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July 18, 2019

6/27/2019 3:04:00 PM
Shafer Council sees ray of hope on burned home; getting new truck

Shafer City council met June 18 for a regular meeting.  Two council members, Nick Brehm and Terry Smith were absent.  

After consenting agenda, and with no new business, the council then moved to unfinished business.  The council was told by city clerk Joan Ciesler that the storage violation owned by Richard Berget has now been completely up to date and in compliance with the CUP.  City inspector Jack Kramer confirmed Berget had made all of the corrections along with the vehicles needing licensing now licensed.  
The council then received some potentially good news regarding the burned home along Reflection Avenue. The city has learned there is a potential buyer that has been in contact with the homeowner and the bank holding the mortgage and liens. The interested party intends to knock the home down and build from the foundation up.  The buyer would assume all costs associated with the demolition and rebuilding.

In the engineer's report city engineer Lucas Jones told the council the micro-surfacing in Buffalo Ridge has been rescheduled for mid-July.  Jones noted the bid packet the city sent out did not include a deadline for work to be completed.  The city did not give a deadline with the hopes of receiving a favorable bid because surfacing businesses could come to Shafer after completing other local jobs reducing mobility costs.  

Jones then told the council Heartland Homes who is the primary builder in Shafer Oaks notified him that they are putting off seeding and perimeter control until after concrete driveways are installed.  Jones said he did notice perimeter control had been done around the ponds in the development.  

In regards to the drainage issues at 30055 Redfield Blvd. and neighboring company PLC Towing,  Jones was able to walk the site with the owner. It visually appeared that in places the PLC gravel surface was installed over the topsoil and was higher than the resident’s lot in some location but not in others.  There are also low areas in the resident’s yard in that location that would have held water prior to improvements on PLC’s property. To provide some clarity to the discussion, it would be beneficial to have a topographical survey performed on the disputed south property line. The work is estimated to be $600 to perform. Mayor Hanson said she can see both sides of the issue and she feels this is something that should be resolved between the two neighbors, it’s not the city’s responsibility, unless it was work that needed a permit or they did something illegal.  Public Works Director Dan Cooper said they did not do anything that affected drainage. Cooper has been out there and the water is still flowing from one side to the other. Cooper said that there’s been water standing in both properties, in the low spots.  Council consensus was that the resident should go to the neighbor and discuss this before the city takes any action.

  In the public works report, maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council he had a quote for a new Dodge truck in the amount of $29,844.  Cooper told the council a plow attachment would add to that by $10,738.56 bringing the total to $40,582.56.  Cooper noted if the city were to deduct the insurance from the GMC truck would drop the price for the city to $19,229.92.  Cooper told the council the prices are good only until the end of June.  Treasurer Drew Hill told the council there was funding available in the equipment fund and some money in road repair fund to cover the cost of a new truck.  Council member Brad Swenson made a motion to purchase the Dodge which passed unanimously 3-0.

In the clerk's report city clerk Joan Ciesler told the council city staff was requesting a vacation day for July 5 meaning city hall would close after July 3 and re-open July 8. The council unanimously passed a vacation day for July 5.

The council then adjourned at 7:35p.m.

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