Deer River City Council Minutes


    a) Regular Meeting Minutes



I. Call to order 6:00 P.M.


II. Present Mayor Steve Geving, Council members Pat Richards, Wade Reed, and Chris Reed and Barb
Serfling. Also, present Administrator Mark Box, Public Work Foreman Jason Lundquist, Police Officer
Brian Castellano, Environmental Troubleshooters Inc representative Craig Wilson, Itasca County
Health representative Kelly Chandler, Reporters Patty Pfeiffer and Louise McGregor.


III. Pledge


IV. Minutes Motion by Pat, second by Wade to approve the minutes of the September 25th , meeting, as
amended. MCU


V. Bills After discussion, motion by Pat, second by Wade to approve the bills in the amount of
$44,365.54 and inter-fund loans to cover negative fund balances. MCU


VI. City Attorney Andy was not present.


VII. Motion by Chis, second by Pat to move Kelly Chandler up on the agenda. MCU Kelly had a
powerpoint presentation that talked about the effects of e-cigarettes and was looking for Council
support to add e-cigarettes to the clean indoor air act law and make it a countywide ordinance.
After Kelly finished her presentation the council gave their input/feedback and thanked Kelly for
the information and for coming.

VIII. Motion by Chris, second by Pat to move Craig Wilson up on the agenda. MCU Craig was present to propose a property clean-up project within the city limits of Deer River. There are grant funds available to cover 75% of the cost to test and clean up the property. Craig explained that he has worked on this type of project in the past and would like work with the City. Craig wants to apply for $50,000.00 and is asking the City for $12,500.00 to cover the 25% requirement. When asked, Craig explained different ways the City could get their investment back. Craig wanted to proceed  with the application now and while it was in process file, for a TIF district or Tax Abatement on the property. Council wants more information and time to research their options. Craig will get information to Mark and be back at the next meeting.

IX. City Engineer Not present.

​X. Public Works Jason had information about a company coming to demo a street sweeper next
week. While here they will also talk about purchasing a new sweeper under the government
contract vs spec’ing out a used one that fits the City’s needs.

New plow is installed and in service. The fall flushing will start tomorrow. Motion by Chris,
second by Wade to approve the public works report. MCU

XI. Administrator Mark asked the Council if they would like to sign a letter of support in regards to the Enbridge line 3 replacement project. Motion by Chris, second by Pat to sign and send the letter of support. MCU

Mark talked to Itasca County about their participation in the 2020 census update program and they will be participating and completing all of the information for all cities in the County. Mark asked for the approval to let the County complete information on the city’s behalf. Motion by Chris, second by Wade to allow the Mayor to sign and authorize the County to turn in the information for the City. MCU


Mark asked for approval to start using a liability insurance contract for the contractors the City uses for the different projects throughout the year. Mark explained this is something that is being requested by the insurance companies. Motion by Chris, second by Barb to start using the liability contract. MCU

Mark presented the information on the Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club’s gambling permit application and explained it will be for pull tabs and will be housed at the Outpost Bar and Grill.
Mark has been involved in a group talking about a community wellness building and gave a brief
overview of the project and the types of activities that may be housed in the building. Mark asked if the Council would support the idea of possibly being a partner in the project. Mark said this could be anything from housing City Hall in the facility to renting a boardroom to have a meeting. There are serval different groups in Deer River that are in need of space and they are all involved in the
discussion. The Council agreed with and liked the idea.

Arrowhead Procare will be having their annual meeting soon and the City needs to appoint a delegate to represent management. Chris has been this person for the last two years and said he would be willing to represent the City again in 2018. Motion by Pat, second by Barb to appoint Chris as the city’s delegate for the Arrowhead Procare group. MCU

Motion by Chris second by Barb to approve the August bank reconciliation. MCU

Motion by Pat, second by Wade to approve the Administrators report. MCU

XII. Other Pat was approached and asked if the police could patrol the alley between 1 st Ave NE and 2nd
Ave NE. There has been an increased amount of trash being left sense school has started.


XIII. Adjournment Motion by Wade, second by Chris to adjourn. MCU. Meeting adjourned at 7:14 PM.

Respectfully submitted by, Mark Box City Administrator.


Approved by the City Council at the regular meeting on October 23rd , and signed by Mayor Geving.



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