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October 16, 2018

1/12/2018 2:54:00 PM
Shafer Council passes ordinances changes

Shafer City Council met January 2 for a regular meeting. No public hearings were scheduled so the council quickly moved to consent agenda which passed 5-0.

In new business, the council appointed offices and committees held by council members.  Tim O’Connor will serve as assistant mayor. Parks Committee will consist of Mayor Dan Vogel and Patty Mattson.  Vogel and Mattson will also sit on the newly formed Events Committee.  Council members on the Planning Commission will be O’Connor and Terry Smith.  Brad Swenson and Mattson will sit on the EDA committee.  Swenson and O’Connor will make up the Street Commissioner committee.  Public Works committee will be Vogel and Swenson.  Finance Committee will be O’Connor, Smith and City Finance Director Richard Hill.   HR Committee will be Mattson, O’Connor and City Clerk Joan Ciesler.  Smith and Mattson will reside on the Ordinance Committee.  Mattson and Smith will serve on the Highway 8 Task Force.  MSA Professional Services will be used again this year as engineers.  Midwest 1 Bank and Lake Area will serve as depositories.  

The council then rescheduled the Feb. 6 council meeting for Feb. 5.  February 6 is precinct caucus night in the county.

Residents Brandon Muscovitz and Brianne Scannell then asked the council to grant a kennel license before the ordinance is changed.  They told the council they have contacted  all of the residents surrounding the property and got all but two signatures. Those residents told the couple they would send their approval via email to the city.  

Another resident did email the city stating they would not consent the kennel.  

Mayor Vogel told the applicants the ordinance reads that 100 percent of residents must sign a petition giving consent and since there was one opposed, the city could not grant permission for extra dogs.

In unfinished business, the council passed five ordinances that have had public hearings.  The first being an ordinance amending kennels municipal regulations and licensing.  Next the council approved an ordinance amending the sewer and water ordinance wording.  The council approved a three percent lodging tax.  The council then approved amended exterior storage standards thus allowing the storage of one boat or trailer per driveway.  Finally, the council passed some verbiage in the traffic and motor vehicles definitions. This ordinance defines a driveway and where a motor vehicle can be parked on the property.

In the public works report, Public Works employee Dan Cooper told the council the warming house has been insulated and the hockey association has been flooding the rink.  Cooper told the council he had received a complaint of excessive chlorine in a resident’s drinking water.  Cooper found that well three was over feeding and the issue was rectified. Cooper told the council it was safe to drink the water.    

Cooper told the council that Above All Tree has agreed to replace the burnt out lights at the hockey rink, but is waiting for the deep freeze to be over.  

In the Clerk’s report, clerk Joan Ciesler told the council one person has applied for the maintenence supervisor position.  The deadline is January 18.

The council adjourned at 8:18 p.m.

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