Shafer City Council met October 5 for a regular meeting. Council member Nick Brehm was absent.
The council passed a resolution naming city hall as the polling location for the November election.
The council then passed a resolution recinding the local emergency water usage. With the recent rains and winter coming soon the DNR has allowed communities to loosen their restrictions.
The council then reluctantly accepted a resignation letter to the planning commission for resident Tamara Hessler. Hessler wrote a letter explaining how she enjoyed her time but is moving to be closer to her family.
The council accepted a Shafer Days donation by Melissa Glenna for $150.
Next the council passed a motion ammending the Joint Powers Agreement with Shafer/Franconia Fire. The agreement would split the responsibilty of any monetary shortfall at the end of the year specifically related to the retirement funds. Shafer will be responsible for one third of any shortfall and Franconia the remaining two thirds.
City engineer Lucas Jones told the council a business called looking for maps to Shafer in the GIS format. Jones told the council if the city owns these they are obligated to share with anyone who requests. There is a fee of $145 for copies of such maps the company was seeking. Jones told the council he would scrub the maps of any persona information before releasing but ony after receiving payment.
Jones said the city finally was able to meet with the Mitthun family about a possible water main easement through their yard. Jones said the family was receptive and would like to see the offer from the city before deciding. The path through their property would be the most efficient path for the city to connect to Redwing Avenue watermain.
The council further discussed paint and logos for the water tower. They agreed to purchase the more expensive hydroflon paint which has a longer life span than urethane. The added cost is $7,000. The council agreed upon one solid color for the water tower but will choose the color at a later meeting. Finally the council voted 3-1 in favor of block lettering on two sides of the tower. Council member Brad Swenson voted against saying he preferred the tower to have the city logo instead of block letters.
In the public works report, maintenace supervisor Dan Cooper told the council he had a leak detection done on the home on Regal avenue that had been experiencing very low water pressure. No leaks were found. Cooper told the council he received a quote from R E Peterson company to dig to the curb stop for the amount of $3,000. Cooper said it would be an additional $1,000 to video from the curb stop to the corp stop in the street. If the corp stop needs to be dug up thta would be an additional $10,000. It was agreed the city would pay for a video from the curb stop to the corp stop for the amount of $1,500.
The council then agreed on a tentative purchase agreement for a new skidsteer. Reason for the tentative vote being the price of the machine will rise $8,000 next year. Finally in the clerk’s report city clerk Joan Ciesler told the council 10 people participated in the city clean-up day with receipts totalling $550.