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Meeting Minutes for April 19, 1999

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt 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; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Judy Seurer, Bookkeeper; Greg French, City Engineer; and Sam Aluni, City Attorney.

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

1. Make the following adjustments to the agenda:

Move Civic Association-Historic Preservation from Public Forum (III., B.) to New Business (VI., C.).

Move Purchase Agreement from Unfinished Business (V., A.) to immediately following the Public Forum (III.)

2. Approve the minutes of the April 5, 1999, regular meeting as submitted.

3. Approve the minutes of the April 12, 1999, special 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, 1999, totaling $91,721.75, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

6. Acknowledge the receipts for the period April 1-15, 1999, totaling $87,122.57, (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.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to refund the sale price of the land he purchased from the City and the cost of the building permit he received, minus City expenses, to Craig Merten. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

No one spoke during the public forum.

The Mayor vacated his chairmanship of the meeting for the discussion of the purchase agreement with D.E. Winters and Associates, Inc., due to a personal financial interest. Deputy Mayor Piri conducted the Council�s discussion. It was moved by Matanich and supported by Olsen to approve the purchase agreement with D.E. Winters and Associates, Inc. as presented to the Council. The motion carried on a roll call vote, the Mayor not participating.

The Deputy Mayor returned the chairmanship of the meeting to the Mayor.

The City Engineer had nothing to report on until the Community Center Options were to be discussed, according to the agenda.

The City Attorney had nothing to report on.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to approve the request from the Baseball Association for the Parks and Recreation Department to take over the VFW and Legion programs at a cost of $9,000 to be charged to the public expense account. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve the West II Rivers Caretaker Contract with Wilbur and Violet Ball for the 1999 campground season from May 12, 1999 through September 18, 1999. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve the placement of a Heritage Tourism Sign in the Library yard. After further discussion, Skogman rescinded the motion and Piri rescinded support.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to submit this request to the Library Board for their consideration. The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to approve the job descriptions as presented (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association Safety Compliance Training Agreement (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Piri to approve the building permit requested by the Operating Engineers Local 49. The motion carried.

The City Engineer presented drawings for two possible sites for the community center/city hall. It was the concensus of the Council to have the City Administrator continue to obtain more cost estimates for the community center/city hall building and to proceed with negotiations on the Messiah Lutheran Church land for the community center/city hall.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve Ordinance No. 01-99, concerning the regulation of lawful gambling within the City of Mountain Iron (a copy of which is attached and made a part of the minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve Resolution 09-99, amending the Joint Powers Agreement for Constructing and Maintaining a Quad Cities Joint Recreational Center (a copy of which is attached and made a part of the minutes). The motion carried.

Ed Roskoski, representing the Civic Association, requested the Council consider passing a resolution supporting the placement of several City properties on the National Historic Register.

Harry Lamppa made a presentation to the Council on the steps needed to place the Library, City Hall, the Livery Stable and the pioneer Cemetary on the National Historical Register.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to approve a resolution designating the Library, City Hall, Livery Stable and the pioneer Cemetary as historic sites. After further discussion, Skogman rescinded the motion and Olsen rescinded support. It was the concensus of the Council to schedule a presentation from the State Historic Preservation Office for a future Council meeting.

During the open discussion, Councilor Olsen questioned where an ambulance would go if an emergency occurred at the new clinic, Virginia or Hibbing? The ambulance would be required to go to the nearest facility.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Skogman reiterated the need for financing for improvements needed for any potential new developments brought into the City.

It was announced that the new Mesaba Clinic will be opening on April 21, 1999. The City Administrator was directed to send a letter of congratulations to them.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to adjourn the meeting at 7:21 p.m.. The motion carried.

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