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CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

CITY OF DEER RIVER

Regular Meeting
10/25/2021

 

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


II. Present Mayor Steve Geving, council members Pat Richards, Barb Serfling, and Dan Graf. Absent,
Chris Reed. Also present, Assistant City Administrator Sarah Nelson, and Police Chief Brian
Castellano.


III. Pledge and Prayer


IV. Minutes After discussion, motion by Barb, second by Dan to approve the regular meeting minutes as
written. MCU.


V. Bills After discussion, motion by Dan, second by Barb to approve payroll, the bills in the amount
of $444,158.33 and inter-fund loans to cover negative fund balances. MCU


VI. Attorney Andy was not present. Sarah mentioned that he will be at the next working session to
discuss the $10,000 counter offer for the tower.


VII. Police Brian started with the September calls for services, which were at 227 in 2021 compared to 234 in
2020; 26 of the calls in 2021 were assists.


On September 15th , the police department assisted the Itasca County/Grand Rapids PD SWAT team with
the execution of a drug search warrant at a residence that is close to the city limits. There was
methamphetamine and cash that was seized along with an arrest.


There was an officer that tested positive for Covid on October 18th . With that officer still not back to
work, the schedule has been adjusted a little bit so the shifts are covered through next week.


Both squads have been running well


Back in July the Public Demonstration Policy from the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and
Training (POST) was discussed at a council meeting. Brian asked if the council had time to review the
suggested policy. The council asked to hold off on the discussion until the next working session.
Brian closed with, “If you value your property, lock it up.”


Motion by Dan, second by Pat to accept the police report. MCU

VIII. Fire The Fire Chief, Jordan Osse, was not present but sent a written report.
There were seven calls this last month.


The fire department was awarded $50,000 from Enbridge to be used towards equipment purchases. This
grant will put towards the 2022 replacement of the SCBA packs/bottles/masks, fill station and other
equipment. The total replacement cost is approximately $178,000.00. Jordan has submitted multiple
grants in hopes to cover the difference without using the fire fund.


The chiefs squad has been in the shop. Jordan was told that it’s time to look for another vehicle to
replace it. He is currently looking into other options


On Saturday, October 30th , the fire department will be doing a live burn on County Road 19.
There is a potential for six new recruits starting in early January. Jordan will know more in the upcoming
weeks.


There will be a drive-thru tick-or-treat event at the fire hall on October 31 st . They will be trying to route
traffic down 4th Avenue North West and behind the DNR office to alleviate traffic issues on Division
Street.


Motion by Pat, second by Dan to accept the written fire report. MCU


IX. Administration Sarah presented resolution 2021-38 which was a donation of $50.00 from Pat Engler to
the Deer River Police Department to be used for equipment. Motion by Dan, second by Barb to accept
the resolution. MCU


Sarah let the council know about the letter from Federal Emergency Management agency (FEMA). The
letter stated that there are two meetings coming up for the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map
(FIRM). The first meeting should be attended by elected officials and community staff and officials, and
community consultants. This meeting will be on Zoom from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM on November 9th .


There will be a presentation followed by discussion with the members of the map production team to go
over flood zone designations, mapping process and timeline, adoption and ordinance update process per
National Flood Insurance Program, and more. The second meeting will also be via Zoom on November
18th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This meeting will be a public open house to learn about the risk of
flooding and how their property may be impacted, and FEMA will answer any questions or concerns.


The 2020 Census has been processed. As of April 1, 2020, the total population for the City of Deer River
is 909, household population is 884, group quarters population is 25, total housing units is 435, occupied
house units (households) is 386, and vacant housing units is 49. Dan asked if there is a list of the vacant
housing units. Sarah let him know that she would contact the State Demographic Center to see if she can
get a list.


Sarah updated the council on the walking trail. The trail will not be fully completed this fall because of
issues with the black top foundation. They are having trouble packing the foundation because of how
wet it is. TNT Construction will continue with the blacktop portion of the trail next spring, hoping a few
weeks of warm weather will help dry it up. The council asked if the corners on the sidewalks were going
to be finished this year and Sarah let them know that they were supposed to be poured this week.
Motion by Dan, second by Pat to accept the administrative report. MCU


X. Other Pat wanted to thank everyone for the calls, texts, cards, letters, and kind words for the passing of
his wife. He said the responses have been overwhelming and wanted to thank everyone in the
community. Arrangements are still being discussed.


XI. Adjournment Motion by Dan, second by Barb to adjourn. MCU. Meeting adjourned at 6:28 PM.

Respectfully submitted by, Sarah Nelson, Assistant City Administrator.

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Approved by the City Council at the regular meeting on November 8th , and signed by Mayor Geving.

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