3/16/2018 2:11:00 PM Shafer City Council moves forward with Paxmar development agreement
Shafer City Council met March 6 for a regular meeting. Council member Brad Swenson was absent.
The council opened the meeting with a public hearing on a liquor license application for the new owners of Eichtens Market and Grill. Nick Pratt introduced himself to the council and told the council he is married to a third generation Eichten (Michelle) and they are excited to keep the tradition going. The council told Pratt they were excited and welcomed him to Shafer.
Council member Tim O’Connor then made a motion to approve the liquor license for Eichten’s Market and Grill with the stipulation all paperwork is submitted and a background check. The motion passed 4-0.
With a light agenda, the council then moved to old business and the engineer’s report. City engineer Lucas Jones told the council that Paxmar (contractor interested in developing Shafer Oaks) has asked for the right to terminate the Shafer Oaks building agreement if the feasibility study comes back with too many repairs required to the existing improvements. City attorney Ted Alliegro told the council there would be two agreements signed and the first agreement would cover the costs of the feasibilty study. Paxmar would be required to funs the first agreement. The second agreeent wouldn’t need to be signed until after the feasibility study was completed.
Jones then handed out an outline for the feasibilty study broken into four stages. Phase one includes soliciting work from contractors for utlity televising, cleaning and testing. Estimated cost for phase one is $2,200.
Phase two involves inspecting conditions of existing utilities and stormwater facilities. Cost of phase two is $3,600.
Phase three incudes evaluating capacity of stormwater facilities and utility testing results (making sure the holding ponds can handle a new development). Cost of phase three is $5,900.
Phase four involves compiling the feasibility study including cost estimates and recommendations. Cost of phase four is $4,600.
Council member Patty Mattson then made a motion to authorize an escrow deposit agreement and a developer agreement with Paxmar per staff (attorney) recommendations on the feasibilty study. The motion passed 4-0.
Jones then briefly discussed the 2018 road improvement plan. Jones said this is the time to start talking with contractors to get bids for phase two of road improvements. Phase two includes Buffalo Ridge. Jones said it may be best to wait until the snow is gone and the frost is out. Jones said he would like to include city hall’s parking lot into the bid quotes to get a favorable price.
In the public works report, maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council he received a quote to fix the extra generator the city is not using in the amount of $3,300. The quote does not include a lock-out switch.
Cooper then notified the council the ice rink is formally closed for the season as well as the warming house is locked.
City Clerk Joan Ciesler told the council the county HRA EDA had a housing study completed recently and everyone is invited to the presentation on March 13.