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April 5, 2021 City Council Minutes

   MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

April 05, 2021

Mayor Anderson called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Steve Skogman, 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 Mark Madden, Fire Department Interim Chief. Absent members: Councilor Julie Buria.

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

  1. Approve the minutes of the March 15, 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 March 16-31, totaling $ (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes),
  4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period March 16-31, totaling $ (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried Councilor Buria absent.

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the public forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Anderson and seconded by Prebeg to table the Senior Citizen request until the first meeting in May. Mayor Anderson stated that she requested the request be tabled due to a new variant COVID strain, an increase in COVID numbers not only in Minnesota but also in St. Louis County. Discussion ensued with Councilor Prebeg surge in numbers and Councilor Roskoski. Councilor Skogman requested that re-opening be discussed at the next Council meeting, instead of waiting until May. The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Buria absent (No: Roskoski; Yes: Prebeg, Anderson, Skogman).

City Administrator:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to approve the Confidentially and Non-Disclosure Agreement with Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE, Inc. as presented. The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Buria absent (Yes: Prebeg, Anderson, Skogman; No: Roskoski).

Director of Public Works:

  • New trash canisters placed in parks and public areas

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Skogman to authorize the purchase of 65-gallon garbage cans from Nedland Industries, Inc. in the amount of $6,955. The motion carried on a roll call vote with Councilor Buria absent.

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • Congratulations to the Easter Egg Hunt winners
  • 3 eggs not claimed within City limits – #48, #43 & #

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to table to the re-opening of the Mountain Iron Library until the next City Council meeting in April. The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve Pay Request #2 – Water Filter project in the amount of $153,064.45 to Magney Construction Inc. Chanhassen, MN. The motion carried on a roll call vote with Councilor Buria absent.

Fire Department:

  • Fire Prevention week, handing out bags for school age kids

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and hire the following individuals to the Mountain Iron Fire Department as paid on call firefighters, pending a background check and physical:

  • Aidan Bissonette
  • Daniel Ronchetti

The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve the recommendation of the Personnel committee and hire Brian Hoag to the Mountain Iron First Responder crew as paid on call responder, pending a background check and physical. The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

Liaison:

  • No Streets and Alleys committee meeting scheduled at this time

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to approve Ordinance #02-21; Amending Section 154 of the Mountain Iron City code (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Buria absent (Yes: Anderson, Skogman, Prebeg; No: Roskoski).

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve Resolution #05-21; Local Trail Connections Program Grant Application (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Buria absent (Yes: Anderson, Skogman, Prebeg; No: Roskoski).

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to have any item to be placed on the agenda by and Council-member must contain the appropriate background information to inform the City Council of the item to be voted on. The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Buria absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to donate $250 to the Summer Outreach Program (SWOP), monies to come from Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Buria absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to donate $250 to the Quad City Food-shelf, monies to come from Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Buria absent.

Announcements:

Councilor Roskoski announced

  • Community wide survey added to April 19th agenda for additional discussion
  • Merritt Days committee meeting on
  • April 15th at the MIB School at 6:00pm in the Commons area – door #4

At 7:34p.m., it was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

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Communications:

  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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