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May 6, 2019 City Council Minutes

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

May 6, 2019

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30pm. with the following members present: Councilor Joe Prebeg Jr., Alan Stanaway, Steve Skogman, Julie Buria, 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; and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

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

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:
  2. F.  Amend April 1, 2019 City Council minutes
  3. VII.  A. Dustin Damn Memorial Donation
  4. Approve the minutes of the April 15, 2019 regular meeting as submitted.
  5. 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.
  6. To acknowledge the receipts for the period April 16-30, totaling $219,127.98 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
  7. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period April 16-30, totaling $288,006.29 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

To amend the April 1, 2019 City Council minutes, from “The motion carried on roll call vote (No: Prebeg, Stanaway and Skogman Yes: Buria and Skalko),” to “The motion failed on roll call vote (No: Prebeg, Stanaway and Skogman Yes: Buria and Skalko).”

To amend the April 16, 2019 Local Board of Appeal and Equalization minutes, from “members present, Sue Tuomela,” to Julie Buria” and “property of John Roskoski, 5409 North Court, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0010-02500,” to “property of John Roskoski, 5732 Mineral Ave, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0010-02500.” The motion carried unanimously.

Public Forum:

  • Representatives, Tony Jeffries and Beth Pierce from the Iron Range Tourism Bureau were present to update the Council and residents on Iron Range Tourism, and how they promote tourism on the Iron Range, which includes the area between Hibbing and Hoyt Lakes.

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Condolences to the family and friends of Shane McGregor
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Shirley Anderson-Charles
  • Happy Birthday to Gladys Johnson turned 100 years old on May 5th
  • Happy belated birthday to Helen Demaniuk turned 90 years old March 8th
  • Congratulations to the Mountain Iron-Buhl Archery team, finished 3rd at the Midwest Shoot-out
    • 4 individuals placed at the competition, Shane Busch, Brody Soyring, Emily Lacoursiere and Kyle Johnson
  • Big thank you to George Bekkala for cleaning/picking up trash, collected two truckloads from around the Walmart area

City Administrator:

  • Met with Consultant for the South Grove Recreational Complex, review of site and project
    • Next step, ideas and recommendations presented
    • Meeting with City Council members and P&R board to review ideas and recommendations
  • CDBG Grant for next session of slip-lining sewers in downtown Mountain Iron approved by County Board

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

Public Works/Public Utilities:

Dylan Leff                                Casey Kintner

Patricia Overbye                       Arin Marks      

Carter Martinson

Parks & Recreation:

Austin Ulman                           Riley Kintner

Library:

Madison Overbye

Coaches:

Lisa Stevens                             Cassie Stevens

Cassandra James                       Charlie Overbye

Cody Ellis                                 Jill Ellis

Josh Inmon                               Justin Inmon

Corey Johnson                          Jimmy Janckila

Jeff Tiedman                            Rusty Dahl

Audrey White                           Katie Hunter

Julia Knapper                            Jesse White

Megan Preiner

Tennis:                                                             Umpire:

Raija Sarich                                                      Zach Lindseth

The motion carried.

Director of Public Works:

  • 2nd year in a row, Wastewater Treatment Plant was recognized by the MPCA
  • Waterline break on Bluebell Avenue and part of Aster Avenue the 1st week of May
  • City Crews sweeping streets
  • Any damage from Snow plows over the Winter Season, contact City Hall to be put on list for repair

The Mountain Iron Wastewater Treatment Plant and staff, Ty Hebl and Brad Bennett, received a “Certificate of Commendation, Wastewater Treatment Facility Operation Award” in recognition of exceptional compliance with its Minnesota Pollution Control Agency NPDES/SDS during the 2018 review year.

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • Winter Reading Program ending on March 31st
    • Mountain Iron Patrons read 124,445 minutes
    • Highest reader was a 1st Grader named Mason, reading 12,820 minutes

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and approve the enclosed agreement, hiring Mrs. Wendy Flannigan for the West Two Rivers Campground caretakers for the 2019 season. Motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria 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, tentatively scheduled for the first couple of weeks of June. Complete form and payment must be turned in and paid for by June 3rd by 4pm, with utility bill current. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and certify the City of Mountain Iron’s Mercury Minimization Plan as presented (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was approved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and approve the updates to the Personnel Policy as presented (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and Public Health and Safety Board and approve the updated Fire Department Position Descriptions for the Safety Officer, Training Officer and Firefighter. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Buria to approve the Joint Community Communications Plan for Improvement of Emergency Services Plan as presented. The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to approve Resolution #04-19; Grant Application, for the IRRRB’s Laurentian Visioning Partnership Program (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Buria to accept the recommendation from the recent joint meeting concerning the Shared Services Study, and designate a Joint Committee, which would consists of representatives from Mountain Iron to work with a committee from Virginia. With representatives being the following individuals:

City Administrator Craig Wainio                       Fire Chief Gerry Knapper

Councilor Joe Prebeg                                         Assistant Chief Mark Madden

The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to donate $250 to Range Mental Health Center Annual “Dustin Damm Memorial Walk for Mental Health,” Fundraising Event on May 17, 2018, at 4pm, at Olcott Park in Virginia. Monies to come from the Chartable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on roll call vote.

At 7:30pm., 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. Louis County Environmental Services Department’s 2019 Area B-CLEAN Business Hazardous Waste Collection Dates, Virginia Regional Landfill (HHW Building) August 14th by appointment. (218)741-8831

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