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October 19, 2019

9/12/2019 3:05:00 PM
Shafer Council approves sewer and water rate increase, discuss preliminary levy

Shafer City Council met September 3 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.

After consenting the agenda, the council moved to new business.  The council approved a check request by Shafer Days committee for $200 for Shafer Days Bingo and $100 for the hidden clog hunt.  

The council then discussed water and sewer rates and potential increases.  This has been discussed multiple times but the council wanted to make a decision before the official budget is set for 2020.  City engineer Lucas Jones was asked what the water tower improvement costs would be.  Jones said the price will be between $320,000 and $335,000 with an additional 10 percent for design and another 10 percent for construction monitoring.  City finance director Drew Hill told the council the cty has around $60,000 set aside for roads that could be put towards the water tower.

Jones said if the city were to crack seal the intended roads that were scheduled for next year the cost would only be $10,000 to $15,000.  

The council had three choices for rate increases,  The council then passed unanimously a motion by Council Member Brad Swenson to go with option C which was the least taxing to Shafer residents.  Option C will increase resident base bills by $1.77 per quarter for water and $3.01 per quarter for sewer.  Yearly revenue generated by option C will average $8,030.

In unfinished business, the council addressed the 2020 preliminary levy.  The council then passed a motion by Council Member Patty Mattson to approve the preliminary levy in the amount of $465,194.  The council will formally approve the levy after a December 3 Truth in Taxation hearing.  

In the engineer’s report Jones told the council he talked with Fahrner Asphalt about the different height of their project on Regal Avenue as it meets 310th, which is a county road.  Jones said Fahrner did submit its last invoice for roadwork completed over the summer.  Fahrner gave an estimate of $1155 to patch the uneven spot with infrared patching.  Jones reminded the council the work on Regal was done two years ago and couldn’t promise the work would be warrantied. Jones asked the council if they would like to withold a portion of the last payment until the patching is completed. The estimate for $1155 is for materials only.  
The council voted in favor of witholding $1505 of the $75,281.29 owed to Fahrner.  

In the maintenance report maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council he has been in contact with the city of Forest Lake to see about implimenting a RPZ  (reduced pressure zone), which s a device that prevents backups of sewer and water into homes.  Cooper reminded this was only a preliminary look but would like to see it implemented in Shafer.

Cooper then asked permission to work overtime on September 21 to install the new rink with the hockey association.  The council approved the overtime unanimously.  

Cooper told the council the roof for well house #2 was finally fixed.

The council adjourned at 7:41pm.

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