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August 23, 2019

8/8/2019 4:28:00 PM
Shafer Council gets good news on burned out vacant home, tractor woes continue

Shafer City Council met for a regular meeting Monday August 5.  All members were present except Terry Smith and attorney James Monge.

With no hearings planned, the council moved to new business with the passing of a resolution accepting a donation from Ole's Crossroads for $150 to be used for National Night Out.  The resolution passed unanimously.

In unfinished business, the council passed a motion by Councilmember Brad Swenson to accept a bid from Inter-County Co-op Publishing for sign panels for city signs.  The bid for new panels was $1905 with the public works personnel building frames for the panels.  

The council then was told the tentative closing for the Graslee property was set for August 8.  The property had a fire and has sat vacant since. The owner refused to cooperate with the city but has agreed to sell to a private buyer.

In the engineer's report, city engineer Lucas Jones told the council the DNR had completed its review of the water supply plan and there were a couple of discrepancies. One was the amount of water pumped now is less than 2010.  The next issue was the backup water supply. The city has no backup generator to access additional sources of water.  No action was taken.

  In the public works report, maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council they have yet to receive the new bucket ordered for the city's new tractor.  Cooper said Baribeau would look into it.  Cooper told the council he would advise Baribeau the council was not happy and is considering sending the tractor back since it's worthless without a bucket.

Cooper told the council signage such as stop signs etc are complete in Shafer Oaks.

Cooper said Fahrner had completed the Buffalo Ridge street resurfacing project. Cooper has received a few complaints about the appearance of the micro-surfacing product.  The complaints were mostly that the new surface didn't match the other roads which had been resurfaced recently. Cooper told the council the truck that did the other roads was inoperable and the truck Fahrner used this time creates a different looking finished product.

Cooper then told the council he would like to attend training for backhoe certification. By attending and getting certified, Cooper could save the city from hiring a backhoe company to do any digging in the city.  There is a 15 day course in Wisconsin that costs $7,195 per person or there is another that costs $20,000 for a 64 credit course at Central Lakes College.  Cooper noted other costs would be factored in such as mileage, meals and hotel. Cooper estimated final cost being around $9,725.  

The council agreed to have Cooper look into TriState for training.

Cooper then advising the council before they make budget decisions for 2020 requested a few items.  Cooper then told the council he would like to purchase a tractor broom with a gutter brush and snowblower attachment.  A broom would cost $5391, a snowblower would be an additional $5,910.  Cooper said the more important piece would be the snowblower at this point.

Cooper also would like to purchase a Tool Cat.  Cooper told the council the city could sell the Ranger for around $10,000 and the John Deere tractor for at least $6,000 thus reducing the cost of a Tool Cat from $55,756 to $39,756.

Next, city clerk Joan Ciesler told the council she mailed 67 letters out for delinquent water and sewer accounts.
The council adjourned at 7:39 p.m.

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