Deer River City Council Minutes


    a) Regular Meeting Minutes



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


II) Call to Order  Meeting called to order at 6:38 PM


III) Pledge


IV) Minutes Motion by Pat, second by Chris to approve the minutes of May 9 th meeting as amended. MCU


V) Bills After discussion motion by Pat, second by Wade to approve bills in the amount of $4,747.62 and inter-fund loans to cover negative fund balances. MCU


VI) City Attorney  Andy reported on the house at 316 1 st St NE that he has been working on. The company that holds the mortgage on the property is not going to fix the home and it appears the City will have to continue to pursue the avenue of razing the property. Andy said to get a hearing date is going to be awhile but felt we could have the home razed by the end of summer.

Andy has updated some ordinances for the council to look over. After discussion the Council agreed with the changes. Andy will put into final draft form and get to the Council before the next meeting.

The City has been approached by the company that has a cell tower lease with the City. They are asking for a long term lease agreement which would tie up the property for many years. They had three different offers for the City to consider. Council wanted to keep their options open and asked Andy to do some more research about this and bring back at a later date. Motion by Wade, second by Chris to approve the City Attorney’s report. MCU


VII) City Engineer  Bob said if the Council wanted to move forward with the sidewalk project they will need to motion to approve the project and to advertise for bids. Motion by Chris, second by Wade to approve the Safe Route to School project and to advertise for bids. MCU


The Council will have the bids by their meeting July 11 th and at that time they will approve a recommendation to award the bid which will then go to the Itasca County board on the 12th to be awarded.

Motion by Chris, second by Barb to approve resolution 2016-14, a resolution of the City Council approving the waste water facility plan. MCU

Bob has been in contact with the DOT about the Hwy 2 project. We should see the plans soon. Once we have them the City will have to do their planning and it back to the DOT by the end of June.

The lift station and inlet structure project should be closed out soon. We will have the final pay request at the next meeting. Motion by Chris, second by Barb to approve the Engineers report. MCU


VIII) Fire Report The department had nine calls for the month. Pat asked about the fires that were up near Inger and Max. Steve said that both of these fires were considered to be forest fires not grass fires. The conditions are right for the wooded areas to burn and they are very dry.

Fire Department is taking applications until the 27 th of May.

The house burn the College did in town went very well. They had to change the dates because of the high fire danger but when they were able to burn it they had a good training.

Steve asked to be allowed to take a fire truck to the Bigfork parade. Motion by Chris, second by Wade to have fire truck in the Bigfork parade. MCU Motion by Chris, second by Wade to approve the fire report. MCU


IX) Police Report Tammy reported on 135 calls for the month.

Tammy asked for approval of resolution 2016-13 accepting a donation from Enbridge Energy for $1,000.00 to be used for the purchase of a tazer. Motion by Chris, second Barb to approve resolution 2016-13. MCU

Tammy has been attending some community wellness meetings at the Goodall Resource Center. These meetings are part of the Itasca County wellness program.

The beach will be opened on Memorial weekend. Tammy said that keeping the boats off the beach is one of the problem areas and asked for input on whether a dock is needed at the beach. The thought is if there is no dock, there is nowhere to tie up a boat. Tammy did say if we if we keep the dock we will need to post no diving signs at the beach and on the dock. Mark will get input from Jason and either post signs or remove them.

Tammy asked to hire from the last eligibility list to fill the part time position. Dusty Snyder is still current on all of our requirements and she would like to hire him as the part time officer. Motion by Chris, second by Barb to hire Dusty Snyder as a part time officer. MCU

Barb asked about no overnight parking signs on 1 st Ave NE near the high school. Barb wanted to see more signs put up so people can see them. Motion by Barb, second by Chris to put two more signs up on 1 st Ave NE on the block between 1 st St and 2 nd St. MCU

Barb asked to have the speed bumps painted. People are not seeing them and are hitting them at a high rate of speed. Mark will talk with Jason. Motion by Chris, second by Barb to approve the Police report. MCU


X) Administrators Report  Mark has been approached by the Itasca County time capsule committee. They are going to be putting a time capsule in that will be opened in 100 years and are trying to get items from all of the City’s in the County. Mark asked if anyone would like to write something to the future people of Itasca County. Mark said if anyone would like to have something put into the capsule it would have to ready by June 1st . Mark will ask the Mayor if he would write something up.

Motion by Wade, second by Chris to approve the April fund balance report and the April bank reconciliation.

Mark has sent letters out to the Planning Commission members asking them to meet on June 1 st . Mark would like to go over the Zoning areas in the City and talk to them about some City owned land areas. Any recommendations will be brought to the City Council to consider.


XI) Other


XII) Adjournment  Motion by Chris, second by Wade to adjourn. MCU Meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM




Respectfully submitted by Mark Box City Clerk/Treasurer


Approved by the City Council at the regular meeting June 13th, 2016 and signed by Mayor Geving









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