Alpena Town Minutes – Unapproved


Alpena Town Board met in regular session on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Alpena Community Center. Mayor Peterson, Trustees Nedved, Knittel and Weber were present as well as Finance Officer Shawn Ochsner. Trustee Kopfmann was absent. Also in attendance were Resident Teresa Weber, Fire Department representative Dick Small and Jerauld County Emergency Management Director Roger Dwyer.


Mayor Peterson called the meeting to order. Motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes from the previous meeting – approved unanimously. Gary Orth entered the meeting. Jerauld County Emergency Management Director, Roger Dwyer, presented to the board the Elected Officials Briefing and Letter of Commitment as a Participating Jurisdiction in the Jerauld County Mitigation Plan. Motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to authorize the Town of Alpena to participate. Resident Frank Kobold entered the meeting.


The Alpena Fire Department representatives Dick Small and Gary Orth approached the board requesting a liquor license in order to sell alcohol at their Dualing Piano Fundraiser in February 2019. The board agreed. Motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to honor their request and offer them a liquor license for this event. The Fire Department also presented an invoice for repairs from Albrecht Diesel for review and approval to pay. The board agreed to pay the invoice as approved under the Accounts Payable agenda item. In the future, any estimate over $1,000 must be in writing and reviewed and authorized by the board for prior approval. Gary Orth exited the meeting.


Financial report was reviewed. Motion made and seconded to approve the report as presented – approved unanimously.


A motion was made, seconded, and unanimously approved to allow the following claims for payment: Amazon, prize and supply donations for Harvest Fest, $144.95; SD State Treasurer, sales tax $159.05; SDEFTPS, payroll taxes $271.12; Shawn Ochsner, payroll $808.06; Dick Small, payroll $224.00; Andrew Small, Payroll $333.84; Kari Peterson, clean community center $36.94; A-Ox welding, Fire Department cylinder lease/compressed oxygen $68.44; Albrecht Diesel Service, truck repair and pump $4,141.10; Alpena Coop Service, fixture for community center/fuel $293.68; Bender’s Sewer & Drain, vacuum debris from lift station $725.00; Builder’s First Source, lumber for pool house $97.16; Central Electric, lagoon electricity $54.00; Chris Hofer Blading, blade streets $900.00; Jensen Construction, contract work $130.50; Jerauld County Auditor, Law Enforcement $11,935.12; Meyer’s Sand & Gravel, blade streets $841.84; Mid-Dakota Rural Water Service, water $208.00; Northwestern Energy, electricity $853.00; Olson’s Pest Technicians, pest control $55.00; Randy Peterson, connect sewer line $3,298.07; Runnings, supplies $255.21; Santel, phone and cable $378.51; SD State Treasurer, water sample $15.00; True Dakotan, publishing $55.45; Waste Management, garbage service $1,460.55; Waste Management, garbage service $152.67. Total Expenditures $27,896.26.


The purchase of a lawn mower was discussed and estimates were reviewed. Motion was made and seconded to purchase a Bobcat Procat 500 with 61 inch deck including a 6 year warranty on parts (excluding belts), 3 year warranty on transmission and 3 year engine warranty for $5,679 plus the trade in of the old mower – unanimously approved. The DENR landfill inspection report was reviewed. The recommendations will be addressed and DENR will be notified in writing of the resolutions. The swimming pool leaks were discussed and an estimate for finding the leaks was reviewed. Motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to authorize American Leak Detection to come and do leak detection on the swimming pool next spring.


In other business, the board discussed the maintenance of the community center generator and authorized Mayor Peterson to sign a terms and conditions document for 3E out of Omaha, NE to do a credit reference check in order to maintain and/or repair the generator as needed. Frank Kobold approached the board about vacating the road the south side of his property. A petition to vacate the road must be completed to start the process.


Motion was made and seconded to adjourn – approved unanimously. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Monday, December 10, 2018 in the Alpena Community Center.


Randy Peterson, Mayor

ATTEST: Shawn Ochsner, Finance Officer

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