Deer River City Council Minutes


    a) Regular Meeting Minutes



I) Present  Mayor Geving, Council members Chris Reed, Wade Reed and Pat Richards Absent Barb Serfling. Also present Administrator Mark Box, Police Chief Tammy Perry, Fire Chief Steve Jurvelin, reporter Louise McGregor and Boys and Girls Club representative Jake Chernugal.


II) Call to Order  Meeting called to order at 6:02 PM


III) Pledge


IV) Minutes Minutes Motion by Chris, second by Pat to approve the minutes of February 8th, 2016 meeting with one addition. MCU.


V) Bills  After discussion, motion by Chris, second by Wade to approve bills in the amount of $49,510.52 and inter-fund loans to cover negative fund balances. MCU


VI) Motion by Chris, second by Pat to move the Boys and Girls Club up on the agenda. Jake Chernugal was present to explain what the Boys and Girls Club is doing in the community and what they would like to do into the future. Jake explained how the club is funded and what types of activities help them when it comes to receiving grant funding. Jake shared that their group would like to get more involved in the community and he asked all present to spread the word. The Deer River Club has been active for many years and serves kids ages 6-18 and have about 75 kids per day participating in their program. Mayor Geving asked if the attendance drops in the summer. Jake said it did, they see the participation decline to around 60-65 kids per day. Jake said that transportation is a big problem for many of the kids during the summer months.  Council thanked Jake for the information.


VI) Police Report  Tammy reported on 131 calls for the month of January.

Tammy asked if she could add Rob Warner as a second Bike Patrol person. Rob and Mike Isham would split the budgeted wage so there would be no increase in expenses. Motion by Pat, second by Chris to add Rob Warner to the Bike Patrol position. MCU Tammy will have Rob fill out an application for employment.

Tammy had an example of the Brady Giglio policy for the Council to review. She said that Andy is reviewing the policy to see if it is something the City will want to create. This policy has to do with what information has to be provided and released by police officers in their reports.

Tammy asked if the Council wanted to take any action on the City of Zemple police coverage contract. Chris said he has talked with Rob Geving and would like to have more time to discuss this with him. Motion by Pat, second by Chris to table and to bill the City of Zemple the $1,200.00 for the 2016 year. MCU Motion by Pat, second by Wade to approve the Police report. MCU


VII) Fire Report  Steve Reported on three calls for the month.

The keyless entry system is completed.

Remodeling is nearing completion.

Firefighter physicals are Tuesday February 23, 2016.

Steve asked for approval of Resolution 2016-6 accepting a donation from Larry Ammann for $100.00. Motion by Chris, second by Pat to approve Resolution 2016-6. MCU Motion Chris, second by Pat to approve the Fire Department report. MCU


X Administrators Report  Mark asked the Council to allow the office to credit Jurvelin Hardware for their water usage over the minimum.  Mark explained that the City has asked Jurvelin Hardware to run their water to avoid freezing. When the line freezes it is on the City side of the Curb stop and it cost the City $150.00 each time to have it thawed. Motion by Pat, Second by Chris to credit Jurvelin Hardware for there water usage over the minimum. MCU


The City has been asked to put some limited timed parking along Main Ave on the north side. After discussion, motion by Chris to designate two 30 minute regular parking spots and one handicap spot in along the north side of Main Ave. pending the approval of the Minnesota DOT. MCU


Mark met with representatives from SEH and the USDA to talk about projects the City have and will need help with funding. Mark said he gave approval for SEH to get the projects listed on the USDA project priority list. This is the first step to qualify for grant funding. Mark said that by being on the list doesn’t commit the City to anything.


Mark and Jason met with a SEH planner to talk about the well house 4 addition. The cost of this may qualify for grant funding.


Motion by Chris, second by Pat to approve the January bank reconciliation and the fund balance report. MCU


Mark asked for approval of resolution 2016-05 accepting a grant from Enbridge Energy in the amount of $1,000.00 for the purchase and planting of trees. Motion by Wade, second by Pat to approve Resolution 2016-05. MCU


Mark asked if he could put a press release into the paper thanking Enbridge Energy for their support to the City. Motion by Chris, second by Pat to put the press release into the paper. MCU


Council received a request from First Call for a monetary donation to their program. Consensus was not to donate to the program.


Mark asked if we could move forward with the heaters for the Public Utilities building. Motion by Chris, second by Pat to purchase four heaters and to install them. Mark will contact the League prior to ordering and get their input on having the City employees install the heaters. MCU Motion by Pat, Second by Wade to approve the Administrators report. MCU


XI Other City wide cleanup is set for April 30th and May 1st.


XII Adjournment  Motion by Pat, second by Wade to adjourn the regular meeting. MCU Meeting adjourned at 7:16 PM



Respectfully submitted by Mark Box City Clerk/Treasurer


Approved by the City Council at the regular meeting. Approved by the City Council at the regular meeting March 14th, 2016 and signed by Mayor Geving.




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