11/22/2012 Shafer City Council
approves bond sale, discusses water shut off to 28 homes
by MATT SILVER
Shafer City Council met November 13 for a regular meeting. With all members of the council present, the meeting began with a public hearing. Nick Anhut, who represents Ehlers spoke to the council about refinancing. Anhut earlier presented the council with a refinancing plan that would restructure the city’s five year CIP (capital improvement plan). Anhut (as reported earlier) told the council of the savings the city would see and reminded them the loan life will shorten by at least three years. Anhut was looking for a resolution to proceed, bids would go to banks on December 18 and the loan would close in mid-January.
The council made a motion to approve Ehlers offering of the sale of bonds by a vote of 5-0. The council then briefly heard from Jim Stein of Stein Insurance. Stein was there to let the council know the policy renews soon and does include city buildings. Next, the council moved to consent agenda which passed by a vote of 5-0. In new business, Councilmember Jesse Keeney made a motion to pay the bills which passed 5-0. Next, the council heard from a citizen who resides on Regal Avenue in the Buffalo Ridge development. The citizen was there asking for permission to house 10 hens. The council asked what the hickens would be housed in and if there were going to be any roosters. They were told that there is already a coop with a privacy fence surrounding it and there would be no roosters. The council then made a motion to approve the permit which passed 5-0.
The council then unanimously passed a resolution accepting donations for Shafer Days from: Jesse Keeney $17, Pam Richards $20, Charles Epps $40, Central Bank $250, Lakes Manufacturing $250 and sales from buttons, smash a car and Bingo in the ammount of $491. The council next was given a list of 28 residents whose water was scheduled to be shut off the following morning. City Clerk Lynn Jawish was seeking approval to proceed with shut-offs. Of the 28 homes, two have been foreclosed on and sit empty. Council member Keeney told the council he would not be in favor of shutting off, rather try to work out a payment plan with those residents. Council member Matt Dunham said he didn’t want to set a precedent and thinks the city should hold to its rules. Council member Corey Sellman agreed with Dunham. Jawish told the council, out of the 28 homes, there would probably be around five that woud remain unpaid at 10 a.m. the following day. Dunham then made a motion to proceed with the shut-offs as scheduled, which passed 4-1 with Keeney voting no. Next, the council was given a letter by local Brownie Troop 55205. The letter explained how they regularly meet in the small park in Buffalo Ridge, and how they have noticed there are a few dog owners who refuse to pick up after their dogs.
The troop was asking for a sign or a note in the town newsletter reminding owners to clean up after their animals. The council thought it was a great idea and agreed to put the message in the Shafer newsletter. The council then touched on the election results which were Keeney 256 votes, Sellman 245 votes and Gunnar Crabtree 145 votes. The council congratulated the winners and thanked Crabtree for running and also coming to all of the council meetings. The council was then told there are a few residents that have inquired about purchasing old street signs that are being replaced around Shafer. The council discussed selling the signs and or having a silent auction.
The council eventually agreed to hold a silent auction at the next Shafer Days because that would mean more people could view and bid on the signs. The council then unanimously passed a bonds post-insurance compliance procedure. The procedure is a formality that is used by other cities and Ehlers. In the engineers report, city engineer Jon Herdegen told the council final payment for the casing extension comes to $11,928.25. Herdegen then told the council he attended the Chisago County Transportation Advisory Committee meeting for roads. Herdegen told the council he brought up the dangerous intersection of County Road 21 and 37. Red flashing lights have been installed. The committee agreed to look into the intersection more. The council then was reminded the December 4 meeting will be preceeded by a Truth in Taxation hearing. In open forum, the council thanked John Mattson for his bobcat work around the two new Welcome to Shafer signs. Mattson helped spread black dirt.