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

 

 Submitted by  Clerk/Treasurer

Budget Hearing – Special Meeting

The Town of Chester Council was unable to hold the Special Meeting for the Budget Hearing on August 11, 2021 at 6:00 as there was no Quorum.  Meeting was rescheduled for August 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm.  Agendas were reposted immediately. 

Members Present: Mayor James Dahlen Council persons, Tonia Wickum, and Shane Kenfield

Members Absent: Wendy Dauwalder, Rachel Ghekiere, Tina Neer, and Scott Ross

Staff Present:  Terry Tyler (PWD)

                        Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Guests:  Megan Hedges – Liberty County Community Development Committee

              Lary Pearson- Hurley’s Oilfield Service

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Regular Meeting

The Town of Chester Council was unable to hold the Regular Scheduled Council meeting on August 11, 2021 at 6:00 as there was no Quorum.  Meeting was rescheduled for August 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm.  Agendas were reposted immediately. 

Members Present: Mayor James Dahlen Council persons, Tonia Wickum, and Shane Kenfield

Members Absent: Wendy Dauwalder, Rachel Ghekiere, Tina Neer, and Scott Ross

Staff Present:  Terry Tyler (PWD)

                        Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Guests:  Megan Hedges – Liberty County Community Development Committee

              Lary Pearson- Hurley’s Oilfield Service

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Budget Hearing – Special Meeting

The Town of Chester Council held the Special Meeting for the Budget Hearing on August 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm. 

Members Present: Mayor James Dahlen Council persons, Tonia Wickum,Shane Kenfield, Wendy Dauwalder, Rachel Ghekiere, Tina Neer, and Scott Ross

Members Absent: 

Staff Present:  Terry Tyler (PWD)

                        Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Guests: NONE 

  • Mayor James Dahlen called the regular meeting to order at 6:00 pm
  • Public Comment: None 
  • Tina Neer made the motion to adjourn the budget hearing meeting. Rachel Ghekiere seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes.  Meeting adjourned at 6:02

 

Regular Meeting

The Town of Chester Council held the Regular Scheduled Council meeting on August 12, 2021 at 6:02 pm. 

Members Present: Mayor James Dahlen Council persons, Tonia Wickum, Shane Kenfield, Wendy Dauwalder, Rachel Ghekiere, Tina Neer, and Scott Ross

Members Absent:

 Staff Present:  Terry Tyler (PWD)

