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Meeting Minutes for April 21, 2009

APRIL 21, 2009

Mayor Skalko called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Jill M. Anderson, Municipal Services Secretary; Cindy Okstad, Principal Appraiser; and Noah Mittlefehldt, Residential Appraiser for Saint Louis County.

The Principal Appraiser spoke and advised the Council that she completes the commercial, industrial, and mining property appraisals within the City of Mountain Iron. She said that there were no commercial properties re-evaluated in Mountain Iron.

The Residential Appraiser spoke and advised the Council that there were no changes in the overall level of assessments in the City of Mountain Iron from the previous year. He stated that only new construction and demolitions on properties were adjusted in Mountain Iron over the past year. He also said that a full appraisal is completed every five years, and the last complete assessment was completed in 2006. He also said that all of the agricultural properties are being reclassified. He said that the 2008 legislature changed how agriculture property was classified. Agricultural property must now have productive acreage on their farm and on the parcels surrounding their farm.

Mel Anderson, 4971 Highway 7, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0071-03798, the valuation went from $189,500 in 2007 to $200,900 in 2009. He requested that the valuation be lowered because the home on the property needs a new roof and windows.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to direct the Saint Louis County Residential Appraiser to re-evaluate parcel 175-0071-03798. The motion carried.

A letter was received from Ken Kirchenwitz, Mashkenode Lake, Parcel Code 175-0067-00050, requested that an adjustment be made on the valuation of his property.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to direct the Saint Louis County Residential Appraiser to re-evaluate parcel 175-0067-00050. The motion carried.

The Saint Louis County Principal Appraiser advised the Board that an adjustment needs to be made on the Star Homes and Builders property, Parcel Code 175-0071-00950, because the remaining building on their property should be listed as inventory.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skalko to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Principal Appraiser and remove the building valuation of $80,200 on Parcel 175-0071-00950, making the total valuation $75,200. The motion carried.

At 7:30 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to recess the Board of Review meeting until Monday, May 4, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary

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