Deer River City Council Minutes


    a) Regular Meeting Minutes



b) Present   Mayor Geving, Council members Chris Reed, Wade Reed and Barb Serfling and Pat Richards. Also present Administrator Mark Box, Police Chief Tammy Perry, Fire Chief Steve Jurvelin, City Attorney Andy Shaw and reporter Louise McGregor.


c) Call to Order Meeting called to order at 6:01 PM


d) Pledge


e) Minutes Motion by Chris, second by Wade to approve the minutes of January 11th, 2015 meeting with one addition. MCU.


f) Bills  After discussion, motion by Chris, second by Barb to approve bills in the amount of $325,939.51 and inter-fund loans to cover negative fund balances. MCU


City Attorney Andy asked the Council to approve Resolution 2016-04 transferring property to the Northern Star Coop. Andy also asked for the Council to authorize the Mayor and the Administrator to sign the quit claim deed for the properties 89-410-0210 and 89-410-0255. Andy explained that the Northern Star Coop will be paying all cost that are associated with this transaction. Motion by Pat 2nd by Chris to allow signatures and to approve Resolution 2016-04. MCU


Andy had an agreement from Century 21 to sell the Moose Lake property. The property will be listed for the appraised price of $1,500,000.00. Motion by Chris, second by Pat to enter into an agreement with Century 21 to sell the property on Moose Lake. MCU Motion by Chris, second by Barb to approve the City Attorney report. MCU


g) Police Report Tammy reported 90 calls for the month of December to bring the department’s yearend total to approximately 1,765 calls. Tammy said this is a record number of call for the department.


The department started its new schedule on the 1st of January and it has been busy. There are no more duty days which means that there will be a car on duty and no one will normally have to be called out.


Tammy asked to increase Pat Richard’s part time wage to 90% of full time wage. Pat has 33 years as a part time officer for the department and with the retirement of Scott Cook, Pat is the senior part time officer. Motion by Wade, second by Chris to increase Pat wage to 90% of the full time wage. Wade, Barb and Chris vote to approve the motion. Pat abstained. Motion carried.


Tammy has contacted the League of Minnesota Cities about a contract for the City of Zemple and they have sent a sample contract for the City to consider. She also has contacted John Dimich to see what he charges other Cities for his service if he is not under contract with them. The City of La Prairie is contracted with the County for police coverage but Dimich handles there legal at a rate of $140.00 per hour. Tammy asked if the Council has come up with an amount they would want to charge for police coverage. After much discussion the Council asked Mark to come up with a rate based on property value similar to the way the Fire Department figures their charges for services. The consciences was if they had to leave the charge at $1,200.00 for 2016 that it would be OK as long as the 2017 agreement was in place. Motion by Chris, second by Wade to approve the Police Report. MCU


h) Fire Report Steve Reported on three calls for the month so far.


Steve gave an update on the fire hall remodel and door security system. The department will be using the Itasca County Fire Chiefs Association donation to help purchase new appliances.


The department received a $5,000.00 grant from Enbridge Energy to help with the purchase of new turnout gear. Motion by Pat, second by Chris to approve Resolution 2016-03 accepting the donation. MCU The cost of one set of gear is $1,825.00 and the department will be purchasing 6 sets this year.


There will be two fire fighters going to Texas for the BNSF railroad safety training in February. The cost to the City will be for 24 hours of wages for each fire fighter. All other expenses are paid.


The newly hired fire fighters are taking their final test this week and will only have a live burn to complete. Motion by Chris, second by Pat to approve the Fire Department report. MCU


X Administrators Report Mark informed the Council that there has been a new sign put up at the Chasewood end of the Robin Baker ski trial system.


Mark presented the December 31st bank reconciliation for approval. Motion by Chris, second by Barb to approve the December 31st bank reconciliation report. MCU


The results of the Itasca County Tourism study will be discussed at a luncheon on February 1st at 11:45 at the Sawmill Inn. If anyone would like to go you must RSVP by January 28th. Pat and Steve thought that they may go. Mark will RSVP.


Mark had talked with State Representative Anzelc about the 2016 bonding bill and learned the City is listed and if the bill is passed the way it is written the City will receive over 2 million dollars for a sewer pond expansion.


The City has received an invitation to a presentation from the Itasca Community Advisory Panel to learn what the MPCA’s approach to setting the new sulfate standards will be. These new standards may affect mining, wood industries and the community. The luncheon will be at the Timberlake lodge on Tuesday January 26, 2016 at 11:15. Motion by Pat, second by Barb to approve the City Administrator’s report. MCU


XI Other None


XII Adjournment Motion by Chris, second by Wade to adjourn the regular meeting. MCU Meeting adjourned at 7:04 PM



Respectfully submitted by Mark Box City Clerk/Treasurer


Approved by the City Council at the regular meeting February 8th, 2016 and signed by Mayor Geving





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