain Vehicles, 7.0512 – Towing Costs, 7.0513 – Establishment of Parking Spaces for Disabled Persons, 70514 – Parking spaces for Disable Marking, 7.0515 Parking spaces for Disabled Eligibility for Use, 7.0516 – Report of Improper Use of Special Plates or Certificates-Revocation of Privilege, 7.0517- Use of Privileges by Persons as a Person without a Physical Disability as Violation of Chapter, 7.0518 – Unauthorized Parking in Handicapped Space as Violation of Chapter.

Agenda Item #9(g) Resolution Personnel Policy Manual, Policy 7- Leave Of Absence Section 7.02 (a).  Folks I do not have a final draft copy of the 2020 Personnel Manual as drafted by Melissa Kay.  Unfortunately the numbering system was changed in her draft and again from the version outlined in Agenda Item #9(g).  Here is what I have:  7.2 VACATION LEAVE :

All qualified employees may accrue and use vacation leave (see policy 3- policy 3 deals with employee classifications-Appointive Official, City Employee, Regular Full-time Employee, Part-time employee, Temporary/Seasonal Employee, and Employee with less than six Months of Service) -Schedule – Lengths of Service w/ days of vacation per year so 0-6 mos. of service would earn 3 days of vacation, 6 mos-1 year would earn 5 days of vacation, 2yrs to four yrs of service would earn 10 days of vacation, 5 yrs to 9 yrs of service would earn 12 days of vacation and 10 yrs and above yrs of service would earn 15 days of vacation.  Employees on leave-of-absence without pay or suspensions without pay do not accrue vacation leave benefits. Vacation hours not used during the calendar year in which they are earning may be carried over into successive years.  Eligible employees may accrue a maximum of 45 working days of vacation leave.  Upon accrual above the maximum vacation leave hours, hours accrued will automatically be subtracted down to the maximum allowable hours without time being granted for leave.  It is the employee’s responsibility to ensure that hours are used on a timely basis according to this policy. ***

Upon separation from employment, an employee will be paid for any accumulated vacation time.  Reimbursement for vacation leave will be at the employee’s salary rate per their last day of employment.  When an employee’s vacation time falls on a holiday, such time is not to be subtracted from an employee’s vacation leave balance. Vacation leave must be scheduled with the employees Department Head at the earliest possible time prior to the use of such leave.  The City reserves the right, within reason, to disapprove requested time for vacation leave.  However, the City will make reasonable effort to accommodate employee requests for time off.  Vacation leave will be granted on a first come, first serve basis, based upon operational needs.  The minimum amount that may be charged to an employee’s vacation leave is one hour per leave period.

Employees shall requested the use of vacation leave by filling out a leave request form  The employees Department Head will either approve or deny the request.  The Finance Officer will supply the Mayor and City Council with a full record of vacation time accrued/used for each employee at least one per month.

Comp time must be exhausted before using vacation leave.

Agenda Item #4 – Approve Minutes of June 7, 2021, and June 21, 2021.

Agenda Item # 5 – Public Input

I must apologise for my lack of full clarity in my comments. (0:04:18.73)  I will now attempt to clarify my comments.  First the Sunshine request/FOIA documents I handed to the council.  I have a FOIA/Sunshine request currently open with the Finance Officer Jurrens refusing to comply stating she would not violate personal information.  This was the same, lame excuse she attempted when I asked for freedom of information for the list of notices she sent out for over-hanging trees.  These were public information.  My current Sunshine/FOIA request asked for water-usage information for non-residential properties and which billing is sent out on a post card. 

My second point of input involved prodigious weed growth in the west ditch on South Lincoln Drive at the Alkota property.  As I listened to my video, I found that I did not fully identify the location.  At the spot I was referencing, culverts had been placed in the ditch to accommodate the water run-off from Lincoln Drive.  The ditch was lined with larger rocks to prevent soil erosion which obviously cannot be mowed.  This area is not a duty for Alkota to maintain because the city of Alcester is using it as a run-off area so falls to the city to maintain and keep it weed free.

