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MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

November 20, 2017

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32p.m. with the following members present: 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, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney and SGT John Backman, Sheriff’s Department.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the November 6, 2017, 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 November 1-15, 2017, totaling $129,944.79 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period November 1-15, 2017, totaling $425,527.27 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried.

 

Public Forum:

 

  • No one spoke during forum

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Condolences to the family and friends of Roy Koski
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Ruth Josephson Phaneuf

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • After last meeting it was approved to move forward with the shared services Fire Department Grant
    • Contacted Fire Marshall’s Office, encouraged to identify which City the City of Mountain Iron wants to work with in regards to the Grant

Director of Public Works:

  • Water line repair in Ann’s Acres
  • Garbage pickup scheduled for Thursday will be picked up with normal garbage pickup on Friday due to Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

 

 

 

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

 

  • Story time-Tuesday, November 21st
  • Open Saturday, November 25th from 10-2pm
  • Book to movie, Tuesday, December 5th “The Christmas Note”

 

Sheriff’s Department:

 

  • No formal or informal report

 

City Engineer:

 

  • No formal report

 

City Attorney:

 

  • No formal report

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to approve Resolution #30-17; Grant Application, approving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application related to the Sanitary Sewer Slipling Project is authorized to be submitted to St. Louis County for its Consolidated Plan/Action Plan to the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve Resolution # 31-17; setting a public hearing to vacate the park designation on the final parcel on Garden Drive, once the parcel is vacated RGGS will provide the City with a deed to the property removing all potential claims. The hearing is set for December 18, 2017, before the City Council meeting at the Mountain Iron Community Center (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

 

Councilors looked over 2018 budget:

 

  • Councilor Prebeg asked for a Special meeting to be held before the next City Council meeting to go over the Budget and Capital Outlay projects to work towards a 0% levy.
  • Councilor Stanaway agreed, stated that it should be opened to all Board and Committees Chairs, to field questions and comments regarding the budget.
  • Mayor Skalko stated that 2% increase generates roughly $25,000, the majority, roughly 70% of taxes are paid for by businesses while roughly 30% comes from residents

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to set a Special Meeting to discuss the 2018 Budget on November 28th at 6:30pm at the Mountain Iron Community Center, inviting Board and Committee Chair members. The motion carried.  

 

The council reviewed the list of communications.

 

 

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to authorize the Building rental fee of $125 be waived in the form of a donation to the Ranum benefit event/fundraiser which was held November 18, 2017 at the Mountain Iron Community Center, monies to come from Charitable Gambling. The motion carried on roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to donate $500 to the Mountain Iron-Buhl High School Class of 2018 for the “31st Annual All-Night Chemical Free Graduation Party,” monies to come from Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on roll call vote.

 

Councilor Tuomela requested that in the future if all donation requests could be more informative, and attach perhaps the advertisement/flyer with the request for benefits/fundraisers.

 

At 7:05p.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. Thank you from Fairview Mesabi for the contribution to their “4th Annual Golf Fundraiser.”

 

 

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