Goessel City Council approves sale of fireworks

The Goessel city council met on May 17 and considered a request for selling fireworks. The council voted to grant the request, valid from June 27 through July 4. Fireworks can be sold between 8 am and 10:30 pm on those days. Restrictions set by the state will be in effect. The fireworks stand will be set up at the east end of town near the highway.

The council did not establish discharge dates and times for fireworks; those details will be determined at next month’s meeting.

Turning their attention to another matter, the council discussed water issues south of town on State Street. Mayor Dave Schrag showed pictures from the rain storm the previous day, when water had run over the road. The pictures showed where the creek needs to be cleaned out. Schrag explained that a log jam is a tree across the creek.

Schrag said he had contacted FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the Department of Agriculture but did not get any help with the issue. He mentioned a flood plain meeting that will be held on June 15.

Schrag talked about Emma Creek, which is a “blue line” water way. He explained that blue line water ways are under the supervision of the Corps of Engineers.

The council discussed ditches and the county’s responsibility. The water issue south of Goessel can cause flooding in town.

In other business, the council:

* briefly discussed homes and a business that need to be cleaned up.

* heard from public works director Karen Dalke that the water wells were hit by lightning. Consequently, the telemetry system was not working and had to be fixed.

* learned that the telecom caller for the telemetry system is outdated and needs to be replaced. It has already been in place for 20 years. It calls, texts, and emails Dalke if something goes wrong. It can monitor power, water tower level, water well motors, temperature, loss of signal, and other issues. “It’s not an option,” Dalke said. “We have to have it.” Schrag told the council the caller costs $300 a year, which is only $12 a month.

* heard that a new pump had been installed and the impellar had been replaced on another pump.

* listened to council member Dean Snelling’s concern about the pumps and the recent rain. Dalke said the pumps have been working.

* heard that Dalke has spread rock on city streets. Schrag commended her for her work. “They look great,” he said.

* heard that Dalke had taken the dump truck to Russ Chops, LLC for repairs. She said Mike Jost fixed the truck. She commended him for his excellent and thorough work on the truck.

* heard that a new clutch for the road grader cost $1,686.

* talked by phone with Chelsea Morris, representing the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Community Facilities Grant. The grant provided $34,000 towards the purchase of the new backhoe, which cost $101,000. The council approved resolution 21-08, which authorized Schrag to sign the grant. He thanked Morris for her work: “We really appreciate the money. We enjoy the backhoe. It’s great.”

* heard about vandalism to the lagoon fence.

* noted that the city does not have adequate tools and has had to borrow tools. The council approved up to $1,000 for the purchase of tools. Council member Kevin Klassen suggested, “We need a tool budget.”

* heard from city clerk Jennifer Bliss that the auditor had come. She said the audit will cost more this time because of the grant money. However, the grant will cover the extra cost.

* approved the month’s expenses of $55,459.11.

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