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October 22, 2018

10/11/2018 2:45:00 PM
Shafer Council discusses looming large water tower fixes, reduce to one November meeting

The City of Shafer met October 2 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.  With no public hearings, the council moved to consent agenda.  

In new business, the council got an update on the US Solar subscription the city has.  Construction has begun on the garden the city subscribed to.  When construction is complete the city will realize invoices as early as November.  Bill credits should begin showing up on the city's Xcel bill as soon as January 2019.  

The council then discussed the November 6 meeting date. City clerk Joan Ciesler told the council the general election is November 6 and the meeting date needs to be changed.  Ciesler then pointed out the city needs a week of canvassing and the next available day the council could meet would be after November 16.  After a brief discussion a motion by mayor Dan Vogel to eliminate the first meeting and just hold one meeting in November passed unanimously.  

City engineer Lucas Jones told the council Shafer Oaks curb replacement and patching were completed.  Jones was asking for a payment of $119,676 to Dresel Contracting.  The council approved payment unanimously.

In the public works report, maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council the antenna contract needs to be carefully looked at.  If the city decided to repaint and fix the water tower the thought is the antennas would have to come down.  Cooper noted that in a few towns the contract states the city must provide alternate staging areas for the antennas so as to not interrupt service.  Cooper noted that a few cities had to build temporary scaffolding to house the antennas to the tune of a couple hundred thousand dollars.  City finance administrator Richard Hill told the council the antennas currently bring in around $25,000 per year.

Cooper then told the council the stump removal has been completed on Ridgewood Avenue and the owner is trying to get around two feet of top soil delivered.

Copper then showed the council a slide show from KLM on the condition of the water tower.  Cooper reminded the council KLM's bid for the improvements was $325,000.  City finance administrator Hill told the council currently the city has $360,000 in its operating  fund. Hill said it is recommended that a city keep a year's revenue supply at all times meaning Shafer would need between $180 and $200,000.  Hill said they could use up to $150,000 and could bond for anything over that for water tower maintenance. The bonding would cost city water users roughly $18 to $19 per quarter per user.  It was agreed to wait and discuss more in January.

The council then adhourned at 7:50 p.m.

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