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October 27, 2021

9/17/2021 12:52:00 PM
Shafer Council grants new business a liquor license

Shafer City Council met Sept 7 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.

In new business, the council voted to approve a liquor license for Sprouting Out LLC which bought the Eichtens Bistro building on Highway 8.  Sprouting Out will sell natural foods, supplements and drinks.  The council approved the motion by council member Nick Brehm unanimously.

MSA planner Kate Eiynck told the planning commission at the last meeting an applicant has shown interest in the Grandma’s Barn location next to Sprouting Out.  While the exact nature of the business was not discussed it would fall under Retail Services and General and Professional Offices under city classification.  The potential buyer had some issues with hours of operation and the city’s explanation of outdoor gatherings.  The buyer was asking the planning commission not to recommend. The council has two choices to make. 1. work with the buyer to see if the details can be ironed out and maybe include the property under Event Centers and Retreat Centers or 2. Provide a text ammendment and push towards a conditional use permit.

The council then read a certificate of appreciation to coach Bill Weiss and the Chisago Lakes football team.  The declaration thanked the coach and team for painting the hockey rink.

In the engineer's report Lucas Jones talked about the watermain easement that is needed to connect the water tower to Red Wing.  The best solution would be for the city to ask for an easement on the property adjacent to the fire hall and behind city hall.  Jones said he reached out to the property owner and has yet to hear back.  Jones told the council he thinks it would be a good idea to present it to the fire department seeing as part of the easement will be on the fire hall property if the property owner does not agree to the easement.  The council agreed to have MSA prepare a presentation to the Joint Powers Board for the next meeting.

In the public works report maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council his department deposited new wood chips in the Buffalo Ridge park.  Cooper did tell the council when the wood chips were replaced he noticed roots from three nearby trees have been damaged badly.  Cooper told the council he thought the trees should be cut down to avoid dying and potentially hurting park goers.

Cooper told the council they have a potential buyer for the city's orange truck which has been replaced.  

The chemical feed pump in well house #2 burnt out and is irrepairable.  He suggested to the council they purchase a new pump for $1,900.  The council approved the purchase of a new pump.

Cooper told the council he had gotten a quote on trading the grasshopper mower in towards the purchase of a new skid steer.  With the trade-in value the total for a new skid steer would be $29,000.  Councilmember Nick Brehm said "This happens every year.  Are we going to trade-in every single year to buy a new piece of equipment at 60 to 70,000 dollars?"  Cooper said the city can sign up for a yearly trade-in program with Baribeau Implement for $1,500 a year, and Center City and Taylors Falls have been on the program for years.  The council and Cooper agreed to table any talks until further meetings.

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