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December 16, 2019 City Council Minutes

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MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

December 16, 2019

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32p.m. with the following members present: Councilor 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. Absent members: Councilor Joe Prebeg Jr.

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

  1. Approve the minutes of the December 2, 2019, 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 December 1-15, totaling $171,465.91 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
  4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period December 1-15, totaling $453,357.14 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.  

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Recent events brought to attention-President Trump’s Executive Order-States and Counties determine if immigrants can come into the State-County Commissioners vote on allowing immigrants into St. Louis County

City Administrator:

  • Next meeting Pay Equity Act Compliance for City Council approval

Director of Public Works:

  • Recent power outage affecting several houses on Mud lake Road
  • Water-main break on Grant Street near the Wastewater Treatment Plant

Library Director/Special Events Director:

  • Merritt Day’s Committee Meeting, Wednesday @ 6:00pm at the MIB High school Commons area
  • Arrowhead Library Service
    • Received Grant for Infant Play Date
  • Library Board position open, applications due by December 24th at 11:30am to City Hall

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • Instituform looking to start slip-lining downtown Mountain Iron, January – February 2020

City Attorney:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution #20-19; Authorizing proceeding with recommendations identified from the Fire Department Service Planning Committee (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Buria to adopt Resolution #21-19; Authorizing the application of a Fire Department Service Planning Grant with the State of Minnesota, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to adopt Resolution #22-19; Guaranteeing ongoing Maintenance, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman to adopt Resolution #23-19; Authorizing the Abidance of the Respect Minnesota Pledge by the City of Mountain Iron City Council, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to authorize Jeff & Greg Properties, Inc., DBA: B. G.’s Bar & Grill to serve alcohol at the Dinner Theater event, scheduled for December 30, 2019 and December 31, 2019 at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to have the City Attorney, Bryan Lindsay, look into the issues regarding the City’s Solar Farm project which is a cooperate effort with the City of Virginia The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

At 7:15p.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

www.mtniron.com

Communications:

  1. City of Mountain Iron Offices and Mountain Iron Library closed Christmas Eve at 11:30am and all day Christmas Day, as well as New Year’s Eve at 11:30 and all day New Year’s Day in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays.
  2. “Bell Ringing,” season is upon us, go to Salvation Army’s website to sign up to be a “Bell Ringer,” throughout the holiday season at certain area locations. registertoring.com 

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