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March 27, 2023

4/27/2018 2:18:00 PM
Shafer City Council gets news on televising sewer lines, ok's new furnace

Shafer City Council met April 17 for a regular meeting. All members were present.

After consenting the agenda, the council heard from resident Tony Schroepfer.  Schroepfer was requesting the council waive his water and sewer access charges otherwise known as WAC and SAC.  Schroepfer stated his property at 30100 Ridgewood Ave. already has sewer and water and is requesting the city to waive or reduce the fees so he can build a home on the property.  Engineer Lucas Jones confirmed there is pipe going into the property. Jones did question the condition of the pipe that has sat dormant for years.  
Jones said he would recommend the new water line be run  to the future home to assure no leakage.  City Clerk Joan Ciesler told the council the normal WAC and SAC fees are $2,200 each for new construction.  The council agreed that if the services were correctly capped in 2010 when the previous property owner burned their home down without permits, then the fees should be reduced.  Mayor Dan Vogel then made a motion to reduce the fees to $500 for both with the exception that the water and sewer lines pass inspection.  The motion passed 5-0.

City clerk Ciesler then told the council the owners of Emily Jo's will remain the owners but they have changed the corporate name.  Thus the council would need to approve the transfer of the liquor license to reflect the new corporate name - Karmon Incorporated.  A motion by Vogel passed 5-0.

 The council then unanimously approved a Shafer Township road maintenance contract. The contract is an annual contract between the city of Shafer and Shafer Township that involves maintenance of shared roads.  

In the engineer's report, Jones told the council that Pipe Services was able to work last week and jetted and televised the lines. Jones noted that there were a few spots where there was standing water in the pipes that will need to be addressed when it is warmer.  Jones said other than those few spots everything looked clean.  The televising did find a plug in the storm sewer behind the city hall building.  The last time there was work done in that area, the plug was inadvertently left behind.  Pipe Services tried to dislodge the plug but were not successful.  Jones said they will evaluate it more when the televising footage is delivered to the city.
Jones said the stormwater facility evaluation was complete in regards to sizing and new development in the Shafer Oaks neighborhood.  Jones said the ponds were sized correctly and there wasn't much sediment in the pipes.  Jones said he has been keeping in contact with RE Peterson to complete the utility testing and manhole inspections.
In the public works committee report, Jones told the council the wellhead protection plan update needs to be submitted and Mark Lundgren from MSA came to the city and assisted with the update which is good for 10 years.  Jones told the council the water supply plan is due in October. The city will be responsible for 80 percent of the plan with MSA filling in the rest.
In the public works report, director Dan Cooper told the council the new truck is delivered and just needs one minor adjustment to the fill nozzle.  Cooper told the council he has passed the wastewater test and now has his class D operator license.  
Cooper then told the council the city staff has discussed replacing the stop sign at 303rd Street and Regal Avenue.  Cooper said that no one stops at the sign, and it could be replaced with a yield sign.  The council then passed a motion to replace the sign with a yield sign.  

In the clerk's report, Ciesler told the council the furnace at city hall went out on April 6.  Ciesler said Johnson Bro’s. who installed the furnace came out to check and found the ducting to be undersized thus causing the furnace to overheat and shut down.  Johnson Bros. recommended replacing the furnace to the tune of $5,880.

Ciesler told the council the city has received a bid for the old mower for $100.  Mayor Vogel made a motion to sell the mower to the bidder.

The council adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

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