These minutes remain unofficial until approved by the council at the next meeting. 


Submitted by Abbey Aitken Clerk/Treasurer


May 10, 2017

The Town of Chester Council held their regularly scheduled meeting and Public Hearing for a Budget Amendment on May 10, 2017.

Members Present:        Mayor Noel Walston, Councilpersons Tina Neer, Scott Ross, Rachel Ghekiere, Shane Kenfield, Wendy Dauwalder and James Dahlen,

Members Absent:       None

Staff Present:              John Kleinsasser (PWD)

Guests:                        Tonia Wickum and Tia Jacobson

1          Mayor Noel Walston called the Public Hearing for a budget amendment to order at 7:01 p.m.

2         Public Comments: None

3         James Dahlen made the motion to adjourn the Public Hearing. Tina Neer seconded the motion. The motion carried. The Public Hearing was adjourned at 7:03

4          Mayor Noel Walston called the regular meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

5          Rachel Ghekiere made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting of April 12, 2017. Tina Neer seconded the motion and it was passed with all voting ayes.

6         James Dahlen made the motion to approve the claims submitted for payment including Wex Bank which was omitted from the claim list. Scott Ross seconded and the motion was passed unanimously.

7          The council reviewed the adjustments and journal entries made in April. Scott Ross made the motion to approve the adjustments and journal vouchers. Tina Neer seconded and the motion carried.

8          Public Comment: Tia Jacobson asked the council to consider allowing chickens in town. Ms. Jacobson stated that she would like to raise eggs for her family. The council discussed that perhaps a petition could gather signatures from residents supporting her cause. It was decided to check with towns that allow chickens to see what problems and complaints they have and to put this item on next month’s agenda. Tia Jacobson left the meeting.

9         Sheriff’s Office Report: None

10       James Dahlen made the motion to adopt Resolution # 101-2017 amending the budget for FY17 for the Street Maintenance Fund. Gravel, sand, salt and pave patching material caused the budget to be exceeded so an additional $12,000 was budgeted. Wendy Dauwalder seconded the motion and it was passed unanimously.

11       Tina Neer made the motion to sign the swimming pool agreement with the Swim Team. James Dahlen seconded and the motion carried.

12       A building permit was submitted from Gerald Meyers to construct a garage at 35 West Jefferson Avenue. Rachel Ghekiere made the motion to approve the permit. Wendy Dauwalder seconded the motion and it was passed.

13       The council reviewed the Liberty County Airport Affected Area Regulation. Mayor Walston explained that this is an agreement of sorts between the Town and the Airport Board to keep construction heights from impeding on the landing path of the runway. Mayor Walston stated that not only does this pertain to the lots west of the Alliance Church in the Gagnon Addition but also other parts of town. No action was taken.

14       Old Business: The issue of second in command for the Public Works Department was discussed. The council felt that a supervisor role could be taken by the employee on scene with the most seniority. The clerk will call MMIA to see how this would be established. This was tabled.

15       John Kleinsasser stated that the leak detection guy is coming next week to check out the swimming pool area. The Town crew dug up the curb stop but there did not seem to be a problem in that area. Mr. Kleinsasser stated that it was wet but not saturated in a way indicating a leak. The sidewalk and flag pole were removed during the excavation.

16       The pool is scheduled to open June with swim lesson beginning June 19th barring any complications.

17       John Kleinsasser stated that the nuisance property that was recently taken to court have made some improvement but has not met the demands of the judge. Our attorney will be notified.

18       James Dahlen asked that letters be sent to the pea plant facilities in town asking them to clean up piles of old, rotting, stinking grain.

19       Rachel Ghekiere asked that letters be sent to several property owners that qualify as having nuisance properties. These properties have junk, garbage, cement, debris and look unsightly.

20      Mayor Walston reported that playground equipment, including a new swing set has been ordered. Donna Griffin is donating a mommy/baby swing in memory of her mother Lillian Fritz and daughter Karla Griffin-Duncan. A plaque will be installed.

21       Mayor Walston reminded council members of filing date of June 19th for those whose terms are up for re-election.

22      Tina Neer made the motion to adjourn. Rachel Ghekiere seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m.