9/16/2022 1:20:00 PM Shafer Council agrees to 13%
preliminary levy hike for 2023
Shafer City Council met September 6 for a regular meeting. Council member Patti Kowalski was absent.
In new business, the council discussed the budget. City Finance Director Drew Hill told the council the preliminary budget is set for $564,781. That is an increase of 13.96 percent over last year’s. This is the maximum and the numbers can not go up, but can be reduced. In December the final Levy will be approved. The council approved the preliminary Levy unanimously.
The council then discussed some complaints they received about an outdoor event held at Ole’s Crossroads recently. City clerk Joan Ciesler told the council the city was not notified of the event. Ciesler told the council the owner saw the event posted on a Shafer Facebook page and assumed it was the city’s page. Council member Patty Mattson told the council Shafer Saloon has also had events without notifying the city.
It was agreed the city would send out letters to the two establishments reminding them of the notification requirements. Mayor Paula Hanson told the council “There are only two eating establishments in Shafer, we would like to keep them happy, so communication would be the best option here.”
The council then passed a motion to allow Shafer employees to work over-time to assist with Shafer Days this week.
In the engineer’s report, City engineer Lucas Jones told the council he was looking for a partial payout for the utility project in the amount of $73,288. Except for the retainage of $17,122 that would be the last payment. Jones said the city had budgeted $200,000 for the project and it looks to him that the project will come in under budget.
Jones then asked for a payout to Pember Companies for the new driveway at the fire hall. The city got a break on price since Pember was already doing the work around town for the utility project, he said. The new driveway cost totalled $10,206. The council approved the request unanimously.
Jones told the council Osseo Construction has begun work on the water tower and has asked the city for permission to work seven days a week. The city agreed to allow it, but noted if complaints arise, work would go back to six days.
Jones said the GIS electronic mapping of city services was complete except the water services had to be added into the software program.