The Shafer City council met July 2 for a regular meeting. All members were present. The council began the meeting with a couple interviews for the vacant council seat. Zac Smith told the council he has lived in Shafer for eight years and sat on the planning commission. The council then heard from Dan Vogel about the position. Vogel had interviewed for the last opening and told the council he was still interested. Mayor Kyle Johnson thanked both parties for showing up and made a motion to appoint Vogel to the seat. The motion passed unanimously. Vogel was sworn in by Shafer Clerk Lynn Jawish and took his seat on the council.
Johnson asked Smith if he was interested in serving on any of the current commission vacancies. Smith said he would serve on the Parks Committee. In new business, councilmember Jesse Keeney made a motion to pay the bills. The motion passed unanimously. Mayor Johnson told the council that National Night Out always falls on a council meeting night and the protocol is to have the meeting the night before. All members agreed to switch the meeting to August 5 at 7 p.m. City Attorney Ted Alliegro told the council there is allegedly, an issue with the property at 30215 Redwing Ave. There is a recycling company working without proper licensing from the county. The owner cannot get the licensing until he complies with the stipulation placed by the city regarding outdoor storage. Johnson told the council he would talk with the owner and try to resolve the issue. If the owner refuses, the city would set a public hearing. Mayor Johnson then made a motion to accept the following people to city vacancies. Dan Vogel and Zac Smith to Parks Committee, Koree Denmark to Planning Commission, EDA and Finance Committee. Jesse Keeney to the Ordinance Committee.
The motion passed unanimously. Johnson told the council the HR Committee met prior to the meeting. They narrowed the applications for a public works employee hire down to three applicants. In order to save time, Johnson suggested the council allow the HR Committee to conduct the final interviews and hire the correct individual. Councilmember Koree Denmark made a motion for the HR Committee to do so, which passed 5-0. In Unfinished Business, city Engineer Jon Herdegen told the council R.E. Peterson has completed the work on the rip rap job. The materials used was less than anticipated by an amount of $3,000. Herdegen suggested holding the last five percent to make sure the grass seeding takes. Johnson then made a motion to pay R.E. Peterson $5,451.10 which passed 5-0. Herdegen received three bids for sidewalk/driveway repairs. Hoffman was the low bid. Keeney made a motion to hire Hoffman which passed 5-0. Herdegen told the council that crack seal work will begin on July 11 by Gopher State Seal Coating.
Herdegen then told the council he had looked at pavement deterioration on 308th st and Reflection Ave. Herdegen told the council he believes the deterioration is caused by sitting water. Herdegen told the council the problem could be fixed by removing a portion of the curbing. The council asked Herdegen to get bids to remove the curbing and re-blacktop the damaged portion of the road. Johnson had asked the council to compare area city public works departments on-call pay. Shafer currently sits close to the bottom with its $10 per hour on-call pay. Keeney then made a motion to pay public works employees $25 per day to be on-call for weekends and keep the current rate of $10 per hour. The council voted 5-0 in favor. The council adjourned at 8:29 p.m.