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7/28/2017 10:43:00 AM
Shafer City Council appoints a familiar face, discusses future of truck

Shafer City Council met July 18 for a regular meeting.  With no public hearings, the council then moved on a motion by Mayor Dan Vogel to accept Tim O’Connor as a replacement for Jeff Behnke’s recently vacated council seat. O’Connor has served on the council in the past and agreed to serve out the remaining term.  The motion was approved unanimously, O’Connor and was sworn in.

The council then moved to consent agenda by a vote of 5-0.

In new business, the council set a date of August 9 for their annual budget meeting.  

City Clerk Joan Ciesler told the council she had been attending Chisago County EDA meetings. Chisago County HRA/EDA Executive Director Nancy Hoffman will accompany Ciesler in future visits to Shafer businesses.

The council then discussed a proposal by Gary Olson and his son Luke to build an oversized Adirondak style chair much like the ones along Highway 8. The chair plan showed two American flags along with the Shafer Logo. The cost of the proposed chair is $2,000.  The council agreed to discuss the matter in the next few meetings.

The council then filled vacancies left by Behnke’s departure with O’Connor agreeing to sit on the street commission, HR committee, Highway 8 task force and assistant Mayor.

In unfinished business, city engineer Lucas Jones told the council road grading has been completed on the north end. Jones added that concrete driveways in the south area have been completed with the exception of a couple of homes that need utilities moved.  Jones told the council that casings (extensions on manholes) were being added soon so the road wear-course could be added and completed.  The two properties that need utilities moved will have to wait until September because Xcel is booked until then.

Jones told the council it looks as though the project will come in under budget. Jones said the storm sewer cost may be higher than expected but the city saved quite a bit with water and sewer costs.  

Jones then told the council in the process of constructing Regal Avenue and 304th Street, some of Shafer Contracting’s irrigation lines were damaged.  The lines had to be cut and moved due to construction. Shafer Contracting was asking the city to pay for the repairs due to the fact they didn’t receive notice of construction. The council agreed the city should pay and maintenance supervisor Tim Budig told the council he was confident he could fix the issue.

In the public works report, supervisor Budig told the council the red F-350 truck was out of the shop with a $1,500 bill.  Budig told the council it was his opinion that the city look into replacing the truck. “Since I have been here, we have put over $3,000 into this truck I feel like that money could be spent on a newer, better vehicle”, Budig said.  

In the clerk’s report, Joan Ciesler told the council the new copier was in and set up.

The council adjourned at 7:50 p.m.


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