My third point of input involved FCS and the moratorium on property taxes made by the city of Alcester when the property was annexed into the corporate city limits of Alcester.

Finally I discussed the garden hose stretched out across the park/carnival ride portion of the fairgrounds questioning the wisdom and waste of water and seed two weeks before the fair.  Since the garden hose went to the first street building belonging to FCS, I presumed they were paying for the water.  I have spoke to the council before regarding the water usage amounts by entities not paying for water usage.  Past audits had strongly recommended water usage be tracked even if the city was not charging for the water.  I concluded my comments with the fact we no long pull water from wells, we pay a much high price for the water we get from South Lincoln Rural water than we did from those long ago wells.  It appears we still are not tracking it against audit recommendation and in essence we are being wasteful of our water.

Councilwoman Darla Reppe comment on complaints about weeds she had received from her constituents. (0:10:04.23)

Agenda Item #6 – Community Building Bond- Rescheduled meeting for July 26, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.

Agenda Item #7 – Reschedule Public Hearing Alcohol License.  Meeting August 2, 2021.  At (19:43.23) I asked for permission to speak to the discussion concerning lack of public at public meeting and permission was granted.  Councilman Keiser had brought up the subject of computer participation because he was going to be missing some meetings unless he could participate via a device.  In the past we had routine participate from home by Melissa Kay, Marcus Ireland, David Larsen and others via telephone.  I never heard Mayor Haeder comment about to these folks they really needed to show up in person.  SDCL 1-25-1 OPEN MEETING says, “Any official meeting may be conducted by teleconference as defined in § 1-25-1.2. A teleconference may be used to conduct a hearing or take final disposition regarding an administrative rule pursuant to § 1-26-4. A member is deemed present if the member answers present to the roll call conducted by teleconference for the purpose of determining a quorum. Each vote at an official meeting held by teleconference shall be taken by roll call. If the state, a political subdivision, or a public body conducts an official meeting by teleconference, the state, the political subdivision, or public body shall provide one or more places at which the public may listen to and participate in the teleconference meeting. For any official meeting held by teleconference, which has less than a quorum of the members of the public body participating in the meeting who are present at the location open to the public, arrangements shall be provided for the public to listen to the meeting via telephone or internet. The requirement to provide one or more places for the public to listen to the teleconference does not apply to an executive or closed meeting.  SDCL 1-25-1.2. TELECONFERENCE DEFINED. For the purpose of this chapter, a teleconference is information exchanged by audio or video medium.”

In addition Mayor Haeder, the City can stream the public hearing meetings via Sling Studio.  Surely that technology is not beyond the capabilities of the city bookkeeper.  In this day and age of technology the city surely can find a few coins here and there to pay for the ability of its residents to watch the council meeting live streamed.  I mean Mayor Haeder,  you already video tape the meeting so why not live stream it and put it up on the website.

Agenda Item #8 – SD DOT Input  Commentary from public expires on July 21,2021.  Link to information on this long term plan is https://dot.sd.gov/projects-studies/planning/long-range-plan

Agenda Item #9 – Legal Updates – Sam Nelson city attorney.  Mr. Nelson was away so the item dealt with on this agenda item was the Banner Agreement (0:23:09.23) concerning to the best of my knowledge relates to the Waste Water Facility. 

Agenda Item #10 – Police Department – Police Chief Austin Schuller gave his updates.  On a related note, review proposed Ordinance changes.  These changes will create more ‘busy’ work for our police department.  Maybe ‘Karen’ from the Finance Office can hand out the violation tickets and leave the police work to those who have been trained and certified.  Also Mayor Haeder noted if the Police Chief had any questions he could call the Mayor, the Finance Office or the Public Safety Committee.  Call the Finance Office, WHY for pity’s sake. Why would our Police Chief call the city bookkeeper for advice.  It seems from past behavior she has a tenuous grasp on legal issues. (0:29:14.20)

Agenda Item #11 – Department Head Updates – No department heads were present.  Although weeds in the cemetery were discussed along with some choice comments on weed whacking. (0:33:23.20) , (0:34:08.87), (0:34:50.13) and (0:35:14.87)  Mayor Haeder seemed to make excuses for this lapse of cemetery care with his comment (0:33:42.17)  So just who is supposed to be supervising this employee?

