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Meeting Minutes for August 01, 2016

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

August 1, 2016

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. with the following Council members present: Susan Tuomela, Alan Stanaway, Tony Zupancich, Joe Prebeg, Jr. and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; John Backman Sheriff’s Department.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the July 18, 2016, 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 July 16-31, 2016 totaling $207,015.12 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period July 16-31, 2016, totaling $257,429.27 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried on a roll call vote.

 

Public Forum:

 

  • No one spoke during Public Forum

 

Mayor’s Report:

 

  • Condolences to the family of Theodore T. “Teddy” Tammaro
  • Condolences to the family of Navis “Dolly” Doreen (Nelson) Marshall
  • Happy Birthday to Evelyn Witzman, August 5th, turning 100 yrs. old
  • Happy Birthday to Helen Koivenen Sainio, August 7th, turning 92 yrs. old
  • Thank you to Robert “Ozzie” Kohler, volunteer caretaker for the South Grove playground, anyone interested in taking over those duties, please contact City Hall or City Administrator
  • Merritt Days starting Sunday, August 8th and lasting until August 13th

 

City Administrator reported on following:

 

  • Pre-construction meeting conducted late July, in regards to upcoming projects, anticipated to start:
    • August 8th– Bike Trail
    • August 10th– Garden Drive
    • August 15th– Housing development

 

The Director of Public Works reported on the following:

 

  • Reason for the purchase of transformers are due to long lead time, replacements could take  anywhere from 2-4 months, if something happened to current transformers, residents and/or businesses would be out of power

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the City of Mountain Iron staff to purchase a spare three phase 300 KVA transformer from Wesco in amount of $9,732, due to long lead times obtaining these type of transformers. This type of transformer can be used for the majority of Mountain Iron business and apartment complexes. The motion carried on roll call vote.

 

Sheriff’s Department report:

 

  • Lost a vehicle in May in accident, would like a replacement

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the Sheriff’s Department to purchase a 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility AWD vehicle, for the price of $27,284.70. The vehicle will replace the 2015 Utility vehicle that was totaled in a pursuit earlier this year. The majority of the purchase price will be covered by insurance. The motion carried on a roll call vote.   

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize Staff to take recommendations of the 2015 City of Mountain Iron Audit from Walker, Giroux and Hahne, LLC. which include:

  1. To seek quotes for the fencing of the transformer area
  2. To continue to monitor and not sell any of these investments prior to maturity
  3. To amend the Capitalization Policy to increase from $2500 to $5000. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to enter into an agreement with our energy provider and service provider, AEOA, to help assist residents with utility payments. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to allow Mac’s Bar Inc. to serve alcohol/liqueur at the Community Center on August 20, 2016. The motion carried.

 

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

 

The Range Mental Health Center, Inc. requests contribution for their 2016 “5th Annual Project Warmth,” fundraiser held Friday, September 30th at the Mountain Iron Community Center. It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to donate $300 for a table ticket, to the Range Mental Health Center, Inc. out of the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

 

At 6:48p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

 

Submitted by:                                                              

Amanda Inmon                                               

Municipal Services Secretary                                        

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

  1. Thursday, August 11, 2016, St. Louis County, Planning Commission Public Hearing in regards to Proposed amendments to St. Louis County Subdivision Ordinance 60 and St. Louis County Zoning Ordinance 62, in order to keep them current and provide consistent interpretations

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