Alpena Town Minutes – Unapproved

Alpena Town Board met in regular session on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm at the Alpena Community Center. Mayor Peterson and Trustees Nedved, Knittel, Weber and Kopfmann were present as well as Finance Officer Shawn Ochsner. Also in attendance were Residents Teresa Weber, Verdell Knittel, Thomas Freideman and William Freideman.

Mayor Peterson called the meeting to order. Resident Bill Freideman, approached the board regarding vacating the dedicated street between the Freideman and Golda Tebay properties. A petition to vacate will be obtained by Mr. Freideman and signed by both property owners adjacent to said street to begin the process.

Motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes from the previous meeting as amended– approved unanimously. Bill Freideman 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: National Rural Water Association, debt service $965.61; EFTPS, payroll taxes $946.85; Shawn Ochsner, wages $808.06; Shayla Muilenburg, wages $404.49; Shayla Muilenburg, wages $490.38; Houston Mees, wages $639.98; Houston Mees, wages $343.53; Jaycee Hohn, wages $150.07; Jaycee Hohn, wages $99.04; Wayne Mees, wages $857.00; Kacee Kopfmann, wages $169.00; Morgan Tebay, wages $83.11; Briana Sorenson, wages $55.41; Paul Weber, wages $36.94; Dick Small, payroll $527.04; Andrew Small, payroll $426.98; Kari Peterson, wages $59.10; Gene’s Ag Service, mower blades $58.50; A-Ox Welding, Fire Department $17.42; Alpena Coop, fuel/propane/gas/supplies $1,089.09; Dakota Pump, pool pump $1,255.91; Hard Corner LLC, USPS lease agreement commission $352.00; Kelsey Seed & Ag, spray $400.25; Lyle Signs, street signs $351.50; MC&R Pools, supplies $605.15; Mid-Dakota Rural Water Service, water $222.40; Morgan-Theeler, legal expense $42.60; Northwest Pipe Fittings, Inc., supplies $7.50; Northwestern Energy, electricity $1,497.00; Landon Ochsner, water freeze reimbursement $144.80; Olson’s Pest Control, pest control $60.00; Runnings Supply, supplies $267.39; Santel Communications, phone and cable $381.48; SD State Treasurer, water sample $15.00; Small’s Lawn Care, cemetery mowing $1,575.00; True Dakotan, publishing $6.84; Waste Management, garbage service $1,504.65; Waste Management, garbage service $149.60; Waste Management, landfill $91.02; Waste Management, clean up $998.00; National Rural Water Association, debt service $965.61. Total Expenditures $18,321.57.

The second reading of Ordinance #2019.01 – An Ordinance Regulating the Disturbance of the Peace was held. Motion was made and seconded, to adopt the following Ordinance – approved unanimously.

ORDINANCE #2019.01


BE IT ORDAINED by the Town of Alpena, South Dakota:

Section 1: It shall be unlawful to disturb or aid in disturbing the peace of others by tumultuous, offensive, or obstreperous conduct, and no person shall knowingly permit such conduct upon any property owned by him or under his control or supervision.

Section 2: It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to be made, any loud or unusual noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others. Unlawful noises include but shall not be limited to the following:

  1. Horns and Signal Devices. The sounding of any horn or signaling device of any vehicle on any street or public place except as a danger warning; the creation by means of any such signaling devices of any unreasonable, loud, or harsh sound; the sounding of such devices for any unnecessary and unreasonable period of time other than by accident or mechanical, electrical or other difficulty or failure; and the use of any such signaling device where traffic is held up.

  2. Radios and Phonographs. The use or operation of any radio, phonograph or other sound producing machine in such a manner as to disturb the peace and quiet of others.

  3. Yelling or Shouting. Yelling, shouting or creating other loud noises which annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any office, dwelling, hotel or residence, or of any persons in the vicinity.

  4. Animals. The keeping of any animals, which, by causing frequent or long continuous noise, shall disturb the comfort or repose of any persons of the vicinity.

  5. Church or Businesses. The creating of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any church or business which interferes with the workings of such institution, or which disturbs or annoys patrons or members.

  6. Construction. Pounding or hammering or operating loud machinery in such a manner as to disturb the peace of a residential area during the nighttime.

  7. No idoling of straight pipes on any vehicles between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM. A warning will be given for the first offense. There will be a $200 fine for any subsequent violations.

Dated this 11th day of June, 2019


_______________________________ Mayor




Finance Officer

First reading: 6-11-19

Second reading: 7-8-19

The Mosquito Control Grant Contract between the City of Alpena and the SD Department of Health was reviewed. Motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to accept the agreement for the purpose of enhancing mosquito control efforts. The Fire Department requested a special event liquor license for a fundraising event on Saturday, July 13th. The request was granted by a motion then a second and approved unanimously. Some residents approached a board member regarding the addition of a new and larger fan to keep it cooler in the fitness center. The board believes the ducts need cleaned anyway, which should solve this issue, so they are going to go that route first.

In other business, it was brought to the attention of the board that the tractor was vandalized. A police report was filed with the Jerauld County Sherriff’s Office and a claim was filed with Claims Associates. Discussion was held on a new building to house equipment, vehicles and supplies. Specifications were discussed and estimates will be obtained and reviewed at the next board meeting. Dylan Ochsner entered the meeting to discuss chemical application. Application was discussed. Dylan Ochsner exited the meeting. Paul Weber Backhoe is coming to dig out culverts and move the catch basin by the Fire Department and Agtegra. The board was approached about the odor caused by the old bean pile in the southeast part of town by Agtegra. The board recommended to the resident to send a letter to Agtegra and the Town will do the same.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn – approved unanimously. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm at the Alpena Community Center.

Randy Peterson, Mayor

ATTEST: Shawn Ochsner, Finance Officer

Published once at the approximate cost of $__________________________.


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