Agenda Item #12 – Library Surplus Property

Agenda Item #13 – Finance Office Update  Check written to the Road Guy for the final payment for his bid on Chip Seal.  Check written to R&R Construction in the amount of $4,590.00 for Park Street Curb and Gutter Replacement.  Mayor Haeder stated he got a good deal (0:42:39.37)  Doesn’t the Mayor live on Park street? I thought the property owner had to pay that fee. We paid somewhere around $2,500 when we replaced our curb and gutter on Lincoln.  Hired a couple of life guards and the June warrants were approved.

Agenda Item #14 – Alcester American Legion Auxiliary permit to destroy tattered and worn flags. Permit approved.

Agenda Item #15 – Community Center

Agenda Item #16 – Fair Board Update – None  Councilwoman Darla Reppe asked about the water leak and Finance Officer Jurrens responded they still did not know where the leak was.  Wonderful and the county just finished putting in an asphalt road in that general area.  S’pose it (the leak) is under the new asphalt (0:52:02.13)

Agenda Item #17 – Executive Session if needed  Nope not needed

Agenda Item #18* – Adjourn at 6:55 p.m.

*Note-there was an after council meeting discussion of the Public Safety Committee concerning applicants for the position of Police Chief.  One word of caution to that committee, “don’t hire some rube who is not nor has ever been a certified police officer as police chief no matter how many times it adds up for the city bookkeeper.”  The city already tried this in the past and it was a masterful disaster

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                       605-934-2287      605-770-7929

Councilman David Larsen            605-934-2434

Councilwoman Darla Reppe        605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot        605-254-3074

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples  

Councilman Brian Johnson          605-214-0282

Councilman Curtis Keiser             605-214-7604

Patricia Jurrens                             605-934-2517

07/13/2021 A VOICE FROM THE GALLERY

Folks – breaking news

Patricia R Jurrens8:31 AM (1 hour ago)
to Patricia

Good Morning….

Due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control – the Council Meeting scheduled for tonight is canceled due to lack of a quorum.

The next regularly scheduled Council meeting will be Monday, July 19, 2021 at 6 pm.

The Public Hearing scheduled for tonight will be rescheduled for August 2, 2021 at 6:15 pm.

Thank you.

Pat

Patricia Jurrens

City of Alcester

PO Box 318

Alcester  SD  57001

City Hall:  605-934-2851

Email:  alcestercityfo@alliancecom.net

06/21/2021 A Voice From the Gallery

Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted,

when we tolerate what we know to be wrong,

when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened,

when we fail to speak up and speak out,

we strike a blow against freedom, decency and justice.

Robert F. Kennedy

Mayor Haeder called the June 21, 2021, city council meeting to order at 6:01 P.M. with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Council members present were Councilman David Larsen, Councilwoman Darla Reppe, Councilwoman Linda Talbott, Councilwoman  Cyndi Peeples, Councilman Brian Johnson, and City Attorney Sam Nelson absent was Councilman Curtis Keiser.

Agenda Item # 3 – Approve the agenda was called.  Mayor Haeder stammered around the fact agenda item #6 Community Center Bond Update was to be deleted from agenda consideration.  What I find ludicrous is the agenda is to be crafted by the mayor not the bookkeeper.  Here is Mayor Haeder apparently totally unaware the council was not going to be discussing the Community Center Bond ($575K) with AMKO.

