Groton City

April 16, 2018

Meeting Minutes

April 16, 2018

The Groton City Council met on the above date at 7:00 pm at the Community Center for their second monthly meeting with the following members present: Blackmun, Peterson, McGannon, Opp and Mayor Hanlon presiding.  Also present were: Attorney Drew Johnson, Finance Officer Hope Block, Terry Herron, Dwight Zerr, Jerry Bjerke, Gene Loeschke, Kathy Sundermeyer, and Paul Kosel.

Gene Loeschke, Interm Director of Equalization, indicated potential assessment issues with Doug Abeln’s property.  For now, the property will be assessed to the City of Groton.  Gene left the meeting at 7:11pm.

The minutes were approved as read on a motion by Blackmun and seconded by Opp.  All members present voted aye.

Moved by Opp and seconded by Peterson to authorize the following bills for payment.  All members present voted aye.

Payroll, $19,317.93, Employee salaries; Administrative, $2,875.45, ; Public Safety, $7,605.80, ; Public Works, $8,763.32, ; Culture & Recreation, $73.36, ; First State Bank, $6,702.47, SS and WH ; First State Bank, $250.38, HSA contributions; Dakotaland FCU, $950.00, Employee savings; Auto Zone, $230.93, Yellow dump truck hydra fluid; David Larson, $910.00, HWH rebate city & Heartland; Tom Paepke, $500.00, HWH rebate city & Heartland; S&S Lumber, $2,610.00, Heartland commercial lighting rebate; S&S Lumber, $268.49, Cable clamps, tape, valves, nuts, hose, floor dry, saw blades, caution tape, salt; SD Retirement, $7,185.40, Employee retirement; Web Water, $11,648.37, 2,785,600 gals; City of Groton, $870.01, Utility deposit refunds, postage; Karen Hanna, $37.34, Deposit refund; Logan Jungwirth, $140.23, Deposit refund; Ryan Schaeffer, $50.79, Deposit refund; US Postal Service, $196.63, Utility bill postage; AmeriPride, $36.46, Rug rent; Farmer's Union, $1,396.78, Diesel fuel 500 gal; Darrel's Sinclair, $70.95, Plow truck tire repair; John Deere Financial, $1,108.96, Pay loader steering repair; MJ's Sinclair, $1,569.13, Gas, generator battery; Ken's, $24.65, Paper products; Lori's Pharmacy, $7.38, Batteries, index cards; James Valley, $522.94, Phone and internet; Kay's Computing, $19.99, Power supply for shop; Heartland Waste, $6,574.97, Garbage hauling; Heartland Power, $67,382.28, Power 3/18; Dollar General, $5.00, Drano; Chase Visa, $1,846.79, Police hard drive for videos, Publishing, ink, paper, 3 softball bats, library book, baseball season insurance coverage, state and national fees, tournament fees, chemical to calibrate gas meter, and pH meter; A&B Business, $198.12, Copier rent; Core & Main, $206.67, Hydrant valve; McGannon P&H, $46.09, Start boiler at skating pond; SD One Call, $1.05, Message fees 1/18-3/18; WAPA, $21,437.19, Power 3/18; Applied Concepts, $118.00, Police radar remote control and screw latch; Jerry Bjerke, $28.00, Police vehicle gas reimbursement ; SD Retirement, $530.00, Employee retirement; Brent Wink, $27.24, Collections reimbursement ; April Abeln, $129.66, Dep and med flex.

Moved by Blackmun and seconded by McGannon to approve the finance report for March.  All members present voted aye.

Herron reported that the public works department is attempting to work in alleys, and he will be testing a kerf-cutter to repair water valve boxes that have been broken.  Herron also presented a quote from Perry Blocker for a 40ft by 42ft hoop barn with six feet walls for $22,353.  The enclosure would hold the surplus road salt.  Herron suggested filling cracks in the roads with rubber seal.

Moved by McGannon and seconded by Opp to rent a crack-filling machine from Sioux Falls to fill cracks in the roads with rubber seal.  All members present voted aye.  

Shawn entered the meeting at 7:22pm.

Herron left the meeting at 7:30pm.

Zerr reported sweeper repairs in the amount of about $4,500 and left the meeting at 7:32pm.

Lambertz reported 53 more electric house inspections were done, and that DGR Engineering will be coming in May to work on maps.  Lambertz left the meeting at 7:43pm.

Bjerke reported things being quiet, and the vehicle running smoothly.  Cameras have still had errors, but are working.  Bjerke left the meeting at 7:47pm.

Heartland rebates are almost maxed for the year.  Applications are still welcomed, but may be paid out next year.

The Vander Vorst family donated two benches for the City Park.  Council would like to send a card of thanks to the family, as well as add “Donated by” plaques on the benches.

Moved by Opp and seconded by Blackmun to approve Block to attend Northeast Area Finance Officer Group Meeting April 19th in Aberdeen.  All members present voted aye.

Moved by Blackmun and seconded by Opp to approve Block to attend Human Resource and Finance Officer School June 5th-8th in Sioux Falls.  All members present voted aye.

Swimming pool season updates were tabled until further notice.

Moved by Peterson and seconded by McGannon to adjourn into executive session for personnel and legal items 1-25-2 (1) & (3) at 7:55 pm. All members present voted aye. Council reconvened into regular session at 8:25pm.

Moved by Blackmun and seconded by Opp to hire the following summer employees:  

Susan Fjeldheim - U12 Softball coach, Bradley Penning - U10 Softball coach, Kayla Krause - U8 Softball coach, Allyssa Locke and Madisen Bjerke – Ticket takers, and Peyton Johnson – BB Groundskeeper.

Moved by Peterson and seconded by McGannon to adjourn the meeting at 8:26pm.  All members present voted aye.

Scott Hanlon, Mayor

 Hope Block, Finance Officer

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