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Economic Development Authority Meeting Minutes for September 05, 2007

Mountain Iron Economic Development Authority
Regular Meeting Minutes
September 5, 2007

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 and Mary Jacobsen. Also present was Executive Director, Craig J. Wainio.
Absent were Allen Nelson and Alan Stanaway.

Consent Agenda: A motion was made by Barb Fivecoate and supported by Bob Voss to approve the minutes July 18th, 2007 meeting with the following correction that Mary Jacobsen was absent from the meeting. The motion also included paying the bills as presented. The motion passed unanimously by roll call vote. 

Public Forum: Josh Bergstad of Arrowhead Regional Planning was present to work with the E.D.A. on developing a Mountain Iron Comprehensive Plan. Four items to be included in the comprehensive plan include: 

1. Developing a Renewable and Sustainable Energy Park at It was concluded that the Industrial Zoning ordinance be reviewed and updated to accommodate the types of businesses which the E.D.A. wants to attract and that the E.D.A. identify the area for such uses.
2. Wind Energy Farm: Zoning again was discussed with the recommendation that wind energy by added as a conditional use or allowable under the Mineral Mining District. 
3. Commercial Development: The E.D.A. identified the 169 corridor to develop as well as behind the United Electric. It was the E.D.A. recommendation that these areas be readied for development by extending the frontage road from Park Ridge to the west and City Hall to the east and that grant monies be sought for the improvements. It was also recommended that the road behind United Electric be extended. 
4. Housing Development: The E.D.A. recommended that additional areas for housing be pursued. Some locations identified included the Wolf Park, and the cemetery property on Hwy. 7. It was further discussed that the city extends Unity Drive into South Grove. The current housing project with Star Homes was also discussed as being pursued.

Committee and Staff Reports:
Craig Wainio gave an update on Star Homes housing project.

He also reminded the authority that the $500,000 state bond that was received needs to be used by 2011 and could be used for infrastructure improvements such as extending water lines down Hwy. 102 and extending the road and utilities past United Electric. 

New Business:
Radotich Enterprised – Cancelled.

Open Discussion: It was asked if there was any news on Park Ridge. There was none.

A motion was made by Tony Zupancich and supported by Barb Fivecoate to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.

President Tony Zupancich adjourned the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Jacobsen, Secretary

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