Council Minutes 12.12.22

Hanska City Council – Regular Meeting

December 12th 2022

6pm – Hanska Community Center

Regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Vee at 6:00pm. Members present: Vee, Geiger, Miller, Strom, and Larson. Members absent: None

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Geiger moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Miller. Motion passed.

Geiger moved to approve minutes from November 14th. Seconded by Strom. Motion passed

Larson moved to approve City and Muni claims. Seconded by Strom. Motion passed.

Muni- Clerk gave updates on MUNI. Eddy and his wife would like to meet with Dan and Cinnamon on Friday December 16th after 10:00. Eddies wife has not seen the MUNI and would like to talk a look around before any offer is made. Sara the auditor came on December 8th and did the year end MUNI inventory. This has the inventory price set if the MUNI sells. Clerk said there should be a special meeting called by year end to either review an offer, vote to permanently close or try and open back up.

Library- Mayor Vee gave update. Christmas in Hanska went well, library board has set the date for the Spring Fling – April 1st 2023. Clerk presented Library budget, Brown County 2023 funding is 17350.60, clerk said that the board needs 3450.00 in donations this amount is up from 2022 year due to pay increase for Wendy. Library board is working on grant applications. Miller moved to approve 2023 Library budget. Seconded by Geiger. Motion passed. Sarah from brown county has the 2nd half the levy payment.

Public works- Tauer is still working on water meters. Council talked about what to do with the warming house. Strom said he didn’t think it was a good idea to leave the warming house open without someone working it, council agreed. Council decided to close the warming house and see what kind of public feedback the city gets. Tauer has started flooding the rink.

City Clerk-

Miller moved to approve Resolution 2022-10 Designating Annual Polling Place. Seconded by Larson. Motion passed.

Clerk presented the budget for the city. Larson asked for the clerk to clarify the levy amounts. Clerk said the general amount keeps up with the cost increase amounts from city vendors. The Bonded Debt Service amount is the Summit Street Project payment that needs to be paid in 2023.

Strom moved to approve Resolution 2022-11 Resolution Approving the Year 2022 Tax Levy Collectible in The Year 2023. Seconded by Miller. Motion passed.

General Use 137,500.00

Bonded Debt Service 151,000.00

Total Levy 288,500.00

3 water shut offs sent out in December. Clerk said that one resident who was given a water shut off parked their car over the curb stop and didn’t pay their bill. Clerk called the sheriffs office, deputy said to call the City Attorney. Attorney sent the resident a letter saying there is an ordnance saying a curb stop can’t be blocked and they have 72 hours to move their car and pay their bill, if not done in 72 hours there would be legal actions taken and all costs would be assessed to property taxes. This resident did pay their bill and move the car. Clerk has moved up the water bill due date by 2 days, now due the 28th of the month.

Open- The cities north shed is about a 1/3 on the coop property. Jerry from the coop gave Dan a price of $15,000.00 to buy 1.52 acres from the coop (normal lot is 75×150). Dan had told him that was to much for that land, Jerry said he would go back to the coop board. After discussion City Council agreed that $15,000.00 is way too much, council thinks $5,000.00 is a better amount for land  that can’t be farmed. Garbage being placed in the recycling is getting better. Dan has been getting estimates to paint the top of the community center.

Cooling $2275.00, Paint Boy 1,934.00, B&B hasn’t sent their bid yet. Birds have been nesting in the top and Tauer will take a look.

Resident Corey Krebsbach was in attendance, Mayor Vee gave the floor to Krebsbach. Krebsbach said he has an issue with the City Clerk and a $10.00 late fee on his bill. Krebsbach stated clerk had taken the late fee off of his September bill and added it back on his next bill. Krebsbach stated clerk told him she gave discounts to her friends and family in town and has the authority to do this. Clerk said this is incorrect, Krebsbach paid his bill on August 24th and not again until October 31st. Clerk said when she does utility billing on the last day of the month, she does not charge a late fee for that month for ANYONE in town (bill is current to that date) because they have until the end of the day to pay. If a resident has not paid by the end of the day their bill is LATE and there is now a $10.00 late fee. Bill says on the top amount by due date, amount after due date has the $10.00 added in. Krebsbach stated he paid his bill on October 31st, but hadn’t paid his September bill on time and feels he can pay his bill whenever he likes. Clerk said she only has 3 family members in the state and they don’t live close to Hanska and does not give out “family discounts”. Strom asked why he doesn’t set up ACH payments? Krebsbach said he doesn’t trust that. Mayor Vee said that if you pay your bill on time there will never be a late fee.

Geiger made a motion to adjourn, Strom seconded, meeting was adjourned at 6:39pm.

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Attest: City Clerk, Cinnamon Moldan Mayor, Daniel Vee