Meeting Minutes for 07-05-17
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
July 5, 2017
Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Alan Stanaway, Steve Skogman, Susan Tuomela, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Tim Satrang, Director of Public Works; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer and SGT John Backman, Sheriff’s Department.
It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman that the consent agenda be approved as follows:
- Add the following items to the agenda:
- A. 1. Petition
- A. 2. Utility Advisory Board Appointment
- Approve the minutes of the June 19, 2017, regular meeting as submitted.
- 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.
- To acknowledge the receipts for the period June 16-31, 2017, totaling $247,542.05 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
- To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period June 16-31, 2017, totaling $236,118.72 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
The motion carried.
- Dave Vucich addressed his concern at the Unity and Carnation intersection, stop signs are pointless, drivers are not stopping, with the larger transportation and delivery trucks being the biggest culprits for traffic violations
- Recommendation is to place traffic camera at intersection or place stop signs that light up
- Discussion ensued, SGT Backman suggested to increase enforcement in area, however past practices point out that the amount of drivers being stopped is really not that high when compared to the amount of time in that location
- stop signs at this location are out of character for the type of road, however best bet is to ticket people
The Mayor reported on the following:
- Condolences to the family and friends of Charlie Jacobson
- Petition from Bill Copeland in regards to awareness
- The City of Mountain Iron has no control over the signage on County Road 102, it is a County Road, thus controlled by St. Louis County
- SGT Backman stated that a traffic study is to be completed on the road by St. Louis County
It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to accept Petition, “To get awareness to the City of Mountain Iron and St. Louis County Police Department, too many people driving an excess of 30MPH on Mineral Avenue,” received by residents on Mineral Avenue. Recommendation to send petition to St. Louis County, Health and Safety Board as well as Streets and Alleys Board. The motion carried.
It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to appoint Michael Downs to the Utility Advisory Board, to fill out the remainder of the term, to expire December 31, 2017. The motion carried.
The City Administrator reported on the following:
- Walker, Giroux & Hahne, LLC. finishing the 2016 City of Mountain Iron and Economic Development Audit
- Son, Bryce won Junior PGA Tournament at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell, MN and 2nd in the Tournament in Cold Spring, MN
Director of Public Works:
- Water line repair contained and fixed on Nichols Avenue
- Road patching still being completed
- Dust control being implemented on Roads
Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:
- Summer Library hours, Monday-Friday 10-5pm, closed on Saturdays
- Mountain Iron 4th of July, big thanks to all of those that helped
- July 11th at 1:00pm, “Mad Scientist Show”
- July 12th at 12:00pm, “Rock painting”
- July 19th at 1:00pm, “Tie Dying-Bahama Mama Party with Barbecue,” partnering with American Legion
- No formal report
- No formal report
It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to send a “Thank You,” to those involved in helping the City of Mountain Iron receive Grant, Senator Franken and office as well Congressman Nolan and Senator Klobuchar. The motion carried.
It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to authorize the Mountain Iron Fire Department to seek bids, with a recent grant received from the Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $164,524. The proceeds from the grant must be used for SCBA apparatuses and associated equipment, thus the Fire Department is authorized to seek bids for 20 air packs and masks, an air compressor and infrared cameras. The motion carried.
It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve Resolution #22-17; Setting a public hearing for the proposed assessment on Mountain Iron Drive, between Unity Drive and Highway 53. The hearing is set for August 7, 2017 at 5:30pm at the Mountain Iron Community Center (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.
It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to approve Resolution #23-17; Authorizing the transfer and sale of certain properties to Habitat for Humanity. The property, located at 5760 and 5762 Mesabi Avenue was tax forfeited and acquired from the County (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.
The council reviewed the list of communications.
At 7:11p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.
Municipal Services Secretary
- 13th Annual “Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Bicycle Tour,” hosted by Club Mesabi Inc., will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Approximately 700-750 riders will be traveling on the Mesabi Trail from Grand Rapids to Virginia in a recreational bike tour.