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July 5, 2020

6/25/2020 2:37:00 PM
Shafer Council to finalize water tower in July; dangerous dog ordinance, outdoor entertainment rules reviewed

Shafer City Council met June 16 for a regular meeting.  All members were present as well as four residents.

In new business, the council discussed the water tower project. City treasurer Drew Hill outlined options for funding the project. Hill reccommended using $100,000 from the water fund and $90,000 from the general fund and borrow the remaining $310,000 from Minnesota Rural Water Association. Hill said the the MNRWA is offering an interest of 1.9 percent, with interest being paid back around $23,173 for 15 years. City engineer Lucas Jones told the council he would like to have a decision on the project in July if the city wants to proceed or not.

The council then discussed Shafer Saloon  and Ole's Crossroads requests for outdoor events.  Mayor Paula Hanson told the council she spoke with both owners. The city has allowed three outdoor events to both establishments in the past, but the bars are asking for more events.  Council member Brad Swenson added the city could look into adding more but would have to review if the city receives any complaints.  Patty Romleski who lives down the road from each bar said the owners have never notified her of any events prior.  Romleski said the bar has its speakers turned towards her home.  Kasey Swenson added the bars have music after midnight and the vibrations carry to her house.

The council then passed a motion to approve more than three outdoor events and allowing the city to review any complaints and change if needed.  The motion passed 4-1 with Swenson voting against.

The council then discussed amending the dangerous dogs ordinance.  Council member Nick Brehm told the council the ordinance committee met recently and reviewed the county's ordinance on dangerous dogs. The committee feels the ordinance is very well written.  Brehm said he would like Shafer to adopt the county's ordinance because wht Shafer currently has is "not enough".  Romleski said if a dog bites someone it should be considered a dangerous dog, "It shouldn't have to be substantial bodily harm. that's open to interpretation."  Mayor Hanson said if the dog has been designated as a potentially dangerous dog the owner can appeal that designation. They have the right to appeal that.     Dog owners still have to follow all of the requirements of the ordinance.  

The council then voted unanimously to adpot the county's dangerous dog ordinance.

In the public works report, maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper gave the council good news about well number two.  Cooper said the bill to fix the burned contacts came to $2,100 which was lower than expected.  Cooper then told the council he had installed a dead-end sign and a resident stopped and asked if more dead-end signs could be installed for other dead-end streets. Cooper thought it would be about six signs. The council then agreed unanimously to purchase and install six dead-end signs.

Cooper then told the council he had a quote for road repair on 306th Street. The road is in need of repair at a driveway, Cooper had a quote of $950 for an infrared patch from Fahrner. Cooper said he also got a quote from Bluhm Construction for $1,290.  Bluhm’s quote included saw cutting the rough patch.  The council agreed to hire Bluhm for $1,250 unanimously.

The council adjourned at 8:01 p.m.

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