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January 22, 2022

12/30/2021 1:51:00 PM
Shafer City Council hears early info on new fire hall

Shafer City Council met December 21 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.

The meeting opened with council member Nick Brehm telling the council he attended  the fire department Joint Powers  meeting  and the topic was new fire hall funding.  Brehm said the group was asking the city for help funding for a new building.  Shafer has already passed their budget so any agreement would be on the 2023 levy.  Mayor Paula Hanson said she was told the department was putting away $30,000 for the last four years or so.  Brehm said he and Hanson were told the city was (according to the Joint Powers) supposed to be putting away $15,000 a year as the city’s part.  Hanson said she can find no record of the agreement anywhere.  

Hanson and the council agreed they would like to see a projection so the council can see exactly what is in the account and when the earmarked funding will be used.  

Brehm said the current council is being blamed for not putting funds away. Mayor Hanson said maybe the city needs to form another group to investigate the agreement because the city can’t function on hearsay.  
The council agreed to invite members from the Joint Powers after Franconia has budget discussions.

The council then passed a resolution approving the firefighter benefit annual pension level to $1,500 effective Jan. 1, 2022.

The council then discussed hiring a new building official contract. Currently the city uses Jack Kramer who is retiring at the end of the January 2022.

MNSpect presented a proposal to the city and city clerk Joan Ciesler told the council some of MNSpect’s pricing was considerably higher than what Kramer charged.  Ciesler said Shafer can use the County as building official and building inspector.  Zoning permits could be handled in-house. That would leave city code enforcement and fire inspections. The council decided to use the county and in-house for the mentioned services and forego code enforcement and fire inspections for the time being.

The council then heard from Brad Simms from Dakota Supply.  He works with Midwest Testing checking water meters and replacing where needed.  He submitted a proposal to the city and detailed how his company goes about notifying residents. A letter will be sent to residents notifying of testing. Residents will be allowed to schedule testing in a two week window.  Those who do not respond for whatever reason, a later date will be scheduled. Those who refuse to allow testing or refuse to answer will then be turned over to the city who has the right to fine those property owners. Residents are getting meters replaced at no cost to them.  Value of the meters is $400 each.

The council passed a motion to accept the Dakota Supply proposal for $35,880 unanimously.  

The council also passed a motion to purchase software from Banyon Data Systems for $585.  The software will incorporate meter replacement charges into the city’s current billing software.

In the engineer’s report, engineer Lucas Jones told the council all of the Ownership and Encumbrance papers are complete.  The total agreed from the Mithun family totalled $1,500 for the easement for the water tower line.  The council passed a motion to cut a check to the family unanimously.

In the public works report, maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council he needed a motion for the purchase of a New Holland L328 skidsteer.  The council granted the motion for $29,000 unanimously.

Cooper told the council he had three quotes for a pump and motor for well house #2.  They ranged from $18,654 to $23,199.  Cooper was instructed ask for quotes on a different motor for the lowest bid. Jones told the council he was not familiar with the motor the lowest bid included.  

Cooper said flooding has begun on the skating rink.  The city is looking for someone to open and close the warming house.

The council adjourned at 8:31 p.m.

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