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Meeting Minutes for August 03, 2009

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
AUGUST 3, 2009

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32 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; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; and Sally Peterangelo, Librarian/Special Events Coordinator (entering at 7:10 p.m.).

The Mayor began by outlining how the meetings would be conducted from now on. He apologized for the previous behavior of the Council Members. He said that we would be following the agenda very strictly. He said that only questions pertaining to the agenda would be allowed, all other questions could be taken care of outside the meeting. He said that if there are problems with behavior in the future, he would call for an immediate recess for the Councilors to calm down, and when the meeting was reconvened, if the problem persists, and then the Councilor would be removed.

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

B. To acknowledge the receipts for the period July 16-31, 2009, totaling $1,086,901.77, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
C. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period July 16-31, 2009, totaling $511,291.85, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
D. 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.

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote 

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

A. Approve the minutes of the July 20, 2009, regular meeting as submitted.

The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– West II Campground. He said that he was recently at the Campground for a function and the facility was well taken care of and he offered compliments to the City Staff.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Roskoski to award the bid, through Saint Louis County, to Lanyk Electric for the Downtown Streetscape Project for their low bid of $205,882.54. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.
It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 33-09, providing for the issuance, sale, and delivery of $650,000 General Obligation Water Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2009A; Establishing the terms and conditions therefore; directing their execution and delivery; creating a debt service account therefore; and awarding the sale thereof, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– IRR Grant Application. He said that the Culture and Tourism Grant for the Train Canopy is available again. This grant would need to be submitted through the Civic Association.
– IRR Funding. He said that the City is seeking additional funding for the investigation of two dump sites. 
– Birchem Logging. He said that he had attended a meeting on the proposed wood pellet plant and the project was still moving ahead.
– Summer Baseball. He said that he had attended the end of the season party at the West II Rivers Campground. He said that it was well attended and a good event. He said that all of the coaches did a great job throughout the season.
– Holiday Inn Express. The Mayor said that a great open house was held there.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to award the quote of $32,568.45 to Minnesota Power for the installation and materials to install reclosers at the Electric Utility Substation with the funds being expended from the 2009 Electric Department Budget. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to award the quote for the 2010 Ford F250 Crew 4 x 4 to Elk River Ford on the state bid price of $22,851.04. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize the purchase of approximately 7,500 feet of 15 KVA I/O underground wire in the amount of $1.64 per foot from Resco. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize the street closures, as listed, for Merritt Days on August 14th and 15th. After further discussion, Prebeg withdrew his motion and Zupancich withdrew his support.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to approve Change Order Number Two for the 2007 Street Improvement Project increasing the contract by $9,696.15. The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to authorize payment request number five for the 2007 Street Improvement Project to Ulland Brothers Incorporated in the amount of $23,855.81. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize payment request number one for the 2009 Street Improvement Project to Mesabi Bituminous Incorporated in the amount of $103,674.92. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize payment request number one for the Forest Drive Construction Project to Mesabi Bituminous Incorporated in the amount of $98,539.70. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skalko to authorize City Staff to block off the streets in the Downtown Mountain Iron area, as outlined, for the Merritt Days Celebration on August 14th and 15th. The motion carried.

The Library/Special Events Coordinator updated the Council on the events scheduled for Merritt Days and the Library Report for the month of July. 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the Variance Application of Wendy Flannigan, 5338 Mineral Avenue, Mountain Iron to place a garage with a five foot setback on the north side of parcel 175-0070-01655. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the Conditional Use Permit for Kevin Foucault, 5428 Park Drive, Mountain Iron, to build an addition to accessory building with the condition that he can not operate a business out of the accessory building. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to refer the Volunteer Program Policy consideration to City Staff and to direct them to work with the City Attorney, if needed, and bring back to the City Council with a recommendation. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 31-09, accepting work for improvement project MI07-6, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 32-09, Community Business Partnership Grant Program, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to allow alcohol to be served by Northgate Catering in the Mountain Iron Community Center on Saturday, August 22, 2009, for the Donnie Dahl and Amber Lepisto wedding reception. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skalko to authorize the annual appropriation of $3,000 to be paid to the Calvary Cemetery Association. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council did not go into a closed session.

The Mayor advised the Council that he will not be available to attend the August 17th City Council meeting.

At 7:49 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich that the meeting be adjourned. 

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary

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