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 Barb Serfling, Pat Richards, and Wade Reed, absent
council member Chris Reed. Also present, Assistant City Administrator Sarah Nelson, Public Works
Foreman Jason Lundquist, Police Chief Tamara Perry, and Reporter Patti Pfeifer.
IV. Minutes Motion by Barb, second by Pat to approve the minutes of the September 24 th regular meeting, as amended. MCU
V. Bills After discussion, motion by Pat, second by Wade to approve the bills in the amount of
$52,060.25 and inter-fund loans to cover negative fund balances. MCU
VI. City Attorney Andy was not present.
VII. Public Works Report Jason let the council know that they started with the fall transfers. They also started the sewer flushing last week, and will be starting the water flushing next week.
Richard is going to be gone to St. Cloud this week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, for his
class d waste water certification training/testing.
Jason will be gone to St. Cloud on Tuesday, the 16th , for a water training class.
Jason informed the council that the south end project is getting wrapped up. There’s also some
pavement patching that needs to be done on the north end project, which will be coordinated with
the south end project. This way, the hot mix plant will only have to make one trip.
There was a meeting with Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT), Mark, Jason, and
SEH last week on the highway 6 project. They went through the preliminaries. There’s a new
person from MNDOT in charge of the project, so they made sure everyone was on the same level.
Steve asked Jason if the issue with the south end well house was figured out. Jason let him know
that it was corrected.
Pat asked if the speed bumps were going in. Jason informed the council that they weren’t being
installed until spring
Motion by Barb, second by Wade to accept the public works report. MCU
VIII. Administrators Report Motion by Pat, second by Wade to sign and accept the grant amount of $3,800 for the Robin Baker Ski Trails. MCU
Motion by Pat, second by Barb to accept and sign resolution 2018-37. This resolution was a
donation to the community garden for material and supplies, in the amount of $1,400, from
Essentia Health . MCU
Motion by Pat, second by Barb to accept the proclamation of being a Purple Heart city. MCU
Motion by Wade, second by Barb to accept and sign resolution 2018-38. This resolution is for the
city to recognize National Homeless and Hunger Awareness Month in Itasca County. This
awareness is for the month of November. MCU
Motion by Pat, second by Wade to table the Brownfield grant in order to discuss with full council.
Sarah presented the bank reconciliation for August. Motion by Barb, second by Wade to approve
the August bank reconciliation with an ending balance of $1,182,074.28. MCU
The highway 6 information on applying for a small cities grant, and the bid process was briefly
presented to the council. Motion by Wade, second by Barb to table the highway 6 discussion until
the city gets more information. MCU
Sarah reminded the council about the working session that was scheduled for October 9 th at 4:00.
Pat asked to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a resolution. Motion by
Pat, second by Barb to accept and sign resolution 2018-39. MCU
Motion by Pat, second by Wade to accept the administrative report. MCU
IX. Other Steve asked Tammy when the speed limit signs would be in for the school zones. Jason let the council know that Allie was taking care of the school zone signs.
X. Adjournment Motion by Wade, second by Barb to adjourn. MCU. Meeting adjourned at 6:25 PM.
Respectfully submitted by, Sarah Nelson, Assistant City Administrator.
Approved by the City Council at the regular meeting on October 22nd, and signed by Mayor Geving.