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City Council Minutes 10-02-17

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MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

October 2, 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; Rhonda McConnell, Secretary, Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the September 18, 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 September 16-30, 2017, totaling $297,080.01 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period September 16-30, 2017, totaling $374,238.81 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried.

 

Public Forum:

 

  • Ed Roskoski shared a comment made to his brother about a concern about the new intersection of Enterprise Drive North and #7 / 169 crossing area. The part of Enterprise North that goes east has a concrete island to separate the lanes and the concern is how 18 wheeler trucks will be able to get through. He also shared a concern about having to plow around it during the winter. He wondered if the City had input into the design.
    • Discussion ensued regarding the above concerns. Rod Flannigan stated that the design was done by MNDOT and it was suggested that he could talk with people at MNDOT with his concerns.
    • It was also suggested that Public Works Director takes a look at it and give a report.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • A moment of silence was held for those involved in the tragedy in Las Vegas.
  • It was moved by Mayor Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to set up a Labor & Management Board meeting for Wednesday, October 25th at 2 pm at the City Hall. Motion carried.
  • It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman to place an ad for the opening on the Planning & Zoning Committee in the Mesabi Daily News and Hometown Focus. The closing date to apply will be Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 4 pm. Motion carried.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to approve the recommendation to continue to participate in the Salvation Army’s Heat Share program. The motion carried.
  • It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve the Safety Committee’s recommendation that the MMUA Safety Training contract for employee training be approved for the year 2017-2018 in the amount of $10,850.00. The motion carried on roll call vote 5-0.

Director of Public Works:

  • It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to authorized the purchase of one 225 KVA 3 phase pad mount transformer from Resco for the low quote of $8968.00. The motion carried on roll call vote 5-0.
  • Flushing of hydrants will be taking place next week. Residents may notice some intermittent pressure difference and/or discoloration of water. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

 

  • Oct 9-14 there will be Teen Week at the library.
  • Story Time begins Tuesday, October 3rd at 10 am for ages 5 and under.
  • Didgeridoo, a musical group from Down Under, will be performing on October 23rd at 1 pm at the library.
  • Annual Halloween Carnival will be held on Sunday, October 29th at the Community Center.

 

Sheriff’s Department:

 

  • No formal or informal report

 

City Engineer:

 

  • No formal report

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board to authorize the advertisement for Rink Workers for the upcoming season. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to authorize the recommendation of the Public Health and Safety Board to purchase 20 SCBA’s and related equipment from Emergency Response Solutions at the low bid price of $147,063.95. 95 percent of the purchase price will be funded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant that was obtained through FEMA. The motion carried on roll call vote. (Motion was amended to include thank you notes to Karen Anderson who wrote the grant, and Senator Al Franken.) The motion carried on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Stanway and seconded by Tuomela to approve the Public Health and Safety Board’s recommendation for the Proposal for the “East Range” Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) Project presented from Hundrieser Consulting in the amount of $5000.00. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the recommendation of the Public Health and Safety Board to purchase five Motorola 800MHZ radios for the Fire Department from Motorola Solutions in the amount of $13,958.45.  Motion carried on roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve the Public Health and Safety Board’s request to add Kyle Tomcyzck to the First Responders rank. Motion carried.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution #28-17; communicating Mountain Iron’s concerns regarding devastating impacts of MPCA’s proposed water quality standard to protect wild rice. (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve the Real Property Declaration as presented. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the recommendation to purchase and install the water heater at the community center from the North Country Heating and Cooling for the low quote of $10,200.00. Motion carried on roll call vote.

 

The council reviewed the list of communications.

 

The MIB Cross County Club is requesting a donation.  It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize a donation of $100 to the Cross Country Club from the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

 

At 7:16 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

 

 

Submitted by:

 

 

 

Rhonda McConnell

Secretary

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Communications:

 

Mediacom sent a letter about notification of Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Obligations. 

 

 

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