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MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

April 2, 2018

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32p.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 and 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 March 19, 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 March 16-31, totaling $236,842.49 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period March 16-31, totaling $225,673.19 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried.           

Public Forum:

  • Carolyn Olsen spoke on behalf of the Mountain Iron Library Board
    • The Mountain Iron Library Board recommends
      • Member of Board be part of the Posting/advertising, part of hiring/interviewing of new Librarian
      • Board wants a quality Librarian, get into the “business” of the library
      • Split Librarian and Special Events Coordinator into two positions
      • Librarian position full time (40 hours) if possible
      • Make the Special Events Coordinator a part time position possible, let Parks & Recreation Board determine that position
    • Shannon Petersen commended the Library and Sally for the activities which were added which incorporated the youth and younger ages
      • Hard to replace Sally as the Librarian and Events Coordinator, she has done a wonderful job in the Library and throughout the Community
    • Councilor Stanaway commented regarding being a part of the Library Board for over 10 years, believes and supports the Library Board in that the Librarian position should be a full-time position
      • Recommends that at least two members of the Library Board be part of a review/search committee when going through applications for the Librarian position
    • Councilor Prebeg commented regarding the Librarian position and Special Events Coordinator
      • The Parks and Recreation Board would have to discuss the Special Events coordinator at the next meeting
      • The Personnel Committee would have to meet and discuss how to move forward in regards to posting/advertising/hiring in regards to both positions

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Condolences to the family and friends of Casey Oie
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Marty Perala
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Bryan Klabunde
  • Congratulations to Northwoods Boys’ Basketball on finishing 2nd at State
  • Happy late birthday to Marge Scinto turned 90 years old at the end of January

Councilor Skogman spoke about Camp Esquagama in Gilbert, MN

  • Day Camps for ages ranging from 4-7, Monday-Friday
  • Have Residential camp and Youth camps as well
  • Camp is owned by St. Louis County and offers partial and full tuition assistance to help with tuition and costs of camps
  • They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to attend camp
  • Can register or contact them via Facebook, or online through their website

The City Administrator reported on the following:

  • Audio/Visual upgrades by Tierney Brothers for the Community Center to be installed mid-June

Director of Public Works:

  • No formal report
  • Crews establishing right-a-ways, cleaning up streets, please be aware of Street crews

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • Thanks to everyone who helped with the Easter Egg Hunt
  • Spring story time session, Tuesdays at 10:00am
  • “Drums & Percussion of the World,” Tuesday, April 10th at 10:30am at the Senior Citizens Center
  • National Library Week, April 8-14
    • Activities throughout the week

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and adopt the agreement between Mr. and Mrs. Johnson for the West Two Rivers Campground Caretaker. The agreement is provides for an increase in compensation of $50 per week. The motion carried on roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and move forward with a request for proposals for a study to develop a master plan for the South Grove Recreation Complex. The plan would ensure orderly development of the complex and provide the best use of the space. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board authorizing Staff to advertise for temporary seasonal employees and seasonal coaches for the summer months with an increase from $10 per hour to $12 per hour. Once a list of potential employees is developed, it will be forwarded to the City Council for final approval. Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 4th at 4pm. The motion carried with 4:1.

  • Seasonal Summer Employees
    • Must be 18 years of age or older to apply
  • Seasonal Summer Coaches
    • Adult Coaches-19 years of age or older to apply
    • Assistant Coaches- 16 years of age or older to apply
    • Umpires-16 years of age or older to apply (wage is per game)

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution #09-18; Supporting Local Decision –Making Authority (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize Flaimer’s Bar Inc. dba Flaimer’s to serve alcohol at the Podpeskar/Greene wedding scheduled for April 14, 2018 at the Mountain Iron Community Center. 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 Virginia Co-op Credit Union Annual Dinner scheduled for April 19, 2018 at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to donate $250 to the 10th Annual “Dustin Damm Memorial Walk for Mental Health,” Fundraising Event on May 17, 2018, at 4pm, at Olcott Park in Virginia. Monies to come from the Chartable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on roll call vote.

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

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

Communications:

  1. 2018 Local Board of Appeal and Equalization is scheduled for April 19, 2018 from 5:00-6:00pm at the Mountain Iron Community Center.
  2. Mountain Iron Parks & Recreation Department Summer Ball and Tennis Registration taking applications and fees at the Mountain Iron City Hall until Monday, April 30th at 4pm.
  3. International Autism Awareness day is Monday, April 2, 2018.

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