12/13/2012 9:21:00 AM Shafer City Council adopts budget/levy, gets good news on foreclosure sales
by MATT SILVER
Shafer City Council met December 4 for a Truth in Taxation hearing followed by a regular meeting. Council member Corey Sellman was absent. The council heard a brief explanation about the levy from Shafer Financial Advisor Richard Hill. Hill pointed out the Levy has decreased each of the last five years by an average of four percent each year. The projected Levy for 2013 sits at $328,000 compared to 2012, when the Levy was set at $342,400. There were no residents present to speak about the Levy or taxes.
The council then began the regular meeting. Council member Patty Mattson made a motion to consent agenda which passed unanimously. Council member Jesse Keeney then made a motion to pay the bills which passed 4-0. The council then passed a motion by Mayor Kyle Johnson to adopt the 2013 budget and levy for 2013. Johnson’s motion included the stipulation that $40,000 be shifted from the general fund to the water department, $50,000 be shifted from the general fund to the sewer department and $20,000 be shifted to the roads department. Shafer will once again receive LGA money from the state which will total close to $110,000. The reason for the shift to water and sewer is the continuous losses caused by lack of building in the city.
The LGA money would push the city’s cash to allowance ratio too high and by shifting it, the city could be closer to the desired 60 percent. The motion passed 4-0. The council then passed a resolution adopting assessments for unpaid services. These are properties that have not paid their water and sewer, still have unpaid building permits, or have grass cutting charges. Two of the eight properties sit empty with another four in foreclosure. The total of all charges comes to $3,610.18. The resolution passed 4-0. City Clerk Lynn Jawish did give the council some good news, she told them foreclosure homes are selling “like hotcakes” in Shafer. The council then reviewed five applications for liquor licenses in Shafer. Jawish said Shafer has received four of the five applications which include Shafer 1 Stop, Eichten’s, Emily Jo’s and Big Game Bar and Grill. The city had yet to receive an application from Shafer Saloon. Johnson then made a motion to approve the licenses with the stipulation that background checks, taxes paid and all fees be paid.
The council voted to approve 4-0. The council then agreed to move the January 1 meeting to January 8. Next, the council passed a resolution accepting funds for Shafer Days. Gina Paderson, Nicole Sandquist, Shawn Smith and LeAnn Marsh all donated $10 toward the celebration. The council thanked the donors and passed the resolution 4-0. In the Engineer’s Report, city Engineer Jon Herdegen told the council of a musty smell in city hall. Architecture firm Grinell Olson was looking into the smell. The council then discussed the end of probation for city maintenance worker Gaylon Riley. Riley has been on probation for an accident with the city tractor. Johnson told the council that Riley has been doing great and gets along good with his supervisor. The council then passed a motion to allow Riley off probation beginning December 13.