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Meeting Minutes for April 01, 2013

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

APRIL 1, 2013

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Absent member included:  Susan Tuomela.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Clark, Municipal Services Secretary; Michael Downs, Interim Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; John Backman, Sergeant; and Jerry D. Kujala, Zoning Administrator/Residential Building Official.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

 

  1. Add the following item to the agenda:

            VI. D.  Greenwood Cemetery Allocation

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the March 18, 2013, regular meeting as submitted.

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the March 18, 2013, special 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 March 16-31, 2013 totaling $116,137.42, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period March 16-31, 2013, totaling $179,896.71, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:  Prebeg, no; Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; Skalko, yes; and Tuomela, absent.

 

At 6:36 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing on Silicon Way.  The motion carried with Tuomela absent.

 

The City Administrator reviewed the Silicon Way Project with the Council.

 

No communications were received and no one spoke during the public hearing.

 

At 6:37 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to close the public hearing on Silicon Way and reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion carried with Tuomela absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to increase the contribution to the Mountain Iron-Buhl All Night Graduation Party by $300.00 for a total contribution of $500.00 with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried on a roll call vote with Tuomela absent.

 

The City Administrator reported that the City would still be accepting applications for coaches for the summer programs.  He also said that the City would be notifying the school soon to have children sign up for the summer recreation programs.

 

The Interim Director of Public Work reported that the City had been out steaming culverts and informed the public to contact City Hall if they were having problems with their culvert and the City would come and thaw them out.

 

During the Sheriff’s Department Report, the Sergeant informed the public that Calendar Parking was now done for the season.  He advised residents that if there were some snow accumulation, to please move their cars to allow the City Staff to move the snow.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and adopt the Residential Permit Fee Schedule, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes), with an effective date of April 1, 2013.  And further, to acknowledge that the plan review fees and the inspection fees are paid to the Residential Building Official.  The motion carried with Tuomela absent.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 12-13, calling a public hearing on May 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. for the proposed modification of tax increment financing (Economic Development) District Number 14 for Lake Country Power within the municipal project area number one and the proposed modification of a tax increment financing plan relating to thereto, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Tuomela absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 13-13, ordering improvement and preparation of plans for Silicon Way, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Tuomela absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 14-13, authorizing the transfer of certain property, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Tuomela absent.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to authorize the 2013 allocation to the Greenwood Cemetery Association in the amount of $4,500.  The motion carried on a roll call vote with Tuomela absent.

 

The Council reviewed the communications.  The following comments were made:

 

  • MN/DoT Highway 53.  Councilor Stanaway informed the Council that a meeting was scheduled with the Minnesota Department of Transportation regarding the rerouting of Highway 53 on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 1:30-3:30 at the Mountain Iron Community Center.  He said that he would be attending and hoped other Council members would also attend.
  • Local Government Aid (LGA).  Councilor Prebeg asked the City Administrator what the implications would be for the modification of the LGA forumula.  The City Administrator said that he had attended a meeting to discuss the proposed adjustments for LGA inflation and that it would amount to an increase of 10.7% for Mountain Iron.

 

At 7:04 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to recess the regular meeting and enter into a closed meeting at 7:15 p.m. to discuss the negotiations being under taken with management personnel pursuant to 2012 Minnesota Statutes 13D.03.  The motion carried with Tuomela absent. 

 

Mayor Skalko called the closed meeting to order at 7:18 p.m. with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Absent member included:  Susan Tuomela.

 

The Council discussed negotiation strategy for salary employees, Craig Wainio and Michael Downs.

 

At 8:05 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adjourn the closed meeting.  The motion carried with Tuomela absent.

 

At 8:06 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion carried with Tuomela absent.

 

At 8:07 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried with Tuomela absent.

 

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

  1. Minnesota Department of Transportation, a meeting announcement for the relocation of Highway 53, set for April 18, 2013, at the Mountain Iron Community Center.

 

  1. Flaherty & Hood for the Coalition of greater Minnesota Cities, forwarding information regarding a proposal to adjust the Local Government Aid for inflation.

 

  1. Mediacom, forwarding information regarding launching new generation broadband service across northern Minnesota.

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