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CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

CITY OF DEER RIVER

Regular Meeting
12/13/2021

 

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, Public Works Foreman Rick Rogich, Police Chief
Brian Castellano, and resident Richard Fieldsend attended Zoom Meeting.


III. Pledge and Prayer


IV. Minutes After discussion, Pat’s motion, second by Dan, to approve the regular meeting minutes as
amended. MCU. Motion by Pat, Dan, to approve the special November 29th special meeting as
written. MCU. Motion by Pat, second by Dan, approve the December 1st special meeting as
amended.


V. Bills After discussion, Pat’s motion, second by Barb, was to approve the bills for $90,854.76 and
inter-fund loans to cover negative fund balances. MCU.


VI. Public Works Rick’s updates included the pond project, which has passed all testing and is ready to put
online. Hydrants are winterized, and the main lift station repairs were completed. The new snowplow
should be ready for delivery by the end of the week.


Rick asked for a motion to approve the hiring of two rink attendants. Motion by Dan, second by Pat to hire
Destin Lazzaro and Laneden Serfling as rink attendants for the 2021/22 skating season. MCU. With the
warmer weather, it's been not easy to make ice, and the rink will open when ice is ready. The sliding hill
has been opened, but we may need to close it soon if we don't get snow.


Rick is talking with Itasca County about providing grading services for the city's gravel streets. Motion by
Dan, second by Barb to approve the public works report. MCU.


VII. Administrators Report Motion by Pat, second by Dan to approve resolution 2021-45, a resolution
accepting the resignation of Councilmember Chris Reed effective December 31 st , 2021. MCU The Council
thanked Chris for his years of service and wished him well.


Motion by Dan, second by Pat to approve resolution 2021-46, a resolution is accepting $1,611.33 in
additional Corona Virus fiscal recovery money. MCU. Extra money was available because some cities did
file to receive the funds.


Motion by Pat, second by Barb to approve resolution 2021-47, a resolution accepting a $1000.00 donation
to the fire department from Todd and Janet Janson. MCU


Mark presented the 2022 City of Zemple police protection agreement with no changes. Motion by Dan,
second by Barb to allow the Mayor and Administrator to sign the agreement. The fee for the service
remains at $2,000.00 annually.


Motion by Dan, second by Pat, to allow the Mayor and Administrator to sign a subordination agreement
for one of the Kootasca grant loan recipients. Mark explained the city has no actual money invested in the
program and that the Council has signed several of these agreements in the past.

The 2022 south project has been advertised for bids and will close on or about January 10 th .
The Credit Union has requested a 5-minute parking sign for one spot in front of their building. Motion by
Pat, second by Barb to have public works place a 5-minute parking sign at the Credit Union location.
MCU.


Mark has met with a second cyber security company and has received a quote that is very similar to the
first quote he received in November. The Council had questions about liability. Mark will do some more
checking, and if we move forward with this type of service, we will talk to each department to see how it
will affect their budgets.


Mark asked for the mayor to sign a letter that states the city will maintain and be responsible for the
matching money for the Safe Routes to Schools grant if the city receives another award. Itasca County
has to agree to be the fiscal agent as part of the grant agreement. Motion by Dan, second by Pat to allow
the mayor to sign the letter. MCU.

VIII. Other Police Chief Brian Castellano stated that he received one letter of interest from his part-time
officers to fill the recently vacated full-time patrolman position. Brian recommended that Jeff Krall be
awarded the position of full-time patrolman. Jeff has thirteen years of full-time patrolman experience and
will be a great addition to our department. Motion by Dan, second by Barb to offer the position to Jeff
Krall. Motion carried. Pat abstained.


IX. Adjournment Motion by Dan, second by Pat to adjourn. MCU. Meeting adjourned at 6:43 PM.
Respectfully submitted by Mark Box, City Administrator.
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Approved by the City Council at the regular meeting on December 27th , 2021, and signed by Mayor
Geving.
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