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Economic Development Authority Meeting Minutes for March 04, 2009

Mountain Iron Economic Development Authority
Regular Meeting Minutes
March 4, 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: Andrea Wilson, Bob Voss, Barb Fivecoate, Alan Stanaway, Allen Nelson and Mary Jacobsen. Also present was Executive Director, Craig J. Wainio.

Consent Agenda:

A motion was made by Barb Fivecoate and supported by Alan Stanaway to approve the consent agenda as follows:

Approve the minutes of the January 21st, 2009 meeting as submitted. Motion passed by roll call vote.

Public Forum: None

Committee and Staff Reports: None.

Unfinished Business: None

New Business:

Morgan Park Estates: Tom Schlotec addressed the EDA regarding the letter which was sent to him regarding the land reverting to the EDA. Tom Said that additional funding for his project has been put on indefinite hold and that he cannot move forward at this time. The EDA had questions regarding the existing engineering bills. Although the engineering costs are the sold responsibility of the developer, it was questioned if some of the engineering work done would be helpful to the EDA. 
A motion was made by Allen Nelson and supported by Alan Stanaway that Craig Wainio check with Benchmark Engineering about the engineering which was done and also to speak with the attorney about the next steps needed in the reversion. The motion carried. 

SBDC Request: A letter received from the City of Virginia requesting that the EDA contribute to the Small Business Development Center to help fund the salary of consultant, Jennifer Pontinen. 
A motion was made by Mary Jacobsen and supported by Barb Fivecoate that the funding request by denied at this time, however if the SBDC would like reconsideration they are invited to come to the EDA meeting in person. Motion carried.

Long Range Planning: Josh Bergstad from the A.R.D.C. conducted a long range planning session with the EDA. The EDA’s visions, development strategies and goals were discussed.

Wind Project: Gary Cerkvenik updated the EDA on the proposed wind project. 

Mary Jacobsen left the meeting at 7:45 p.m.

It was moved by Fivecoat and seconded by Stanaway to adjourn the meeting at 7:50. Motion carries

Respectfully Submitted

Mary Jacobsen, Secretary
Craig Wainio, Executive Director