Goessel council hears of festival plans

The Goessel city council discussed plans for the annual Harvest Festival at its Sept. 15 meeting.

The Sept. 27 event will begin with a 5-kilometer run/walk at 8 a.m., which is making its debut. Also, the first festival golf tournament will begin at 10 a.m. and will be a fundraiser for Fred and Brenda Schmidt?s medical expenses that resulted from a vehicle accident.

Another new festival event is a flea market scheduled for 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the civic center parking lot. Anyone interested in reserving booth space should contact City Clerk Anita Goertzen at the city building.

Food vendors will be available on Main Street beginning at 5 p.m. The Justus band will perform at 6 p.m.

On another matter, the council acknowledged reports of someone who is not from this community selling magazines in town. The city has a code against such activity, unless a license has been obtained from the city office. Local organizations and the local high school are permitted to sell within the city.

Resident comments

The council listened to Goessel resident Anton Epp, who attended the meeting to ask about the $390,000 bond for the Harvest Meadow addition. He said $208,000 had been levied against the 14 lots through special assessments.

He asked, ?What about the remaining $182,000? How is that supposed to be paid off??

Goertzen suggested he call developer Duane Unruh or bond counsel Todd Loescher.

Councilor Larry Lindeman agreed: ?This is not a city-driven project; it?s a developer project…. That?s why you need to ask the developer.?

Councilor Duane Duerksen added, ?We?re not doing anything special for those lots that we didn?t do for anyone else. We have a responsibility to get sewer and water to places where we want people to live. Someone paid to have water and sewer brought to all the other developments in town.?

Councilor Rick Freeman said the city is hoping to grow.

?All across America, towns are losing their schools,? he said. ?If you lose your school, the town is close behind. We don?t want that to happen.”

Epp said, ?You need to have some public meetings. I think the public should have been informed.?

Goertzen responded, ?We did have public meetings. You weren?t there.?

She added, ?If you will notice, we didn?t raise the (property tax) mills; we were actually able to lower them a little bit.?

Other business

In other business, the council:

n heard, but took no action on Base?s request for the council to consider Tim Boese as a part-time volunteer.

n approved a contract with Crossroads Wireless, which will install an antenna on the city?s water tower for wireless Internet access. Company representatives had explained earlier that even someone riding in a vehicle on the highway could have wireless Internet access while traveling. Crossroads Wireless will also erect a small building.

n went to the city park to view possibilities for building walking bridges to the west and south parts of the park. Public Works Director Karen Dickerson has some of the materials need to build the bridges.

n discussed water and sewer service with Chad Lindeman. He purchased the Voth addition and wants to build a house there, although he does not intend to develop the other lots. He asked, ?What is my responsibility??

It was determined the city will put in a water meter at the end of Lindeman?s lot. Lindeman will pay for the meter and extend the water line to his house. Dickerson will check size of the existing sewer line. The city also discussed the need for a fire hydrant.

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