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August 17, 2020 City Council Minutes

 MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

August 17, 2020

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Joe Prebeg Jr., Alan Stanaway, Julie Buria, Steve Skogman, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig Wainio, City Administrator; Tim Satrang, Director of Public Works; Anna Amundson, Library Director/Special Events Coordinator; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Al Johnson, City Engineer; Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney; and SGT Backman, Sheriff’s Department.

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

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:

VII.      C. Change Order #2

  1. Approve the minutes of the August 3, 2020, 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 August 1-15, totaling $398,151.96 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
  4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period August 1-15, totaling $838,933.57 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried.

Public Forum:

  • Peggy Anderson spoke during the public forum, regarding the Water Tower lettering. Peggy stated that the City’s name should be spelled out in its entirety, as it is part of the City’s identity. The full spelling of the City in addition to the year established should be painted on the Water Tower instead of its abbreviated spelling.

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Happy birthday to Gladys Kujala turning 90 years old September 4th
  • Thank you to all those who are keeping the country moving forward!

City Administrator:

  • Preliminary Levy, certified to the St. Louis County prior to September 20, 2020

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to table the request to utilize the Mountain Iron Senior Center and for the City Administration to work with the City Attorney in regards to developing comprehensive plans for the safe re-opening and usage of the City Buildings. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Buria to approve the 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, 2020. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to reschedule the September 7, 2020 meeting due to the Labor Day Holiday to Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:30pm at the Mountain Iron City Hall. The motion carried.

Director of Public Works:

  • Several invasive species, such as wild Parsnip, Purple Loosestrife and Common Tansy, can be found in the area, please do not remove them or mess with them

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to authorize the City to purchase a RTK-Pro Utility Locator with Survey-Grade GNSS for the price of $10,239. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • No formal report
  • Summer Reading Program has ended, 73.815 minutes of Reading for the residents
  • A young boy named Mason read the most with 11,350 minutes
  • Roughly 12-18 lunches served during the daily “Meet up and Chow Down,” event at the Library

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to accept the letter of resignation of Anne Grierson from the position as a part-time Library clerk, with an effective date of Friday, August 14, 2020. The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg 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. If there are no applications received internally for the position, that Staff be authorized to advertise externally in both the Hometown Focus and Mesabi Daily News. The motion carried.

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report
  • Two new deputies started with the department recently

City Attorney:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • Mountain Iron Drive project, progressing, roughly 1-2 weeks before first layer of bituminous
  • Water Tower project progressing along

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve Change Order #2, thus having Mtn. Iron along with the year established painted on the Water Tower. The motion carried on a roll call vote (Yes: Stanaway, Prebeg, Skalko; No: Buria, Skogman).  

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to approve Resolution #15-20; Supporting a State Bonding Bill, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria to approve Resolution #16-20; accepting the Primary Election results, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

At 7:53p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Buria that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

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Communications:

  1. Shared Services Study Joint meeting, Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 6:30pm at the Mountain Iron Community Center

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