                        Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Guests: NONE 

  • Mayor James Dahlen called the regular meeting to order at 6:02 pm
  • Public Comment: None 
  • Tonia Wickum made the motion to approve the minutes of the Regular council meeting July 14, 2021 and all minutes of the Special Meetings on July 21, 2021. Wendy Dauwalder seconded the motion. Motion to approve all minutes passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Claims were presented to the council for approval. Scott Ross made the motion to approve the claims submitted for payment.  Wendy Dauwalder seconded the motion.  Motion to approve claims passed with all voting ayes.
  • The council reviewed the adjustments and journal entries made in July. Rachel Ghekiere made the motion to approve the JV & Adjustments.  Scott Ross seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • New Business:
  • Megan Hedges- not in attendance but update was given by the mayor. There are a lot of funding opportunities right now and she would like to research the option of adding a splash park to the City Park. She will look into costs, and up keep.  Megan would like to be on next month’s agenda to talk to the council more about it.    
  • Resolution #03-2021 Adopt FY 2022 Final Budget: Tonia Wickum made the motion to accept Resolution #03-2021 adopting FY 2022 final budget.  Wendy Dauwalder seconded the motion.   Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Resolution #04-2021 Fixing Mills FY22: Rachel Ghekiere made the motion to accept Resolution #04-2021 Fixing Mills FY22.  Shane Kenfield seconded the motion.   Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Approval of Assessment Letters for Lights, Street Maintenance and delinquent water, sewer, garbage & mowing to be added to taxes: Tina Neer made the motion to sign the engagement letter for Craig Shepherd to assist with yearend. Rachel Ghekiere seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes.
  • Resolution #05-2021 Authorization to Submit MCEP Infrastructure Planning Grant Application: Scott Ross made the motion to accept Resolution #05-2021 Authorization to Submit MCEP Infrastructure Planning Grant Application.  Tina Neer seconded the motion.   Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Motion of Intent to Cancel General Election: Barb Vinson has withdrawn her candidacy leaving only one candidate for each ward.  Scott Ross made the Motion of Intent to Cancel the General Election.  Tina Neer Seconded the motion.  There will be a special meeting on August 31, 2021 at 6:00 pm to pass a resolution cancelling the general election.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Old Business: None
  • Additional Agenda Items: Mayor Dahlen updated the council that weed letters were sent out and the Town did hire Braeden Mattson to mow two properties. 
  • Sheriff’s Office Report: was emailed out to everyone
  • Mayor Report/ Additional Agenda Items:
    • PWD update: Terry Tyler, updated the council on the two new employees, Crocket Burrows and Shawn Nearing.  They are doing a great job.  Dave Ghekiere is currently off until the 21st of August due to an injury off of the job.  The new guys have had to step up and learn the garbage truck and CAT at the landfill and are doing a good job.  They are a good fit to the crew. 
    • Kelli Nelson was wondering about having a private party at the pool between sessions or the Monday after the pool closes. In the past we have charged for this, but she would provide the lifeguards. Ashley will find the information and pass it on to Terry.  Terry will discuss this with Kelli.  The last day the pool is open is Sunday August 22nd
    • The Turbidity meters have been ordered and are coming in bit by bit.
    • The Water meters have been ordered
    • Terry has gotten a bid on garbage containers and is working on getting the warranty on the broken lids.
    • The price for cameras is about $250 and a monitor.
    • When the pool closes, they plan to take the top off of the boiler and do a major cleaning/maintenance on it as directed by the boiler inspector
    • The water leak at Conoco, Frasers, is still on hold with Dave being hurt. He’ll probably be on light duty when he does return and Terry was wondering if the job should be subbed out.   With it being right off the high way and a high traffic area subbing it out would be a good idea.  The council asked Terry to get some bids and then they can decide what to do. 
  • Clerk update: Ashley Wickum updated the council that the Town was awarded the RD Search grant in the amount of $30,000 to go towards the water PER.  The first bills for the PERS have been received and paid, Craig Shephard will help with the JV process to move the funds from the ARPA fund.  Ashley moved the $20,000 to the Landfill CD as directed by the council during the budget prep.  An issue was noticed with the billing of the 1-inch meters and the usage.  Ashley is working with BMS and Neptune to make sure that the correct dial setting and reading units are set for the new style meters.  Jeff Mattson wanted to get more information on why there was a second meter at the Lutheran Church and if the church could go to a ¾ inch meter instead of the 1 ½ meter.  Terry will look into this and Ashley will talk more with Jeff and see what size the line is that comes in to the church and how the lines and meters are set up to see what can be done.  Ashley will be sending out a second batch of weed letters.  Ashley would also like to reimburse Kim Ghekiere for her lifeguard training cost if the council approves.  The council said this would be appropriate and will be on Septembers claims.  Also, Kim has been stepping up at the pool and taking on the assistant manager job as Kelli was out sick and Jenna left for college.  A raise of $1.00 will be but on the agenda in September for her time.   
  • Council Report: Rachel Ghekiere asked if anyone has looked at the valley gutter on Harrison?  It is one of the new ones and has a gap between it and the asphalt.  Terry will look at it and make sure it is ok and possibly cold patch it to get through the winter without damaging it.  There is also a water valve sticking up and on a hot day they will turn it so it isn’t sticking up.    
  • Rachel Ghekiere made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Scott Ross seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:20 pm.

 

Submitted by_______________________     Approved by_________________________                                                     Clerk                                                           Mayor