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Economic Development Authority Meeting Minutes for August 03, 2011

Mountain Iron Economic Development Authority

Regular Meeting Minutes

August 3, 2011


A meeting of the Mountain Iron Economic Development Authority was called to order by President Tony Zupancich, at 5:35 p.m. with the following members present:  Barb Fivecoate, Andrea Wilson, Alan Stanaway, Jeremy Jesch, Bob Voss and Susan Tuomela. Also present was Executive Director, Craig Wainio.


Consent Agenda:  A motion was made by Voss and supported by Stanaway to approve the consent agenda.  Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.


Tom Schur presented his proposal for the corner of Highway 7 and Unity Drive.  Two issues he is dealing with are the environmental concerns and the location of a garage door of a neighboring tenet.  Zupancich moved and Fivecoate seconded to have Wainio work with Mr. Schur and the adjacent tenet to look at options for the garage door.  Motion carried 6-0. Wilson abstained.


Chad from Hero Rental was present to request a loan for the remodeling of the Sears Store in Plaza 53.  Fivecoate moved and Tuomela seconded to provide a loan in the amount of $36,600 to Hero Retail upon them providing a line item breakdown for the use of funds.  Motion carried 7-0. 


Jon Wagner from Silicon Energy was present to discuss the possible landscaping of the South and East sides of the property.  Fivecoate moved and Voss supported to develop a master plan for the landscaping of the Energy Park to possibly coincide with the paving of the road. Motion carried 7-0.


Tuomela left the meeting at 6:20 p.m.


The 2010 Audit was presented to the board for review.  The board requested that a 2012 Budget be developed for the EDA. Stanaway moved and Voss seconded to accept the 2010 Audit. Motion carried 6-0.


The Calvary Cemetery property and the Benchmark review were discussed.  Actual property available for development is approximately 19 acres.  Zupancich moved and Voss supported to contact Mary Jacobsen and get her opinion and to get an estimate to perform wetlands delineation.  Motion carried 6-0.


Fairview Clinic amendment to the development agreement was discussed.  Fairview is requesting a one year extension.  Stanaway moved and Fivecoate seconded that there will be no extension granted at this time but we fully support Fairview and will work will them in any way possible.  Motion carried 6-0.


Zupancich  moved and Voss seconded to erect a sign on the property located adjacent to the theater advertising the property for sale.  Motion carried 6-0.


Fivecoate moved and Zupancich seconded that a letter be sent to Mr. Allen Nelson thanking him for his service on the Board.  Motion carried 6-0.


A motion was made by Fivecoate and supported by Wilson to adjourn the meeting at 7:12 p.m.  Motion passed unanimously.


Respectfully submitted by:



Craig J. Wainio

Executive Director