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City of Mountain Iron, Minnesota



Meeting Minutes for April 01, 2002

APRIL 1, 2002

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr, Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; and Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

1. Approve the minutes of the March 18, 2002, regular meeting as submitted.

2. That the communications be accepted, placed on file, and those requiring further action by the Council be acted upon during their proper sequence on the agenda.

3. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period March 16-31, 2002, totaling $101,105.86, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. Acknowledge the receipts for the period March 16-31, 2002, totaling $69,114.24, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion to adopt the consent agenda carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

No one spoke during the public forum.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to authorize City Staff to advertise and hire temporary seasonal workers for 2002. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and the Wolf Park Ad Hoc Committee to enter into negotiations with the Retriever Club for the sale of property at Wolf Park with the following conditions:

To sell the north half of the ten-acre parcel to the Retriever Club. A set amount of money from the sale will be designated for the purchase of new playground equipment for the Park. This is in exchange for the loss of the ball field and Wolf residents sweat equity.

In the future, the Retriever�s Club will work to provide a pavilion, tables, septic, and well to be used by the public.

The Retriever Club will work with residents to improve Butler Road.

The Retriever�s Club will supply a buffer zone and/or fencing on portions of the property as per the Master Plan being developed.

The City would gain valuable wetlands area.

The value of the Park could be offset with the value of the wetlands replacement and wetland bank.

The City will remove the fences, backstop and dugouts.

The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to adopt Ordinance Number 02-01, Nuisances, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to adopt Ordinance Number 02-02, Amending Chapter 22 of the City Code, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to submit the draft of Ordinance Number 04-02, amending Chapter 56 of the City Code, to the Planning and Zoning Commission for their recommendation. The motion carried.

At 7:16 p.m., Councilor Prebeg left the meeting.

At 7:17 p.m., Councilor Prebeg returned to the meeting.

The Council decided to discuss the Community Center Signage at the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting set for April 2, 2002.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to approve the 2002 allocation of $2,500 to the Calvary Cemetery Association. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to adopt Ordinance Number 03-02, amending Chapter 22, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to adopt the recommendation of the Volunteer Recognition Dinner Committee as follows:

Groups to be invited: City Council

Boards, Committees, Commissions whose members are directly 

appointed by the City Council

Fire Department and EMT

City Employees

Sheriff�s Department

Non-paid volunteers shall receive an award and gift. This group would include all Boards, Committees, and Commissions whose members are directly appointed by the City Council and EMT�s.

Paid positions shall receive a gift only if they attend the dinner. This would include the City Council, Fire Department, City Employees, and Sheriff�s Department.

Budget for this year�s event is recommended to be $7,500.

The motion carried with Councilor Skogman voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Roskoski to write a letter of support to Saint Louis County requesting improvements on a portion of Butler Road and also to request that the Retriever Club write a letter of support to Saint Louis County regarding upgrading Butler Road. The motion carried.

Councilor Roskoski questioned the purchase of street right-of-way in the Downtown area of Mountain Iron from U.S. Steel Corporation. The City Administrator updated Councilor Roskoski regarding this issue. The City Administrator said that the General Manager of U.S. Steel needs to decide what the Corporation wants to do with certain properties in the Downtown Area of Mountain Iron before anything further could be done.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

During the Mayor�s Report, he informed the Council that he expected the decision from the Supreme Court regarding the fiscal disparity lawsuit to come soon. 

During the open discussion, Councilor Skogman requested that Staff seek information from the League of Minnesota Cities for model ordinances regarding regulating adult entertainment and fireworks and refer the information to the Ordinance Review Committee. 

At 7:57 p.m., it was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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