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January 18, 2022

11/26/2021 2:21:00 PM
Shafer City Council looking elsewhere for inspector, learns of budget changes

Shafer City Council met November 16 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.

The council heard from Matthew Hardy who had been dealing with low water pressure at his home on Regal Ave.  Hardy was there to thank the council for their commitment to get his water pressure issue resolved.

The council then approved liquor licenses for the following businesses:  Emily Jo’s, Sprouting Out (the old Eichten’s Bistro), Ole’s Crossroads, and Shafer Saloon.  

The council got an update on the application for a Conditional Use Permit for Bespoke/Grama’s Barn.  A letter was mailed allowing a 60 day extension for the CUP application. Ephraim Eusebio, who applied for the CUP has withdrawn his application.  Eusebio told engineer Lucas Jones MnDOT would only allow a turn lane for events with over 100 participants.

The council received one application for building inspector from MNSPECT. City clerk Joan Ciesler told the council Stacy was negotiating with MNSPECT. The council agreed to look into other avenues.

In unfinished business, the council was told of changes city finance manager Drew Hill has made to the 2022 budget.  

The building maintenance fund  changed from $28,000 to $21,000.  Part-time public works worker hours changed to 20 hours a week.  The equipment fund changed from $50,000 to $40,000.  

These changes bring the 2022 budget down to an increase of 4.46 percent.  The council agreed to the changes.

 In regards to the water tower project, Jones told the council drawings have been delivered to the property owners and stakes were planted to show the homeowner where the work will be preformed for the water main re-route.  The property owner has asked for $1,500 for the city’s proposed easement.  The council agreed to pay $1,500 for the easement.

The council then decided on “Pond Blue” as a color for the water tower to be painted.  

In the public works report maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper gave an update on the Regal Avenue low water problem.  The curb stop was replaced and did not solve the issue.  RE Peterson sanitized a piece of rebar and inserted into the watermain looking for blockage.  A flap that had become stuck was removed by the rebar which corrected the water flow.  
Cooper told the council he would not have the final costs until the road was patched where the work was performed.

City clerk Joan Ciesler said there were 97 late notices for delinquent water bills and shut offs scheduled for November 17 totalled 34.

The council adjourned at 7:28 p.m.

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