Grant would help to replace wildlife equipment

By Chad Koenen


The City of Deer Creek will seek a grant to replace some aging equipment for the local fire department.

During its regularly scheduled meeting on May 22, the Deer Creek City Council approved a measure to seek a grant from the Minnesota DNR to replace some of its wildland equipment. Deer Creek Fire Chief Andrew Browne said the equipment will include replacing nozzles, as well as necessary tools to battle things like grass fires.

The grant the city is seeking is for $5,000 with a 50/50 local match. As a result, if the city is approved for the grant, it will receive $2,500 in funding if it puts up $2,500 of its own to make the purchase.

The city council approved the applying for the grant and will only purchase the equipment if it is approved for the grant. 

In other news

• Approved a donation of $1,500 to the Deer Trails Day Committee.

• Approved a change in the poultry ordinance to reflect that the ordinance only pertains to the parts of town that are zoned residential. The ordinance does not apply to areas zoned as agricultural. 

• Approved appointing Mayor Troy Beiswinger as the City of Deer Creek’s representative to the Deer Creek Utilities Board.

• Accepted the resignation of David George as a member of the Deer Creek Fire Department.

• Heard the City of Deer Creek will be flushing fire hydrants in the near future. Currently, the plan is to flush them from June 1-2. 

• Heard that Minnesota Rural Water will repair the broken fire hydrant behind the Station. The organization will not charge for the labor to make the repair, but will just charge for the parts. 

• Heard the Deer Creek Fire Department has responded to 26 calls for service this year.

• Heard the city is currently waiting to find out what it can do with the remaining ash from a planned control burn/fire training that will take place at a condemned house at 107 Clark St.