May 12, 2023 at 12:33 p.m.
Shafer to apply for funding for water and sewer treatment facility
Shafer City Council met May 2 for a regular meeting. Council member Patty Mattson was absent.
In new business, the council passed a resolution using gambling funds to pay the first quarter of the Sheriff’s contract. City finance director Drew Hill told the council the resolution was completely acceptable. The council voted unanimously to approve the resolution.
The council then passed a resolution accepting donations for Shafer Days from Richard Berget for $300 and from Just Cuz Chrome for $250.
The council then passed a resolution passing various ordinances wording changes. The changes were made to close loopholes on such items as commercial district, central business district, industrial district, agriculture open space district and vehicle charging stations.
In the engineer’s report, city engineer Lucas Jones presented the council with a drinking water revolving fund application. Jones said there are grants available from the Minnesota Department of Health available to help cities and towns with updating their water treatment facilities. Shafer could possibly qualify for as much as $4,325,600 which would be used to create a new water treatment plant in city limits. Jones said the plant would most likely be located near the maintenance building. The council agreed unanimously to have Jones apply for the grant.
Jones then told the council punch list electrical work on the water tower project is now complete and only touch up remains for paint.
In the public works report, maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council water jetting for the two homes on Regal Avenue is completed and the homeowners are very happy with the water pressure. Cooper said the final cost of jetting both homes came to $877.50, much lower than expected. Cooper suggested the city use Olson Sewer for the next city project.
Cooper then asked the council for approval for the purchase of a new computer for the well house. Currently the existing computer sits inside the well house and is getting destroyed by moisture and chemicals in the air. Cooper told the council the SCADA program which reads the well house information can be operated remotely and he thinks it would run fine with the computer located at the public works building. Cooper was asking for $1,200 for the purchase of a new computer and a wifi transmitting system. The council discussed if ARPA funds can be used for the purchase and finance director Hill said they could. The council passed the purchase of the computer and router.
Council adjourned at 7:33 p.m.