Goessel sets dates for the shooting of July 4 fireworks

The Goessel city council met on June 15 and established dates for setting off fireworks within the city: 8 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 5.

The council considered a request from Goessel Mennonite Church for a fireworks event on Sunday, July 5. The request states that the celebration will be simplified this year. Refreshments will be limited to prepackaged ice cream, cold treats, and bottled water. The request also states that “Any activity that might bring people into close contact will require masks.” The council approved the request for the fireworks event.

The council also briefly discussed the city-wide garage sale date that has been set for Saturday, July 11. The city-wide clean-up date will be the following Saturday, July 18.

The council also noted that The Wheat Company board and the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum board have canceled the annual Threshing Days events this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes the annual Threshing Days parade; it is also canceled.

In a prepared statement, the boards acknowledged, “Although this was a difficult decision, we feel that not having the show is the most responsible thing to do for this year.” The Threshing Days event has already been scheduled for next year: August 6-8, 2021. J. I. Case and construction equipment will be featured at Threshing Days in 2021.

Turning their attention to another matter, the council spent an hour and 45 minutes discussing the Harvest Meadows housing development. Mayor Dave Schrag explained the history of the development. He said the developer did not pay taxes. The city spent a considerable amount of money for the project. “We’re going to have to pay the $400,000,” Schrag said. “This housing development got dumped in our laps.”

The city now owns the lots and has been trying to find home-owners for them. Realtor Marlene Richards will list the lots for the city.

At this meeting, the council especially discussed what kind of structure can be allowed in the addition. Schrag said, “We look at each one individually.” The detailed covenant is 14 pages long. It was noted that current home-owners had been granted variances and the restrictions in item #10 about the type of structures allowed in the development caused some discussion at the meeting. City attorney Susan Robson attended the meeting and advised the council to table the current discussion in order to study the matter more closely. A special meeting date was set for June 22 to discuss the matter further.

In other business, the council:

* received a proposal from a potential home-owner for the Harvest Meadows development.

* decided to open the community room and park shelter house for rental.

* discussed a mobile home in the trailer park. Several windows are broken out.

* discussed uninhabited houses.

* discussed junk in town.

* heard that the police department had made several stops for speeding in town.

* heard from public works director Karen Dalke that she had put in a culvert and fire hydrant.

* heard that Dalke has been working with the sewer project.

* heard from Schrag about a meeting to discuss the sewer project with BG Consultants, KC Construction, USDA, Ranson Financial, Schrag, Dalke, and city clerk Jennifer Bliss.

* passed ordinance #285, which deals with funding for the sewer project.

* heard from Schrag about a pump that quit and did not restart because of a loose wire.

* heard about an impeller that was not working.

* heard that the generator is not big enough for the new pumps. The council authorized the purchase of a new generator for $36,446.25, to be paid by the sewer grant. The current generator will be moved to the water system.

* discussed work that needs to be done on the roof of the city’s shop.

* commended Dalke and Bliss for their work for the city.

* approved a request to temporarily move a fence.