Goessel council reviews festival plans

The Goessel City Council discussed plans for the Harvest Festival during its Sept. 19 meeting. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1.

City Clerk Anita Goertzen expressed gratitude to Teresa Huffman of the Marion County Economic Development Council for her help with organizing the festival.

For details about Goessel?s Harvest Festival, see Page 8B.

On another matter, Mayor Peggy Jay asked Schmidt to report to the council about the recycling effort. Schmidt summed it up in one word: ?Busy.?

He had agreed to monitor the recycling bins during the hours that recyclables are accepted. He said about 20 people come every week. About 10 to 12 of those are the same people each time, plus 10 to 12 other people.

Because some people had been concerned about having enough recycling to reach the county?s minimum, Councilor Rollin Schmidt asked if both bins are filled every week.

Larry Schmidt said they are, and Karen Dalke, public works director, has been asked to smash the recycling since the bins get so full.

Jay said, ?These are good problems to have.? She told the council that the county is paying for one bin, but not for two.

Schmidt said, ?There has not been one negative thing said.?

He added that he likes the location south of the city building. ?That?s a perfect place,? he said. ?You?re not going to get a better spot.?

The council discussed the need for additional lighting by the recycling area, now that the sun goes down earlier.

The council also noted that Waste Connections plans to discontinue recycling pick-up in the county outside the city.

Goertzen suggested having a shredder truck come to Goessel to be available for residents in the Goessel area. A date was not yet determined. It will cost $150 per hour.

Housing-code violations

The council heard from city inspector Loren Johnson about three properties in town that are in violation of city codes.

One of them is a rental house at 208 S. Buller. Johnson said, ?The cost to bring it up to a liveable condition would far exceed the appraised value.?

He described a dangerous situation at that house: ?There has been water running over the electrical box.? He said the bathroom floor has holes and water leaks from the bathtub to the electrical box below. Johnson said a beam and a floor jack are used as supports; the gas has been shut off and cannot be turned back on until the situation is fixed.

The council decided to proceed with the legal process with the attorney to resolve the issues. If needed, a hearing will be called.

A second property, at 207 W. Main St., ?is not inhabitable? as a dwelling and is not up to code, according to Goertzen.

?It?s a dangerous structure,? she added.

Police Chief Eric Reed said two county inspectors noticed an electrical cord running between buildings. The city decided to proceed with this property as with the property at 208 S. Buller.

A third property that does not meet city codes is the house at 105 N. Buller. The city granted a six-month extension to get that house moved out of town.

Other business

In other business, the council:

? discussed painting the city building?s community room, hall and restrooms. Goertzen told the council, ?We only received one bid for painting,? from Mike Snow, who painted the outside of the fire station. ?They were pleased with the work. He did a good job.?

According to the bid, the city building painting project would cost $2,127 for labor and materials. Some on the council thought the price was reasonable, and others voiced concern that it was ?getting expensive? with painting and new flooring.

The council was reminded the community room is rented frequently, and the concern was expressed that the city wants it to look nice. The council approved the painting project.

? approved the purchase of a chain saw. Dalke said the current one is not worth fixing, but it can be traded in for a new one.

? heard Dalke fixed the roof of the park shelter house.

? heard about work that had been done on the sewer line.

? heard in Reed?s police report that one dog license ticket was issued, and one contact was made. No traffic tickets or warnings were issued.

? met in executive session to discuss police department matters. In public session, the council voted to accept the resignation of Jeff Van Horn as part-time police officer.

? approved the $40 registration fee for two Goessel Community Foundation representatives to attend a Leave a Legacy presentation.

? tabled discussion of a new dog and cat ordinance since the meeting was already lengthy.

? also tabled further discussion of landlord liability.

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