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May 20, 2019

4/26/2019 10:44:00 AM
Shafer Council approves new Saloon liquor license, discusses job openings

Shafer City Council met April 16 for a regular meeting.  All members were in attendance with city attorney James Monge absent.  The council held a public hearing to approve a license for the new owners of the Shafer Saloon. Chuck and Carina Hafner recently purchased the bar and are planning an early May opening.  No one spoke at the hearing, but former Mayor Kyle Johnson showed up later voicing his concern over late-night noise. Johnson said he was sure they would be great tenants but just wanted to let them and the council know about past issues.  

The council then consented agenda and moved to new business.  The council then recognized city maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper for his certificate of commendation for completing his wastewater treatment facility operational classes.  The certificate was sent from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Next, city clerk Joan Ciesler told the council the Human Resources Committee had recently met and had some recommendations for the positions of part time general laborer and full time worker. Ciesler noted the HR Committee recommended the hiring of a part-time general laborer and a full-time seasonal worker.  In the event if no internal applications are received, there will be a 30 day study done to judge if the part-time office assistant position is being utilized.  The council agreed with the changes.  Ciesler then told the council that office assistant Jamie Woodbeck has expressed interest in the general laborer position. The council then made a motion to hire Woodbeck for the part-time general laborer position which passed unanimously.

The council then passed a motion to approve the liquor license for the new owners of the Shafer Saloon pending paper work and insurance proof.

The council then discussed the ongoing violations for a property which belongs to Richard Berget.  The council received a letter from inspector Jack Kramer stating he spoke with Berget about the storing of unregistered vehicles and Berget had agreed to move forward on updating registration of any and all vehicles on the property.

In the engineer's report, city engineer Lucas Jones told the council that Shafer Oaks was completed and final payment will be sent soon.  Jones said he has requested the builder to clean up the roads ad they said they would soon.  Mayor Paula Hanson inquired about the removal of concrete barriers on 306th Street which bloc access to Shafer Oaks. City maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council that they could not remove the barriers until they get the new tractor the city has ordered.

In the public works report, Cooper told the council there will be work done on Rydeen ad Quandam Lane  soon.  

Cooper then told the council Minnesota Pump has inspected all of Shafer pumps and they are all in good working order.  Cooper told the council new water meters have been installed in a few places including Shafer Oaks and downtown businesses and work will continue until complete.

In the clerk’s report, Ciesler told the council water bills have been mailed out with the new format of full page instead of post cards.  Ciesler told the council the city has received multiple calls complimenting the new bill format.

 The council then adjourned at 7:15 pm.

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