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Meeting Minutes for 08-07-17

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

August 7, 2017

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:33p.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 and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

 

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:
  2. A. 1. Temporary Liquor License

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the July 17, 2017, regular meeting as submitted.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. To acknowledge the receipts for the period July 16-31, 2017, totaling $858,482.97 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period July 16-31, 2017, totaling $609,912.19 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried.

 

Public Forum:

 

  • Ed Roskoski questioned City Administrator regarding Pioneer Cemetery; City Administrator stated that DNR has not reported anything new or any activity. He also questioned the City Council regarding if there would be a replacement for the Wacootah Overlook. Discussion ensue, members of the City Council and Mayor Skalko addressed Mr. Roskoski stating that all sites that are worthy to be considered a new overlook are within the blast zone, and are deemed not suitable for a new outlook.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Happy birthday to Helen Koivunen-Sainio turned 93 on August 3rd

 

Councilor Prebeg wanted to congratulate to Michelle Anderson being appointed the 6th Judicial District Court Judge by Governor Dayton

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve a 1-day temporary Liquor License for the Sawmill Saloon to sell during the City of Mountain Iron’s Merritt Days on August 12th. The motion carried.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • All recreation programs are completed for the season
  • Looking at setting preliminary levies next month, possibly at next meeting

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to approve the entering into the Interlocal Contract for Cooperative Purchasing with HGAGBuy, which will help in meeting the federal purchasing requirements, with the grant from FEMA, when procuring 20 self-contained breathing apparatus’ and infrared cameras, as well as any general Fire Department equipment. The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to maintain the City of Mountain Iron’s current coverage, and to approve the Liability Coverage with the League of Minnesota Cities. The motion carried.

Director of Public Works:

 

  • Shouldering work being completed on roads, please be aware of workers
  • Intersection at Dairy Queen will see an increase in road and directional signs as road construction continues

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to authorize Matt Cerkvenik’s probation to expire and allow him to become a permanent employee after expiration of probation period. The motion carried.

 

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

 

  • Summer Library hours, Monday-Friday 10-5pm, closed on Saturdays
  • August 9th, “Mister Jim,” Children’s Performer at 6pm at Mountain Iron Park
  • Thank you to all Merritt Day Committee members for their hard work
    • Raffle tickets purchased at local business/banks or Merritt Committee members
  • Merritt Days band performances
    • August 9th-August 12th

 

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to approve the request of the Merritt Day’s Committee and block Main Street from Marble Avenue to Mesabi Avenue on Friday, August 11th. As well as to extend the Mountain Iron blocking north to Locomotive Street, beginning at 7:00am on Friday until Sunday, August 13th in the morning. The motion carried.

 

Sheriff’s Department:

 

  • Discussed the 2016 Crime statistics

 

City Engineer:

 

  • No formal report

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve Pay Request No. 5 for the Woodland Estates Residential Development Phase 1 project in the amount of $64,062.87, to Mesabi Bituminous. This amount includes withholding of 5% retainage on work completed to date. The motion carried on roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to approve Pay Request No. 3 for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Recreational Trail project in the amount of $15,546.56, to Mesabi Bituminous. This amount includes withholding of 5% retainage on work completed to date. The motion carried on roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and hire the following individual to the Mountain Iron Fire Department as paid on call firefighter:

 

  • Jim Hipple

 

The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission Board and approve a Conditional Use and Variance Permit Application for William Pond, to construct a new garage larger than the maximum square footage and height permitted by Zoning Ordinance. The property is legally described as Lot 0007, Block 009, South Grove Addition, 8768 Greenwood Lane, Parcel Cole: 175-0055-01910. The motion carried.

 

Liaison report:

 

  • Ceremony held at the West South Grove Ballfield, renaming it the “Larry Nanti Field” in honor and dedication to Larry Nanti, former employee, longtime Mountain Iron Recreation Director and Coach

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve Resolution #24-17; Adopting Assessment as proposed for the Mountain Iron Drive project, Improvement Number 14-04, between Unity Drive and Highway 53 (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to accept the Audit proposal from Walker, Giroux, & Hahne, LLC. to perform the 2017 Audit for the City of Mountain Iron. The proposal price is for $25,000 for the Governmental Funds and $11,000 for the Enterprise Funds. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize maternity leave for Amanda Inmon under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), for a period of up to but not to exceed 12 weeks. The motion carried.

 

The council reviewed the list of communications.

 

At 7:20p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

 

 

Submitted by:

 

 

 

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

 

 

 

Communications:

 

  1. Thank you from Marianne Nanti for the support and dedication of the West Baseball Field at the Mountain Iron complex, now called the “Larry Nanti Field.”
  2. Thank you from Raija Sarich and Madilyn Jankila, for the support and supplies for the 2017 Mountain Iron tennis program, making it a successful season with 19 children participating.

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