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080618 City Council Minutes

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

August 6, 2018

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:31p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Joe Prebeg, Jr., Alan Stanaway, Steve Skogman, Susan Tuomela, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Tim Satrang, Director of Public Works; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Sally Yuccas, Library Director/Special Events Coordinator; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; SGT John Backman, Sheriff’s Department.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the July 16, 2018, regular meeting as submitted.

 

  1. That the communications be accepted and placed on file and those requiring further action by the City Council be acted upon during their proper sequence on the agenda.

 

  1. To acknowledge the receipts for the period July 16-31, totaling $885,448.24 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period July 16-31, totaling $553,994.73 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried on roll call vote.

Public Forum:

  • Ed Roskoski spoke regarding Ordinance 03-18; Amending Section 154 of the City Code
    • No buffer between Residential Zoning and Industrial Zoning
    • Each individual permit requested in this particular zoning area would require a Conditional Use Permit, and be scrutinized based on intended purposes/use
      • Shooting Range would be placed in this category

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Condolences to the family and friends of Robert “Bob” Schmidt
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Michael Bechtold
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Kami Rikala-Uchal
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Eugene (Gene) Cimperman
  • Happy birthday to Helen Koivenen-Sainio turning 94 years old August 7th
  • Happy late birthday to Bob Brown turned 70 on August 5th
  • Happy late birthday to Peggy Germ turned 70 August 6th
  • Congratulations to the High school Girls Summer Team won the State Breakdown Tournament
  • Rich Leman, placed Mountain Iron-Buhl sign at Watson Lake in the Yukon territory, roughly 90-100,000, signs from all over the world located at lake
  • Heliene USA, Inc., Company based out of Canada
    • In the process of hiring 120 workers for their Mountain Iron location
      • Roughly 96 hourly employee, three shifts
      • 1,000 Solar Panels per day
      • Hiring done through Always There Staffing, Hibbing, MN
    • Big thank you to the City Crews, worked on water line break from Thursday afternoon until late on Sunday

City Administrator:

  • Heliene, USA, Inc.- IRRRB provided a $150,000 Grant to help remodel building
  • Green Steps Program
    • Conservation kits available at City Hall and Library
      • help conserve energy and water
    • Thank you to Stacey Johnson and family for their work at the West Two Rivers Campground, and for the recent pictures of the Campground, will be uploaded to Website soon

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to enter into an annual agreement with our energy provider and service provider, Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA), for the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) to help assist residents with utility payments for electricity, for the upcoming heating season starting October 1, 2018. The motion carried.

Director of Public Works:

  • Scheduled water valve replacement
  • Water leak discovered late Thursday afternoon on Unity Drive, working until Sunday afternoon to get it under control
  • Big thank you to those individuals who worked diligently on the not one but two water breaks

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • Merritt Days
    • Events scheduled everyday Wednesday-Saturday downtown Mountain Iron
    • Saturday, August 11th Merritt Days Parade at 4:30pm
  • Thank you for Friends of the Library and the Legion for the Barbeque “Appreciative” lunch for all volunteers and City Workers
  • Thursday, October 4th “Taste of Mountain Iron,” more to come

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to approve Final Change Order No. 1 for the Woodland Estates Residential Development Phase 1 project, with a decrease in price in the amount of $56,469.98 to Mesabi Bituminous. The Change order is to compensate the Contractor for work actually completed; the decrease in cost is due to the deletion of the bituminous bike trail and 1” of bituminous pavement on the roadway due to the Geotechnical Engineer’s recommendation. The motion carried on roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve the Final Pay Request No.8 for the Woodland Estates Residential Development Phase 1 project in the amount of $34,733.07, to Mesabi Bituminous, Gilbert, MN. This amount releases all of the retainage for this project. The motion carried on roll call vote.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to approve Pay Request No. 5 for the Nichols Wastewater Pond Decommissioning Project in the amount of $138,493.42, to the Veit Company, Duluth, MN. This amount includes withholding of 5% retainage on work completed to date. The motion carried on roll call vote.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to approve Pay Request No. 1 for the Iron Range Tykes Learning Center Site Development project in the amount of $107,613.15, to Mesabi Bituminous, Gilbert, MN. This amount includes withholding of 5% retainage on work completed to date. The motion carried on roll call vote.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Public Health and Safety Committee and “add the language about record retention,” to Policy Number 2018-2, Air Pack Inspection Policy (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the resignation of Ricardo Coldagelli as the City of Mountain Iron’s Maintenance (Mechanic), with his last day of employment being August 31, 2018. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to post internally for all AFSCME Local 453 Members, for the Maintenance (Mechanic, Job Class 16) position for a minimum of seven days as presented, until August 17, 2018 at 4pm. If there are no applications received internally for the positions, that Staff be authorized to advertise externally.

The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and approve the updated Position Analysis for the positions of Library Director and Library Substitute as presented. The motion carried 4:1, Councilor Tuomela opposed.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to post internally for all AFSCME Local 453 Members, for the Library Substitute (Job Class 4) position for a minimum of seven days as presented, until August 17, 2018 at 4pm. If there are no applications received internally for the positions, that Staff be authorized to advertise externally. The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to the recommendation of the Personal Committee and advertise for the position of the Library Director, deadline for applications being Friday, August 31, 2018 at 4pm. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Ordinance #02-18; Amending the Official Zoning Map in and for the City of Mountain Iron (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Ordinance #03-18; Amending Section 154 of the Mountain Iron City Code (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by to Tuomela to amend adoption of Ordinance #03-18 and move Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to Section 154 (C). The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to approve Resolution #20-18; Adopting the Revised Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve Resolution #21-18; Accepting Feasibility Report for the Mountain Iron Drive Street Improvement between 12th Street and the Southerly Corporate Limits of the City. Hearing on the project set for the second meeting in October (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to accept Benchmark Engineering’s recommendation and approve the Plans Specifications for the Downtown Sanitary Sewer Slip-Lining Project and then to advertise for bids. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize Sundberg Enterprises, LLC dba The Sawmill Saloon and Restaurant to serve alcohol at the Dall/Landers Wedding scheduled for August 11, 2018 at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize BG’s Bar & Grill to serve alcohol at the Johnson/Whitt Wedding scheduled for August 18, 2018 at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

The council reviewed the list of communications.

At 7:40p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

Communications:

  1. Primary Election on August 14, 2018, at which the polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and the Mountain Iron Community Center: Precinct #1: IROQUOIS ROOM; Precinct #2: WACOOTAH ROOM. Absentee ballots are available at the City Hall now through August 13, 2018 for those voters unable to vote on Election Day. The City Hall will also be open for absentee voting from 10am-3pm on Saturday, August 11th and will be open until 5pm on Monday, August 13th.
  2. Mediacom will be implementing rate adjustments starting on or about September 1, 2018.

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