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May 22, 2018

5/11/2018 11:09:00 AM
Shafer Council says goodbye to fellow council member, purchases new furnace

Shafer City Council met May 1 for a regular meeting. All members were present. The council, after consenting the agenda, discussed the furnace in city hall.

The existing furnace is under sized for the duct work in the building causing issues with heating and cooling.  The city received five quotes, the least being Aerotek for $8,275 which includes central air. The council  voted unanimously to accept the bid.

Discussion then shifted to parking and yard ordinance violations.  Vogel told the council the city was now 30 days out and was looking for advice to direct to staff.  Ciesler told the council a few have complied and she could whittle the list down to non-compliant residents.  

Council member Tim O'Connor said he sees a lot of good improvements being made.  The council then agreed due to the latest snow storm, they would craft a letter stating residents would have their compliance deadline extended 30 days.  Vogel then added residents must make a plan with the city if they can not comply within the time constraints.  Ciesler said she has received close to 30 calls so far.

The council then discussed legal services for the city.

Ted Alliegro has stepped down. The council agreed to interview three firms Campbell Knutson, PA, Miller & Stevens, PA and Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, PA. Interview day is May 14 and council will make a decision at the next council meeting.

Council then agreed to appoint Mayor Dan Vogel and Council member Patty Mattson to the newly formed Events Committee.

The council then heard from Rey Thompson who is putting on the first ever renaissance festival in Lindstrom on May 11-13.  Thompson was there asking the city to borrow snow fencing for the event.  Mayor Vogel said the city has 800 feet and City Clerk Joan Ciesler could write an agreement to loan it.  The council unanimously approved  lending of the fence.

In the engineer's report, city engineer Lucas Jones told the council the feasibility study for the Shafer Oaks development is now in utility testing.  RE Peterson should have the results this week and the study should be finalized shortly after.  Jones then told the council they had received only one bid for resurfacing from Fahrner for $3/sq yard.  The city did get a break because Fahrner will be working in Lindstrom right before.  

In the public works department, maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council the cost to repair the red pickup truck is $618. The vehicle, which the city is planning on selling needs a new throttle body prior to selling. Cooper said he has looked up the value and thinks the city could sell the truck for around $5,000.  The council agreed to fix the truck for $618.

Lastly, Vogel told the council that council member Tim O'Connor is resigning immediately.  Vogel and the rest of the council thanked O'Connor for his time and wished him well with his new career change which included moving to northern Minnesota.

The council is looking for interested individuals to fill this seat. Citizens interested are asked to come to the May 15 meeting and express their interest to the council.

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