Alpena Town Minutes – Unapproved

Alpena Town Board met in regular session on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:15 pm at the Alpena Community Center. Mayor Passenheim and Trustees Mees, Nedved, Peterson and Knittel were present as well as Finance Officer Shawn Ochsner. Residents Tom and Dianna Freideman, Dick Small, Chad Kopfmann, Kory Hines and Jerome Keleher were also present. Mayor Passenheim called the meeting to order.

Motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes from the previous meeting – approved unanimously. Resident Steve Small entered the meeting. Financial report was reviewed. made and seconded to approve the report as presented – approved unanimously. Resident Paul Weber entered the meeting.

A motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to allow the following claims for payment: Wayne Mees, payroll $554.10; Jennifer Gerthe, payroll $73.88; Dick Small, payroll $217.40; Andrew Small, payroll $302.48; Shawn Ochsner, payroll $845.00; EFTPS, payroll tax $378.67; Dakota Pump & Control, excise tax $72.66; SD Department of Agriculture, weed recertification $50.00; Alpena Coop, fuel/supplies/repair $362.20; A-Ox Welding, Fire Dept. $19.46; Beck Ace Hardware, supplies $3.38; Central Electric, electricity $54.00; Chris Hofer Blading, streets $1,275.00; Feistner Gravel & Excavation, lot clean up/tree trimming $4,550.00; Jerauld County Auditor, law enforcement $11,587.50; Maguire Iron, water tower project $35,100.00; Mid-Dakota Rural Water Service, water $270.40; Morgan-Theeler, legal expense $168.74; Northwestern Energy, electricity $1,639.57; Meyer Sand & Gravel, Blade Streets, $1,071.00; Olson’s Pest Control, pest control $55.00; Paulson Air, community center air conditioner $10,814.42; Premier Equipment, tractor repair $1,599.93; Runnings, supplies $206.02; SD State Treasurer, water samples $196.00; SPN, water tower engineering $1,938.30; Santel Communications, phone and cable $336.31; True Dakotan, publishing $67.87; Waste Management, garbage service $1460.55; Waste Management, garbage service $147.35. Total Expenditures $75,417.19.

Dick Small, representing the Alpena Fire Department, approached the board about a couple of things. SD Wheat Growers contacted Dick and asked him to erect speed limit signs on the truck route. The board agreed to order and install signs. Dick also stated that a couple of the fire trucks are in need of some repairs in order to pass inspection. An estimated $2,900 will repair the International Truck. The board asked the Fire Department to obtain prices on a new truck and prices on repairs to the old truck and present them to the Board for further consideration. Dick Small exited the meeting.

Attorney Bottum entered the meeting. Attorney Bottum explained the steps of Nuisance Property Action. Nuisance Properties were also discussed. Motion was made and seconded to send a final letter to the owner of the property located at 508 5th St S stating that if the necessary improvements have not been made by November 1, 2017, the Town will contract someone to make the necessary improvements and the cost will be assessed to the property – Peterson – aye; Knittel – aye; Mees – aye; Nedved – aye; Passenheim – aye. Motion passed 5 to 0. A revised, more specific Nuisance Ordinance will be drafted in the future. Jolene Passenheim entered the meeting. Steve Small exited the meeting. Tabatha Nedved entered the meeting. Discussion was held on the information Trustee Peterson obtained regarding the Quit Claim Deed on Bill Freideman’s property. Attorney Bottum recommends that Mr. Freideman and/or his attorney find answers to some additional questions regarding the property and contact Attorney Bottum if they have further questions regarding the Town’s position.

In other business, there is a tree on 5th Street which is in the right of way that needs to be removed. The Town Board agreed that they will be responsible for the removal. Questions by residents were presented and Attorney Bottum satisfactorily responded. Attorney Bottum exited the meeting. An inspection was done at the landfill. These following items must be added to the list of items not acceptable: Painted materials and mattresses. Lumber not treated with glue or paint can be burned. Shingles and concrete are acceptable, but must be buried. order to keep the landfill in compliance and organized, signs will be installed stating which area each disposable item should be placed. The welcome sign light and the fan in the women’s bathroom will be replaced. The dogs and cats at large are becoming a nuisance. The Beadle County Humane Society will be contacted. The Drinking Water System Evaluation was reviewed and completed. Discussion was held regarding the dimensions of the outbuilding needing replaced. A bid on an 8 x 8 building for the repeater will be obtained and completed this fall if feasible.

Steve Passenheim submitted his official resignation. The board wants to thank Steve for dedicating 17 ½ years of service to the Town of Alpena and with regret accepts his resignation. Motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to accept Steve’s resignation.

Trustee Knittel approached the board regarding appointing Chad Kopfmann as Steve Passenheim’s replacement on the board. Two members agreed to appoint Mr. Kopfmann and two members disagreed, stating there are other interested parties. Discussion was held on the procedure to appoint a new trustee and this item will be addressed at the November meeting.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn – approved unanimously. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Alpena Community Center.

Stephen Passenheim, Mayor

ATTEST: Shawn Ochsner, Finance Officer

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