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July 6, 2021 City Council Minutes



July 6, 2021

Mayor Anderson called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Julie Buria, 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; Anna Amundson, Library Director/Special Events Coordinator; Al Johnson, City Engineer; and Kevin Friebe, Sheriff’s Department. Absent members: Councilor Steve Skogman.

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

  1. Approve the minutes of the June 21, 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 June 16-30, totaling $197,266.24 (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 $297,130.30 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried with Councilor Skogman absent.

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the public forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Big thank you to Mrs. Anna Amundson and to all the City workers and volunteers that made the 4th of July Parade possible and enjoyable

City Administrator:

  • Mountain Iron EDA 5.5million grant for an expansion at the Heliene Solar facility– 2nd largest solar facility in the Country once completed
  • Big thank you to Senator Tomassoni and Representative Lislegard for their work in helping receive the grants
  • Nichols Town Hall is currently being cleaned out, plan will be to make the building look as much like the original as possible with modern upgrades, however the Insurance will not cover all costs

Director of Public Works:

  • Completed Large Trash pickup, between June 21st – July 2nd
  • Water Treatment Filter Project is getting closer to being finished
  • Mountain Iron Well Project will be starting soon
  • Nice job to Mrs. Amundson, City workers and all volunteers for the great 4th of July parade

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • Big Thank you to the Mountain Iron Legion, Parks & Rec Staff and Public Works Staff as well as Senior Center and all volunteers which helped make the 4th of July Parade a success

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • Mountain Iron Well Project – waiting on Peterson Well Drilling to remobilize
  • Mountain Iron Water Treatment project getting closer to possible start up within the next couple weeks


  • Mountain Iron UAB board, currently the UAB has nothing to do with fiber optics or Broadband, some areas of Mountain Iron may have basic Broadband services through Mediacom or Century Link, but if a neighborhood or business area is interested in a higher level of broadband or currently don’t have any broadband and they desire that service. Complete survey and petition and contact Jon Loeffen at Northeast Service Cooperative (NESC), thus starting the process for access.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria to approve Resolution #12-21; Approving Plans and Specifications and Ordering Advertisement for Bids, Improvement No. 21-06, improvement of sewer mains by slip-lining. The motion carried unanimously with Councilor Skogman absent.


  • Merritt Days Committee meeting on Thursday, July 8th @ 6:00pm, Mountain Iron-Buhl High school Commons area (use door #4)

At 6:51p.m., it was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried unanimously with Councilor Skogman absent.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary


  1. League of Minnesota Cities’ Board of Directors approved a preliminary maximum membership dues schedule of increase of 4% for the fiscal year 2021-2022.
  2. City of Mountain Iron’s application to the 2021 Local Trail Connections Program has been selected for funding, with a reimbursement grant of $150,000, from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Trails.

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