Deer River City Council Minutes
CITY OF DEER RIVER
a) Regular Meeting Minutes
I. Call to order 6:00 P.M.
II. Present Mayor Steve Geving, Council members Pat Richards, Barb Serfling. Absent Chris Reed and Wade Reed. Also, present Administrator Mark Box, Police Chief Tammy Perry, Fire Chief Steve
Jurvelin, and reporter Patty Pfeiffer.
IV. Minutes Motion by Pat, second by Barb to approve the minutes of the December 11 th Public Hearing,
meeting, as written. MCU Motion by Pat, second by Barb to approve the December 11 th regular meeting
minutes as amended. MCU
V. Bills After discussion, motion by Pat, second by Barb to approve the bills in the amount of
$88,144.00 and inter-fund loans to cover negative fund balances. MCU
VI. City Attorney Not present
VII. City Engineer Not present
VIII. Fire Report Steve reported on 5 calls for the month bringing the total for the year as of December 24th to 82. Steve also said the fire hall siding project is 95% completed with some trim work to be completed in the spring when the big doors can be open. Motion by Pat, second by Barb to approve the Fire Department report. MCU
IX. Police Report Tammy reported on 130 calls for the month. Tammy will have the departments total year end report in January. The department also completed their defensive tactics annual required training. Motion by Barb, second by Pat to approve the Police Department report. MCU
X. Administrators Report. Mark presented the engagement letter provided by Sterle & Co and asked the Council to allow the Mayor to sign if they would like to have Sterle & Co conduct the City’s audit.
Motion by Pat, second by Barb to have Sterle & Co conduct the 2017 audit and to allow the Mayor to
sign the engagement letter.
Mark has had City Attorney Shaw looking over all of the franchise agreements the City has in place.
Andy found that the Minnesota Power agreement doesn’t specify who is responsible for moving the
utility when there is a construction project. Andy has drafted some language to the agreement if the
Council would like to amend the agreement. Motion by Barb, second by Pat to have Andy amend the
current agreement with Minnesota Power. MCU
Motion by Pat, second by Barb to approve the November bank reconciliation. MCU
Mark asked the Council to allow the Mayor to sign an extension with Century 21. This will extend the
current agreements in place to sell the lots in the Aspenwood Addition and the Moose Lake property.
Motion by Pat, second by Barb to have the Mayor sign the extensions with Century 21. MCU
Mark informed the Council that the cleanup grant the City applied for was not funded. The reason given
was it did not score high enough and there was a lot of applications. Motion by Barb, second by Pat to
approve the Administrators report. MCU
XI. Adjournment Motion by Pat, second by Barb to adjourn. MCU. Meeting adjourned at 6:19 PM.
Respectfully submitted by, Mark Box City Administrator.
Approved by the City Council at the regular meeting on January 8th , and signed by Mayor Geving