CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
CITY OF DEER RIVER
I. Call to order 6:00 PM.
II. Present Mayor Geving, Council members Pat Richards, Dan Graf, and Barb Serfling. Chris Reed was
absent. Also, present City Administrator Mark Box, Police officer Tony Meyer, and Fire Chief Jordan
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 work session minutes as written.
V. After discussion, Pat’s motion, second by Dan, was to approve payroll and inter-fund loans to
cover negative fund balances. MCU.
VI. Fire Department The department submitted a written report showing seven calls for the month.
Jordan recommended Katie Fieldsend for hire. She has met all of the hiring requirements to date and must
pass a physical and background check. Motion by Dan, second by Barb, to hire Katie Fieldsend as a
firefighter with the condition she must pass the physical and background check. MCU
Jordan has submitted a grant application asking for air packs, masks, bottles, and an air compressor. All of
the bottles have a live span, and they will need to be replaced within the next couple of years.
Recruiting has been going well. The department has two more people going through the initial testing, and
there are another two that are going to start showing up for calls to get a feel of what they may be getting
into. Motion by Dan, second by Pat to approve the Fire department report. MCU
VII. Police Department The department had 162 calls for the month. This is down from 231 calls last year.
Tony shared that there has been a lot less traffic, so that may be some of the reason calls are down. There
have been more weapons-related and assault-type calls to assist the sheriff's department in the past month.
Officer Perry will be switching to the day shift, and officer Johnson will be moving to nights effective
Both squads are running well, and there have been no problems lately. Pat asked how many miles were on
the Durango. Tony thought there were right around 70,000.
Tony gave the monthly reminder for the public to remember schools are in session and to use caution
around the schools and busses. Tony also reminded the public to lock their vehicles and property up.
Motion by Pat, second by Barb to approve the Police report. MCU.
VIII. Administrators Report Mark will be attending the Itasca County Summit coming up in October and will
be out of the office for a couple of days. The summit will focus on community development, economic
development, and innovation/ entrepreneurship/ workforce development.
Motion by Pat, second by Dan to approve resolution 2021-36, a resolution accepting a donation for $5,000
from Minnesota Power to be used on the walking trail. MCU
The pond liner has arrived and will be installed soon. The company needs about ten days to complete the
liner installation, but it needs to be dry. With last week's rain shut them down.
Mark is meeting with an internet security/computer service provider to get information on what it would
cost for their services. Mark will bring information to the next Council meeting.
Letters went out to the utility customer to alert them to the MDH's manganese testing conducted in the
city. Mark said at the well, the levels are high; they are well below the suggested levels coming out of the
taps. Public Works tested at several locations throughout the city, and every site showed little to no
manganese. The city will continue to monitor and work with MDH. Motion by Dan, second by Barb to
approve the Administrator report. MCU.
IX. Other Dan asked if the Council ever decided on the old stockade fence at the White Oak property. Dan
said he talked with some logger he deals with, and they said that the value of a cedar log new is ten
dollars or less. After discussion, Dan motioned second by Pat to allow the White Oak Antique Tractor
Club to remove and reuse the logs on their site with the stipulation, all the fence and logs must be
X. Adjournment Motion by Pat, second by Dan to adjourn. MCU. Meeting adjourned at 6:32 PM.
Respectfully submitted by Mark Box, City Administrator.
Approved by the City Council at the regular meeting on October 11th , 2021, and signed by Mayor