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January 4, 2021 City Council Minutes

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

January 4, 2021

Mayor Anderson called the City Council meeting to order at 6:29p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Joe Prebeg Jr., Ed Roskoski, Steve Skogman, Julie Buria and Peggy Anderson. Also present were: Craig Wainio, City Administrator; Tim Satrang, Director of Public Works; Anna Amundson, Library Director/Special Events Coordinator; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Al Johnson, City Engineer; Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney; and SGT Kevin Friebe, Sheriff’s Department.

City Administrator administered the Oath of Office to Mrs. Peggy Anderson, Mayor and Mr. Edmund Roskoski, City Council member.

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

  1. Approve the minutes of the December 21, 2020, 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 December 16-31, totaling $848,977.80 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes),
  4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period December 16-31, totaling $205,856.62 list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried with Roskoski abstaining.

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the public forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Anderson and seconded by Skogman to appoint Joe Prebeg as Deputy Mayor for 2021. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg abstaining.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to designate The Trenti Law Firm as the City’s Attorneys for 2021. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Buria to designate Benchmark Engineering as the City’s Engineering Firm for 2021 year. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to appoint the Hometown Focus as the official newspaper for the City of Mountain Iron for 2021 year. The motion carried. It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Anderson to amend the official paper to include Mesabi Tribune. The amended motion failed (No: Skogman, Buria, Prebeg, Anderson; Yes: Roskoski)

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Buria to set the regular City Council meetings for the first and third Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. for 2021 year at City Hall in the Mountain Iron Room/Iroquois Room. The motion carried.

It was moved by Buria and seconded by Skogman to designate the City’s official depositories as the American Bank, Frandsen Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, US Bank, Twin City Federal, League of Minnesota Cities 4M Fund, Miller Johnson Steichen Kinnard, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Northland Securities, First National Bank of Buhl, and Federal Home Loan Bank, for 2021 year. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Roskoski to re-appoint Jim Techar to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2023. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Roskoski to re-appoint Margaret Soyring to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission with her term expiring on December 31, 2023. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria to re-appoint Brett Renzaglia to serve on the Utility Advisory Board, with his term expiring on December 31, 2023. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Buria to re-appoint Joe Prebeg to the Park and Recreation Board, with his term expiring on December 31, 2023. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Buria to re-appoint Dennis Benz to the Park and Recreation Board, with his term expiring on December 31, 2023. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Buria to appoint Arin Marks to the Parks and Recreation Board, with his term expiring on December 31, 2023. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Mary Jacobsen to the Economic Development Authority (EDA), with her term expiring December 31, 2025. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Prebeg to appoint Peggy Anderson (Council Appointment) to the Economic Development Authority (EDA), with her term expiring December 31, 2022. The motion carried.

It was moved by Buria and seconded by Skogman to appoint Edmund Roskoski to the Library Board, with his term expiring on December 31, 2023. The motion carried with Roskoski abstaining.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Steve Hunter to the Public Safety and Health Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2023. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Margaret Soyring to the Public Safety and Health Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2023. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to appoint Julie Buria (Council Appointment) to the Public Safety and Health Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2023. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Skogman to appoint Peggy Anderson (Council Appointment) to the Personnel Committee. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to appoint Peggy Anderson and Julie Buria (Council Appointment) to the Streets Committee. The motion carried 4:1 (Yes: Anderson, Buria, Skogman, Prebeg; No: Roskoski).

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Buria to appoint Peggy Anderson (Council Appointment) to the Quad Cities Joint Recreational Authority. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to appoint Peggy Anderson (Council Appointment) to the Shared Services Committee. The motion carried.

City Administrator:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman for City Staff to seek quotes on installation of a PA System in the Iroquois Room for City Council usage. The motion carried 4:1 (Yes: Prebeg, Roskoski, Skogman, Anderson; No: Buria).

Director of Public Works:

  • Big Thank you to the City Crew for their hard work, especially over the holidays
  • Thank you to Lenny Albrecht spotting a water leak, which was coming from a local business over the holiday weekend

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria to authorize the purchase of Kohler KCS-DFTF-0200S Transfer Switch in the amount of $6,225 from Lighthouse Power Systems. The motion carried on roll call vote.

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • Winter Reading program, Monday, January 4th – Friday, February 26th
  • Curbside pickup hours increasing January 4th,
  • Monday – Thursday 10am-6pm
  • Fridays, 10am-2pm
  • Big Thank you to Spring Creek Manufacturing for their recent safety installation at the Library

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report
  • SGT Kevin Friebe taking over for SGT John Backman at the Mountain Iron Department

City Attorney:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

Fire Department:

  • First Responders responded to about 1/3 of all calls that were reported, hopeful numbers improve as year improves
  • Roughly 5-7 firefighters per call
  • Roughly 18 Fire Department members going into the new year, with one new potential hire going the physical/background check process
  • Between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Holiday, four calls were received

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to approve Resolution #01-21; Guaranteeing, Ongoing Maintenance for possible trail connection between Highway 169/County Road 7 intersection to the Mesabi Trail on County 109 (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried 4:1 (Yes: Prebeg, Buria, Skogman, Anderson; No: Roskoski)

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Buria to approve Resolution #02-21: Bank Authorization (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to reschedule the Monday, January 18, 2021 meeting due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday to Tuesday, January 19th at 6:30pm at the Mountain Iron City Hall. The motion carried.

The council reviewed the list of communications.

At 7:40p.m., it was moved by Skogman and seconded by Buria that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

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