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Water infrastructure product approved, police noticed in Deer Creek

Situations with water and law enforcement are being improved in Deer Creek, according to reports given to the city council during its regular meeting Monday evening.

Water and Sewer Operator Tim Weller said the poly-orthophosphate solution appeared to be working well for keeping water clean.

The council additionally approved a trial with the cleaning product Clearitas.

Weller said Clearitas would keep chlorine from breaking down, as well as keep the pipes clean.

When he proposed the product to the Deer Creek City Council, he said it would be used in addition to the poly-orthophosphate.

Weller said it would help with fire trucks, valves and pipes.

"You're going to have less chlorine in there, and you're going to have less corrosion," Weller said.

Weller also said it would cost roughly $600 for equipment, plus about $100 per month, but it would bring down other costs associated with chlorine.

"It should help with the drinking water then too," Council Member Brenda Lee said.

"I think for $100 a month it's worth a shot," Council Member Dan Hendershot added.

Jim Van Schaick, New York Mills Police Chief, also said it was a generally good month for Deer Creek in the sense that they had a low call volume, and people appeared to be taking notice of more police patrols in town.

New York Mills police serve Deer Creek, which does not have its own police force.

Council Member Dan Hendershot said the visibility of seeing a police car in town probably makes a difference in people's behavior.

Van Schaick said one of the bigger recent incidents regarded a call about recovery of a stolen vehicle from Aitkin, Minn., but the case was being handled by another police department.