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April 19, 2021 City Council Minutes



April 19, 2021

Mayor Anderson called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Steve Skogman, Julie Buria, Joe Prebeg Jr., Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Peggy Anderson. Also present were: Craig Wainio, City Administrator; Tim Satrang, Director of Public Works; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Anna Amundson, Library Director/Special Events Coordinator; Al Johnson, City Engineer; Kevin Friebe, Sheriff’s Department and Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

  1. Approve the minutes of the April 5, 2021, regular meeting as submitted.
  2. 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.
  3. To acknowledge the receipts for the period April 1-15, totaling $193,728.63 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes),
  4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period April 1-15, totaling $ (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried,

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the public forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Administrative professional day on Wednesday, April

City Administrator:

  • Approve contract
  • Contact with new owners of Old school

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and approve the enclosed agreement, hiring Mrs. Donna Johnson for the West Two Rivers Campground caretaker for the 2021 season. The motion carried.

Director of Public Works:

  • New trash canisters placed in parks and public areas as well as new cardboard containers
  • Utility marking flags, soon to be excavating lift station near Silver Creek
  • Debris got in and jammed the lift station pump and took out transfer station at the location on Unity

It was moved by Buria and seconded by Skogman to authorize City Staff to advertise for temporary seasonal employees for the 2021 summer months. Once a list of potential employees is developed, it will be forwarded to City Council for final approval. The motion carried.

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • Patching Library stairs

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Skogman to approve the policies, protocols and COVID-19 Preparedness plan for the Mountain Iron Library as presented. The motion carried.  

Table until all other buildings are opened?

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report
  • No not approach or feed bears
  • Bears have been recently spotted in Ann’s acres and Unity

City Engineer:

  • Peterson Well Drilling started on Friday, April 16th on the Well project

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria to approve Pay Request #3 – Water Filter project in the amount of $85,775.04 to Magney Construction Inc. Chanhassen, MN. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

City Attorney:

  • No formal report
  • Councilor Roskoski questioned the validity of Mrs. Adam’s legal questions during past meetings


  • Library Board approved Benchmark Engineering to develop plans and specifications for an additional handicap parking space at the Library
  • Merritt Days Committee discussed the plan to go ahead?

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Skogman to complete presentation on Community Wide Survey to the residents of Mountain Iron. It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Skogman to amend the motion to table to the Community Wide Survey for a future date. The motion carried.

Councilor Prebeg stated that there are plenty of outlets for residents to suggest or put ideas out

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by to approve the resurfacing of the tennis court located at the South Grove Recreation Complex, for the quote amount of $15,600.00 to  Surface Pro, Anoka, MN. The motion carried on a roll call vote.


  • Councilor Roskoski stated the City has 4 drop-off suggested/payment boxes located throughout the City
  • Shortstop, American Bank
  • Councilor Roskoski stated that East Range Academy (ERATS) 180+ – new location near Walmart in the next year, recommends that the City’s Streets and Alleys committee look into the sidewalk from Rock Ridge across Highway 169

At 7:17p.m., it was moved by Prebeg seconded by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary


  1. Local Board of Appeals and Equalization (LBAE) scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at the Mountain Iron City Hall, Iroquois Room.

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