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February 22, 2020

1/16/2020 4:12:00 PM
Shafer City Council appoints committees, discusses road conditions

Shafer City Council met January 7 for their first meeting of the year. All members were present with the exception of attorney James Monge.

After consenting agenda, the council moved to appointment of offices.  They are as follows:

Mayor Paula Hanson will assume Parks Committee, Planning Commission, Public Works committee, Finance Committee, HR Committee, Weed Inspector, Joint Powers Fire Department, Civil Defense Coordinator, and County Resource Group.

Council member Nick Brehm will assume Assistant Mayor, street commissioner, and ordinance committee.

Council member Patty Mattson will assume Parks Committee, Events Committee, EDA, Cable Commission, Finance Committee, and HR Committee.

Council member Brad Swenson will assume Street Commissioner, Public Works Committee, Wellhead Protection Team, and EDA.

Council member Terry Smith will assume Events Committee, Planning Commission, Highway 8 Task Force Joint Powers Library, and Joint Powers Fire Department.

Shafer will keep Jack Kramer as inspector and code enforcement.  

In other new business, Jack Kramer asked the council for permission to continue as the city's code enforcement officer. For the last year the city used Kramer on a trial basis.  City clerk Joan Ciesler told the council that violations decreased by 12 in the second half of the year.  The city did not collect any fines, due to the fact it was a trial period.  Mayor Hanson told the council the council did budget $5,000 for the position in 2020.  The council approved hiring Kramer on officially as code enforcement unanimously.

In unfinished business, maintenance department supervisor Dan Cooper was on hand to discuss plowing conditions in Shafer.  Cooper told the council maintenance worker Andre Meyers was close to getting his class CDL license and that would allow him to plow with the large plow.  Cooper also told the council they were only salting intersections at this point.  Council member Nick Brehm asked Cooper what happened to plowing curb to curb.  Brehm said the piles of snow are now three feet onto the road, thus shrinking the width of the roads and increasing the threat of accidents.  "Every tine it snows the piles are getting bigger and bigger and the streets are getting smaller and smaller" Brehm said.  Cooper responded and said he would get out there this week and make sure the streets are plowed curb to curb. Cooper said he thought around 90 percent of Shafer was plowed curb to curb.

Three residents were present to also comment on the snowy and icy road conditions.  Julie Bergloff who lives along Redding avenue asked Cooper why the maintenance department cleaned city hall's parking lot prior to the fire departments. Cooper said he cleaned the fire department first and bot parties disagreed.  

Council member Brehm said he would like to see more salt put down in Buffalo Ridge.  Cooper told the council they had ordered 20 ton of salt in the fall.  Brehm then made a motion to purchase an additional 10 ton of salt with the money coming from the general fund.  Price for 10 ton of salt will run close to $1,000.  The motion passed unanimously.

The council adjourned at 7:28 pm.

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