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April 24, 2019

4/11/2019 4:07:00 PM
Shafer City Council sells plow truck, looks to sell meters and hydrants, set public hearing for Saloon

Shafer City Council met April 2 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.  With no public hearings scheduled the council quickly moved to consent agenda.

In new business, the council then opened two sealed bids for the 2006 GMC plow truck. The city has got a new truck and decided to sell the older truck.  The city set the beginning bid at $10,000 and only received two bids.  The first bid opened was from Jesse Anderson in the amount of $10,251. The second bid was from Joe Fastbender for the amount of $10,317 making him the winning bid.  

  Fastbender then addressed the council. He was there to ask them to discard his bid.  Fastbender didn't state a reason, only that he no longer was interested in the vehicle.  "In other auctions, you are not allowed to retract your bids" council member Nick Brehm told the council.
  Council member Brad Swenson then made a motion to accept the bid for Jesse Anderson in the amount of $10,251 which passed unanimously.

In the Human Resources committee report, the council then discussed a raise requested by Maintenance Supervisor Dan Cooper.  Cooper was asking for a $2 an hour raise.  Mayor Paula Hanson told the council the HR Committee reccomended the raise because Cooper has achieved all of the licensure asked of him.  Council member Brad Swenson said he would like to see other cities’ wages to see if Cooper is in line with pay scales of other supervisors.  Hanson told Swenson his salary was in line with other cities they looked into such as Gilbert, Minnesota.

The council then passed a motion to approve Cooper's pay raise of $2 per hour with Council members Brad Swenson and Nick Brehm voting no.

Matt Machtan then spoke to the council on behalf of LARF - Lakes Area Renaisance Fair. LARF had their first ever fair at Lions Park in Lindstrom last summer and is looking to hold another this year.  Machtan thanked the council for allowing the fair to use the city’s snow fence and hoped they could use it again.  Machtan said the turnout and the interest has really grown in anticipation of this year’s fair.  The council agreed to let LARF use the fence again this year.

In unfinished business, City Clerk Joan Ciesler told the council city inspector Jack Kramer met with Richard Berget and fire chief Ed Kubicki for fire inspections.  Kramer told Ciesler he discussed possible violations on Berget’s storage property along Red Wing Avenue and Berget told Kramer he would rectify all the violations in the near future.

  In the public works report, maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper thanked the council for his raise.  He then informed the council the tractor the city ordered will not be delivered until June.  

  Cooper told the council SciCom is almost done setting up the new water tower software.

  Cooper told the council he would like to sell the old Badger water meters and and a couple of fire hydrants.  The council passed a motion to allow the sale.

Ciesler, in the clerk’s report, told the council there will be a public hearing at the April 16 meeting for the new owners of the Shafer Saloon. They are applying for a liquor license.

The council adjourned at 7:44 pm.

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