8/12/2022 10:59:00 AM Shafer Council sees patrol budget for next year, hear about grant available
Shafer City Council met August 1 for a regular meeting. The meeting was pushed up a day for National Night out which took place Tuesday, Aug. 2.
In new business, the council greeted Chisago County Sheriff Brandon Thyen as they discussed the Sheriff’s Office proposed contract for 2023. The council agreed to keep patrol hours to 80 hours per month and agreed to the new rate of $64.12 per hour. The rate passed unanimously.
The council than had a lengthy discussion about city council and committee pay. The council has questions of what is a required meeting and what are not. There are meetings during the day that sometimes take place that the council is looking for clarification about getting paid to attend.
It was agreed the planning commission will review a list of meetings that council members attend and list which council members do and do not get paid for currently.
Council member Nick Brehm suggested the Mayor’s pay go up to $125 per council meeting and council members increase from $75 to $100 for council meetings. Brehm said he would like to see other meetings attended be paid half of the pay for council meetings.
Mayor Paula Hanson said that would increase the budget around $5,500 or one percent.
Council member Brad Swenson said the council would need to see the impact raises would have on the budget and thought the council was trying to keep the budget costs down. The council tabled the topic for a later date.
In the engineer’s report, city engineer Lucas Jones told the council KLM is doing the water tower project, he was instructed to see if they could leave the cellular equipment as to entice another cell carrier in the future. KLM said by leaving the equipment and working around it the costs would increase the project around $50,000.
Jones told the council T-Mobile is on site removing their equipment as they are permanently moving their equipment to a new tower closer to the Sheriff’s Office.
Jones told the council there will be two temporary water tanks at well #3 beginning August 15. Once in place Pember Companies can begin to work on the tower shortly after.
The council was then told about a grant available called “Reconnecting Communities Grant.” Eligible activities to be paid for by the grant include; public engagement, feasibility studies, traffic studies, environmental studies, planning activities that revolve around local transportation. Transportation disadvantaged municipalities are encouraged to apply and Shafer has been identified as one. The council directed Jones to look into applying.
In his public works report, maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper informed the council they had used up all of the cold patch for roads and would like to purchase more. Council member Brad Swenson told Cooper he has seen new material being used and would look into getting information and pricing for Cooper to look over.
In the clerk’s report, Ciesler reminded the council about the August 9 primary. Ciesler also noted council candidate filing period is Aug. 2 to Aug. 16 at 5 p.m.