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Meeting Minutes for April 04, 2016

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

April 04, 2016

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:31p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Alan Stanaway, Tony Zupancich and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; John Backman Sheriff’s Department and. Absent: and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer, Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the March 21, 2016, 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 March 16-31, 2016 totaling $198,316.86 (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, 2016, totaling $323,581.84 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried on a roll call vote with all members present.

 

 

Mayor’s Report:

 

  • Condolences to the family of Greg Peterson; one of the owners of BG’s Bar and Grill. Wonderful giving man, will be missed, gave to a number of charities, and raised thousands of dollars to those in need.
  • Mountain Iron History Committee- 12 murals posted throughout community center which commemorates 125 years of history of the city.
  • Signal City light recommendation was actually just that, a recommendation for the City to do study for MNDOT to look at intersection of 169 and County Road 102, requesting study, decision will be made by MNDOT not the City of Mountain Iron.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the approval of the Conditional use and Variance permit for Brad Gustafson for new garage to be built on Mashkenode Lake, which exceeds Zoning regulations. Motion carried unanimously.

 

City Administrator reported on following:

 

  • The City of Mountain Iron has sent out summer registration forms for softball, baseball as well as tennis, forms and flyers will be going with kids in school. For more information or to sign-up contact City Hall.

 

The Director of Public Works reported on the following:

 

  • Letters sent out for those residents which need an AMI/AMR meter change over, roughly effects 10-12 that need their meter bases upgraded, anyone that has questions can call City Hall or Public Works Director.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich authorize the City of Mountain Iron Staff to authorize the advertisement for temporary seasonal employees for the summer months for Public Works Department. Once a list of potential employees is developed, it will be forwarded to the City Council for final approval. May 6th will be cut off date for application submission. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator report:

 

  • New Library Hours in effect Mon thru Thurs-11 am-6pm and Fri & Sat-10am -2pm
  • Story time changes to Tuesdays @ 10am
  • Special thanks to those that helped with the 31st Easter Egg Hunt

 

 

Sheriff’s department:

 

  • Calendar parking ended until fall, those parking against traffic will be ticketed

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to allow the Parks and Recreation Board to advertise for summer recreation coaches. Once a list of coaches is developed, based upon the number of participants, it will be forwarded to the City Council for final approval. Motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve the enclosed agreement, hiring Mr. and Mrs. Ward Johnson for the West Two Rivers Campground caretakers. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Liaison:

 

  • Bid-mire/Birchum-timber Iron Works Building has new owner which is living in the building, advised that the City will work with him, have Benchmark locate building in relation to the City’s Zoning, and update Zoning.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the City of Mountain Iron staff to work with Benchmark to zone the old Birchum-Timber Iron Works building, to determine what zoning the building actually is and to update the zoning mapping. Motion carried unanimously.  

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg  to adopt Resolution Number 20-16; authorizing the City of Mountain Iron to submit an application for funding to the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority Drinking Water Fund. This application for funding will be used for the possible development of a new municipal well but does not require it (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 21-16; adopting the most recent edition of the general records retention schedule for Minnesota Cities. This most up to date version of the schedule the City uses to determine what documents need to be preserved for how long. Also we are required to have the most up to date version in order to store some of the City’s older documents at the Minnesota Discovery Center (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 22-16; giving the City of Mountain Iron authorization  for the execution of the development agreement between the City and the developers of the strip mall at Rock Ridge. This agreement lays out what the developer is going to do and what the City is going to do. This agreement is required due to the City employing TIF to assist the developer (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Ordinance Number 01-16; requiring the placement of a lock box on the exterior of all commercial, industrial, government and multi-family buildings. The installations will be required on new construction, remodeling or in the case of change of ownership. Lock boxes contain keys to the buildings and are accessible through a master key maintained by Emergency personnel. This is a cooperative program with the Virginia Fire Departments, Mountain Iron Fire Department and the Public Health and Safety Board (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously.

Merritt Elementary PTA requests donation for 3rd Annual “KID Fit” Carnival. It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to donate $250 to the Merritt Elementary PTA’s 3rdAnnual “KID Fit” Carnival out of the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

At 7:09p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned.  Motion carried with all members present.

 

Submitted by:                                                               

Amanda Inmon                                                 

Municipal Services Secretary                                         

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            COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

  1. Thank you, from Summer Work Outreach Project for donation to their program.

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