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December 1, 2021

10/1/2021 1:14:00 PM
Shafer City Council hears water pressure complaint; three absent

Shafer City Council met September 21 for a regular meeting. Mayor Paula Hanson, attorney James Monge and finance director Drew Hill were all absent.  Council member Nick Brehm was acting mayor.

In open hearing to the public, new resident Matt Hardy who resides on Regal Avenue addressed the council about water pressure.  Hardy told the council when someone in his house takes a shower and a toilet is flushed the water pressure drops to almost zero.  After calling a plumber and changing all of the galvanized pipes and getting a new meter, Hardy said they were disappointed to see the pressure still remained a problem.  A neighbor had told Hardy the previous owner had told them the maintenance department had at one time broken the curb stop.  Maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council he went to the property,  opened it all the way and it still took 10-15 minutes to fill a 5 gallon pail.  City engineer Lucas Jones said the city could hire a firm to do a leak test.  Jones did tell the homeowner that if there were a break or leak up between the residence meter and the street, then that is the owner’s responsibility. If not the homeowner is responsible.  Jones said a good ballpark figure for a leak test is $300 to 500.  Acting mayor Brehm made a motion to hire a leak test company in the amount of no more than $500.  The motion passed unanimously.

In new business, the council passed a resolution adopting assessment for unpaid charges.  The charges are from  water and sewer bills from homes that were not included in the covid exception the city passed a few months ago.  

The council then passed a resolution accepting Shafer Days donations as follows: Shafer Contracting $500, Sand Creations by U $20, Chisago Lakes Rotary Club $20, Khristeen Linerooth $20, Tom and Paula Hanson $250, Campbell Knutson PA $100, Center City Swine Circus $20, Rubber Binder Jewelry $20, St. Croix Bee $20, Sally Barott $50, and MSA Professional Services $300.  Brehm thanked everyone for their contributions.

The council then discussed a 2022 proposal for legal services for Campbell Knutson, the current firm the city uses.  Rates are $10 an hour higher for attorneys and $5 per hour higher for paralegal services.  The council passed  a motion to hire Campbell Knutson agin next year.

Council member Diane Chmielewski asked if the watering restrictions could be lifted with all of the rain lately.  Cooper told her the city does not mandate the restrictions, the state does by way of MN DNR.  

In the engineer’s report Jones discussed the water tower easement situation. Jones said the city still has not heard back from the Mitthun household about a possible easement to bring a new supply water line to Redwing Ave.  Two other options to get the line to Redwing would be to go out to the one-way on the side of city hall and tear up the road which is fairly new, and the other would be getting an easement from the fire hall and go around the north side of the hall to Redwing.  Jones said the Mitthun option would be the cheapest and the ripping up of the road would be the most expensive.  The council directed him to keep exploring the Mitthun and the fire hall options.  With the fire hall option the department has concerns about an easement hindering future expansion of the fire hall if needed.

Jones then discussed the logo and paint of the water tower once the rehab is complete.  Jones said lettering  height is recommended to be 6 feet.  Jones said that a hydroflon coating instead of a urethane coating would offer fade resistance for 30 years compared to 10 with urethane. Hydroflon coating would add  $7,000 in costs.  
Jones said that thick block lettering costs would be $11,000 for two sides and a 6 foot high city logo would be $27,000 for both sides. The council tabled it for a future meeting where all members can be present and vote.

In the public works report maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council Baribeau Implement was looking for a signed purchase agreement for a new skid steer.  Cooper said if the city decides not to get one this year the price will increase $8,000 next year.  The council tabled the discussion until all members could vote on it.

City clerk Joan Ciesler reminded the council fall clean-up day is October 2 from 9-noon.

The council adjourned at 7:50pm.

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