Meeting Minutes for 09-18-17
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
September 18, 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; Lisa Stevens, Accounting Technician; Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; Bryan Lindsey, City Attorney; 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:
- Approve the minutes of the September 5, 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 September 1-15, 2017, totaling $469,325.73 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
- To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period September 1-15, 2017, totaling $325,464.54 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
The motion carried.
- No one spoke during forum
The Mayor reported on the following:
- Condolences to the Sokoloski Family in the passing of Larry Sokoloski
- Condolences to the family of Doctor Don Warner in his passing.
- Congratulations to the 6 newest inductees to the High School football hall of fame: Richard Anderson class of 1952, Melroy Maki class of 1958, Tom Clark class of 1962, Dave Langowski class of 1964, Mike Setterland class of 1976, and Zach Rowe class of 2005.
The City Administrator reported on the following:
- Difficulties selling lots on the back side of South Grove; attorneys want to clear up some things with US Steel and RGGS before they can be sold
- Starting of the decommissioning of the Nichols ponds- there will be equipment going in and out of there
Director of Public Works:
- Flushing hydrants for the fall and people may notice some discoloration of water and water pressure fluctuations
- Continuing to jet the sewers around town so citizens will be seeing crews and equipment
Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:
- This Wed, Sept 20 a program with a gentleman performing Walt Witman poetry at the library
- Next Wednesday there is a Latin American music program; both programs are going to have the MIB High School music and English classes attending
- Special events- plans are on their way for the Halloween Carnival, Oct 29.
- No formal or informal report
- No formal report
- No formal report
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 Hugo & Suzanne Mariucci, for a reduction in the required 25ft setback to 16ft setback on Unity Drive. The property is legally described as Lot 0001, Block 0001, 5499 Diamond Land, Mountain Iron, Parcel Cole: 175-0063-00010. 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 the Conditional Use Permit application for Gerald & Patricia Claesson, to construct a garage larger than the 900 sq. ft. as permitted by the City of Mountain Iron Zoning Ordinance. The property is legally described as Section 10, Township 58, Range 18, 8749 Unity Drive, Mountain Iron, Parcel Cole: 175-0070-01327. The motion carried.
It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the City of Mountain Iron Staff to authorize the purchase of the SCBA’s from Emergency Response Solutions at the low bid price of $149,995.85, with 80% of the purchase price being funded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant from FEMA. The motion carried on a roll call vote.
It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize staff to seek quotes for the replacement of a waterline under Mud Lake Road located between Mud Lake and Unity Drive. The water line has been repaired twice and is currently leaking which is having a negative effect on Mud Lake Road. If approved staff would seek quotes and present them to City Council for final review and approval. The motion carried.
The council reviewed the list of communications.
The Range Mental Health Center, Inc. requests contribution for their 2017 “6th Annual Project Warmth,” fundraiser held Friday, October 6th at the Range Recreation Civic Center, Eveleth, MN. It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to donate $300 for a table ticket, to the Range Mental Health Center, Inc. out of the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on a roll call vote.
Steve Skogman announced that Thursday Sept. 21 is the St. Michael’s chili cook-off at the Miners Memorial Building and he will be there with the Salvation Army serving chili; The Library will also be represented at the cook-off.
At 6:58 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.
- Thank you from the Greater Minnesota Partnership for support and continued membership.
- Louis County Environmental Services Department sent a letter informing the City of a proposed $2.00 per ton tip fee increase for mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) for 2018. Fees will be used for landfill abatement purposes, costs of closure, post closure care, response actions or for purposes of mitigating and compensating for the local risks, costs and other adverse effects of facilities.