Agenda Item #4 – Public Input

Vickie Larsen-I spoke to the advertisement with Keloland Employment placed apparently by Bookkeeper Patricia Jurrens without the city council reading the text of the advertisement.  As usual Bookkeeper Jurrens took liberties with the terms and conditions for police chief candidates.   Especially note under Essential Duties and Responsibilities…works directly with the city finance officer, reporting to Mayor and City Council.  Madam Bookkeeper you are not a city manager.

 

I spoke to the final finding of the emptying of our water tower.  I had already explained how the alarm was to have worked.  I had noted the wiring on the shack which houses the equipment and wondered if a power interruption would have caused the alarm of low water no to work.  As usual I was pooh-poohed.  Of course Bookkeeper Jurrens weighed in with her opinion (04:59.20)  YO BO Jurrens, the alarm was put into place to keep the water tower from draining and if you knew your job, you would have known about the alarm system put into place.  Listen-up Buttercup!

I touched on the FOIA/Sunshine request I made on May 7, 202, which still has not been honored.   For all those folks out there receiving minimum water bills, garbage fees and street maintenance fees with no water access or hook ups, you should file for a reimbursement and any interest if this has been a long term action on the part of Bookkeeper Jurrens.

Lastly I touched on the retaining wall finally put into place to stop and further erosion on the two private properties bordering on the southern edge of the Sunny Side storage.  Mayor Haeder retorted that the retaining wall was right on time, if not before times.  (05:54.97)  With that comment in mind, check out the permitting forms for Sunny Side. Be sure to read through both documents particular the drawing for the mortgage toward the bottom about the retaining wall. Note the completion date 12/31/2020. Notice the date on the second document 03/09/2013 and note the spigot notation on document called Permit 291. So is Sunnyside paying a water fee? We want to know!

Kerry Hedden spoke to Police Chief Austin Schuller’s performance as a police officer.  Mr. Hedden spoke to his own experience as a young police officer in Remsen, IA and the measure of dedication it takes to enforce the law in a small community. 

Councilwoman Linda Talbott spoke to the weeks growing next to the ambulance building.  Mayor Haeder weighed in on the subject speaking of a boulevard. (08:14.70)  Now folks, I have no idea of Mayor Haeder’s definition of what a boulevard is.  According to Merriam-Webster a boulevard is defined as, “ a broad often landscaped thoroughfare” Folks to put this into perspective, imagine Broad street with a center lane with trees planted in that center lane.  Listening to the ensuing chatter about the ambulance, Mayor and the council apparently have no clue Alcester Emergency Medical Services was a 501C3.  Mayor said he would hand the weed situation off to the second in command Jon Serck.  Weeds aside, I would like to add a comment on the enforced shuttling of patients to Hawarden.  I make this observation in light of the hour I sat at waiting for the train to move back and forth during that hour.  Knowing how the railroad tracks were placed, the length of the train and the maneuvering of the numerous back and forth movements,  I knew I was not in position to go around the train.  So if you are being transported by ambulance to Hawarden, what is the ambulance going to do?  Delay of treatment?  You betcha!  Are you aware that the length of time a train can block a roadIn the state of Iowa, it is illegal for a train to block a road for more than ten minutes . Jan 27, 2020  So the question is, if you are the patient can you survive those ten minutes?

Agenda Item #5 – Total Stop – Application for off-sale liquor license.  Voted to approve a Public Hearing on July 13, 2021, to approve the off-sale liquor license to Total Stop.

Agenda Item #6 – Community Center Bond Update deleted.

Agenda Item #7 – Legal Updates – City Attorney Sam Nelson dealt with updates regarding agreements.  The AMKO/Davison agreement was now in signature form.  Mr. Nelson spoke to the Banner Engineering vs. Alcester impasse implying changes in language with Mr. Wheeler Attorney for Banner Engineering.  So is this a lawsuit?  What is the deal?  In the past Banner Engineering had dealt with our waste-water system. 

