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January 6, 2020 City Council Minutes

 MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

January 6, 2020

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:31p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Joe Prebeg Jr.; Alan Stanaway, Julie Buria, Steve Skogman, and Mayor Gary Skalko. 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; and SGT Backman, Sheriff’s Department.

 

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

 

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:
  2. D. Streets and Alley recommendation

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the December 16, 2019, Committee of the Whole meeting as submitted.

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the December 16, 2019, regular meeting as submitted.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. To acknowledge the receipts for the period December 16-31, totaling $1,495,061.59 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period December 16-31, totaling $488,878.04 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried.  

 

Public Forum:

 

  • No one spoke during the forum

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Condolences to the family and friends of John Elias
  • Happy birthday to Marion Vranicar turned 96 on January 2nd
  • Happy birthday Marion Sutich turning 94 on January 21st
  • Fire hydrants cleared of snow – residents/owners/businesses are responsible for fire hydrants
  • Congratulations to Tim Satrang for being one of the 15 graduates from the MMUA – Leadership

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman to appoint Joe Prebeg Jr. as Deputy Mayor for 2020. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg abstaining.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman to designate The Trenti Law Firm as the City Attorneys for 2020. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to designate Benchmark Engineering as the City Engineers for 2020. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to appoint the Hometown Focus as the official newspaper for the City of Mountain Iron for 2020. The motion carried

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman to set the regular City Council meetings for the first and third Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. for 2020 at City Hall in the Mountain Iron Room. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg 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 2020. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman to re-appoint Tim Johnston to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2022. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman to re-appoint Stephen Erickson to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission, with his term expiring on December 31, 2022. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Buria to re-appoint Sue Tuomela to serve on the Utility Advisory Board, with her term expiring on December 31, 2022. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Tara LaMourea to the Park and Recreation Board, with her term expiring on December 31, 2022. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Buria to appoint John Loeffen to the Park and Recreation Board, with her term expiring on December 31, 2022. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to re-appoint Andrea Wilson to the Economic Development Authority, with her term expiring on December 31, 2025. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to re-appoint Peggy Anderson to the Library Board, with her term expiring on December 31, 2022. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Alan Stanaway to the Public Safety and Health Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2022. The motion carried with Councilor Stanaway abstaining.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman to appoint Margaret Soyring to the Public Safety and Health Board with her term expiring on December 31, 20123. The motion carried.

 

The City Council wanted to give a big thank you to all the individuals that accepted the re-appointments to City Boards and Committees.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to post for the Library Board position in the Hometown Focus and Mesabi Daily News with applications due by January 31, 2020 at 4:0pm City Hall. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to adopt the Pay Equity report as presented, (the City is in compliance with the Pay Equity Law) so it may be submitted to the State. The motion carried.

 

 

City Administrator:

 

  • Management company at Mountain Manor, DW Jones, helped save two rental assistance units which were currently unoccupied and were to be taken away by Rural Development

 

Director of Public Works:

 

  • Thanks to the public for being so understanding during the continued snow removal process and continued cooperation

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria to accept the quote from Z/Tech authorizing the purchase of an interchangeable snowplow for the price of $6,730. The motion carried on roll call vote.

 

Library Director/Special Events Director:

 

  • Winter Reading program: Monday, January 6 – Friday, February 28th
  • Family Move Night, Thursday, January 16th “The Wizard of Oz”
  • Merritt Day’s Committee
    • Kick-off fundraising during event on December 27th at Mac’s Bar & Grill
    • Next meeting, Wednesday, January 15th at 6:00pm at MIB Highschool Commons

 

Sheriff’s Department:

 

  • No formal report

 

City Engineer:

 

  • Instituform looking to start slip-lining downtown Mountain Iron, January – February 2020

 

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by to donate Mountain Iron’s Fire Engine 188 as is to the Evergreen Fire Department (EFD). The motion carried.  

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to authorize Sundberg Enterprises, LLC, DBA: Sawmill Saloon & Restaurant to serve alcohol at the L&M Christmas Party, scheduled for January 25, 2020 at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to reschedule the January 20, 2020 meeting due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday to Tuesday, January 21st at 6:30pm at the Mountain Iron City Hall. The motion carried.

 

Councilor Skogman requested Streets and Alley’s Committee assess current street signs throughout Mountain Iron.

 

At 7:11p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Buria that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by:

 

 

 

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

 

 

Communications:

 

  1. Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA) is the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) approved surface and subsurface area surrounding public water supply well or well fields that supplies a public water system. The City of Mountain Iron currently has a WHPA in place and is available to the public.

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