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June 7, 2021 City Council Minutes

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

June 7, 2021

Mayor Anderson called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30p.m. with the following members present: Councilor 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; Kevin Friebe, Sheriff’s Department and Jim Hipple, Fire Department Assistant Chief. Absent members: Councilor Steve Skogman and Councilor Julie Buria.

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

  1. Approve the minutes of the May 17, 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 May 16-31, totaling $136,043.47 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes),
  4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period May 16-31, totaling $437,466.42 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

Councilor Roskoski stated that in the previous minutes, he said that a house was “moved in on Tamarack Dr., causing water to pool on the adjacent west yard.” Mr. Roskoski also stated that he did not say “City Contractor,” but instead said “Private Contractor,” in regards to damage caused on the short City street into UPS.

The motion carried with Councilor Buria and Councilor Skogman absent.

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the public forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Anderson and seconded by Prebeg to appoint Steve Hunter Jr. to the Planning & Zoning Commission, with his term expiring on December 31, 2023. The motion carried with Councilor Buria and Councilor Skogman absent.

City Administrator:

  • No formal report

Director of Public Works:

  • Multiple leaks in water treatment plant roof, leaks could potentially cause damage to water filters which were just replaced and reconstructed, currently the water filter will outlast the building
  • Shorthair Lane update – hauled in gravel and re-shaped recently as well as applied dust-coating

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Anderson to approve the proposal in the amount of $55,175.00, for new EPDM roof and $69,902.00 for new siding with insulation, at the Water Treatment Building from Range Cornice & Roofing Company, Hibbing, MN. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote with Councilor Buria and Councilor Skogman absent.

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • “Meet Up & Chow Down,” sponsored by United Way of Northeastern MN
  • Lunches to go, Monday, June 7th – Thursday, September 3rd
  • Pickup 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Free to all Youth (ages 1-18)
  • Summer Reading program
  • Monday, June 7th – Friday, July 30th
  • Packets available for pickup
  • Take & Make Craft kits available
  • Summer Events (see website/Facebook for more info)
  • Story Strolls
  • Chalk the Walk
  • Tie Dye event
  • Scavenger Hunts

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to approve Pay Request No. 5 – for the Filter Replacement – Water Treatment Plant, in the amount of $91,120.01, to Peterson Magney Construction, Inc. Chanhassen, MN. This amount includes a 5% retainage. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote with Councilor Buria and Councilor Skogman absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski approve Change Order #1 – for the Well Project– Well Number 3, with an increase in the amount of $164,875.00, to Peterson Well Drilling, Inc., Mountain Iron, MN. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote with Councilor Buria and Councilor Skogman absent.

Fire Department:

  • Fire Department Call/Mutual Aid Report and Call/Response Report presented by Jim Hipple, Fire Department Assistant Chief
  • School Event held on May 27th went over wonderful, loads of Community support
  • Fire danger in the region range from High to Extreme, with parts of the area in RED Flag warning, extremely dry

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Prebeg to accept and add the Fire Department report as presented to the minutes. The motion carried with Councilor Buria and Councilor Skogman absent.

Liaison:

  • Utility Advisory Board met recently – reviewed several upcoming City projects
  • Council Prebeg requested Merritt Day’s Committee minutes be added to future meeting packets

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Anderson to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and approve the large trash pick-up for City of Mountain Iron residents with garbage service fee of $10.00, scheduled for the last couple of weeks of June and first week in July. Ad to be posted in the paper and on social media. Complete form and payment must be turned in and paid for by June 14th by 4pm, with utility bill current. The motion carried unanimously with Councilor Buria and Councilor Skogman absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Anderson to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and approve the Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) Policy and AMI Metering Opt-Out Policy as presented. The motion carried unanimously with Councilor Buria and Councilor Skogman absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and approve the Ground-line Inspection Service agreement with Minnesota Power as presented. The motion carried unanimously with Councilor Buria and Councilor Skogman absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and approve the 2021-2024 AFSCME Agreement between the City of Mountain Iron and AFSCME Local 453. The motion carried unanimously with Councilor Buria and Councilor Skogman absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to approve Resolution #10-21; Authorizing the City of Mountain Iron to Make an Application To and Accept Funds from Residential Redevelopment Grant Program, for the demolition of a small house at 5741 Mesabi Avenue. The motion carried unanimously with Councilor Buria and Councilor Skogman absent.

  • Councilor Roskoski noted that from Chisholm to Nichols Avenue to be re-surfaced in 2024 by MNDOT, with a pedestrian crossing to be installed between Rock Ridge and Emerald Avenue across Highway 169. This information was brought up at the last Streets and Alleys Committee meeting. Mr. Roskoski mentioned that this is the perfect time for a multi-agency grant project to cover costs for sidewalks in the Emerald Avenue and Rock Ridge area. Since there are so many people that want to cross, perhaps City Administrator could potentially seek IRRRB Grants or even possibly SRTS (Safe Routes to School) Grants, which might be available for use for the purpose of sidewalks and crossings.

Announcements:

  • Merritt Days Committee meeting on Thursday, June 17th @ 6:00pm, Mountain Iron-Buhl High school Commons area (use door #4)
  • Merritt Days Celebration August 8th – August 14th

At 7:27p.m., it was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried unanimously with Councilor Buria and Councilor Skogman absent.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

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