Goessel city council met on Dec. 20 and determined the winners of the Christmas lights contest. Ryan Hoopes won the “Best Display” category, and Randy Shafer won the “Most Lights” category. Both will receive a $50 gift card to Goessel Grocery and Deli.
Turning their attention to another matter, the council and city attorney Joseph Uhlman discussed ordinances relating to shipping containers in town and PODS (Portable On Demand Storage), that are meant to be temporary, not permanent. They talked about a shipping container with fireworks that needs to be removed. They also discussed the semis that are used for storage in the middle of town; they need to be removed.
The council also discussed a time limit for using a shipping container for a remodeling project.
When discussing remodeling projects, the council noted that siding, roofing, and window projects do not require a permit from the city. However, a permit is required when a load-bearing wall is involved and when an addition is added to a house. The council would like a stipulation on how long a shipping container can be in a yard during a remodeling project.
In other business, the council:
* noted that the permit for construction of a new house stipulates that it must be completed within a year. Building inspector Ben Steketee reviews all plans for building projects.
* noted that public works director Karen Dalke had put millings on city streets to reduce dust. Council members appreciate the reduction in dust. They had been informed that the millings could cause a “washboard” effect. Mayor Dave Schrag noted that where people drive fast, the washboard effect is worse. If there is less traffic and the traffic is slower, the streets are much smoother.
* accepted a donation from a property owner. A tree had fallen onto a street during the recent wind storm. Dalke and Ron Plenert cleaned it up. The property owner was grateful and wished to thank the city.
* heard about vandalism damage to a dugout at the baseball diamonds.
* heard the police report from Anthony Voth. He mentioned traffic before school. He also said there had been complaints about a dog that gets out.
* heard from Voth that Kaylan Miles has begun work for the police department. Goessel now has three part-time police officers.
* heard from city clerk Jennifer Bliss about an engineering study for a school zone. There will be no cost to the city. Former superintendent Amanda Lorentz had requested the school zone. Lorentz and Bliss had worked on the application together.
* heard of a request for a crosswalk at Cedar and Main. The council discussed the matter but did not make a decision.
* heard that some work had been done on the disc golf project.
* noted that boards are not acceptable at the city’s burn site. They need to be disposed of in a dumpster.
* noted that the light timer at the park’s basketball court needs to be replaced. The council discussed options since the timer is damaged frequently by improper use.
* discussed the need for an animal control officer.
* heard that the security company will be raising rates in January.
* noted that the next meeting will be January 10, 2022, the second Monday, instead of the usual third Monday.
* noted that Schrag will be leaving his mayor duties at the January meeting, and council member Ben Schmidt will become mayor.
* approved the month’s expenses for a total of $34,599.69.