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May 25, 2022

1/21/2022 1:30:00 PM
Shafer handles appointments, approves outdoor boat storage

Shafer City Council met January 4 for a regular meeting.  Council member Nick Brehm, public works supervisor Dan Cooper and city engineer Lucas Jones all were participating remotely.

The meeting began with city attorney James Monge notifying the council that the rules for interactive meetings  recently changed. Meetings of city councils must be open to the public, those gatherings of a quorum or more members of the  governing body, or a quorum of a committee, subcommittee, board, department, or commission thereof, at which members discuss, decide, or receive information as a group on issues relating to the official business of the governing body. Thus because the public was not notified of Brehm’s location, he was unable to participate in the meeting.

The council then appointed 2022 offices as follows:
Mayor Paula Hanson will be part of: public works committee, finance committee, ordinance committee, weed inspection, civil defense coordinator, and Joint Powers fire department.

Council member Patty Mattson will be part of: parks committee, events committee, HR committee, Joint Powers library, Highway 8 task force, and cable commission.

Council member Brad Swenson will be part of: EDA, street commission, public works committee, and wellhead protection team.
Council member Nick Brehm will be part of: planning commission, assistant mayor, street commission, finance committee, ordinance committee, Joint Powers fire department, and Highway 8 task force.

Council member Diane Chiemelewski will be part of: parks committee, planning commission, EDA, and HR committee.

The council then passed  a resolution accepting a contract by Oberloh and Oberloh to be the city auditor for 2022.

The council then discussed and ultimately agreed upon using Chisago County for the building official contract.  

The council then discussed a CUP application by J&D Marine and Power.  The company is applying for a CUP for outdoor storage of around 70 boats and five recreational vehicles.  The council was given the minutes from the planning commission meeting that detailed 16 conditions that would have to be met and kept by J&D.  Council member and planning commission member Chiemelewski told the council she would like to change the verbiage to read all vehicles must be winterized prior to being placed for storage. J&D currently sells docks, storage sheds and marine services on the property.  The council approved the CUP and were reminded by attorney Monge that a CUP stays with the property not the owner. It is valid unless there is a non-compliance.

In the public works report, maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council the orange truck which had recently been up for auction had a broken water pump.  Cooper told the council he had an estimate of $1050 to fix the truck including the $400 part.  The truck had been sold via an internet auction but Cooper told the council the buyer told him he bought a working vehicle and had no interest in buying a broken vehicle. The buyer had a purchase agreement for $16,000 for the truck.  The council passed unanimously a motion to fix the truck and then sell it.

Cooper then brought a new quote for the repair of well #2 motor and pump. The council was told by city engineer Lucas Jones the first pump included in the quote by Thyen Well had not gotten great reviews.  Cooper asked for a motor change in the quote which raised the quote to $19,687, still $4,000 cheaper than the next quote. The council approved the quote for $19,687 by a 4-0 vote.

Lastly the council heard from John Mattson IV.  He told the council he would have interest in doing the opening and closing of the ice rink warming house.  The council was thrilled to have someone and approved a $7.50 opening fee and $7.50 closing fee daily.

The council adjourned at 8:14pm

The council adjourned at 7:28pm.

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