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Meeting Minutes for 09-05-17

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

September 5, 2017

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:31p.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; Lisa Stevens, Accounting Technician; Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; Alan Johnson, 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:

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the August 21, 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 August 16-31, 2017, totaling $546,130.66 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period August 16-31, 2017, totaling $280,732.16 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried.

 

Public Forum:

 

  • No one spoke during forum

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Happy Birthday to Gladys Kujala turned 87 on September 4th
  • Good luck to the MIB Volleyball and Football Teams on their upcoming season
  • Good luck to Matt Niskanen and the Washington Capitals on their upcoming season
  • Would like to possibly look into changing Planning and Zoning Commission number of members to five in the future, as it is difficult to recruit board members
    • Majority of other Boards in regards to numbers have only five Board members

 

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to accept the resignation of James Kohler as the member of the Planning and Zoning Commission Board, effective September 5, 2017. The motion carried.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • No formal report

Director of Public Works:

  • Culvert work and repairs being done on Highway 7
  • Wednesday, September 6th, replacing/fixing culvert on Old Highway 169 in Kinross which failed during the last storm

Sheriff’s Department:

 

  • No formal or informal report

 

City Engineer:

 

  • No formal report

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve Pay Request No. 6 for the Woodland Estates Residential Development Phase 1 project in the amount of $59,838.60, to Mesabi Bituminous. This amount includes withholding of 5% retainage on work completed to date. The motion carried on roll call vote.

 

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

 

  • Library hours
    • Monday-Friday 10-5pm
    • Saturdays 10-2pm
  • Story-time starting in October

 

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission Board and approve the Variance application for the Habitat for Humanity, for a reduction in the required 25ft setback to 16ft setback on Locomotive Street and 20ft setback from Mesabi Avenue. The property is legally described as Lot 0001, Block 015, 8892 Locomotive Street (formerly 5760 & 5762 Mesabi Avenue) Parcel Cole: 175-0010-01560/01550. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Parks and Recreation Board and adopt the Park and Facility Naming Policy as presented. Councilor Prebeg amended the motion to include within the Park and Facility Naming Policy to include other facilities/property/building controlled by the City of Mountain Iron (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried 4;1 with Councilor Skogman opposing.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to approve Resolution #25-17; adopting the preliminary levy in the amount of 2%, which must be certified to the County by September 15th. The Resolution is presented with a two percent increase in the levy from last year (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve Resolution # 26-17; adopting the proposed 2018 market rate based referendum levy for the general obligation community center bonds and interest. The amount reflected is to cover bond payments for 2018 and is the same amount as was levied in 2017 (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve Resolution #27-17; setting the Economic Development Authority tax levy for 2018. This Resolution reflects a levy of the same amount as last year which generates approximately $12,000 for the EDA (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the Soroptimist of Virginia a Temporary On-sale Liquor License, for their Fundraiser at the Cinema 6 Movie Theatre on October 11th. The motion carried.

 

The council reviewed the list of communications.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman to make a donation of $125 from the Charitable Gambling Fund, to the Perkins sponsored Fundraiser for “Jaimie Johnson,” on September 17th at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried on roll call vote.

 

At 7:02p.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 the Summer Work Outreach Program (SWOP) on the generous donation and the ability to use the City of Mountain Iron Community Center for their Annual Banquet.
  2. Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) will no longer be cooking or using the Mountain Iron Senior Center, encourages seniors to eat at one of their restaurant Senior Diner’s Club within the area.
  3. Mediacom will be making changes to their High Definition channel lineup at the end of September.
  4. Thank you from the Calvary Cemetery Association for monetary stipend and in-kind services. The Association would like to increase its funding by $1,500 to help with replacement of equipment and to help in hiring a full-time summer employee.
  5. Perkins Sponsored Fundraiser “All the Pancakes You Can Eat,” as well as Raffle and Auction, on Sunday, September 17th from 4-8pm at the Mountain Iron Community Center for Jaimie Johnson.

 

 

 

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