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


 Submitted by  Clerk/Treasurer

November 14, 2018


The Town of Chester Council held their regular meeting on November 14, 2018.

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

Members Absent:       Wendy Dauwalder

Staff Present:              John Kleinsasser (PWD)

                                    Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Regular Meeting




  • Mayor James Dahlen called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm
  • Rachel Ghekiere made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting October 10, 2018. Tina Neer seconded the motion. Motion to approve minutes passed with all voting ayes.
  • Claims for November 2018 were presented to the council. Tonia Wickum made the motion to approve the claims submitted for payment. Shane Kenfield seconded the motion.  Motion to approve claims passed with all voting ayes.
  • The council reviewed the adjustments and journal entries made in October. Tina Neer made the motion to approve the adjustments and journal vouchers. Shane Kenfield seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Public Comment: None
  • Sheriff’s Office Report: None was given to the Town Clerk, a copy will be requested and emailed to council members.
  • New Business:
  • PU LLC. Garbage Rate Discussion: PU was not present, but Mayor Daylen has spoken to Curtis May and Dusty Evans about the figures.  They expressed some surprise that they use 12% of the household pit, but understood the need to raise the rate.  They are putting in a bid for the lake garbage and wanted to know if they would be able to dump it here, possibly at a smaller truck load amount. 
  • Intent to raise landfill rates: Tonia Wickum made a motion of intent to raise landfill rates by 20% and Joplin (PU LLC.) to a flat rate of $620/load.  Tina Neer seconded the motion of intent.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Motion of Intent to raise sewer rates: Current sewer rate is $29.50, a sewer policy and base rate will need to be discussed at a later date.  Tonia Wickum made a motion of intent to raise sewer rates to a base rate of $32.81 and Commercial rates an additional $1.50/thousand after the first 2000 gallons.  Shane Kenfield seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Attorney Jordan Y. Crosby – update on NCMRWS: Attorney is still looking into more information and then they will present the council with an update. 
  • Cellphone Stipend/Increase in Clothing Stipend: The council discussed creating a cellphone stipend for Town of Chester employees.  Staff are using personal phones for business as alarms for the plants are set to go to a phone through text and emails, communication with the guys during the day is sent through group texts and to update the radio system would be costly and not address the issue of the alarms.  Council discussed the most effective way to give this stipend, through payroll or like the clothing allowance, through claims once a year with receipts turned in.  Other options would be to increase clothing allowance or chamber bucks to off -set the use of personal cell phones.  Clerk will research an acknowledgment agreement regarding the freedom of information act and use of personal cell phones for business.      
  • Old Business: none
  • Additional Agenda Items:
  • Mayor Dahlen would like to thank the crew for all of their work with finishing FEMA projects and the cleaning of the Water Treatment Pond liner.
  • Liberty County Justice of the Peace, Holly Frederickson contact Mayor Dahlen, the deadline for proceeding on the nuisance property case is coming up. The council will need to decide how they want to proceed.  Is the cost worth pursuing, but if the council does not pursue, how do you inforce the ordinance in the future. 
  • PWD Report: John Kleinsasser reported that lining cleaning is complete.  The wiring for the east shop addition would cost about $10,000 for the entire project.  John can get 18 LED lights for $180 each.  The landfill cat shed door is on order.  Have not heard back from insurance, once we do, FEMA will be notified to add it to that project.  Dave Ghekiere has passed 2 of his 3 tests.  Rory with Rural Water is willing to come and do training.  
  • Clerk update: FEMA is progressing well.   
  • Council Report: The local HWY patrol has stated that the posting at the school is not adequate. The Town will need to add additional school speed limit signs after the already posted 15 mph arrow signs. 
  • Local HWY Patrol, Jason Wickum, assisted the Town with removal of 2 abandoned vehicles.
  • Need to follow up with Global Argo about grain piles on the ground and send ordinances that this is not allowed.
  • Rachel Ghekiere made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Scott Ross seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 9:30 pm.




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