Pierz may be a ‘Community of Distinction’

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor

The city of Pierz may be featured on the show “Communities of Distinction” with Terry Bradshaw, during a five-minute segment.

City Administrator Anna Gruber was contacted by the show’s associate producer, Evan Golden.

The segment is on topics, trends and issues related to, “Hidden Gems to Live, Work, Play, Visit and Retire,” in the “Discover America” series.

The information Gruber received said the show would air one time nationally on FOX Business Network and 19 times regionally on ABC and FOX stations and/or regional news networks in many of the top 100 markets nationwide. These will be based on viewer demographics, interests and a distribution checklist.

Gruber informed the Council during its Monday meeting about the possibility of the city being featured on the show.

“It’s a great town,” said Pierz Mayor Toby Egan. “There is a lot of camaraderie in town, a lot of good people and I really enjoy living here. I think anybody who lives here, for the most part, feels the same way.”

He said many people come to the city to play on its golf course and that Pierz is “kind of a gateway to the lakes area,” he said.

“I hear all the time that Pierz is one of the best-kept secrets in the area,” said Egan.

Tuesday morning, Gruber spoke with producers to request more information and said she made plans to speak with the executive producer Friday, to finalize the information.

Pierz City Council Briefs

In other business during the Council’s regular Monday meeting, the Council:

• Swore in Mike Taylor, current chief of the Mille Lacs Band Department of Natural Resources and Jason Loscheider, Morrison County sheriff’s deputy, as part-time officers for the city. Taylor has 15 years of law enforcement experience and Loscheider has been with the sheriff’s department since 2011;

• Approved increasing from $1,400 to $1,500, the amount the city contributes to the Fire Department’s retirement account. The $1,500 is per firefighter per year of service. Mayor Toby Egan and Council Members Mike Menden and Don Bujalski abstained from the vote, as they are all firefighters;

• Learned from Public Works Director Bob Otremba that an insurance trust and loss control consultant with the League of Minnesota Cities recommended the city purchase several pieces of equipment and tools for the Public Works Department for safety. Otremba guessed the cost for the equipment could be anywhere from $5,000 – $10,000. He and City Administrator Anna Gruber will look at the possibility of applying for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) matching grant; and

• Heard Golf Course Superintendent Daniel Baert report that applications for golf course employees will be reviewed at the city’s Park Board meeting.

The Council plans to meet Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss possible personnel policy changes.

The Pierz City Council’s next regular meeting will be held Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m.