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Meeting Minutes for April 15, 2002

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

APRIL 15, 2002

Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. 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; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; Karen Luoma, Librarian; Joe Stewart, Sergeant; and Greg French, City Engineer.

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

V. D. Discussion on Bond Issue

E. Access road from Kinross to Highway 169 

2. Approve the minutes of the April 1, 2002, regular meeting as submitted.

3. Approve the minutes of the April 2, 2002, committee-of-the-whole meeting as submitted.

4. 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.

5. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period April 1-15, 2002, totaling $170,184.71, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

6. Acknowledge the receipts for the period April 1-15, 2002, totaling $100,380.59, (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.

No one spoke during the public forum.

The Council reviewed the Sheriffs Department monthly activity report. 

The City Engineer updated the Council on the West Two Rivers Development. Mr. French asked for more guidance from the Council regarding what exactly they wanted regarding what areas to develop around the reservoir.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to direct City Staff to look at what potential development sites would be available and what land would be wetlands on the south end of the West Two Rivers Reservoir. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the conditional use permit for Darlene A. Johnson to allow up to two (2) horses and up to fifteen (15) chickens on parcels 175-0071-02015 and 02016 with the condition that all animals be properly penned. The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and authorize the West II Rivers Caretaker contract with Wilbur and Violette Ball at a cost of $500 per week. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to refer the City�s Comprehensive Plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission to set a public hearing. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to adopt the Old Town Plan as presented by the consultants. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to set a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting for Monday, April 29, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain Iron Community Center with the agenda items including developing of core values and bonding. And further, invite George Eilertson, Vice-President of Juran and Moody, to the meeting to discuss bonding in general and what impact this would have on the taxpayers in Mountain Iron and direct the City Administrator to advise Mr. Eilertson to be prepared to answer specific bonding and tax impact questions. The motion carried. 

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Roskoski to direct City Staff to obtain information on the Americans with Disability�s Act (ADA) matching grant for the Mountain Iron Library and any other grant funds that may be available. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to direct the Street Committee to develop cost estimates to construct an additional access on to Highway 169 from the Kinross area. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Skogman, yes; Matanich, yes; Roskoski, yes, Prebeg, no; and Brunfelt, no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution 15-02 for reestablishing unchanged precincts in the City of Mountain, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

Councilor Roskoski requested that the precinct locations be on the next City Council agenda.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution number 16-02, Ordering Preparation of Report on Improvements, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). It was moved by Roskoski to amend Resolution number 16-02 and add North Court to the list of improvements. The amended motion died for lack of support. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to approve the temporary liquor licenses for the American Legion for the April 25, 2002 Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Mountain Iron Community Center and the Virginia/Mountain Iron/Gilbert Chamber of Commerce for April 24, 2002 Business After Hours at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to direct City Staff to work with Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) to facilitate a meeting to develop a strategic plan for the City at a cost of approximately $1,950. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Matanich, yes; Roskoski, yes; Prebeg, yes; Skogman, yes; and Brunfelt, no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to set a public hearing on May 6, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. to consider an amendment to the Floodplain Management Ordinance. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to authorize the second quarter payment to the Tri-Cities Biosolids Disposal Authority in the amount of $5,050.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to allow Darlene Anderson to use accumulated sick leave under the Family Medical Leave Act to attend to the medical needs of her husband with AFSCME Council 65 preparing a formal addendum to the union contract. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Roskoski to authorize a pledge of $3,000 per year for a five-year period for the Virginia Regional Medical Center Capital Campaign Fund. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Brunfelt to authorize a contribution of $500 to the Annual Alzheimer�s Memory Walk on May 18, 2002. The motion failed on the following roll call vote: Skogman, no; Matanich, no; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; and Brunfelt, yes.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich to authorize a contribution of $250 to the Annual Alzheimer�s Memory Walk on May 18, 2002. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

During the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski asked the Director of Public Works if the street sweeping was planned for the entire town. He said that he is completing the major arterial streets first and the remaining streets should be completed in the next two weeks.

Planning and Zoning Chairman Giorgi asked if the Council was going to address Ordinance Number 04-02, amending Chapter 56. The Mayor said that this would be on the next City Council agenda.

At 7:50 p.m., it was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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