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Local Address: Ramsey, Minnesota, United States
Depotstar, Inc
6180 140th Ave Nw
Anoka, Minnesota 55303
United States

Company Description: DepotStar was founded in 1996. We are a diverse engineering and manufacturing company specializing in cost effective design, assembly, manufacture, and repair...   more
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Mark Korin
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Mark Korin
"Somebody has to keep an eye on you people."
That was Mark Korin's response, before he was elected to the Oak Grove City Council, when asked why he was sitting in on so many council meetings.
And that is still his attitude about city government now that he's mayor.
Oak Grove is a 36-square-mile city located west of East Bethel. It has a population of about 8,000.
Korin served several years on the Oak Grove Park Board and Planning Commission, including 12 years as the Planning Commission chair.
But when he spoke to the Lakes Area Business Association in Forest Lake on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the main topic was his cost-cutting accomplishments as mayor.
Korin was elected to the City Council in 2008 and became mayor in 2011. At that time Oak Grove had a city administrator, finance director and two full-time building officials, he said; double-digit increases had left the city with a $3.2 million budget.
In the three years he's been mayor, things have changed. Now one person shares the duties of city manager and city planner. The building department has been eliminated. The finance director is gone and payroll is outsourced. The city levy has been reduced by 26 percent and $1.2 million.
Korin visited Forest Lake to tell members of the Lakes Area Business Association how these reductions were accomplished.
After the city administrator resigned, Korin said, he volunteered to serve as both mayor and administrator. He worked about three days a week for the city for almost a year. According to media reports, Korin asked for $1,500 per month for this service. Instead he continued to receive just the mayor salary, $6,000 a year, plus $1,300 for serving on the Economic Development Authority.
"I felt compelled to bring my values as a business owner to the city," he said. "I took on the duties of administrator until we could figure out what was needed and the economy turned around."
Korin, a design engineer, is founder and president of DepotStar, an engineering and manufacturing services provider. He worked at Medtronic before running his own company.
Korin said he had experienced a downturn in his business and had to lay off employees. At the peak he had 54 employees, he said, but after a major client left, that number dropped for a while to just 12.
But when he made efforts to reduce city staff, he met with resistance. The city administrator, who was paid $99,000 per year plus benefits, disagreed that cuts were needed.
"Staff did a lot to justify their job to keep from getting laid off," he said. "The city administrator brought me a Forbes magazine with a cover that said 'Recession over, recovery in six months.' I still have it," he said.
After the administrator quit, a search firm wanted $20,000 to help find a new administrator, Korin said, and told him it would cost the city $160,000 per year to hire someone qualified.
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"He's the best decision I ever made for my city," Korin said.
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"She was working 50 to 60 hours a week and said she needed additional staff," Korin said. An accounting firm bid $50,000 to do the job in four days a month. Later, Korin said, the accounting firm employee told him, "I don't know what I'm going to do on that fourth day," as the workload did not require that much time.
Another point of contention between Korin and city staff was the amount of reserve cash. The city had $12 million in the bank but was increasing the levy, he said.
"We need to spend all this," he said he was told, "and if we don't spend all that plus more, we can't raise taxes next year."
To save money for law enforcement, Korin took on the county sheriff. Oak Grove contracts for police coverage through Anoka County. The outgoing sheriff, he said, told Oak Grove that the city needed to increase from 16 hours per day to 24-hour police coverage, at a cost of about $700,000. Korin resisted, saying crime was down and Oak Grove residents should not pay more just to offset budgetary issues in the county.
With East Bethel and Ham Lake, Oak Grove considered creating an alternate system for police protection. In the end the Anoka County contract was maintained, but for 20 hours a day. The cost was less than $500,000.
"In business, we have to be held accountable," Korin said. In government, "I've never seen a bigger shell game in my whole life."
Forest Lake case
Korin said he sees many parallels between the cities of Oak Grove and Forest Lake and urged members of LABA to become even more involved in city issues.
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Host John Mahany interviews Mark ...
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Host John Mahany interviews Mark Korin, owner and president of DepotStar Inc., about Alpha Systems AOA.
City of Oak Grove -- City Council Minutes 1/10/05
oakgrove.govoffice.com, 10 Jan 2005 [cached]
Mark Korin, chair of the Planning Commission, appeared before the Council and stated the Planning Commission looked at this amendment last year.He stated one of the issues dealt with home occupations and the requirement for a sprinkler system in all businesses, including home occupations of over 2,000 square feet.
Chairperson Korin called the ...
oakgrove.govoffice.com, 20 Oct 2005 [cached]
Chairperson Korin called the Regular Meeting of the Oak Grove Planning Commission to order at 7:01 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2005.Roll call was taken.
Present: Mark Korin
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Chairperson Korin described the advisory roll of the Commission.
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Mark Korin read the public notice to consider the application for John Wilmer, 21575 Quapaw St NW, for an Interim Use Permit to operate Sled Head Racing which is a high performance snowmobile shop as a home business out of the following legally described property: Lot 9, Block 3, Oak Wood Ponds; PID #07 33 24 32 0011.
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Chairperson Korin informed the applicant that the business will become an issue if the neighbors object to it.
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Chairperson Korin closed this public hearing.
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Mark Korin read the public notice to consider the application for Robert Dziuk for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and then to rezone the following legally described property from Agricultural to Single Family Residential: SE , of NE , of Section 34; further described by PID #34 33 24 14 0001.
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Chairperson Korin closed this public hearing.
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Chairperson Korin suggested waiting for the revised state rules.
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Chairperson Korin had a different perspective because he felt people should have some rights to do what they want on their property.There was obvious difference of opinion between Chairperson Korin and Commissioner Smith.
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Motion carried with Chairperson Korin and Commissioner Gores voting NO.
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Chairperson Korin commended Commissioner Gerhard's report.
2011-12-05 - Guests: Jonathan Blake and ...
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2011-12-05 - Guests: Jonathan Blake and Mayor Mark Korin
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Then we talk with Oak Grove Mayor Mark Korin about how he cut his city's levy by more that 18%, the largest such cut in the state.
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