6/15/2020 10:14:00 AM Shafer City Council hears about zoning, signs, nuisance dog, water well
Shafer City Council met June 2 for a regular meeting. All members were present.
In new business, the council discussed a parking variance for State Storage of Shafer LLC. The council passed the variance which essentially approved less parking in some areas while making up with parking lot in other areas. State Storage of Shafer is building a storage business behind and around the Eichten's Bistro building and the barn associated with that property. It will have Highway 8 frontage. The variance passed unanimously.
Next the council aproved the appointment of Dan Vogel to the parks commission.
The council then discussed the request from Mariah Giem who resides on Reflection Avenue. Giem asked the council to consider ammending the fence ordinance for corner lots, for sight lines currently 30 feet from a corner intersection. Giem would like to put a fence in 21 feet from the street and nine feet from the property line. The council invited Giem to the ordinance committee's next meeting.
Council member Nick Brehm told the council he has had multiple requests for a dead-end sign to be installed at the beginning of the 306th Street culdesac. Maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper gave a rough estimate of $150 which includes a post. The council approved the installation and expenditure not to exceed $150.
Resident Pat Romeleski spoke with the council about what she claims is a dangerous dog in her neighborhood on Redfield Blvd. Romeleski said there is a white pit bull that is constantly loose bothering people and other neighborhood animals. Romeleski said the dog has neighbors fearing for their safety. Connie Glenna who also lives on Redfield told the council she has had five encounters with the pit bull and once she was trapped inside the laundromat as the dog was stalking outside the door. The Sheriff's Office has been called multiple times regarding the dog. The women were there asking the council to change its ordinance for dangerous dogs. As it stands, the ordinance requires a person or animal to be viciously bitten to have a dog declared dangerous. The council invited the women and neighbors to the ordinance committee meeting June 10.
In the engineer's report, city engineer Lucas Jones gave the council the wishlist for the water tower project. Cost of the repairs listed including engineering total $510,000. Council member Brad Swenson questioned if the city really needs a mixing system. It was agreed that line item could be eliminated. Jones told the council he has reached out to other companies besides KLM for scope work estimates. The coucil agreed to have city finance director Drew Hill Skype in to the next meeting to discuss finances and the water tower.
In the maintenance report, supervisor Dan Cooper told the council well #2 was not working. They found a contact burned out in a transformer. Cooper had contacted Sycom for an estimate and will keep the council informed on the findings.
Councilmember Nick Brehm asked about his neighbor’s driveway, where the driveway had heaved. Cooper put down some cold mix on top of the slurry mix and he’s concerned that the plow will catch it. Cooper said he would check it out, and thinks the next step will be to jackhammer it out and replace the affected area. Brehm asked who is responsible. Cooper said if the city tears it up it’s the city’s responsibility, if the homeowner tears it up it’s their responsibility. He used Team Lab’s cold mix product for this patch. Cooper told the council he would want to look at smoothing this out.