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December 7, 2020 City Council Minutes

   MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

December 7, 2020

 

Deputy Mayor Prebeg called the City Council meeting to order at 6:33p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Joe Prebeg Jr., Al Stanaway and Julie Buria. 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; and SGT John Backman,  Sheriff’s Department. Absent members: Gary Skalko and Steve Skogman.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the November 12, 2020, special meeting as submitted.

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the November 16, 2020, 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 November 16-31, totaling $ (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes),

 

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

 

The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

Public Forum:

 

  • Martha Hartnett, from Adventures Restaurant regarding Liquor License Renewals, would like to see anything can be given back or some sort of forgiveness in regards to the liquor licenses fee expenses, this year has been tough on the Hospitality Industry and every penny counts

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to forward the letter from Adventures requested a reduction in liquor license fees to the City Attorney on what the City of Mountain Iron can or cannot do. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

 

The Deputy Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Condolences to the family and friends of John Anderson
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Olga Elaine McDermid

 

City Administrator:

 

  • No formal report

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to approve the proposed contract for 2021-2023 between the City of Mountain Iron and the Mesabi Humane Society. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

 

Director of Public Works:

 

  • City Crews have been replacing poles in the Parkville area
  • City Crews are marking and GPS-ing underground electric utilities

 

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

 

  • Anyone have any information regarding the beginnings of Interscholastic Hockey in Mountain Iron
  • Please contact Anna at the Library
  • City of Mountain Iron “2020 Holiday Lighting Contest”
  • Register for contest through December 15th
  • Those wanting to register call Anna @ 750-4911
  • Judging will occur on Friday, December 18th and Saturday, December 19th
  • Winners announced Monday, December 21st at City Council meeting
  • Roughly over 24 homes entered into the contest so far

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to approve the recommendation of the Library Board and hire Mr. Ben Jesberg as Library Substitute/Aide contingent on passing a background check, physical and drug and alcohol test. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

Sheriff’s Department:

 

  • No formal report
  • At the beginning of the New Year, SGT Backman will be leaving to finish his time as a Road Officer, SGT Kevin Friebe will be taking over in the Mountain Iron Sherriff’s Office

 

It was moved by Buria and seconded by Stanaway to approve the purchase of a squad car, 2021 Tahoe PPV for the Sherriff’s Department, at the State Bid price of $40,506.16. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

City Engineer:

 

  • No formal report

 

Fire Department:

 

  • No formal report
  • Large group trainings have been canceled for the remainder of the year, and have moved to smaller group training sessions to limit exposure of those individuals involved

 

It was moved by Buria and seconded by Stanaway to approve the purchase of additional PPE Turnout Fire gear, in the amount of $20,720. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to approve the purchase of additional extrication equipment to be added to the MIFD Engine 19 inventory, in the amount of $11,370 with a portion of the purchase being funded by the Joint Services Grant. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

 It was moved by Buria and seconded by Stanaway to approve the purchase of additional extrication equipment to be added to the MIFD Engine 19 inventory, in the amount of $287.22 with a portion of the purchase being funded by the Joint Services Grant. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to approve the 2021 proposed budget as presented during the Committee of the Whole Meeting. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by to adopt Resolution #30-20; approving the 2020 Tax Levy, Collectable 2021 (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

It was moved by Buria and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution #31-20; approving the 2021 Economic Development Authority (EDA) Tax Levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to approve Resolution #32-20; Accepting Bids for Improvement Number 18-06 and Improvement Number 15-08, the proposed Well Number 3 Project (package #2), with TNT Construction LLC of Grand Rapids (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

It was moved by Buria and seconded by Stanaway to approve Resolution #33-20; Accept Bids for Improvement Number 18-06 and Improvement Number 15-08, the proposed Well Number 3 Project (package #2) to Bougalis Inc. of Hibbing, MN (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to approve Resolution #34-20; Authorizing the City of Mountain Iron to make an Application to and accept funds from the Commercial Redevelopment Grant Program from the Department of IRRR (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to donate $500 to the Mountain Iron-Buhl High School Class of 2021 for the “34th Annual All-Night Chemical Free Graduation Party,” monies to come from Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

It was moved by Buria and seconded by Stanaway to accept the low bid from Magney Construction Inc, from Chanhassen, MN in the amount of $844,500 for the Installation of a new cast-in-place Concrete Filtration System Replacement Project. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

Councilor Stanaway stated that after tonight’s meeting, he would be stepping down from all of his Board and Committees that he is currently serving on. Councilor Stanaway would like all of this board and committee seats to be added to the Agenda for the next City Council so that they can be voted upon.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to reschedule the scheduled Closed meeting for the next City Council meeting scheduled for December 21, 2020. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko.

 

At 7:48p.m. it was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko absent.

 

 

Submitted by:

 

 

 

 

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications:

 

  1. Mediacom will been implementing rate adjustments and changes, which will start December 22, 2020.

 

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