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Meeting Minutes for April 20, 2009

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
APRIL 20, 2009

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:31 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Anderson, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; and Sam Aluni, City Attorney.

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

1. Add the following item to the agenda:
IV. H. Unity Sign Request

2. Approve the minutes of the April 6, 2009, regular meeting as submitted.

3. That the communications be accepted, placed on file, and those requiring further action by the City Council be acted upon during their proper sequence on the agenda.

4. To acknowledge the receipts for the period April 1-15, 2009, totaling $110,180.09, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to approve the following:

5. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period April 1-15, 2009, totaling $311,955.46, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote. 

During the public forum, several members of the Mountain Iron-Buhl Archery Team were present and were requesting City financial support towards their trip to the National competition in Kentucky with 15 high school and six elementary students attending. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skalko to donate $500 to the Archery Club for their trip to the National competition in Kentucky with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– Light Bulbs. He advised the Mountain Iron residents to pick up their light bulbs at the Mountain Iron City Hall. He stressed that the light bulb giveaway is not just for residential electric customers, but for all residential utility customers.
– Saint Louis County Project. The County Road 7 and County Road 102 Project have officially been approved by the Saint Louis County Board.
– Railroad Crossing on Unity Drive. He advised the Council that Canadian National Railroad should be beginning work on the crossing.
– Wind Energy Project. The Economic Development Authority (EDA) is still progressing with the project in White Township with some bills in the Senate and House waiting for approval. He said that Barb Fivecoate, member of the EDA, went with Gary Cerkvenik and spoke at the Senate Hearing.
– Matt Niskanen. He expressed congratulations to Mr. Niskanen for playing his 2nd year with the NHL team the Dallas Stars. He also said that Mr. Niskanen would be playing at the World Championship for Team USA in Switzerland.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Skalko to authorize a $500 donation towards the Dan Zamlen Search with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Mayor said that their thoughts and prayers were with the family of Dan Zamlen.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to authorize the agreement with Van Iwaarden Associates to complete a disclosure of financial obligations relating to other post-employment benefits (OPEB) for the City of Mountain Iron. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– Mountain Manor Project. The project was almost complete. The apartment should be available to rent on May 1, 2009.
– USDA/Wastewater Treatment Plant Funding. He met with the USDA and they said that the City would not qualify for their program because of the low sewer rate structure. He also said that the City would qualify for a loan.
– IRRR Programs. Looking for general public works program to apply for grant funding.

The Council discussed the Unity Second Addition sign located at the intersection of Highway 169 and Emerald Avenue stating that the sign was not readable. The City Administrator said that the contractor would be coming back to repaint the sign.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to adopt Ordinance Number 04-09, Franchise Agreement, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 15-09, accepting the bid on the Agate Street Storm Sewer Replacement Project, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 16-09, accepting the report on the Mill Avenue Project, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to award the bid for the Final Clarifier Equipment for the Wastewater Treatment Plant to Walker Process Equipment for their low bid of $149,300.00. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to authorize change order number three to H. G. Harvey Constructors Incorporated to increase the contract for the Mountain Manor apartment remodel by $720.00 making the total contract $90,730.00. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Zupancich to adopt the proposed summer employment program as presented by Staff, with the specifics noted in the placed ads, and all classes of pay to be part of this motion. Before anyone is hired, a complete list of accepted candidates will be presented to the City Council for prior approval. The motion carried with Prebeg voting no.

The Council did not go into a closed session to discuss labor negotiations.

At 7:26 p.m., it was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Skalko that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary

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