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February 17, 2021 City Council Minutes

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

February 17, 2021

Mayor Anderson called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Julie Buria, Steve Skogman, Joe Prebeg Jr., Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Peggy Anderson. Also present were: Craig Wainio, City Administrator; Tim Satrang, Director of Public Works; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Al Johnson, City Engineer; Kevin Friebe, Sheriff’s Department; and Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

  1. Approve the minutes of the February 1, 2021, regular meeting as submitted.
  2. That the communications be accepted and placed on file and those requiring further action by the City Council be acted upon during their proper sequence on the agenda.
  3. To acknowledge the receipts for the period February 1-15, totaling $247,339.40 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes),
  4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period February 1-15, totaling $506,489.24 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

To amend the February 1, 2021 City Council minutes, to include “It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by to have the City Engineers, Benchmark Engineer conduct a preliminary cost analysis for sidewalk improvements within the City. The motion failed, due to lack of second and support.”

The motion carried.

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the Public Forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Thank you to City Employees for all of their hard work not only for emergency waterline repairs during the extreme cold weather but the snow plowing as well
  • At February 1st Council meeting, US Steel/MINTAC representatives relayed that there were no immediate plans to permanently close Parkville road or 169 to Kinross at this time
  • No new overlook was proposed or discussed at the meeting with US Steel/MINTAC representatives

City Administrator:

  • US Steel/MINTAC sending weekly blasting schedules and cancellations, notices are being posted on Facebook page weekly

Councilor Roskoski discussed the lack of ability for some residents to view the weekly blasting schedules sent by US Steel/MINTAC due to lack of internet or TV access. Councilor Roskoski requested that the blasting schedule be posted in both local papers.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by to post twice in the paper, the weekly US Steel/MINTAC blasting schedule in both the Mesabi Tribune and Hometown Focus. The motion failed due to lack of second from fellow Councilor members.

Director of Public Works:

  • Multiple waterline breaks recently
  • One located on Mineral Avenue in South Grove
  • One located on Mountain Iron Drive near Sherwin Williams
  • Big thank you to City Crew and Staff members for all their hard work

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Attorney:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

Liaison:

  • Councilor Prebeg stated that the Personnel Committee and the Union Representatives met, tentatively negotiated a new contract for Union members to discuss and vote upon

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve Pay Request No. 1 – for the Filter Replacement – Water Treatment Plan project in the amount of $102,039.50, to Magney Construction, Inc., Chanhassen, MN. This amount includes a 5% retainage. The motion carried on roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and hire Laura Anderson to the Mountain Iron Fire Department as paid on call firefighters, contingent on physical and background check. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to approve one site at Locomotive Park of $1,000 for the NE Minnesota Mine Tour Project, monies to come from Promotion and Tourism. The motion carried roll call vote.  

Councilor Skogman requested the letter received from an anonymous Mountain Manor resident along with one of Councilor Roskoski’s letter be presented to Council members and attending personnel. Councilor Skogman stated that due to his professional law enforcement experience that the two letters are the same, meaning from Mr. Roskoski.

Discussion ensued regarding said letters.

Councilor Skogman requested that due to several complaints from both the public and City Crew members, he proposed that if a member of the public regardless of the City work being conducted; harass an employee that they should be able to secure the area and leave. The Employee(s) should leave the scene to a safe location, until the problem has been resolved or Law enforcement has been called to help resolve the problem.

Discussion ensued regarding the proposal.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to table the recommended proposal presented regarding the safety of both the public and City Crew, until the City Attorney can review further afterwards presenting it in a more formal format for Council approval. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Skogman to have Staff schedule a Joint meeting with the Mountain Iron City Council and Mountain Iron-Buhl School Board meeting to discuss items of mutual interest. The motion failed on roll call vote (Yes: Roskoski; No: Buria, Skogman, Anderson and Prebeg).

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by to authorize Mesabi Community TV to post the City Boards, Commissions and Authorities list prior to televised City Council meetings. The motion failed due to lack of second from fellow Council members.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Roskoski to set the Local Board of Appeals and Equalization (LBAE) for Wednesday, April 21, 20121 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at the Mountain Iron City Hall. The motion carried.  

At 7:36p.m., it was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

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