5/30/2019 4:03:00 PM Shafer Council
approves wireless; reviews vandalism -related water bill
Shafer City Council met May 21 for a regular meeting. Council member Terry Smith was absent.
The council heard from Bob Schmidt, owner of Lakes Telcom. Schmidt was there to update the council on the issues running fiber optics from city hall to the public works department. Schmidt said there was more than one break in the 2 inch conduit underground.
To open up the ground and find the location of the breaks, the costs would escalate from $1,600 originally bid for the job to $3,700. Schmidt admitted those costs were getting out of hand and he has a more economical idea. Schmidt told the council he would like to run point to point wireless between buildings. Point to point runs at speeds of 450mb per second compared to the 100mb per second the public works department is getting. For the installation and set up of point to point the city would pay $1,982. That includes the $1,600 from the prior bid.
Council member Nick Brehm made a motion to accept the bid and install the system which passed unanimously.
The council then discussed vandalism in a home on Revere Avenue in Shafer Oaks. The home was broken into and the intruder left the kitchen faucet running which flooded the home. The resident is asking for forgiveness of their water bill. The council agreed to wait until the water bills are calculated and if the water exceeds the minimum 500 gallons which all residents usually pay, the council will look into forgiving some of the bill.
The council then passed a motion to accept maintenance worker Jamie Woodbeck's resignation effective May 30. The council then discussed hiring of a replacement worker and it was agreed to hire a seasonal worker and wait-and-see with the winter. Council member Brad Swenson said he wasn't sure if there was enough work to keep a part time worker busy in the winter.
The council agreed to advertise a part-time maintenance worker for the months of June through October.
The council then heard from Patricia Romleski who lives along Redfield Blvd. behind PLC Towing. Romleski is having flooding issues in her back yard which she attributes to PLC Towing placing extra gravel in their holding lot thus diverting water into her back yard.
City engineer Lucas Jones said he would talk with maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper and they would look into the matter more.
The council agreed to discuss the ponding issue at the June 4 meeting.
The council then got an update on the Redwing property owned by Richard Berget. Berget had a few alleged violations requiring the clean-up and licensing of stored automobiles on the property. In a letter from inspector Jack Kramer the council learned there were still a couple of unlicensed vehicles on the property. Kramer also notes in his letter compliance must be met by May 24 (three days after the council met) or the council has permission to revoke the property's conditional use permit.
The council then read a letter from city attorney James Monge referring to an abandoned burned home on Reflection Avenue. The home was slated to have a Sheriff's sale a while back and just before the sale a fire occurred on the property. The owner has refused to clean up the property and will not return phone messages left by the city.
The council was told they could pay for demolition and issue a lien on the property which the mortgage company already possesses a lien on. If the city elects to let the home to go to tax fortifier the timeline could surpass three years.
Jones then told the council due to inclement weather the micro paving of Buffalo Ridge will be pushed back until June.
In the clerk's report, city clerk Joan Ciesler told the council 17 homes were slated for water shutoff on May 27.