Goertzen resigns as Goessel city clerk after 18 years

Anita Goertzen has resigned as Goessel city clerk effective June 30 after 18 years in that position. She and her husband will be moving away.

The city council met in special session April 8 to discuss the resignation. The council authorized Goertzen to place ads in area newspapers for the full-time clerk position.

The job description states the clerk needs to have good people skills and computer skills. The clerk also needs experience and knowledge in accounting and payroll.

The council specified that ?special consideration will be given to applicants who have a municipal city clerk certification and knowledge of governmental budgeting.?

It is no longer a requirement that the city clerk live within the city limits of Goessel. The council decided applications would be accepted until May 1.

At the regular April 21 meeting, the council heard that the city had already received ?a lot? of applications for the job?some from local residents and some from farther away, even from other states.

The council decided to spend an evening reviewing the applications and another evening conducting interviews.

Goertzen said she has ?enjoyed working with the people in Goessel all these years.? She has been employed by the city of Goessel since 1990, first as the utility billing clerk, and then as city clerk since 1996.

She has worked for mayors Dave Schrag and Peggy Jay.

Other business

In other business, the council:

? heard from Goertzen that the Blue Skyways website will end in June. She said Blue Skyways had a grant, and cities did not have to pay a fee. She said Laura Dailey is the webmaster. Goertzen expressed appreciation for the work Dailey does for the city.

? heard that the city will be switching utility software. Goertzen said utility bills will look different. She emphasized that rates are not going up; the bills will simply be set up differently.

She said the sewer portion of the bill will also show the debt fee and sewer maintenance fee instead of listing those components as they have in the past. The water fee will show the debt fee and water protection fee.

? reminded the public that the citywide garage sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, beginning at 8 a.m. Residents need to contact the city office by Thursday, June 5, if they want their address to be listed on the garage sale map.

There is no charge for listings on the map. The city office can be contacted by phone at 367-8111 or by email at goescity@mtelco.net.

? reminded the public that paint cans and lids are not allowed in the recycle bin. They should be disposed of with hazardous waste.

? heard that the hazardous waste trailer will be in Goessel Saturday, June 28.

? decided to sell the city?s television and stand via sealed bids. The stand has wheels. The television has been used to view videos of the sewer line.

The television has been stored in the library storage room. But the library has new equipment and no longer has room to store the city?s television equipment. The city has access to the library?s new equipment and therefore no longer needs the old television.

Bids will be opened at the next council meeting.

? heard that Schrag and Councilor Jim Wiens will collect water to test for the possibility of drilling a new well.

? granted a request from the Branding Iron Cafe to install a sign. City employee Cindy Gaddis said it would be low and would not block the view.

? heard from Councilor Dean Snelling that a Goessel sign along a county road was hidden by a tree. He said he stopped and asked the land?owner for permission to remove the tree. The land?owner granted the permission.

? heard that public works director Karen Dalke was waiting for rain so she could grade the city streets.

? heard three new picnic tables have been installed at the city park. They have been painted ?Goessel blue.?

? heard the refrigerator at the park is not working, and the city is buying another one.

? discussed steel reinforcement bars for the skate board equipment and noted that everything has to be cleared with the insurance company.

? discussed issues with the restrooms at the park.

? noted that court clerk Paula Flaming and police had attended a domestic violence seminar in Hutchinson March 24.

? heard that the police department issued three verbal warnings for speed and made one contact. They were available prom night.

? met in executive session to discuss personnel but had nothing to report in open session.

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