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June 3, 2019 City Council Minutes

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

June 3, 2019

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32pm. with the following members present: Councilor Joe Prebeg Jr., Alan Stanaway, Steve Skogman, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. 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; Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney; and SGT John Backman, Sheriff’s Department. Absent: Councilor Julie Buria

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

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:
    1. B.  Variance application-Rich Erickson
  2. Approve the minutes of the May 20, 2019, regular meeting as submitted.
  3. 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.
  4. To acknowledge the receipts for the period May 16-31, totaling $255,378.85 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
  5. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period May 16-31, totaling $101,173.47 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.  

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the public forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Condolences to the family and friends of Thomas Kinnunen
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Jerise Nelson-Johnson
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Merlys (Dougherty) Pankratz
  • Congratulations on the 2019 Mountain Iron-Buhl class and the 18 students graduating with Honors
  • Congratulations and good luck to Bryce Wainio competing at State Golf Tournament
  • Congratulations and good luck to Jericho Peterson competing at the State Track meet in the 100 and 200 meter dash
  • Heliene Solar, hired 3rd shift, running three continuous shifts, roughly 100 employees
  • St Louis County is currently overlaying County Road 103 (Mud Lake Road), be aware of road construction

City Administrator:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to hire the following as summer temporary employees:

Coaches:                                  

Dominic Warzecha                               

The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

Director of Public Works:

  • Large trash pickup started on June 3rd
  • City Crews working on leveling and clearing out the trail at West II Rivers Campground
  • City Crews working at the Recycling center, chipping brush pile
  • Before any digging occurs, please call Gopher One State, utilities can be buried underground

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • Summer Reading program started today, June 3rd
    • Library sponsored events throughout the summer
  • 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 planning starting on June 17th
    • Any business/groups/individuals contact Anna for float entries

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

City Attorney:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and offer the Secretary position to Mrs. Jacquelyn Loeffen, employment is contingent upon passing of physical, background check, drug and alcohol test. The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to approve Ordinance 02-19; Amending Chapter 114 of the Mountain Iron City Code, lowering the fine for first time liquor license offense from $500 to $300.  The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Planning & Zoning Committee and approve the Variance application for Rich Erickson to build a carport at 5721 Mineral Avenue. The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.  

At 6:55pm., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

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