10/25/2012 9:27:00 AM Shafer City Council discusses city website, approves
resolutions for gambling
by MATT SILVER
Shafer City Council met October 16 for a regular meeting. With Council member Matt Dunham out of town on business, the council began the meeting by hearing a statement from Mayor Kyle Johnson. Johnson told the council and audience there have been rumors as to his intention of serving as mayor. “I am committed to seeing issues out and I am committed to this city” Johnson said. The council then opened the floor for open hearing to the public. Former Mayor Heather Rosa addressed the council.
Rosa was there to inquire about some recent computer services that were done at city hall. Rosa said she was seeking reassurance that any of her and other city employee classified info was not compromised when the technician worked on the computer. Johnson told her that at no time was any employee information compromised. Johnson said the technician was reputable and a professional. Council member Jesse Keeney agreed with Johnson “No information was copied, everything is safe and secure”. City Attorney Ted Alliegro told Rosa that his firm’s social security numbers are in the data base and that he is not concerned in the least. The council then moved to consent agenda by a vote of 4-0. The council then paid the bills on a motion by council member Corey Sellman that passed 4-0.
The council then heard from Nick Anhut of Ehlers and Associates. Anhut was there to discuss Shafer’s five year Capital Improvement Plan. More specifically, the refinancing of city hall and Shafer’s outstanding debt. Anhut told the council they had two options for refinancing. The first being a crossover bond. A crossover would use escrowed money to pay new interest expenses until the call date. The second option Shafer could choose is a net cash bond. This would allow escrow to cover existing principle and interest. Savings would be immediate but less than a crossover bond over the life of the bond. Keeney asked what the annual savings would be to the city. Anhut told the council Shafer would see savings close to $13,000 per year until 2015 when it would increase to 16,000 per year. The council agreed that interest rates are at an all time low and this would be a good time to act. With that, Sellman made a motion to pass resolution 2012-10-5 which calls for a public hearing on the adoption of the CIP for November13.
The residents would have to file a petition signed by a minimum of 5 percent of eligible voters to reverse the decision. The council then heard from city clerk Lynn Jawish about two Shafer businesses who were delinquent on their taxes. Emily Jo’s (Adium Gas) and Shafer Saloon both owe back taxes to Chisago County. This was brought to the attention of the council because liquor licenses are due in December. Jawish wanted to know the wishes of the council before proceeding with any action. The council agreed to have Jawish include a letter in the license application packets that will be sent out soon. The council then was told Chisago County has offered to put a streetlight on the corner of County Road 21 and 37. The county would pay for the light and the installation, Shafer would be responsible for the power which would total around $12 per month. The council agreed it was a great gesture and passed the motion by a vote of 4-0. The council then heard from city engineer Jon Herdegen. Herdegen told the council he and Jawish were planning on attending a county meeting about county roads. Keeny asked if Herdegen could request a crosswalk on County Road 37 by the new park. Herdegen told the council he would definitely ask. The council then discussed Maintenance Supervisor Alan Anderson’s wages. Anderson’s one year anniversary will be October 24. Sellman requested a $1.88 per hour raise making it an even $24 per hour. The council agreed it was fair and passed a motion 4-0.