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Meeting Minutes for April 20, 2015

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

APRIL 20, 2015

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Sally Yuccas, Library Director/Special Event Director; Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney; and John Backman, Sergeant.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the April 6, 2015, 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 April 1-15, 2015, totaling $158,838.76, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period April 1-15, 2015, totaling $407,858.21, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried on a roll call vote.

 

No one spoke during the public forum.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Condolences.  To the families of Margaret Schultz and Russell Blake.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Summer Employees.  A reminder that the City would still be accepting applications for temporary summer employment.
  • Summer Recreation Programs.  Registration forms are available at the City Hall.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and authorize the large trash pickup for June 1 through 12, 2015, at a participation fee of $10.00.  The motion carried.

 

The Director of Public Works announced that the need to trickle water will discontinue as of April 30, 2015.

 

 

The Library Director/Special Events Coordinator reported on the following:

 

  • Special Event.  The Council received an update on the Merritt Days/125th City Celebration and the minutes from the previous two Merritt Days Committee meetings.
  • Disc Golf.  The project had been started and should be completed by April 24, 2015.
  • Library.  She informed the Council that April was National Library month and she had some additional activities planned.
  • Straw bale Gardening.  Special program on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Library. 

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize payment request number eight for the County Road 102 Utility Extension Project to Ulland Brothers Incorporated in the amount of $15,595.44.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and offer the position of Lead Public Works Worker to Michael Dundas.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 06-15, approving plans and specifications and ordering the advertisement for bids for the Mud Lake Road Force Main Project, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the repurchase of Lot 15, Block 1, Unity Second Addition from Lee Anderson at a cost of $15,219.39 less any expenses.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize a contribution of $250 to the Mountain Iron-Buhl School Choir for their “Lakes and Mines Choral Festival”, with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  And further, to direct City Staff to write letters to other governmental entities in the school district to also support the event.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

At 6:50 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.         Mountain Iron-Buhl School Choir, requesting sponsorship for a new “Lakes and Mines Choral Festival” set for April 30th.

2.         MediaCom, forwarding information regarding a channel change.

3.         Saint Louis County, Environmental Services Department, forwarding information regarding the Household Hazardous Waste collections.

4.         Heart of the Continent, copies of the certificates issued to the City.

5.         St. Louis County Fair Association, forwarding a thank you for the contribution.

6.         St. Louis County, Environmental Services Department, forwarding information regarding disposing of prescription drugs.

7.         Saint Louis County, Planning and Community Development Department, forward information on an amendment to the Comprehensive Water Manage Plan.

8.         Government Finance Officers Association, forwarding information regarding a book that is available for elected officials.

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