City looks for new finance officer

Gundvaldson to retire November 1

City Finance Officer Karen Gundvaldson is retiring after four years in the lead finance position.
She plans on taking another job Nov. 1.
Gundvaldson has been with the city 16 years and prior to that worked 25 years at a local bank.
The new job will be fewer hours and will allow her to be part of a team. “I’m part of a much larger team because it’s part of a large business,” she said. She didn’t want to name the business, which is in Sioux Falls.
She will continue to help as needed at the city during the transition to a new employee.
Gundvaldson, 62, said she will miss the people associated with her job. “I’m going to miss the people I work with,” she said. “I’m going to miss it, I am.”
The city job has taught her about working in government. “It’s been a challenge and a real learning experience.”
The city is looking for her replacement.
In other business,
•Flandreau residents will get the last of three increases to water and sewer rates beginning with the November bill.
The rates have had a surcharge attached for what will be three years to cover the cost of debt service. They city passed that on to customers rather than pay for it out of city money, said Gundvaldson.
“The whole cost will be borne by the customers,” she said.
Both water and sewer rates were given 50 percent of the surcharge the first year, 75 percent the second year and the total amount the third year.
For water, the surcharge was $1.70 per 1,000 gallons of water. For sewer, the rate was $3.50 for the surcharge for 1,000 gallons.
•The city council approved the hiring of part-time police officers if needed at $20 an hour. One of the city’s officers has been deployed, and another is expected to resign, which would leave the department with four officers. Some part-time hours may be nee