CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
CITY OF DEER RIVER
I. Call to order 6:00 PM.
II. Present Mayor Steve Geving, council members Pat Richards, Barb Serfling, Dan Graf, and Chris Reed
via conference call. Also present, Deputy Clerk Gayle Guthrie, Police Chief Brian Castellano,
Working Foreman Rick Rogich.
III. Pledge and Prayer
IV. Minutes After discussion, Pat’s motion, second by Barb, to approve the regular meeting minutes as
written. MCU Motion by Pat second by Dan to approve the working session meeting minutes as
V. Bills After discussion, Pat’s motion, second by Barb, to approve the bills for $7,841.74 and inter-
fund loans to cover negative fund balances. MCU
VI. Public Works Rick updated the Council on two skid loaders that they have demoed. They are
awaiting quotes on the two units.
The department has also looked at another dump truck. This unit was a Mack truck which the City of
The Ice rink and sliding hill are closed for the season.
We replaced a curb stop at 18 1 st Ave NE. the owners are remodeling and needed the water off. The curb
stop would not turn. The City is responsible for the repair because it was the curb stop that was not
Street sweeping will be starting up soon.
City-wide cleanup will be coming up. It will be at the end of April. Rick will be posting notices once the
date is confirmed.
Rick had a quote for a dissolved oxygen meter for $1,410.00. This will be paid for from the sewer fund.
Motion by Pat, second by Dan to allow the purchase of the meter. Roll call vote carried unanimously.
Rick presented a quote for a new mower. They show a trade-in value of $2,544.00 to bring the new
mower's total price to $9,899.00. Rick said we would pay for the mower from the parks and sewer
budget. Barb asked how old our current mower is. Rick said it was a 2011 model year. Motion by Pat,
second by Barb to allow the purchase. Roll call vote carried unanimously. Motion to approve the reports
of the public work by Barb, second by Dan. Roll call vote carried unanimously.
VII. Administrator's Report Mark submitted a written report. Chris talked about the groundbreaking for the
pond. After discussion, the last week in April will be the targeted week. Mayor Geving is available on the
28th or the 29th . Dan will be out of town the whole week. Barb is available after 3:00. Chris said he could
contact WDIO news to be here.
Mayor Geving asked about the fraudulent activity on the credit card. Gayle explained that there was an
attempted unauthorized purchase, and the bank notified Mark, and he was able to stop the transaction from
taking place. A new card has been issued.
Gayle mentioned that Mark is looking for approval to purchase a temperature monitoring system for the
White Oak building. Motion by Pat, second by Chris to allow the purchase of the monitor. Roll call vote
Motion by Dan, second by Chris, allows Mark to sign the cooperative purchasing agreement with the State
of Minnesota. Roll call vote carried unanimously. Motion by Pat, second by Dan to accept the written
Administrators report. Roll call vote carried unanimously.
VIII. Other Tahoe has been put into service. Brian is still working on the background checks for the part-time
The department has made five felony drug arrests in town in the last week and a half. Brian said these are
people passing thru.
Mayor Geving met with the police and fire chief’s and the fire chief will start using the police and fire
squad to respond from home. This will give the fire chief the ability to arrive quicker to access the scene.
X. Adjournment Motion by Pat, second by Dan to adjourn. MCU. Meeting adjourned at 6:24 PM.
Respectfully submitted by Mark Box, City Administrator.
Approved by the City Council at the regular meeting on March 22nd , 2021, and signed by Mayor