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July 2, 1028 City Council Minutes



July 2, 2018

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:33p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Joe Prebeg, Jr., Alan Stanaway, Steve Skogman, Susan Tuomela, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Tim Satrang, Director of Public Works; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Sally Yuccas, Library Director/Special Events Coordinator; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; SGT John Backman, Sheriff’s Department.

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


  1. Approve the minutes of the June 18, 2018, 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 June 16-30, totaling $261,439.79 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).


  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period June 16-30, totaling $283,758.67 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried on roll call vote.

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Condolences to the family and friends of Carl Sarich
  • Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication for Karen Kniefel and family, Sunday, June 17th
  • 1915 Mural installed at the Senior Center, purchased by the first graduating class of Mountain Iron 1915
  • Meeting with Commissioner Nelson, confirmed that Mud Lake Road (County Road 103) from Mineral Avenue to Highway 169 will be completed in 2019
  • Congratulations and good luck to the MIB 7th Grade Boys Basketball, won the Pacesetter Minnesota Youth Basketball State Championship, will be playing in the Great Five-State Championship, held July 15th in Minneapolis
  • Happy Birthday to Mildred “Millie” Babbini, turning 93 years on July 4th
  • Happy Birthday to Councilor Al Stanaway, turning 60 on July 6th

City Administrator:

  • South Grove Recreation complex proposals closed on June 15th, Parks and Recreation Board will be reviewing the 10 proposals received, will then forward recommendation to City Council for final approval of Master plan
  • Representative, Tom Kelly, from Walker, Giroux, and Hahne. LLC. will be present at the July 16th City Council meeting to review the 2017 Audit

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway that the Council appoint the following to serve as election judges for the August 14, 2018, Primary Election and the November 8, 2018, General Election:

      Precinct #1-City Hall, Wacootah Room  Precinct #2–City Hall, Iroquois Room

      Jean Inmon                                                       Carolyn Olsen

      Cheryl Hendrix                                     Karen Luoma

      Nancy Wright                                                   Jackie Jenko

      Debra Krall                                                       (TBD)                

And further, authorize them to be paid $10.00 per hour for training, absentee processing (if needed), and election hours; as well as provide one hot meal to the election judges on election days. The motion carried unanimously.

Director of Public Works:

  • During recent storms, power outages affected Downtown, South Grove area and Parkville
  • No reports of property damage or incidents related to the storms and water received
  • Nichols Lagoons in the process of being seeded, however weather is not cooperating
  • Valve exerciser still making its way around town, roughly 100 valves completed
  • Wednesday, July 4th, no garbage pickup, double run on Thursday, July 5th

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • Wednesday, July 4th at 9:30am, 4th of July Events
    • Coffee’n at Senior Center 8:00-9:30am
    • Parade starts at 9:30am
      • 2018 Grand Marshalls-Mountain Iron Librarians
        • Darlene Anderson, Karen Luoma and Sally Yuccas
        • Honorary Grand Marshall- Matt Niskanen
      • Kids games and prizes after parade
      • Cash Bingo at Senior Center, 12:00-3:00pm
    • Summer Reading program Theme “Reading takes you Everywhere”
      • Ends the last week of July

Sherriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve Pay Request No. 4 for the Nichols Wastewater Pond Decommissioning Project in the amount of $51,810.86, to the Veit Company, Duluth, MN. This amount includes withholding of 5% retainage on work completed to date. The motion carried on roll call vote.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to accept the resignation of Roxanne Reed from the position as the Substitute Library Clerk, with an effective date of November 6, 2018. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to proclaim Sunday, July 22, 2018; the day Matt Niskanen will bring the Stanley Cup to the Iron Range, to be “Matt Niskanen Day”, in the City of Mountain Iron, Minnesota. The motion carried. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman, to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board, to dedicate the West II Rivers Baseball Field as the “Miriam Killanen Baseball Field,” tentative date, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Also to honor the volunteers who help throughout the City, this volunteer event contingent on information and documentation from the City Attorney regarding the legality of the City of Mountain Iron funding the volunteer event. The motion carried 4:1.  

At 7:08 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary



  1. The 14th annual Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Bicycle Tour, hosed by Club Mesabi Inc. will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Roughly 700-750 riders will be traveling the Mesabi Trail from Bovey to Eveleth in a recreational bike tour.
  2. Thank you from the Mountain Iron-Buhl class of 2018 for the donation to their “All Night Chemical Free Grad Party.”
  3. Thank you from Club Mesabi, Inc. for the continued support of the Mesabi Trail through sponsorship.
  4. Thank you from the Mountain Iron-Buhl Merritt Elementary PTA for the donation to their 5th Annual “Kid Fit Carnvial.”

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