Deer River City Council Minutes
CITY OF DEER RIVER
a) Regular Meeting Minutes
I. Call to order 6:00 P.M.
II. Present Council members Pat Richards, Barb Serfling. Chris Reed and Wade Reed. Also, present
Administrator Mark Box, Police Chief Tammy Perry, Public Works Foremen Jason Lundquist, City
Engineer Allie Jurvelin and reporter Patty Pfeiffer.
IV. Minutes Motion by Chris, second by Barb to approve the minutes of the February 26th , public hearing. MCU
Motion by Chris, second by Barb to approve the minutes of the February 26th , regular meeting as
amended. MCU Motion by Chris, second by Barb to approve the February 27th , working session minutes
as amended. MCU
V. Bills After discussion, motion by Chris, second by Barb to approve the bills in the amount of
$34,528.94 and inter-fund loans to cover negative fund balances. MCU
VI. City Attorney Andy was not present.
VII. Motion by Barb, second by Wade to move the Police Chief up on the agenda. MCU Tammy
introduced the newly hired Police officers. Officer Tony Meyer was hired as a full-time officer and
officer Mckenzie Grossell will fill a part-time position. The Council welcomed and thanked for
VIII. Engineers report Allie Jurvelin presented the updated report for the 2018 South Infrastructure
Project. Allied said the plans have changed slightly and with the changes right now the estimated
cost of the project is 2.6 million. This is down from 2.8 million which was estimated at the last
meeting. Allie said she had resolution 2018-12 ready for approval if the Council wanted to
continue to move forward. Motion by Chris, second by Wade to approve Resolution 2018-12 a
resolution approving the plans and specifications and ordering advertising for bids. MCU Motion
by Chris, second by Wade to approve the engineer's report. MCU
IX. Public Works Report Jason let the Council know about a water leak and said the work was
covered under warranty as part of the 2017 Hwy 2 project.
There may be a water break somewhere in the city. Jason reported that the daily water meter
reading has been elevated and this may be indicating a leak. If there is one Jason said it may be
caught under the frost and will have to work its way to the surface.
Jason is getting quotes for water tower cleaning. This will be done sometime this summer.
The public works department has and will be taking part in some trainings over the next couple of
months. A training on the new sweeper will be on March 21 st at the Public works shop and then
there will be two going to an operator’s class in Duluth later this spring. Motion by Chris, second
by Wade to approve the Public Works report. MCU
X. Administrators Report Mark asked the Council to add May 2 nd to their calendars for the Board of
Mark asked if the Council has had time to think about the assessment payback terms as well as the
interest rate that will go along with the payback. After discussion, the Council agreed that they wanted
the impact to the citizens to be as slight as possible. Motion by Chris, second by Wade to set the
assessment payback terms to be at 30 years and to set the interest rate at 1.5% over the bond interest
amount to cover any administrative costs. MCU
Mark presented Resolution 2018-13 a resolution relating to the issuance of general obligation bonds in
the amount of approximately 3,650.000. Also relating to this bond Mark asked for authorization for the
Mayor to sign the Minnesota credit enhancement agreement. Motion by Chris, second by Wade to
approve Resolution 2018-13 and to allow the Mayor to sign the Minnesota Credit Enhancement
Mark presented Resolution 2018-14 a resolution recognizing the BBQ and Brew Fest as a community
event. Motion by Barb, second by Wade to approve Resolution 2018-14. MCU
Mark will be attending a League of Minnesota Cities legislative conference on March 20th & 21st and ifneeded Mark will meet with Representative Layman and or Senator Eichorn. Motion by Wade, second by Chris to approve the Administrators report. MCU
XII. Adjournment Motion by Chris, second by Wade to adjourn. MCU. Meeting adjourned at 6:37 PM.
Respectfully submitted by, Mark Box City Administrator.
Approved by the City Council at the regular meeting on March 26th , and signed by Mayor Geving