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December 20, 2021 City Council Minutes

 MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

December 20, 2021

Mayor Anderson called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Ed Roskoski, Julie Buria, Joe Prebeg Jr. and Mayor Peggy Anderson. 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 Grant Toma, Sheriff’s Department. Absent members: Councilor Steve Skogman.

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

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:
    1. VIIB. Resolution Number 25-21
  2. Hiring Firefighter
  3. Approve the minutes of the December 6, 2021, regular meeting as submitted.
  4. 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.
  5. To acknowledge the receipts for the period December 1-15, totaling $2,128,547.79 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes),
  6. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period December 1-15, totaling $435,211.59 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried with Councilor Skogman absent.

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the public forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Big thank you to the City Crew for keeping the streets clear

City Administrator:

  • No formal report

Director or Public Works:

  • Big storm last week, several brief outages, heavy rain and isolated flooding at lift station areas/substations, rain which turned into sleet which caused bad road conditions, thanks to the City Crew for their hard work throughout the weather condition changes
  • City hosted Minnesota Regional Rural Water training event on Friday, December 17th at the Mountain Iron Community Center

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • New ornament lights on Highway 7 & Mountain Iron Drive
  • Winter Reading program
  • January 3rd – February 25th
  • Grand Champion 2021 Holiday Lighting Contest – 5473 Daffodil Avenue
  • “WOW” Factor Category
  • 1st Place – 8775 Merritt Place
  • 2nd Place – 8765 Merritt Place
  • Traditional Category
  • 1st Place – 8367 Tamarack Drive
  • 2nd Place – 8776 Greenwood Lane
  • Elegance of Design
  • 1st Place – 8794 Forest Drive
  • 2nd Place – 8386 Spruce Drive
  • Big thank you to Park State Bank for the gift card/sponsorship for Grand Prize winner
  • Library Hours return to regular hours starting January 3rd
  • Mon- Thurs -10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Friday – 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Curbside service still available

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

City Attorney:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and offer the Mechanic position to Mr. Nathan Welch, employment is contingent upon passing of physical, background check, drug and alcohol test. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria to authorize Sundberg Enterprises, LLC dba: The Sawmill Saloon and Restaurant to serve alcohol at the RAMS Annual Dinner on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, to be held at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman absent. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria to approve Resolution #25-21; Authorizing the issuance and sale of General Obligation Revenue Note, Series 2022A, and providing for its payment (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Skogman absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to approve the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and hire Mr. Curtis Schramm, to the Mountain Iron Fire Department as paid on call firefighter, contingent on physical and background check. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman absent.

The Mountain Iron-Buhl High School Class of 2022 requests contribution for their 2022 Annual Chemical-Free All Night Grad Party. It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Prebeg to donate $500 to the Mountain Iron-Buhl High School Class of 2022 for their “35th Annual Chemical – Free All Night Graduation Party,” monies to come out of the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried (4:0) on a roll call vote with Councilor Skogman absent.

The MIB Hoops Club requests contribution for their 2021-2022 MIB Basketball Team. It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to donate $250 to the MIB Basketball Team for their 2021-2022 Season, monies to come out of the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried (4:0) on a roll call vote with Councilor Skogman absent.

Announcements:

  • None

From all of the Mountain Iron City Council, Staff and Crew, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

At 6:59p.m., it was moved by Buria and seconded by Roskoski that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman absent.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

Communications:

  1. Big thank you from the Mountain Iron-Buhl High School Yearbook for the support.
  2. Mediacom will been implementing rate adjustments and changes, as well as some programming changes, which will start on or around December 31, 2021.
  3. Big thank you from Senator Tomassoni for bestowing the honor of naming a street in the Renewable Energy Industrial Park after him.

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