4/11/2013 12:29:00 PM Shafer holds ordinance hearings, looks into changing Shafer Days dates
The Shafer City council met April 2 for a regular meeting. With council member Corey Sellman, Matt Dunham and Treasurer Richard Hill absent, the council immediately passed a motion to accept the resignation of council member Matt Dunham. The motion which accepts the resignation and declares a vacancy was passed unanimously 3-0. Council will appoint someone to fill the vacancy until November 2014 (less than 2 years left on Dunham’s term). The opening will be in the May/June city newsletter asking for interested parties to attend the May 7 council meeting. The council will interview that evening and appoint someone that night.
In Public Hearings, Mayor Kyle Johnson opened the floor for hearings on ordinance changes and additions. Discussion regarding reducing the side and rear setbacks from 10 to 5 feet was held. The current recommendation only covers residential zoned homes not homes that are actually within commercial zones. The council agreed to table the discussion until the May 7 meeting. The council also heard discussion about the removal request of a second water meter, and a request by the Chisago County Sherriff's Department to adopt their ordinance on impounded, abandoned property and inoperable vehicles. The council closed the public hearings at 7:40 p.m.
The council then moved to consent agenda. Mayor Johnson asked the council to look into the possibility of changing Shafer Days dates. Shafer Days coincided with the high school homecoming game and bad weather. The council agreed to look into moving Shafer Days to September, which is fairly full of events currently. In new business, councilmember Jesse Keeney made a motion to pay the bills which passed 3-0. Keeney then made a motion to authorize all city employees and councilmembers to attend the Active Shooter class put on by Minnesota Rural Water on April 30. The motion passed 3-0. The council then reminded the public of the Board of Appeals meeting April 16 at 6 p.m. The council then voted in favor of passing ordinance number 2013-4-6 regarding impounded and abandoned property and ordinance number 2013-4-7 regarding inoperable vehicles. The motion passed 3-0.
In unfinished business, City Engineer Jon Herdegen gave an update on the musty smell in City Hall. An industrial hydrologist reported the smell is probably from the water table rising thus trapping water between the carpet and the floor and chair mats. It was also suggested that the air ducts be cleaned and the system balanced. Herdegen told the council he would set up the cleaning and balancing. In open forum, the council reminded the public about Shafer City Wide Clean Up Day. The clean up day is May 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. City wide garage sales are set for June 6, 7 and 8 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.