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January 25, 2020

11/29/2019 3:48:00 PM
Shafer City Council agrees on utility mower purchase, discusses solar lights

Shafer City Council met November 19 for a regular meeting. All were present with the exception of city attorney James Monge.

In new business, the council passed a motion to accept liquor license renewals for the following businesses: Brothers Country Market (off sale), Emily Jo's (off sale), Eichtens Market & Grill (on sale, off sale), Ole's Crossroads (on sale off sale), Shafer Saloon Bar & Grill (on sale) and Shafer Event Center (Old Creamery) (on sale). Licenses will be approved once businesses return the appropriate paperwork.

The council then passed a motion to renew the contract of city auditor Oberloh & Oberloh with costs not to exceed $9,950.

In the public works report, public works director Dan Cooper told the council he had quotes for new solar lights for the city. Cooper told the council the city was already using one at a park pavilion on a temporary basis from the solar manufacturer and would like to purchase two more for the Welcome to Shafer sign on westbound Highway 8.  Cooper told the council he would like to put two 5,000 lumen lights at the city sign with the pavilion light remaining, which is 8,000 lumens.  After much discussion about warranties and brightness, the council agreed they would like to see if Cooper could order one more 8,000 lumen light and see if that could light the city sign.  The park board had already approved the light at the pavilion and has money in their funds so the city would only be purchasing one light out of the general fund for $1,065.  Cooper felt confident he could make one light work for the city sign and the council passed a motion to purchase two solar lights.

Cooper then told the council he would like to purchase a Grasshopper front mower to replace the city's John Deere mower.  Cooper said the mower would come with a cab, a heater, mowing deck, V plow, snowblower and straight blade.  Total cost of the Grasshopper is $28,943 which would leave just over $12,000 in the city's equipment fund for next year.  

The council passed a motion for the purchase of the Grasshopper not to exceed $29,000 unanimously.  

In the clerk's report Joan Ciesler told the council as of meeting time there were 17 scheduled water shut-offs to take place that week.  Ciesler said she anticipated half would make their payment overnight leaving around eight or nine to be shut off.  Asked if this affected the stay warm effort the state imposed Ciesler said that was only for heat, not water.

The council adjourned at 7:29 p.m.

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