The Lake Preston City Council held a special meeting on April 14 at 7 p.m. The council opened the meeting with a canvas of the votes. Kristen Longville won Ward I with 30 votes while opponent Alex Post had zero votes. Joe Schnell was re-elected to Ward II with 12 votes and Jeremy Woodcock received six votes. In Ward III, Brian Verhey reclaimed his seat with 22 votes while opponent Jim Conrad received 16 votes. The council approved the replacement of Chrissy Paul to the Library Board to replace Shelley Nelson who chose to not seek another term.
In employee and council concerns, Brian Zeeck suggested placing a septic tank at the new campground. He reported that the project would cost $2500 as the city has the rock necessary for the project. He also sought input as to where to put the Thorsnes Park sign that was repaired over the winter. It was decided that the sign would go near where it had been but outside the flower bed.
Brenda Klug reported that the city will be receiving $94,000 in COVID money. She will learn more in mid-May about how the money may and may not be spent.
Donna Bumann reported that she continues to receive notice that trucks are using Park Avenue South. The council again reiterated that those with concerns should contact law enforcement directly. It was noted that the truck route on South Main is in less-than-ideal condition with the spring thaw.
The council went into executive session to discuss personnel issues. Upon returning from executive session, the council voted to hire the following people at the corresponding rates.
Marissa Rober and Shelby Olson $13/hr
Madison Perkins $11.50/hr
Janelle Rhodes, Rhett McMasters and AJ Wienk $10/hr.
David Hopp primary with William Ranft for back-up at $11/hr
The rubble site will be open Wednesdays 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The council then adjourned.