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Wykoff citizen questions city council ethics


Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council met on Tuesday, July 8 with a full audience in attendance. With standing room only, the council wasted no time approving a new council member to fill the seat left open when Protem Mayor Jeremy Comstock was put into office at a special meeting held on June 18, 2014. There were four applications turned in to fill the vacant council seat: Tim Grabau, Brody Mensink, Gerald Jacobsen and Tim Zwart. Council members reviewed the applications and noted two applicants were previous council members. Councilman Vreeman made a motion to appoint Tim Grabau and it was noted within the council Grabau had served a term prior at the start of the sewer plant discussions. Protem Mayor Jeremy Comstock asked for a second on three occasions and one was not given so the motion was ceased. Councilman Mitch Grabau made a motion to appoint Gerald Jacobsen to the vacant seat, citing Jacobson had ran for the appointment in the previous election and wanted it then. Councilman Vreeman seconded the motion, it passed 2-1 with Councilwoman Larson opposing. Gerald Jacobson was present and called to the council table where he recited an oath and signed paperwork and then took his new seat.

Mayor Comstock asked Councilman Vreeman to be the Mayor Protem until the end of his term. Councilman Vreeman accepted.

Fire Chief, Wade Baker, addressed the council with a concern from resident Roxanne Sabatke, who was in attendance. The Wykoff Fire Department has a controlled burn scheduled for August 2, 2014, in a residential area. Baker explained Sabatke had provided a letter stating concern for health and safety. The burn has been cleared by the proper authorities; the property had been inspected and there was no asbestos hazard. Roxanne Sabatke provided a letter from her physician to the council and while stating she understood the importance of training opportunities, she felt they should not be done in residential areas and made the council aware she was against it. She further stated the council had been ‘put on notice’ if the burn goes forward and there were any health related problems because of it she would not be the one paying for bills or damages.

Fire Chief Baker further explained the process of a controlled burn, citing the burn would be complete with no smoldering left that would cause lingering smoke or fumes of any kind. Baker gave an in depth description of the process based on his previous experiences, which by his .....
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Wykoff Council shocks mayor

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

The June 9 Wykoff City Council meeting started seemingly ordinary and ended with a bang. There were some simple matters discussed, such as approval for the fire department to purchase $500 in candy for summer parades, approval for the Wykoff summer ..... 
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Wykoff City Council addresses broken warning siren

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

It was determined the warning or tornado siren on South Street in Wykoff was not operational at May’s Wykoff City Council meeting. The city’s contracted electrician inspected the wiring to the pole that hosts the siren and everything was in work ..... 
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Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department settles new contract with Wykoff

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Government

An updated contract with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department was approved at the December 9 Wykoff City Council meeting. The previous contract had been in effect for over 20 years and needed language updates and a liability clause to comply w ..... 
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City of Wykoff to ‘reacquire’ tennis court from Kingsland Middle School

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Government

In 1964, a piece of property was deeded to the then Wykoff School from the City of Wykoff. Today, that piece of property is known as the Kingsland Middle School tennis court. The parcel of land sits between the fire station and a residential home, ..... 
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More bumps for Wykoff’s proposed treatment center

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Government

When WHKS, the firm hired by the City of Wykoff, first proposed the costs to a new waste treatment center, the plans came in around $1.6 million. After a failed bid process that came in well over the proposed amount, WHKS has gone back to the drawi ..... 
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Wykoff waste treatment project suffers major setback

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Government

A representative for WHKS addressed the Wykoff City Council at their meeting on Monday, September 9. The City of Wykoff recently conducted a bidding process for their new waste treatment center and received only two bids. WHKS was hired by the city ..... 
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Tim Penny reaches out to Wykoff City Council

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Government

By Jackie Horsman Tim Penny addressed the Wykoff City Council at their September 9 meeting to educate them about the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. The foundation has existed for 25 years and Penny has been the president for the past six ..... 
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Sheriff Jensen visits Wykoff to propose new agreement

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council heard from Sheriff Jensen at their August 12 meeting. The Sheriff addressed the council with a need for a new Law Enforcement Agreement that would be updated and contain the proper civil liability language. The current contra ..... 
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