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7/14/2017 10:34:00 AM
Shafer City Council accepts resignation of council member, joining solar program

Shafer City council met July 3 for a regular meeting.  All members were present with the exception of councilmember Jeff Behnke.  The council quickly moved to consent agenda unanimously.  

In new business, the council agreed to move the August 1 meeting to Wednesday, August 2 because National Night Out falls on the first.  
City clerk Joan Ciesler then told the council the copier at city hall is over nine years old and has required eight service calls in the last year.  Ciesler said a proposed lease would cost less than the city is paying for the existing copier.  Mayor Dan Vogel made a motion to accept the new lease with Ricoh for 60 months.  The motion passed unanimously.

Next the council voted unanimously to accept the resignation of councilmember Jeff Behnke.

With Behnke stepping down, that left vacancies to fill with various committees Behnke served on.  Mayor Vogel accepted the positions of Planning commission, Ordinance Committee, Streets Committee and HR Committee.  Councilmember Brad Swenson accepted the positions on EDA and Public Works committees.

In unfinished business, Peter Schmitt from US Solar returned with a Sunscription contract.  This contract was originally pitched to the council but they wanted to see the billing change to 30 days.  The contract was ammended and the council approved in favor of 4-0.

In the engineer’s report, Lucas Jones gave an update on the street project along with a few change orders. A hydrant needed to be extended as well as more textile fabric needed in the north area.  Jones said he would like to see draintile installed along Ridgewood Avenue.  Mayor Vogel made a motion to approve the change orders. The motion passed as well as a motion for a second payment towards the road project.  

In the public works report, maintenance supervisor Tim Budig said the city’s red truck is still in the shop.  Budig then told the council he would like approval for $140 to attend a saftey training class on September 13, 2017.  The council approved the cost unanimously.

The council adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

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