Goessel City Council set hours for fireworks

The Goessel city council met on June 22, rescheduling their regular meeting from Monday to Wednesday. The council decided that fireworks can be discharged on Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, from 8 a.m. to midnight, on Sunday, July 3, from noon till midnight and on Monday, July 4, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Turning their attention to another matter, the council discussed the city-wide curb-side clean-up day that is scheduled for Saturday, July 23. City clerk Jennifer Bliss explained stipulations from Waste Connections. She said that all items need to be of such a size that one or two people could handle them safely. Waste Connections listed “general trash,” furniture including chairs, couches, tables, appliances including washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, small electrical appliances such as televisions, computers, mixers, blenders, patio grills, patio furniture, lawn trimmers, and push lawn mowers (without any gas or oil). Small amounts of bundled brush or tree limbs will be accepted. Tree limbs and branches must be cut in 3 foot lengths and bundled for easy pick-up. Waste Connections stipulates that “Any trash not in the trash cart must be in throw-away containers such as boxes or bags, no more than 30-gallon capacity.” Loose trash may not exceed 40 pounds.

Waste Connections specifies that landfills and transfer stations will not accept the following items: car batteries, oil filters, florescent light bulbs, propane tanks, any asbestos materials, explosives, paint (except for empty and dried up paint cans), no hazard liquids (such as fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, diesel fuel, gas, oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze), and tires.

Refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners must be tagged by a technician and must have the appropriate paperwork with it, or Waste Connections will not pick it up.

In other business, the council:

* learned that council member Kevin Klassen plans to move and therefore is resigning from the council. Mayor Ben Schmidt expressed appreciation for his work on the council and wished to give him a big thank-you. Klassen has been on the council since he was appointed in May of 2016. The council will appoint a replacement for Klassen’s position. Previously, he was the city judge.

* heard that the new light post at the city building had been vandalized and broken. Police chief Anthony Voth said the same person broke a sign at the high school.

* approved a training class for Voth. He said that “run, fight, hide” is no longer sufficient, in case there is an active shooter. “We spend money on lots of things,” he said. “Human life is more important.”

* discussed on-going vandalism at the ball diamond restrooms. The council decided to erect a “no trespassing” sign on the restrooms.

* spoke with John Stucky about the disc golf course that he had coordinated at the city park. Schmidt commended Stucky for his work, “I’ve heard good things about it.” Stucky talked about needing a bridge in that area. Council member Evan Esau reminded the council that the water is considered a “blue line stream,” and Klassen said we can’t impede the water flow. Bliss offered to contact Sharon Ohmstead, the county zoning and planning coordinator, to ask for suggestions.

* heard from public works director Karen Dalke that she had started installing new water meters, cleaned a ditch and worked on a culvert. She graded streets and sprayed for mosquitoes.

* heard that Dalke had talked to Bryce Goebel about Main Street.

* heard about unpaid water bills.

* talked about sirens and the need for a new system.

* discussed “nuisance” properties. Some owners have made progress.

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