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June 5, 2020

5/15/2020 10:30:00 AM
Shafer Council uses dividers, masks

Shafer City Council met May 5 for a regular meeting. All members were present with attorney James Monge absent.  The city constructed plexiglass dividers between council members for virus protection.

The council discussed and voted in favor of bringing part-time maintenance worker Chris Lind back again this season.  They also voted to increase his pay to $14 per hour.  Council member Nick Brehm made a motion to hire Lind beginning June 1 for 67 days with the pay mentioned. The motion passed unanimously.

The parks and rec and the events committee agreed to hold at least one live meeting (May 27).

The council then decided unanimously not to hold their public garage sale this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  

The council then agreed to  proceed with code enforcement immediately.  The motion passed unanimously.

While the council discussed the opening of city parks, council member Brehm told the council about Lakefield Minnesota and how the council in that town decided to open businesses. The businesses would still follow the CDC protocol for safety but being open was solely up to the business owners.  Brehm expressed his worry for Shafer businesses and expressed his concern if they are forced to stay closed much longer.  It was agreed Shafer businesses would be polled prior to acting upon anything. Council member Brad Swenson voiced his concerns about Shafer being painted in a bad  light publicly if they choose to open up.  Brehm agreed to keep the council updated on the Lakefield situation.

In the engineer's report city engineer Lucas Jones told the council the application for funding the water tower job was sent to PPL (project priority list from the Public Facilities Autority) for screening.  Shafer applied for assistance with the water tower project including generators for lift stations.  Jones told the council the group from PFA struck the generator from the application because it was beyond the water tower project.  The removal of the generator dropped the project application from $131,000 to $79,000. Jones said he hopes to hear back by end of May.

  The council then discussed road coating for the summer season.  Jones asked the council if he should get quotes for resurfacing the roads that were scheduled last year.  The council agreed they would like to see the final bid numbers before proceeding with the road projects.  

In the maintenance report maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper explained the U of M would like to do a MNTAP study on Shafer's holding ponds because of the high phosphorus levels.  Cooper said the study would help the city come up with a plan for phosphorus removal.  Cooper also said the study would like to see the level of the ponds raised to 14 feet to increase the oxygen levels to see if that helps alleviate the issue.  

Cooper then told the council he would like to install drainage gates in the ponds.  The city had purchased gates many years ago but the gates have disappeared and no one seems to know where they are. Cooper told the council the cost of new aluminum gates would be around $2,000.  Council member Brehm made a motion to purchase the gates for $2,000, passed unanimously.

Cooper then told the council he had looked into the city doing its own crack sealing. Cooper thinks the city could save money doing it themselves.  Cost of a 55 gallon drum of crack sealer is $500 which covers approximately 5,500 linear feet.  Cooper also told the council he would like to purchase a tar pot to be used for the crack sealing for $682.  The council passed a motion to purchase 55 gallons of sealer along with the tar pot for the cost up to $1,500.

The council adjourned at 8:18pm

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