Alpena Town Minutes Ė Unapproved
 
Alpena Town Board met in regular session on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the Alpena Community Center.  Mayor Passenheim, Trustees Jurgens, Ochsner and Nedved were present as well as Finance Officer Shawn Ochsner.  Resident Tabatha Nedved was also present.   Trustee Mees will be delayed.
 
Mayor Passenheim called the meeting to order.  Motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes from the previous meetings Ė approved unanimously.  Financial report was reviewed.  Motion made and seconded to approve the report as presented Ė approved unanimously.  Residents Tom & Dianna Freideman, Randy Peterson and Gordon Knittel entered the meeting.  Trustee Mees entered the meeting.  Resident Steve Small entered the meeting. 
 
A motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to allow the following claims for payment:  EFTPS, payroll taxes $409.36; Shawn Ochsner, payroll $858.54; Andrew Small, payroll $440.84; Dick Small, payroll $421.64; First National Bank, sewer debt service $15,093.22; Alpena Coop Service, fuel/supplies/install meters $1,088.23;  Amkota Farm & Home, supplies $41.64;  Avera Heart Hospital, AED batteries $60.00;  Benderís Sewer & Drain, vacuum lagoon $1,959.00;  Central Electric, lagoon electricity $54.00;  Dakota Pump & Control, sewer  $3,483.68; Heil Electric, exit lights $232.37; Kelsey Service Agency, tax prep $183.57; Macís, water supplies $224.55;  Mid-Dakota Rural Water Service, water $210.40; Northwestern Energy, electricity $1,850.91;  Presto-X, pest control $169.61; Push-Pedal-Pull, fitness equipment $6,208.00; Runnings, supplies $569.86; Santel, telephone  $596.79; SD Association of Towns and Townships, 2017 membership $236.50;  SD State Treasurer, water samples $30.00; Stanís Inc., snow removal $150.00;  True Dakotan, publishing $11.95;  WSADC, 2017 membership $50.00;  Waste Management, garbage service $1417.50; Waste Management, garbage service $145.37.  Total Expenditures $36,197.53.
 
Resident Tom Freideman presented some questions to the board and the board responded.  The Town of Alpena has been approached to spray insects and weeds for the Town of Virgil.  The board will research the cost of mileage, hours and chemical and compile a contract to present to the Town of Virgil for their approval.  Mid Dakota has begun the billing for water, sewer and garbage.  A resolution is necessary for the billing of residents who are gone part of the year.  A resolution will be drafted and presented for approval at the next meeting.  An update was given on the swimming pool repair.  An approximate estimate for a new swimming pool as well as an estimate for pressure testing to find the current leaks, were obtained from AAA Construction/Pools.  The board authorizes AAA Construction to do a pressure test and give them an estimate to repair the existing swimming pool.  Drainage issues were discussed.  According to some contractors, the majority of the water causing the drainage issue is coming from the town, therefore this matter will be tabled for the time being.  Paving streets was discussed and approximate costs were obtained.  It would cost approximately $15,000 for 2 to 3 inch mat on an existing gravel road; $20,000 for a 4 inch mat on an existing gravel road; and $10,000 for chip seal on an existing paved road.  The board is in agreement to look into resolving the drainage issues on the roads before pursuing paving the streets. 
 
In other business, Mayor Passenheim gave an update on the curb and gutter by Stanís on Main Street.  The contractors will come and correct the problem at no additional cost in the spring.  It has come to the attention of the board that there have been some issues with people getting stopped by law enforcement when entering a public roadway from the Red Hog as there are currently no stop signs at these intersections.  Stop signs will be erected.  The US Census Bureau Boundary and Annexation Survey was reviewed and there are no boundary changes.  Beginning in March, the board will allow an open forum at the end of each meeting for questions and comments.  Each person will be allowed ten minutes for comments and questions.   Prices of a new tractor were a topic of discussion and the board would like to do further research on the benefits of a larger tractor.  Randy Peterson exited the meeting.  Gym utilization for Wessington Springs sports was discussed.  The board agrees to allow the gym to be used on occasion, however as far as a permanent daily routine, the board doesnít believe that is feasible due to the number of other people who rent the facility and have fitness memberships.  Jack Linkís would like to put a projector and sound system in at the community center.  When they get the details put together, they will let the board know.  Water tower repair/maintenance was discussed.  A new estimate for repair is needed, as the water tower is in need of attention this summer.  The utility box by the fire hall will be removed.  Please contact the finance officer if you have anything to drop off or mail it to the Town of Alpena, PO Box 75, Alpena, SD  57312.   Steve Small exited the meeting.  The Veteranís Wall was discussed.  The attorney stated that since the memorial is on town property, the board is able to contribute as they deem necessary.  The board was approached regarding having a flag present during the meetings and also reciting The Pledge of Allegiance before the meetings. 
 
Motion was made and seconded to adjourn Ė approved unanimously.  The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Alpena Community Center.
 
Stephen Passenheim, Mayor
ATTEST:  Shawn Ochsner, Finance Officer
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