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Meeting Minutes for August 05, 2002

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

AUGUST 5, 2002

Mayor Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Absent member: Joe Prebeg, Jr. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Tom Cvar, Fire Chief; Greg Chad, Fire Department Training Officer; and Greg French, City Engineer.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

1. Add the following the following item to the agenda:

VI. J. MIB School District-request assistance to remove fence posts from around the football field

2. Approve the minutes of the July 15, 2002, regular meeting as submitted.

3. That the communications be accepted, placed on file, and those requiring further action by the Council be acted upon during their proper sequence on the agenda.

4. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period July 16-31, 2002, totaling $361,804.76, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period July 16-31, 2002, totaling $682,351.80, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion to adopt the consent agenda carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

No one spoke during the public forum.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize the purchase of street signs from Earl F. Anderson at their low quoted price of $814.52. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Matanich, yes, Roskoski, no, Skogman, yes, and Brunfelt, yes. 

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich to table the purchase of the landscape materials for use around the Community Center. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize Staff to proceed, following the ordinance, on the blight problems at 4907 Voss Road and 4804 Butler Road. The motion carried.

The Council discussed the fire department training scheduled for August 10, 2002. No action was taken.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize payment request number two to Utility Systems of America, Inc. in the amount of $6,726.00 for drainage improvements. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council reviewed the conceptual plan for the proposed Unity Addition Extension. 

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the building permit application for Ferrellgas for the installation of three 30,000 gallon propane storage tanks and loading and unloading equipment to be located on DWP property. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Skogman, yes; Matanich, yes; Roskoski, yes; and Brunfelt, no. 

Mayor requested that Karl Ball and Joseph Novak, Representatives from Ferrellgas, to submit final plans, as approved by the State Fire Marshall, for the Ferrellgas Project to City Staff.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and appoint the following residents to the Original Town Plan Task Force: the 2003 Mayor, Gary Skalko, Dale Irish, Alan Stanaway, William Buria, Jackie Jenko and Mitchell Brunfelt. The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the Mutual Aid Agreement with the City of Virginia, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council discussed the truck hauling damage to Old Highway 169. It was the consensus of the Council that City Staff have been adequately addressing the matter. No further action was taken.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize Staff to seek proposals to implement the Statement No. 34 of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB 34). The motion carried.

The City Council discussed the city mowing policy questions raised by Councilor Roskoski. The Director of Public Works advised the Council that the City only mows in the City right-of-way.

The City Council discussed the city brush pile burning question brought up by Councilor Roskoski. The Director of Public Works stated that the City obtains burning permits for any burning completed on City property.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to seek quotes to paint the Locomotive and Tender and refer the quotes to the Original Town Plan Task Force for a recommendation. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to set a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting for Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the Draft of the Mountain Iron Strategic Plan. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to adopt Resolution Number 30-02, Receiving Report and Calling Hearing on Improvement to a portion of Unity Drive, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize City Staff to remove the fence and fence posts by the football field on Flint Street and Mineral Avenue for the Mountain Iron-Buhl School District as an in-kind service, but to keep track of the staff time and equipment used. The motion carried.

Tom Cvar, Fire Chief, requested authorization of $11,000 for radios and equipment, which would be $2,300 over the budgeted amount. He said that he has a matching grant for $1,000 from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He also said that he has applied for a FEMA grant and he had not received notification on the grant yet, but he may know by the next regular city council meeting. The Council advised the Fire Chief to notify the City Administrator if he receives any information on the FEMA grant and to have the request placed on the next regular meeting agenda.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and appoint Mike Lambert to the Mountain Iron Housing and Redevelopment Authority with the term expiring on December 31, 2002. The motion carried.

Leslie Nielsen spoke to the Council regarding the blight status of her property. The Mayor advised her that the City must move forward on this issue following the ordinance.

The Mayor informed the Council that he would be in the dunk tank on Saturday during the Merritt Days Celebration.

During the open discussion, Councilor Matanich stated that the City Council should review the status of the Quad Cities Range Recreation Civic Center (RRCC). The Council discussed the issue at length. 

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski asked the City Engineer if the plans for the proposed housing development by the West II Rivers Reservoir were completed yet. The City Engineer stated that the information was completed and he would submit the plan. The Mayor advised the City Engineer to have the plans available for the next regular City Council meeting.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich to direct City Staff to write a letter to Commissioner Paul Plesha and Richard Hansen, County Engineer, regarding the repairs to Old Highway 169. And further, to set up a meeting with the County Representatives, the Street Committee, and City Staff to discuss the matter further. The motion carried.

At 8:42 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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