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Meeting Minutes for August 04, 2008

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
AUGUST 4, 2008

Deputy Mayor Stanaway called the City Council meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Ed Roskoski, and Deputy Mayor Alan Stanaway. Absent member included: Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Anderson, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; John Backman, Sergeant; Tom Cvar, Fire Chief; Steve Norvitch; Assistant Fire Chief; and Joe Buria, Fire Captain/Secretary.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the July 17, 2008, Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting as submitted.

2. Approve the minutes of the July 21, 2008, City Council meeting as submitted.

3. 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.

4. To acknowledge the receipts for the period July 16-31, 2008, totaling $584,296.66, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried with Skalko absent.

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

5. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period July 16-31, 2008, totaling $257,803.44, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; Roskoski, no; Stanaway, yes; and Skalko, absent.

During the public forum, Jim Techar was present discussing the City’s ordinance requirement for a survey for building permits applications.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to table Jim Techar’s request, send the survey requirement back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a recommendation with regard to new residential lots having a survey requirement and take into consideration future housing developments with regard to this issue. The motion carried with Skalko absent.

The Deputy Mayor advised the Council that the Mayor was not at the meeting because he was on a family trip. The Deputy Mayor had nothing to report under the Mayor’s report.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the Boondock’s of Forbes, Minnesota to operate an on-sale bar at the Mountain Iron Community Center on August 9, 2008, for the Bjerklie/Lindberg Wedding Reception. The motion carried with Skalko absent.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– Unity Second Addition. He advised the Council that a property owner in Unity Second Addition approached him regarding possibly selling the lot back to the City. It was the consensus of the Council to ask the City Attorney’s opinion regarding the request.
– Motel Development. He said that the preliminary plans have been submitted to the Building Inspector.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of City Staff and authorize the purchase of ten (10) electric transformers from Resco at their low quoted price of $7,296.00. The motion carried on a roll call vote with Skalko absent.

Councilor Roskoski asked if the project using the blue flags was completed. The Director of Public Works said that all of the water shutoffs have now been recorded through GPS and the flags could be removed.

The Director of Public Works informed the Council that the Park Pavilion’s external slabs have been completed and the remaining portion should be completed this week.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to approve Change Order Number One for the Industrial Park Road Extension, Project Number MI07-2, authorizing a reduction in the contract with Louis Leustek & Sons Incorporated in the amount of $4,735.31 and authorize Payment Request Number Four in the amount of $12,295.54. The motion carried on a roll call vote with Skalko absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize Payment Request Number One for the Unity Drive Gravel Road Extension Project in the amount of $4,411.25 payable to Mesabi Bituminous Incorporated. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; Roskoski, abstain; Stanaway, yes; and Skalko, absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to refer the Fire Department Brush Rig to the Public Safety and Health Board for further study and a recommendation. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no and Skalko absent.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Zupancich to approve the Conditional Use Permit for R. Michael Grahek, 5418 Garden Drive South, Mountain Iron to construct an accessory building that is 1100 square feet. The motion carried with Skalko absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Roskoski to approve the Conditional Use Permit for Justin Kochar, 5476 Heather Avenue, Mountain Iron to construct an accessory building that is 1,500 square feet. The motion carried with Skalko absent.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Zupancich to direct City Staff to notify the the residents in the Wolf area about the possibility of access to cable television. The motion carried with Stanaway voting no and Skalko absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Cable Commission and seek quotes on a character generator, computer, modulator, and various equipment, to move towards establishing a Mountain Iron Public Access Channel. The motion carried with Skalko absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 33-08, regarding the administration of the Wetland Act of 1991, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Skalko absent.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize City Staff to seek bids for the remodeling of Mountain Manor Apartments to converting three 1-bedroom apartments to two 2-bedroom apartments. The motion carried with Skalko absent.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to award the Mud Lake Road Watermain Project to Hibbing Excavating Incorporated in the amount of $21,525.00. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Zupancich, yes; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Stanaway, yes; and Skalko, absent.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to direct City Staff to notify all adjoining property owners, of the individual requesting a variance or conditional use permit, to have their notice of the public hearing sent to them via certified mail requesting a signature. After further discussion, Zupancich withdrew motion and Roskoski withdrew support.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to send the public hearing notification for variances and conditional use permit to the City Attorney to review and make a recommendation. The motion carried with Skalko absent.

Councilor Prebeg said that the Mountain Iron-Buhl Football Practice Field issue had been resolved. No further action was required.

During the open discussion, Councilor Prebeg asked the City Administrator what the status of the billboard advertisement for Unity Second Addition was. The City Administrator said he had contacted Mesabi Sign Company and he had not heard back from them. 

Councilor Roskoski announced that there were booklets available to the public at the City Hall for the regulations for off highway vehicle use. 
At 7:37 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried with Skalko absent.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary 

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