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October 21, 2017

9/14/2017 2:48:00 PM
Shafer Council lowers proposed levy; may agree to rectify parking-on-lawns complaint

Shafer City Council met September 5 for a regular meeting.  All members were present, with City Attorney Ted Alliegro absent.

The council opened the floor for public hearing and James Edell who resides in Buffalo Ridge was speaking about a neighbor's home. Edell told the council the home is in disrepair, with long grass. Edell told the council there is "junk everywhere" and the children who live there have to play in his yard.  Edell presented a petition from neighbors to try to get the property cleaned up. Edell is worried that the property will devalue surounding properties such as his who would like to sell someday.  The council agreed to have maintenance supervisor Tim Budig visit the property and take photos before acting.

After quickly consenting agenda, the council discussed the contract with Chisago County Sheriff's Department. Shafer hires the Sheriff Department for patrolling of city streets.  City finance director Richard Hill told the council the new contract has gone up significantly. Hill said the two year increae would work out to roughly $9,248.00 more than the last contract. The new contract proposal is $57.85 per man hour for patrolling.  The council agreed to ask Sheriff Duncan to come explain the increase.

The council then discussed a city code that addresses residents parking on lawns.  City clerk Joan Ciesler told the council there is nothing in the code that stops residents from doing so.  The council agreed to have the ordinance committee draw up a revision and bring back to council for approval.

In unfinished business, Mayor Dan Vogel told the council Scott Van Ruden has offered to serve on both the planning and the EDA committees both of which have openings.

In the 2018 budget discussions, Hill asked the council what they would like to do. Councilman Tim O'Connor asked about the replacement of a plow truck that has been discussed in the past. Maintenance supervisor Tim Budig told the council the estiimate for a new replacement truck would run around $51,500 with the city being able to sell the old truck for around $6,700.  That would leave a balance of $45,000 the city would have to find a way to pay.  Hill told the council there is $41,000 in the budget already set aside that could be transferred to the maintenance fund.  Councilman Brad Swenson told the council he would like to see the city tough it out one more season with the current truck.  The council agreed to have Budig seek another quote in hopes of lowring the cost of a replacement truck.

Hill then told the council they have wittled the proposed Levy hike down from 11.2 percent to 7.96 percent.  As it stands now, the proposed levy would be $399,455.  

In the engineer's report Lucas Jones told the council he would like them to pass another payment on the street project. The council agreed to pay $16,032 which would bring total payments to 80 percent of the job.  Jones then told the council they were putting the final layer on the roads and still needed to stripe and complete the punchlist.

Councilmember Terry Smith then told the council that two of the three speed signs on pedastals have been stolen.  The value of the signs are $250 each.  While they discuss replacement, they are asking the public to keep an eye out and notify the city if they are spotted.

The council adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

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