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May 18, 2020 City Council Minutes

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MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

May 18, 2020

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32p.m. with the following members present via online ZOOM meeting: 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; Anna Amundson, Library Director/Special Events Coordinator; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney; 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. Add the following items to the agenda:
    1. J. Resolution #11-20
    2. Purchase of wire from Border States
  2. Approve the minutes of the May 4, 2020, 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 1-15, totaling $152,524.97 (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 1-15, totaling $574,590.46 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried.

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Happy birthday to Gladys Johnson turned 101 years old on May 5th
  • Happy birthday to Skip Murray turned 73 years old on May 5th
  • Happy birthday to Vern Lind turned 84 years old on May 5th
  • Happy birthday to Barb Fivecoate turned 74 years old on May 7th
  • Happy birthday to John Pagliaccetti turned 89 years old on May 13th
  • Big thank you to the Sawmill’s “Donation Tuesday,” free meals to essential workers
  • Congratulations to the Mountain Iron-Buhl 2020 Graduating class

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to proclaim May 2020 as Community Action Month, in recognition of the hard work and dedication of all Minnesota Community Action Agencies. Also to publish the proclamation in the Hometown Focus and post on social media. The motion carried.

City Administrator:

  • West II Rivers Campground – opening June 1st – continue to monitor/review different options
  • Summer Recreation Programs – still no decision if this will be available during summer
  • Contracts being signed to get the Mountain Iron Drive and Water project started
  • MNDoT will be holding meeting with local Cities as well as Chamber of Commerce for intersection road completion

Director of Public Works:

  • Any damage caused by snow plow/loader during the winter months, please contact City Hall
  • Downtown Mountain Iron sewers slip-lining finished
  • Large Trash POSTPONED until the 2nd and 3rd weeks of September

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Buria to approve the purchase of 7500 ft. of underground wire for the price of $13,208.13 from Border States Electric Company. The motion carried on roll call vote.

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • June 15th – July 31st, Summer Reading Program “On-line”
  • Monday, May 4th, Mountain Iron Library will begin curbside pickup
  • Curbside pickup service will allow for pickup of items by appointment only
  • Curbside pickup location will be on Library front steps
  • For requests, questions or more information call the Library at 735-8625

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report
  • Please do not feed bears

City Attorney:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve Pay Request No. 1 – for Downtown Sanitary Sewer Improvement project in the amount of $107,169.98, to Insituform Technologies USA, Inc. This amount includes a 5% retainage until final inspection can be completed. The motion carried on roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and approve the Interconnection Agreement as presented. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and approve the Lease and Solar Agreement as presented, with SUNEX Solar. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to approve Resolution #11-20; Limiting City Sponsored/Permitted Public Gathering s (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to donate $150 to the 2nd Annual
“Anchor of Hope,” Virtual 5k Run/Walk, monies to come from the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on roll call vote.

At 7:38p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Buria that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

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Communications:

  1. Annual Mineral Hearing on unmined ore assessments for the 2020 year will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, May 21, 2020, and will be a virtual meeting held using WebEx.
  2. 2nd Annual “Anchor of Hope,” 5k virtual run/walk to support Steve Norvitch on Saturday, May 23rd, from 9:00-11:00
  3. Affidavits of Candidacy are available Tuesday, May 19th until Tuesday, June 2nd
  • One Mayor – Two (2) Year Term
  • Two City Councilors – Four (4) Year Term

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