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Meeting Minutes for August 03, 2015

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

AUGUST 3, 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, Alan Stanaway, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Absent member included:  Tony Zupancich.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Clark, Municipal Services Secretary; Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; John Backman, Sergeant; and Greg Chad, Fire Chief.

 

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

 

1.     Add the following items to the agenda:

VI.       E.         Merritt Days – Sound Central Inc.

            F.         Merritt Days – Hollywood Pyrotechnics Inc.

            G.        Make-a-Wish Contribution

 

2.     Approve the minutes of the July 20, 2015, regular meeting as submitted.

 

3.     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.

 

4.     To acknowledge the receipts for the period July 16-31, 2015 totaling $863,349.66, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

5.     To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period July 16-31, 2015, totaling $200,119.87, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried on a roll call vote with Zupancich absent.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

Ø  Condolences.  To the family of Joanne Johnson from the Parkville area

Ø  Birthday.  Congratulations to Alma Riccio on her 90th birthday.

Ø  Nichols Township.  He spoke about the foresight of the leaders in Mountain Iron that served in 1972, to annex Nichols Township on June 6, 1972. 

Ø  Thank you.  Councilor Tuomela had a special thank you to the Committee that worked on the historical display for the “125th” Celebration.  She thanked Mary Erickson, Jeanne Debeltz, Claire Seppi, and Marv Saari. 

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the NESC to install a fiber connection to the City Garage at the quoted price of $12,346.60 and to authorize the purchase of a new HP server at a quoted price of $15,131, with the funds being expended from the capital improvement budget.  The motion carried on a roll call vote with Zupancich absent.

The City Administrator informed the Council that the City received notification that our Local Government Aid contribution for 2016 would be $1,298,446, up from $1,292,966 in 2015.

 

The Director of Public Works reported on the following:

 

Ø  Mountain Iron Drive Project.  The project had started.  The road is partially open for local traffic to get to the businesses.

Ø  Mud Lake Force Main Project.  The project is completed.

Ø  Downtown Storm Sewer Project.  The project will begin on August 10th.

Ø  Enterprise Drive South Street Lights.  The project is almost complete, just waiting for the light fixtures that are on order.

 

The Librarian Director/Special Events Director reported on the following:

 

Ø  Library.  She gave her report for the month of July to the Council.

Ø  Merritt Days Committee/125th Celebration.  She updated the Council and gave them a schedule of events.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and authorize the Minnesota Power contract extension, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 16-15, adopting assessments for the improvement of Unity Drive between the centerline of Diamond Lane and the centerline of Park Drive.  After further discussion, Prebeg amended the motion to include the updated assessment information.  Tuomela seconded the amendment, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The amended motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to adopt the Memorandum of Understanding between AFSCME Local #453, Council 65 and the City of Mountain Iron, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve the Real Estate License Agreement with United States Steel Corporation, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Zupancich absent. 

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to contribute $800 to the Iron Range Tourism Bureau for the 2015 Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener with the contribution being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried on a roll call vote with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to approve the bill from Sound Central LLC for the sound system and the stage for the Merritt Days Events at a cost of $7,630.  The motion carried on a roll call vote with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to approve the display agreement with Hollywood Pyrotechnics Inc. for the fireworks display for Merritt Days at a cost of $15,000.  The motion carried on a roll call vote with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize a contribution to the Make-a-Wish Foundation in the amount of $250 with the contribution being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried on a roll call vote with Zupancich absent.

 

At 7:06 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.         Range Mental Health Center, a letter of thanks for the City’s donations and a record of the contributions.

2.         Mediacom, a letter on their transition to all-digital services.

3.         Barbara & Arnie Krancich, a letter of thanks for the campground caretaker.

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