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Meeting Minutes for August 05, 2013

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

AUGUST 5, 2013

 

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 Peterangelo, Librarian; Jeremy Waldron, Fire Chief; and Greg Chad, Fire Captain.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the July 15, 2013, regular meeting as submitted.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. To acknowledge the receipts for the period July 16-31, 2013 totaling $725,475.38, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period July 16-31, 2013, totaling $496,981.86, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:  Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, absent; Stanaway, yes; Tuomela, yes; and Skalko, yes.

 

No one spoke during the public forum.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Hometown Focus.  He said the “Happenings in the City of Mountain Iron” was published recently.  He said that the City would be submitting information monthly.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to award the quote for painting the shovel located in Locomotive Park to Swanson & Youngdale Incorporated for the amount of $26,158.00.  The motion carried on the following roll call vote:  Stanaway, yes; Tuomela, yes; Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, absent; and Skalko, yes.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Capital Improvement Plan.  He is looking for proposals from Council Members and Staff for submittal to the Council for approval.
  • Sidewalk Project.  He advised the Council that the City had received no bids for the sidewalk project and the project would be rebid in two weeks.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to close the streets as follows:

  • Thursday, August 8, 2013.  Block Mountain Avenue from Main Street to the alley south of Benchmark Engineering to allow for preparation of the Main Street Stage.
  • Friday, August 9, 2013. Block Main Street from Marble Avenue to Mesabi Avenue.  Extend the Mountain Avenue blocking north to Locomotive Street.  Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Friday until Sunday, August 11, 2013, in the morning.

 

The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

The Library Director/Special Events Coordinator reported on the following:

 

  • Library Report.  Submitted her July 2013 report to the Council.  She said that the library had an all-time record of over 11,000 items checked out and over 3000 patrons in July.
  • Major Events.  She said that there were five major events held in July at the Library.
  • Merritt Days Celebration.  She submitted the list of events to the Council.  She asked if any Council members wanted to participate in the parade.
  • Thank you.  She said thanks to the Merritt Days Committee Members:  Jeremy Jesch, Jessica Larsen, Michelle Kaivola, Jodie Mattila, Tracy Powell, Corinne Jordan, Kathy Witzman, Steve Morrisette, Ed Roskoski, Ryan Anderson, Jason Gellerstedt, Marcie Gellerstedt, Sally Peterangelo, Peggy Anderson, and Mike Richards.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and authorize the following:

 

  • That the City is in full support and endorses the proposed KCPRO Racing event to be held on Mashkenode Lake.
  • That the City of Mountain Iron purchases a $500 sponsorship for the event with Charitable Gambling Funds.
  • That the City will assist with the event where possible.

 

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:  Tuomela, yes; Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, absent; Stanaway, yes; and Skalko, yes.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Public Health and Safety Board and adopt the modified position analysis for the Assistant Fire Chief Position Analysis, (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 accept the recommendation of the Public Health and Safety Board and authorize the posting for Fire Department Captain according to policy.  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Public Health and Safety Board and advertise for Firefighters and EMT’s.  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to table Resolution Number 24-13, accepting work on the street overlay project of Bluebell and Daffodil, until the City Engineer contacts the residents to resolve any issues.  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 25-13, accepting work on the improvements to the Mountain Iron Water System along County Road 7, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 26-13, accepting the petition for vacation and ordering a public hearing on the vacation of Commerce Street and a part of Park Ridge Drive in the Rock Ridge Development, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the Special Events Permit for the  Sawmill Summer Jam on August 24, 2013.  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize Sundberg Enterprises, LLC, dba:  Sawmill Saloon and Restaurant to serve alcohol at a wedding on August 24, 2013 at the Community Center.  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize a contribution of $100 from the Charitable Gambling Funds to the Mountain Iron-Buhl Quarterback Club.  The motion carried on the following roll call vote:  Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, absent; Stanaway, yes; Tuomela, yes; and Skalko, yes.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to table the request from the Heart of the Continent National Geographic Geotourism Initiative 2013, to obtain additional information.  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

The following announcements were made:

 

  • Merritt Days – August 3-10, 2013
  • Sand Lake Shuffle – August 10, 2013

 

At 7:02 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

 

 

 

Submitted by:

 

 

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

  1. Habitat RV-Care-A Vanners, a thank you note for campground site donation.

 

  1. Mountain Iron Senior Citizens Club, a thank you note for the new Bingo machine.

 

  1. MIB Quarterback Club, a letter requesting a donation to the program.

 

  1. Gary Skalko, a letter to Chris Knight at the Mesabi Daily News.

 

  1. Heart of the Continent Partnership, a letter requesting funding for their HOCP/National Geographic Geotourism Initiative 2013.

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