MT. VERNON CITY COUNCIL Council Minutes – Mitchell Republic

MT. VERNON CITY COUNCIL Council Minutes August 15, 2022 The regular meeting of the Mt. Vernon City Council was called at 7:00 p.m. by Council President Dave Anderson, with the following council members present: D. Renken, C. Powell , S Kayser and D. Moke. Also present: Maint. Officer G. Deinert, Fin. Officer L. Mayclin and Mike Kluth, representing the Mt. Vernon Volunteer Fire Department. Pledge of Allegiance was recited to begin the meeting. All motions are carried unanimously unless otherwise stated. Motion by Renken, seconded by Powell to approve the agenda. Kluth needed to verify that the city was okay with moving forward with the purchase of the existing fire station. Council advises that Mayor Frank has been given the green light to sign the purchase documents. Motion by Kayser, seconded by Moke to adjust the 2022 budget as follows. Whereas City Council has determined that the 2022 budget requires an adjustment. NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved that the City Council of the Town of Mt. Vernon hereby authorizes the following adjustments to the general fund: Parks Department $8,000; Highway Dept. Drainage ($8,000) and The Hall $9,000; Highway Department Maintenance Assistance ($9,000). Moved by Moke, seconded by Kayser to approve consent items for July. The following items were approved: financial statements, board minutes, general fund balances, credit report/bank statement and payment of bills. BILLS: OLD BUSINESS 1. Council believes we need a smart thermostat at The Hall that can be adjusted offsite to try and save on electricity bills and prevent them from running too low in the winter , causing damage. 2. Moke follows up with Code Enforcement Officer on violations. Anderson gave an update on 312 E. 4th, saying the county is the holder of the tax sale certificate, and to get paid for the mowing, we would need to file a lien on the property. There would be no guarantee of payment when the property is sold, as it is owned by the county. The mowing season is almost over, so it is planned to continue mowing and hope that the property will soon be sold to a new owner. 3. FEMA requires a form to show that the 2019 disaster is over and all work is complete. Motion by Powell, seconded by Renken to authorize the signing of the form. Anderson will send them the same. According to FEMA projections, there is little to no difference in flood mapping with the gate open or closed. Mayclin will draft a letter to residents who will be affected. There will be a meeting with the community on September 21 and 90 days later the maps will be established. 4. Motion of Renken, seconded by Powell to approve the 2nd reading of the following amendments to Ordinance TITLE 1 – ADMINISTRATION, CHAPTER 4, ELECTED. BE IT NOW ORDERED BY THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MT. VERNON TO AMEND AS FOLLOWS: Section 1.4.9 Titled Regular Meetings. Regular Mt. Vernon City Council meetings are held on the first Monday after the first Wednesday of each month, unless changed by the City Council. If the meeting date falls on a statutory holiday, a new meeting date will be fixed by motion. Extraordinary meetings may be called at any time by the mayor to consider matters that may be mentioned in the notice of meeting. A public notice will be posted 24 hours before the meetings on the bulletin board by the post office. AND Section 1.4.11 Title Meeting Rules and Format. The rules and agenda for city council meetings are determined by the city council. 5. Powell will lead the committee to interview candidates for the position of maintenance supervisor. The committee will consist of Powell, Moke and Renken. 6. The level crossing is much improved with minor repairs that were recently completed. The Council looks forward to further repairs in the future. NEW BUSINESS 1. G. Deinert reported that the water pump in the house broke down and wondered if we should file an insurance claim. He is looking to see a different pump that draws from a higher level, to avoid the bottom of the tank, which is less pure. Deinert will be gone August 25-27. 2. Mayclin reported that ARPA funds were delayed because only the state portion was received, not the cities. She also mentioned an upcoming District III meeting on August 31. 3. Council chose salary rates for 2023, opting to give employees a 4% raise and keep council and mayor salaries the same. 4. The Board proceeded to the first reading of the 2023 budget. 5. Anderson outlined a program of ARPA funds and the state for home loans. Applications are accepted from anyone interested in the program. 6. The board reviews liquor license fees to see if they need to be adjusted. We will do some research and come back to it at the September meeting. 7. Executive Session for Staff and Legal SDCL 1-25-2.1 and 2.3. was not necessary. Motion by Powell, seconded by Renken to adjourn at 8:45 p.m. Wages Ardis Overweg 566.06 SALES GENE DEINERT 3 300.16 SALES LAURA MAYCLIN 978.48 SALES CHRIS MAYER 1 688.48 SALANT (DOR) 210.37 Sales Tax CORTRUST 1 935.62 941 Westy’s 1 053.99 Fuel J&W Marketing 160.00 Mg92.5 Mayissa Scott Supply 5.6 Kalissa Supply 5.6 Main Ardis Overweg 252.53 Pounds / sub-trux Visa 32.30 Supplies Runnings 17.98 Supplies Card . 6,186.00 Maint Davison County 561.00 Maint Henke Tractor 704.78 Maint Overweg 992.24 Maint Code Enforcement Spec. 1,168.48 Code Enforcement SD Fed Prop 2,207.00 Maint Water Gene Deinert 230.87 Northwestern Energy Salaries 235.81 Util Cortrust 38.26 941 MENARDS 91.46 Supplies Northwest Pipe FittingS 260.86 Maint Dakota Pump 459.18 MAINT City Tax States Lab 1,826.62 Repair Issued once at cost approximate $40.49 (August 27, 2022) 94384

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