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Meeting Minutes for August 04, 2014

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

AUGUST 4, 2014

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Jill M. Clark, Municipal Services Secretary; Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Sally Peterangelo, Librarian; and John Backman, Sergeant (entering at 6:31 p.m.).

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

Add the following item to the agenda:
IV. C. 1. Approval of bill for Sound Central for Merritt Days.

Approve the minutes of the August 4, 2014, regular meeting as submitted.

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.

To acknowledge the receipts for the period July 16-31, 2014 totaling $835,447.53, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period July 16-31, 2014, totaling $225,230.28, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

During the public forum, Ed Roskoski addressed the Council regarding the proposed Local Improvement Guide amendment on the City Council agenda.

The Mayor reported on the following:

Condolences. To the family of Lorraine Erickson of West Virginia, passed away at the age of 87.
Birthday Wishes. Alma Riccio, 89 on July 30th; and Helen Sainio, 90 on August 7th.
Wal-Mart. Will be having an opening ceremony on Wednesday, August 13th at 7:00 a.m., with the doors opening at 8:00 a.m.

The Director of Public Works reported that the Main Street in Downtown Mountain Iron would be paved on August 5, 2014. Also, the performance stage would be moved in on Thursday and the streets would be blocked off on Friday and Saturday.

Councilor Stanaway asked the Director of Public Works when the intersection lights would be working. The Director of Public Works said that the lights would be working after the striping was completed and he thought the striping was going to be completed on August 6th.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize the payment of the Sound Central, LLC bill for $7,450.00 for the Merritt Days Celebration. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Library Director/Special Events Coordinator Report:

Merritt Days Celebration. She reviewed the schedule of activities.
Merritt Days Committee. She thanked the following for serving on the Committee: Steve Morrisette, Peggy Anderson, Kathy Witzman, Corrine Jordan, Jason Gellerstedt, Marcie Gellerstedt, Jeremy Jesch, Ed Roskoski, Tracy Powell, Jodi Mattila, Ashley Rinell, Roe Anderson, and Sally Peterangelo.
Library Report. Reviewed the July 2014 report.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize payment request number one for the 2014 sidewalk, pavement, and curbing project in the amount of $17,364.95. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and enter into a Professional Services Agreement with ARI for the City Garage/Fire Hall Reroof Project in the amount of $9,200.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and authorize City Staff to seek quotes for the replacement of the roof and the front steps at the Nichols Town Hall. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to update the Local Improvement Guide to include a cap of $5,000 that would apply to all non-corporated, non-commercial, non-public use residential property for each street assessment project. In the case where a residential property owner owns more than one affected property in the street assessment project, that the cap would apply to the total of all owned property being assessed for that particular street project. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, no; Tuomela, yes; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to go back ten years to have the local improvement guide amendment with the $5,000 cap to be retroactive to August 4, 2004. After further discussion, Mayor Skalko withdrew his motion and Council Zupancich withdrew his support.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to contribute $100 to the Mountain Iron-Buhl Quarterback Club, with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund. It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to amend the motion to send a request to other communities in the school district to match the contribution. The amended motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to contribute $100 to the Virginia Girls U12 Fast Pitch Softball Team that includes girls from the City of Mountain Iron, with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Councilor Stanaway informed the Council and public that the early warning system sirens have been installed by the Community Center and the City Garage.

The Council decided to not have a closed meeting and they requested that the City Administrator set up a closed session for the August 18th meeting.

At 7:20 p.m., it was moved Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

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COMMUNICATIONS

St. Louis County Public Health & Human Services, announcement on a “Pitch the Commissioner” event at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth on August 13, 2014 from noon to 4:00 p.m..

MIB Quarterback Club, a letter requesting sponsorship of the football program for 2014.

The Virginia 12U Fast Pitch Softball Team, a letter requesting support for their participation in the USSSA World Series in Rockford, Illinois on July 28-August 2.

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