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CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

CITY OF DEER RIVER

Regular Meeting

02/08/2021

 

I. Call to order 6:00 PM.

 

II. Present Mayor Steve Geving, council members Pat Richards, Barb Serfling, Dan Graf, and Chris Reed
via Zoom Meeting. Also present, City Administrator Mark Box, Police Chief Brian Castellano,
Working Foreman Rick Rogich, City Engineer Bob Beaver, Nordic Lights Ski Club representative
Catherine McLynn, and visitor Austin Miller attended via Zoom Meeting.

 

III. Pledge and Prayer

 

IV. Minutes After discussion, Pat’s motion, second by Barb, to approve the regular meeting minutes as
amended written. MCU Motion by Pat second by Barb to approve the working session meeting
minutes as amended.

 

V. Bills After discussion, Pat’s motion, second by Barb, to approve the bills for $85,425.20 and inter-
fund loans to cover negative fund balances. MCU

VI. Motion by Chris, second by Barb to move Catherine McLynn up on the agenda. Roll call vote
carried unanimously. Catherine wanted to thank the Council for their partnership in the Robin
Baker cross country ski trails. Catherine said there are people from all over Itasca County and
beyond using the trails. She is working with a group of youth ages 5 to 12 on skiing instruction.
Catherine also asked if the City received a letter last fall from the Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club
asking for a donation for the facility's maintenance needs. Mark has not seen the letter and asked
Catherine to resend one.

 

VII. City Engineer Bob Beaver presented two engineering agreements for upcoming projects. Bob
went over the pond expansion project agreement, which includes all needed engineering services
for the project. The cost for their services was in line with what they proposed going into the pond
expansion project. Motion by Chris, second by Dan to allow Mark to sign the pond expansion
agreement. Troll call vote carried unanimously. The second agreement was for the walking/biking
trail project. Bob went over the agreement, and the service's cost was in line with what was
projected. Motion by Pat, second by Dan to allow Mark to sign the trial project agreement. Roll
call vote carried unanimously.

 

VIII. Public Works Report Rick updated the Council on ongoing activities in the department. Ziegler Cat
brought over a skid loader and left it for a week to demo. The other companies he has contacted haven't
delivered theirs yet.
Boyer Truck brought over a dump truck, and the guys were able to operate it on our streets and see if this
truck style would be an option for purchase.
The department continues work on GIS Mapping and getting quotes for the skid loaders and dump truck.
Rick asked for permission to seek out a DNR grant for either a pier or a dock for Moose Beach. The dock
has exceeded its useful life and needs to be replaced. The Council agreed to allow the department to
apply for a grant.

Rick asked if the Council had any direction on when to close the ice rink due to cold weather. Last
weekend nobody used it, but we staffed it. Rick said that Grand Rapids had closed their rinks for the
remainder of the week. The Council agreed to allow Rick to follow the same guidelines as Grand Rapids
for cold weather closures.
Mayor Geving brought up the windbreak shelter for the sliding hill. Mark has reached out to the school,
and they have a shop class that would be willing to construct a shelter next fall. Chris talked with
someone from Rajala Companies about possibly donating lumber for the project. Motion by Dan, second
by Pat to approve the Public Works report. Roll call vote carried unanimously.

 

IX. Administrator Report Mark asked for approval of resolution 2021-06, excepting a donation from the
BNSF Railway Foundation. Motion by Pat, second by Barb to approve resolution 2021-06. Roll call vote
carried unanimously. Mark asked for approval of resolution 2021-07, a resolution listing the chambers
BBQ and Brewfest as a community event. Motion by Chris, second by Pat, recognize the Chambers BBQ
and Brewfest as a community event. Roll call vote carried unanimously.


Mark asked the Council to review a bill he sent them today to discuss it at the working session on
Thursday. The League of Cities is looking for input. Mark mentioned a few bills introduce that may limit
how the local government aid can be spent and would like to talk about these bills. Motion by Dan, second
by Barb to approve the Administrators report. Roll call vote carried unanimously.

X. Other Resident Jim Anthony was present and asked the Council how confident they were in the League
of Minnesota Cities representation of the City. Jim asked if the Council felt they receive and unbiased
guidance when the City seeks the League help. Does the Council think that the League represents the
City’s best interests? When we seek advice from the League, Mark said they are very good at getting us
historical legal outcomes and always suggest seeking our own attorneys' guidance. The League is also
very good at seeking individual cities input on matters that will effect small cities.


Jim asked another question in regards to confidence. How confident is the Council in regards to the ballot
counting process? Jim asked does the City, the City with the county, or the City with state
representatives, have to right to request an external forensic audit to have confidence that what a voter is
marking on a ballot is what the machine is recording. The Council directed Mark to ask the League this
question.

 

 

XI. Adjournment Motion by Pat, second by Chris to adjourn. MCU. Meeting adjourned at 7:03 PM.


Respectfully submitted by Mark Box, City Administrator.

 

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Approved by the City Council at the regular meeting on February 22, 2021, and signed by Mayor
Geving.

 

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