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September 25, 2021

8/27/2021 11:59:00 AM
Shafer city council approve electrical upgrades on water tower project

Shafer City Council met August 17 for a regular meeting. All members except for Nick Brehm were present.  

The council started the meeting by accepting donations from businesses.  Ole’s Crossroads donated $150 to the National Night Out fund and the Shafer Saloon donated $200 to the Shafer Days fund as well as Emily Joes donating $300 and Young Living donated $20 for Shafer Days fund.

The council then passed a new contract with the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.  Shafer’s 2022 contract is for $61.99 per hour with 80 hours scheduled per month.  That is a 25 cent increase per hour.  The council passed the contract unanimously.

Mayor Paula Hanson then spoke briefly about mask mandates. Hanson said she just wanted to put it out there that it may be something the council will have to address in the near future.  Hanson said other municipalities some are requiring masks to be worn by everyone and some are asking only non-vaccinated people to wear masks. No action was taken.  

In the engineer’s report city engineer Lucas Jones told the council they have found a potential gap in the watermain easement between the fire hall and the Mitthun’s property along Redwing.  Jones provided three routes for the new water pipe.  The first would follow  between the fire hall and Mitthun’s property. The second would run parallel with city hall to 303rd Street then west to Redwing.  The third would go around the north end of the fire hall.  Council person Brad Swenson asked what option would be cheapest, Jones told the council option one would be the least.  The council agreed to have Jones reach out to the Mitthun family to see if they would have interest in working with the city.

Jones then presented a slide show for the council of electrical issues inside the water tower.  Jones was presenting these to the council as an option to fix and upgrade as long as the city is having work done as part of improvements.  The upgrades and fixes would come to an estimated $12,500.  The council approved the upgrades as recommended.

In the public works report, Maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the coucil about his budget priorities.  He asked the council to consider two generators to be used in well houses.  He also asked the council to consider new pumps for well number 3 and lift station 2.  Cooper also told the council he would like to purchase a new skidsteer (also trading in the existing one), and finally would like the council to look into building a pole barn for storage.

Cooper notified the council there was vandalism to Willow Park.  Cooper said there were knife carvings and puncture holes in the structure.  Cost of the damage was estimated at $952.  

The council approved the purchase of a new panel for the playstructure with a steering wheel for $435.  

In the clerk’s report, city clerk Joan Ciesler told the council it sounded like the city was going to receive around $130,000.00 from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  Ciesler said staff had discussions on how to spend the funds and the best choice would be to put it towards new water meters.  The purchase would take the burden off of residents and the meters are currently outdated.

The council adjourned at 8:01pm.

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