8/30/2013 10:10:00 AM Shafer Council addresses speed limits, sets 2014 local levy at 4% decrease
by MATT SILVER
The Shafer City council met August 20 for a regular meeting. All members were present along with two people in the audience. With no hearings scheduled, the council quickly moved to consent agenda on a motion made by Jesse Keeney. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0. In new business, Keeney made a motion to pay the bills which passed 5-0. Council member Koree Denmark told the council there has been much discussion among neighborhoods about speed limits. Denmark told the council residents have urged her to lower the speed limits in residential neighborhoods with large child populations such as Buffalo Ridge. The speed limit currently is 30 miles per hour.
Keeney agreed that speeding was an issue but wasn’t sure how to remedy the situation. Denmark reminded the council there are no sidewalks in Buffalo Ridge so residents have to walk on roads. Mayor Kyle Johnson told the council it would be in the best interest of the city to hold a public hearing regarding speed limits. Keeny agreed and added a few options might be portable speed bumps, or flashing lights. In the engineer’s report, city engineer Jon Herdegen told the council the apron for well house #3 has been poured and looks good. Herdegen also told the council the sewer issue in Redfield Mobile Home Park has been found and is not the responsiblity of the city.
Herdegen said patching roads is a ways-off because Bluhm Construction is quite busy right now. Patching might have to wait until mid September. Herdegen told the council that Maintenance Supervisor Allen Anderson could hot patch the really bad spots until Bluhm can get to them. Herdegen then discussed the mold problem in city hall. A claim was made to the insurance company for the problem but it was denied. The claim was denied because there was not a specific event that caused the problem. Herdegen suggested contacting an architect to oversee the mold remediation.
Keeney made the motion which passed 5-0. City clerk Lynn Jawish requested moving her office to the public works building until the mold issue is resolved. The council agrre to have the office moved as soon as possible. A motion was then made to post a vacancy for a public works employee for 32 to 40 hours per week. The position will post internally for 10 days before going public. The motion passed 5-0. The coucil discussed whether public works employees wear uniforms or not while on the job. It was agreed that the subject should first be discussed with the HR committee then the council. Keeney then made a motion to approve the 2014 budget, which was seconded by council member Patty Mattson.
The general fund budget is proposed at $442,866 for 2014, up from $419,866 in 2013. There is an estimated $442,749 in expenses for 2014, leaving the general fund budget with virtually no excess. Expenses for Shafer havebeen as high as $502,345 in 2010 to $419,215 in 2009. The levyis collected locally and this is proposed to be $314,700. The levy last year was $328,000.The motion passed unanimously. In open forum, the parks committee would like help from the public works department assembling new playground equipment in Willow Park. They are also asking for the sign to be removed because of its poor condition. The council then adjourned at 8:14 pm.