Alpena Town Minutes – Unapproved

Alpena Town Board met in regular session on April 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm at the Alpena Community Center. Mayor Peterson, Trustees Nedved, Knittel, Weber and Kopfmann were present as well as Finance Officer Shawn Ochsner. Residents Teresa Weber and Tabatha Nedved were also present.

Mayor Peterson called the meeting to order. Motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes from the previous meetings – approved unanimously. Financial report was reviewed. Motion made and seconded to approve the report as presented – approved unanimously.

A motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to allow the following claims for payment: EFTPS, payroll taxes $452.54; EFTPS, payroll taxes $50.00; Shawn Ochsner, payroll $808.06; Andrew Small, payroll $479.68; Dick Small, payroll $612.68; Kari Peterson, payroll $147.76; SD Unemployment, unemployment tax $9.58; National Rural Water Association, water tower debt service $965.61; A-ox welding, Fire Dept. $16.31; Alpena Coop Service, fuel/gas/propane/supplies/maintenance/repair $2,761.95; Beck Ace Hardware, supplies $34.16; Bender’s Sewer & Drain, clean culverts $906.50; Dakota Plumbing, blow out sewer lines $663.27; Mac’s Inc., supplies $62.89; Mid-Dakota Rural Water Service, water $222.40; Northwestern Energy, electricity $1,950.36; Olson’s Pest Technicians, pest control $60.00; Paulson Air, cleaned air conditioner /furnace $1,280.37; Runnings, supplies $228.52; SD State Treasurer, water sample $15.00; Sanborn County Weekly, lifeguard ad $54.00; Santel Communications, telephone $384.36; Stan’s Inc., storm drainage $255.00; True Dakotan, publishing $126.22; Waste Management, garbage service $1,504.65; Waste Management, garbage service $149.97; Waste Management, garbage service $91.02. Total Expenditures $14,292.86.

Estimates for a new furnace for the community center were reviewed. Three estimates comprised of variable speeds and warranties were presented. Motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to accept the estimate to purchase a new furnace for $5,850.00. Drainage and Storm sewer was discussed. Many culverts are not draining properly. A recommendation was proposed by a board member to install posts by each culvert to prevent property owners from piling snow in front of culverts. There is a drainage issue in the ditch by Agtegra. It was suggested by a board member to install a concrete valley gutter like the one on Willow Avenue. will be obtained and reviewed upon receipt. Discussion was held on moving the catch basin by the fire hall to improve drainage and will be addressed.

Spring clean up was discussed. Crack sealing the streets was discussed and an estimate will be obtained from Asphalt Paving. Finance Officer will get prices on roll off dumpsters for residents to utilize for a period of time which is to be determined. Nuisance Properties were discussed. A letter will be drafted and mailed to all residents relating to the nuisance ordinance and the dates that the dumpsters will be available.

In other business, Kory Hines approached the board to release the lien on the property located at 506 5th St S.. The board discussed Kory’s proposition, adding that if they would release the lien on the property, they would include stipulations regarding the elimination and disposal of the dwelling. Research will be done and discussed at the next regular meeting. Security cameras for the community center were discussed. Trustee Weber will get prices for discussion at the next regular meeting. It was recommended by a member of the board that the Jerauld County Sherriff’s department should come more often. This will be addressed with Sherriff Weber. Speed limit ordinances were discussed and will be revised at the next meeting and adopted in the future. The board approved to purchase a variety of street signs to be ordered through Lyle Signs. Discussion was held on calcium chloride for the streets. The board agreed to do the truck routes this summer. Discussion was held on purchasing a sickle mower to mow cattails and it was agreed by some of the board members that a rough cut or rotary mower would work better for that purpose. Prices for a rough cut and rotary mower will be obtained and reviewed. Motion was made and seconded to adjourn – approved unanimously. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Alpena Community Center.

Randy Peterson, Mayor

ATTEST: Shawn Ochsner, Finance Officer

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