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Economic Development Authority Meeting Minutes for August 05, 2009

Mountain Iron Economic Development Authority
Regular Meeting Minutes
August 5, 2009

A meeting of the Mountain Iron Economic Development Authority was called to order by President Tony Zupancich at 5:30 p.m. with the following members present: Alan Stanaway, Andrea Wilson, Mary Jacobsen and Barb Fivecoate. Absent: Bob Voss and Allen Nelson Also present was Executive Director, Craig J. Wainio.

A motion was made by Barb Fivecoate and supported by Alan Stanaway to approve the consent agenda and to pay the bills as presented in the amount of $67,372.98 Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.

A motion was made by Barb Fivecoate and supported by Andrea Wilson to close the regular meeting and open the public hearing of the transfer of land to the Mesabi Family Y.M.C.A. Motion passed. 

The public hearing was opened at 5:32 p.m. Being there were no questions or comments regarding the land transfer a motion was made by Andrea Wilson and supported by Alan Stanaway to close the public hearing the reopen the regular meeting. Motion passed. 

President Tony Zupancich reopened the regular meeting at 5:33 p.m.

A motion was made by Alan Stanaway and supported by Mary Jacobsen to approve Resolution No. 03-09 transferring the 60′ strip of land remaining next to the YMCA to the Mesabi YMCA. Motion passed with Barb Fivecoate abstaining. 

Eric Oakman and Larry Salmela addressed the E.D.A. regarding a possible business development within Mt. Iron. They are looking for approx. 5 acres of land in an industrial area. 

Allen Nelson joined the meeting at 5:39 p.m.

A motion was made by Barb Fivecoate and supported by Andrea Wilson for the city to work Oakman and Salmala on finding a possible location. Motion passed with Allen Nelson voting No. 

It was discussed that this venture is in the very preliminary stages and that the E.D.A. would address feasibility/ support/ non support of the project at a later date. 

Committee and Staff Reports:

Craig Wainio asked the E.D.A. to, along with the city and Planning and Zoning, pay 1/3 of the cost for a water system study to be conducted. Total E.D.A. share would be $4,000. 

A motion was made by Allen Nelson and supported by Barb Fivecoate to fund 1/3 of the study in the amount of $4,000. Motion passed unanimously.

Gary Cerkvenik updated the E.D.A. on the wind project and possible renewable energy bond funding.

EDA Minutes
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Resolution No. 02-09 establishing a Limited Liability Company for the purpose of developing a community based energy development project, was reviewed. A discussion followed regarding the LLC. The E.D.A. was assured that this company would be bound by Pubic Open Meeting Laws. 

A motion was made by Alan Stanaway and supported by Barb Fivecoate to approve Resolution No. 02-09 establishing a Limited Liability Company known as First Discovery LLC . Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Alan Stanaway and supported by Barb Fivecoate to approve the Articles of Organization of First Discovery LLC. Motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 03-09 establishing a Special Zoning District Number Two within the city of Mountain Iron was reviewed. The resolution was tabled until the next meeting to allow for review of the covenants by our attorney.

Energy Park: The Concept drawing for Phase 2 of the Energy Park was reviewed. A motion was made by Allen Nelson and supported by Barb Fivecoate to proceed with a feasibility study on the project. Motion passed unanimously.

Craig Wainio is in the process of setting up a meeting with WA Fischer for advertising ideas for the city. Barb Fivecoate and Alan Stanaway volunteered to participate in the meeting. 

Open Discussion:

Barb Fivecoate inquired as to where we were at with Josh Bergstead of the A.R.D.C. as we have not had any recent communication from him regarding the long range plan. Craig Wainio will contact Josh.

Tony Zupancich gave an update on the Rock Ridge development.

A motion was made by Allen Nelson and supported by Alan Stanaway to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed unanimously. 

President Tony Zupancich adjourned the meeting at 7:03 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary Jacobsen, Secretary

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