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Meeting Minutes for April 03, 2000

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Mayor Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Carolyn Olsen, Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Curt Piri, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Deputy Clerk; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; and Greg French, City Engineer.

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

1. Add the following item to the agenda:

V. C. Discussion of the Library Architect

2. Approve the minutes of the March 20, 2000, regular meeting with the following corrections:

Page 2, paragraph 1, “It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to accept the recommendation of the City Engineer and approve�”

Page 4, paragraph 6, “It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to have the City Administrator request proposals from architectural or mechanical engineering firms to determine what work needs to be completed on the library to bring the building into compliance with ADA and how much the improvements will cost and bring the information back to the City Council for further consideration.”

3. 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.

4. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period March 16-31,2000, totaling $163,844.70, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period March 16-31, 2000, totaling $94,408.34, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion to adopt the consent agenda carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

During the public forum, Sandy Cromley, Sales Representative for Century 21, was present and was interested in having the City list Unity Addition with Century 21 for the sale of the property. The

Mayor said that several real estate firms have approached the City to have Unity Addition listed with them, but the City Council would like to keep the selling process continuing through the City Hall. The City Administrator said that with the limited amount of marketing that has been completed, there has been one lot sold and nine letters of commitment signed for when the property is formally platted.

George Eilertson, Financial Consultant from Juran and Moody, reviewed the financing package for the street improvement projects.

The Director of Public Works informed the Council that the Utility Advisory Board had approved the Garbage Ordinance and the ordinance is being submitted to the City Attorney for review and then will be brought back to the City Council for final approval.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to accept the staff recommendation for the Community Center furniture and authorize the purchase of the following:

25 � 60″ round tables $ 6,325.00

36 � 30″ x 96″ rectangle tables 7,020.00

3 � table trucks 714.00

5 � round table trucks 1,190.00

TOTAL AMOUNT $15,249.00

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The City Administrator updated the Council regarding the Virginia Department of Public Utilities utility acquisition. The Administrator advised the Council that the Virginia PUC was still working on numbers for the acquisition. He said that Staff has not met with them again, but they would keep on top of the matter.

Councilor Olsen said that Robert Sandberg, a retired architect who lives in Mountain Iron approached her, and was interested in working on the library ADA upgrade. It was the consensus of the Council to authorize staff to contact Mr. Sandberg and ask him to submit a proposal to the City for services.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to adopt Resolution #08-00, Approving of Plans and Specifications and Call for Quotes, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to adopt Resolution #09-00, sale of City Hall to Rodney and Donna Flannigan with the resolution amended to include the purchase price, (a copy of the amended resolution is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Piri, yes; Olsen, yes; Skogman, yes; Matanich, no; and Brunfelt, yes.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to authorize the payment of $2,320 to Culbert Realty for the sales agreement for the City Hall. The motion carried with Councilor Matanich voting no.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to use the funds received from the sale of the City Hall to convert the Senior Center heating system. The motion carried with Councilor Matanich voting no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution #10-00, Public Hearing for the Housing and Redevelopment Authority for Tax Increment Financing District No. 12, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). During the discussion, the City Administrator said that the property is located north of the Sherwin/Williams and the Metz Bakery Building. Councilor Olsen requested that the locations be listed with the information to the Council, possibly in the form of a map. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to adopt Resolution #11-00, Charitable Gambling, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Matanich voting no.

It was the consensus of the Council to name the rooms at the Community Center as follows:

Activity Center/City Council Chambers -Mountain Iron Room

East � of Community Center -Iroquois Room

West � of Community Center -Wacootah Room

Conference Room -Mesaba Room

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to adopt Resolution #12-00, IRRRB Summer Youth Grant Application, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to approve the payment of the second quarter 2000 appropriation to the Tri-City Biosolids Authority at a cost of $4,640.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Skogman to sponsor two Mountain Iron students to the Iron Range Youth in Action 4th Annual Young Leaders Convention for a total cost of $100. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

During the Mayor’s report, he informed the Council that he attended the last RAMS board meeting. He said that Doug Johnson had introduced legislation that would increase Mountain Iron�s local government aid by approximately $134,000 beginning in 2001.

During the open discussion, Ed Roskoski spoke to the Council and pointed out that some of the mining names suggested for room names in the new community building were actually located in Virginia. The Council reviewed the list of room names and made some changes that are reflected in the list.

Also during the open discussion, Ted Newberg said that the Civic Association had a meeting at the City Hall and they were looking over some of the old pictures that are in the City Hall. The Association was interested in having the pictures and frames turned over to them. Councilor Skogman said that the City should have someone check on the value of the pictures and frames.

At 7:42 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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