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July 1, 2019 City Council Minutes

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

July 1, 2019

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30pm. 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; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Anna Amundson, Library Director/Special Events Coordinator; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; and SGT John Backman, Sheriff’s Department.

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

  1. Approve the minutes of the June 17, 2019, 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 June 16-30, totaling $179,813.25 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
  4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period June 16-30, totaling $258,331.11 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried.  

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during public forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Condolences to the family and friends of Susan “Sue” Wilson
  • Congratulations to the Girls MIB 7th & 8th grade Girls Pacesetters basketball team  

City Administrator:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the City to upgrade our building automation system from the outdated JAVA platform to a html web based platform, making it easily accessible from anywhere that has a web access in the amount of $6,800 to Keweenaw Automation. The motion carried on roll call vote.  

Director of Public Works:

  • No garbage pickup on Thursday, July 4th, double garbage run on Friday
  • City Crews painting streets and patching waterline areas

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to authorize City Staff to purchase 175 tons of regular road salt for the 2019-2020 winter season at the State bid price of $61.39/ton, plus an $11.19 delivery fee and $5.00/per month storage fee. The motion carried on roll call vote.

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • United Way of Northeastern Minnesota’s “Meet up and Chow Down,” free lunch program for all kids 18 and younger
    • June 10th – August 29th (Monday-Thursday) 12-1:00pm at the Mountain Iron Library
  • 4th of July parade posters and events posted throughout the Community and Facebook page
    • 8:30 – Coffee’n at the Senior Center
    • 9:30 – 4th of July parade
      • Games and races at the old football field following the parade
    • National night out – scheduled for Tuesday, August 6th from 4-6pm (more details to come)

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve Resolution #07-19; authorizing Benchmark Engineering to develop plans and specifications to slip-line the sewer main in the alley between Mountain Avenue and Marble Avenue from Locomotive Street to Agate Street, then east to Mineral Avenue (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

Walker, Giroux, and Hahne, LLC. Representative, Tom Kelly discussed the City of Mountain Iron’s 2018 Audit and recommendations for the City.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of City Staff and accept the quote from G-Men, Ely, MN for the demolition at 5702 Mineral Avenue, in the amount of $13,300. The City has received a residential redevelopment Grant from the IRRRB to help defray the costs for the demolition of this severely dilapidated structure, which poses a health hazard. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to approve the Mountain Iron and Virginia Fire Department Shared Services Facilitation Proposal from the Northspan Group, Inc. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve the proposed Agreement between the City of Mountain Iron and Minnesota Energy Resources, entering into the Automated Meter Infrastructure (AMI) Program. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize a Temporary On-Sale Liquor License to the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability to serve/sell liquor during their event on October 5, 2019 at the Mountain iron Community Center. The motion carried.

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

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

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COMMUNICATIONS

  1. The annual Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Bicycle Tour, hosed by Club Mesabi Inc. will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Roughly, 700-750 riders will be traveling the Mesabi Trail from Gilbert to Grand Rapids in a recreational bike tour.

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