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June 19, 2018

5/24/2018 3:55:00 PM
Shafer Oaks feasibility study complete, microsurfacing ok'd

The Shafer City Council met May 15 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.  In the open hearing to the public Tamara Hessler, who resides in Shafer, told the council she had interest in the vacant council spot formerly held by Tim O'Connor.  Hessler expressed her love for Shafer and told the council she would love to help the city grow and prosper.

In new business, Mayor Dan Vogel notified the council that Miller Stevens has rescinded its quote for city attorney.  Vogel told the council he would like to see Campbell Knutson chosen because of the great things he has heard about them.  Vogel’s sentiments were echoed by council member Patty Mattson and Teri Smith.  The council then voted unanimously to appoint Campbell Knutson as law firm.

The council then discussed outdoor events to be held at Ole's Crossroads Bar and the Shafer Saloon.  Both establishments must fulfill three stipulations including notifying residents 300 feet or closer to the business in writing, providing outdoor restrooms for the event(s), and contracting local law enforcement for security.  Vogel told the council he would like to see the addition of notifying City Hall two weeks prior to the event.  The council agreed to the stipulations.

The city discussed the petition by James Foshay whose property is 16748 Lake Blvd.  Foshay owns five acres and currently Jim's Tranny Shop has a business on the property.  Foshay was asking to be annexed into the city because he would like to split the property in two and sell the other half.  The property is currently in the township which prohibits the splitting of property that size.  The council agreed to not proceed any further until the new attorney has a chance to examine the request.

The council then heard from Michael Novitzki of KLM Engineering.  Novitzki gave an overview of KLM which specializes in water tower inspections and cleanings.  Novitzki thanked the council for the opportunity to work on their tower and assured them KLM and city engineers MSA have a wonderful working relationship.  The council thanked Novitzki for coming.
 
In unfinished business city engineer Lucas Jones told the council the feasibility study for Shafer Oaks development has been completed.  Jones said all the work has been done, and reports are submitted.  Jones said the water system passed testing with no leaks or bacteria problems.

Jones asked the council permission to pay Pipe Services for their testing and televising of the future project in the amount of $4125.55 which passed unanimously.

Jones then told the council that while the city only received one bid for microsurfacing streets in Buffalo Ridge, he did check with bids that Lindstrom received from Fahrner Asphalt.  Jones said the bid was right in line with Lindstrom's rate of $3 a square yard.  Fahrner's bid for Shafer is $62,819.  The bid includes microsurfacing of Regal Ave, 308th Street, 305th Lane, Redding Avenue, 306th Street and a portion of Redding.

Jones then told the council the Chisago Lakes School District was inquiring about adding an antenna on top of the Shafer water tower.  Jones said there are currently six antennas on the tower with the capability of 12.  Jones told the city the antennas are a good source of added income but did note the difference between the top rent paid $1,350 and the lowest $250.  Jones told the city the school was just putting feelers out and nothing was set in concrete.

In the public works report, maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council the plow truck was officially for sale.  The truck will be up for bid with the minimum starting at $5,000.   Cooper then told the council the city tractor was still in the shop and is really needed at the compost site which opened last week.  Cooper reported the entire city was completely swept and he would like to have the company back in the fall.  The total cost of sweeping the city was around $1,000.  

In the clerk’s report, city clerk Joan Ciesler told the council the new furnace and AC has been installed and is working great.  Cielser then told the council water shut-offs for non-payment were scheduled for May 15. Cielser said there were 10 slated to be shut off, but noted probably five would be in and pay before the 10 am deadline.  Ciesler told the council there have been 10 new parking/storage violations and the city would be sending out letters.

 The council adjourned at 8:11pm.





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