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Economic Development Authority Meeting Minutes for November 05, 2008

Mountain Iron Economic Development Authority
Regular Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

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

A motion was made by Alan Stanaway and supported by Barb Fivecoate to accept the consent agenda with the correction to minutes of the September 17, 2008 meeting that Bob Voss was present and to pay the bills as presented. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.

No Public Forum.

Committee and Staff Reports:

Lake Country Signage: Lake Country Power has requested that signage be added to the West of the Park Ridge driveway off of Highway 169. Craig Wainio and Tony Zupancich will check with the developer to see what their plans are for signage before addressing it with Lake Country.

Abstract: Craig Wainio reported that the abstract is back for the lands between Park Ridge and Mineral Avenue. The abstract has been sent to the attorney for review.

USX: Barb Fivecoate and Craig Wainio reported that they met with Dennis Hendricks of US Steel regarding available lands. From the meeting it was learned that USX has just put 3,000 acres of lands on the south side of 169 into a sustainable forest land account. US Steel is also open for a future meeting to discuss the taking down of the hill next to Park Ridge. A future new entrance to US Steel was also discussed.

16th Avenue Land: Tony Zupancich reported that the City Council was approached about selling a small strip of land on 16th Avenue for a strip mall development. Craig Wainio is working on a development agreement with several protective contingencies for the land sale. 

New Business:

Resolution No. 06-08: Resolution No. 06-08 Decertifying Tax Increment Financing District No. 9 (United Electric Project) was reviewed. A motion was made by Barb Fivecoate and supported by Bob Voss to accept Resolution No. 06-08. Motion passed unanimously.

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Comprehensive Plan Proposal: The proposal from the A.R.D.C. was discussed for a development strategy contract with the E.D.A. A motion was made by Barb Fivecoate and supported by Mary Jacobsen that the E.D.A. go ahead with the plan and to pursue possible funding sources to assist in the payment. Motion passed unanimously.

It was agreed that the ARDC will be contacted to see if December 18th would be available for the first meeting.

2009 Budget: A motion was made by Alan Stanaway and supported by Bob Voss that the 2009 Budget for the E.D.A. be adopted. Motion passed unanimously.

Open Discussion and Announcements:

Land Fill: Craig Wainio gave an update on the old land fill. He reported that the Phase 2 study is being done and it was determined that the area was indeed a land fill. An application for grant monies to clean up the site will be put in for May through the E.D.A.

Craig Wainio commented on the information that was passed out on Wetlands for the E.D.A. The information was obtained through St. Louis County Soil and Water.


A motion was made by Mary Jacobsen and supported by Barb Fivecoate that the meeting be adjourned. Motion passed unanimously.

President, Tony Zupancich, adjourned the meeting at 6:27 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary Jacobsen, Secretary