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5/16/2013 4:12:00 PM
Shafer Council welcomes new member, agrees to cost-sharing for 305th

by MATT SILVER The Shafer City Council met May 7 for a regular meeting. With council member Corey Sellman absent, the council began the meeting with interviews for the vacant council seat. Daniel Vogel, Regal Avenue, told the council he has been a Shafer resident for 20 years and feels that he would like to give back to the community. Vogel works for an indoor landscaping company.

Koree Denmark also of Regal Avenue told the council she has lived in Shafer since 2007 and serves on the Shafer EDA and planning commission. Cory Spencer, who lives on Reflection Avenue, was unable to make the meeting and presented a letter to the council. Spencer works for the Chisago Lakes School District as school resource officer. The council then moved on a motion by Mayor Kyle Johnson to appoint Denmark to the vacant seat. The motion passed 3-0. City clerk Lynn Jawish then administered the oath to Denmark who took her seat. Vogel then expressed interest in Denmark's vacant Planning Commission and EDA positions. The council told Vogel they would reassign the seat when council member Sellman was present.

They did make a motion to appoint Vogel to both seats by a vote of 3-0. In a public hearing, city engineer Jon Herdegen told the council that John Freitag of the Minnesota Department of Health was there to answer questions about the wellhead protection. Freitag explained maps of the wells and showed contamination vulnerability around well #1 as low and around well #2 & 3 were very low. With no more questions the council thanked Freitag for explaining the wellhead situations. The council then made a motion to consent agenda which passed 3-0-1 with Denmark abstaining. In new business, the council agreed to pay the bills by a vote of 3-0-1 with Denmark again abstaining. Mayor Johnson then made a motion to approve the 2012 audit, which was seconded by council member Patty Mattson. The motion passed 3-0.

The council then heard a motion to deny a request from Unison to take over handling of the lease with Sprint for the cell phone antennas on the water tower. The motion passed 4-0. The council then agreed to table an adjusted Chisago County Sheriff's Department contract price for patrolling in the amount of $52.28 per hour. The subject will be tabled until the May 21 council meeting. Shafer treasurer Richard Hill explained to the council the city's water and sewer funds are undercapitalized. An increase in user cost is needed to bring funding back into compliance with costs. The council agreed to hold a public meeting for the increase on June 4. In unfinished business engineer Jon Herdegen told the council that maintenance supervisor Al Anderson had been contacted by Shafer Township regarding the repair of 305th St.

The township will be putting the repair materials out for bids soon and would need the city's approval for their expenses for the section of road that is in its jurisdiction. Johnson made a motion to authorize the township to add the city's portion of 305th Street into the proposal and to collect load tickets for the final count. Keeney seconded the motion which passed 4-0. In open forum, Keeney presented to the council two pieces of playground equipment that the parks committee would like to install in Willow Park. A volcano climber and a zip line. Keeney told the council the parks committee took a poll with area kids and the preferred piece seemed to be the volcano climber. Denmark then told the council she had spoken with Chisago County HRA EDA's Nancy Hoffman about helping with the printing cost of additional city brochures. The council then adjourned at 8:53 p.m.

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