Agenda item #8 – Street Improvements – Lonnie Johnson described the excavation and stabilization of certain city streets trying to answer the question of our forgotten streets.  First the easiest answer is take care of the danged streets.  Prior to 2012 sections of street in town were on a schedule of upkeep and repair.  After 2012 our streets were thrown to the blow-hard winds of Rick Johnson, Tom Glas and etc.  According to Lonnie Johnson we have two realistic choices.  Do an excavation and stabilization (priced at $29K+/-) or do an asphalt (Stephenson Asphalt) application and hope it lasts at least three years (priced at $22K+/-)?  The biggest kicker here is once again the council is placed on the cusp of damned if we do and damned if we don’t.  They appeared to be unaware that one bid had already been received on an issue they were just finding out about.  And wonder of wonder these ol’ boys can be in town and applying the asphalt on Thursday.  I do not know about you folks but the choice is being taken away from the council.  It appears there was no competitive bid and would be no competitive bid ’cause according to Mayor Haeder, “…we gotta get this thing done…”  So back to the $29K price tag and the $22K price tag.  Councilman David Larsen asked bookkeeper Jurrens, “do we have the money in the budget? (0:30:18.50)  Answer Bookkeeper Jurrens replies, “…we do not have money in the budget…” (0:30:26.60)  WHERE  DID THE MONEY GO BOOKKEEPER  JURRENS?  In the past the budget carried a set amount for the streets, and then you continue to do the “Street Maintenance Fee” to side-step the tax cap.  WHERE IS THE MONEY?  Council voted for the $22K Asphalt application.  So where is the money coming from.  Ask Pat.

Agenda Item #9 – Department Head Updates 

Police Department – applicants for the position of police chief.  Hopefully the committee will keep Bookkeeper Jurrens out of the committee meeting.

Street Department – weeds in gutters

Waste-Water – Lonnie addressed Vickie Larsen’s question of the Water Tower fiasco.(0:39:49.10)After the water tower question was raised Lonnie had looked into the issue.  He found that the low water alarm had been disabled and the notification attempts were circumvented. Once again Bookkeeper Jurrens offered her counterfeit two cents with her comment, “…It was a valve …”  It shows how much Bookkeeper Jurrens knows about why alarms are put on water towers.    YO Bookkeeper Jurrens the alarm was disabled and you didn’t get the message.  Imagine if there was a fire?  The fire department gets the water from our hydrants, the water drains out of the tower, no water for the hydrants duh!  Then the fire department will have to evacuate the pool and pump water out of the pool.

Agenda Item #10 – Reminders and Updates-

Agenda Item #11 – Alcester Community Center  (0:52:00.07)

Agenda Item #12 – Fairboard report (0:52:15.43) and (0:58:09.97) A parade?  A city council float (1:01:04.87)  and lest we forget the small treasur(er) throw candy in the shape of jewels per Mayor Haeder.  Yup home town jewels! (1:02:00.50)

Agenda Item#13 – Executive Session SDCL 1-25-2.1 PERSONNEL  at 7:04 PM. Everyone is ushered out.  At 7:27 PM Bookkeeper Jurrens and Bookkeeping Aid Halverson are called into the Executive Session and remained in the session for almost 30 minutes.  At 8:03 PM Bookkeeper Jurrens and Bookkeeping Aid Halverson exit the Executive session to stand in the hallway with me but whispering non-stop until we are called back into open session at 8:07 PM.  No action is taken. Executive session for personnel lasted an hour.

Agenda Item #14 – Executive Session for unknown purposes is not needed.

Agenda Item #15 – Adjourn  Council Adjourns at 8:08 pm

Contact City Council

Mayor Dan Haeder                       605-934-2287      605-770-7929

Councilman David Larsen            605-934-2434

Councilwoman Darla Reppe         605-934-2602

Councilwoman Linda Talbot         605-254-3074

Councilwoman Cyndi Peeples  

Councilman Brian Johnson           605-214-0282

Councilman Curtis Keiser             605-214-7604

Patricia Jurrens                             605-934-2517