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Meeting Minutes for August 16, 1999

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Mayor Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Carolyn Olsen, Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Absent member included: Curt Piri. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Deputy Clerk; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; Joe Stewart, Sergeant; and Greg French, City Engineer.

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

VI. D. Communications

1) City of Gilbert

2) Lois Glaudel

3) Mesabi Family YMCA

2. Approve the minutes of the August 2, 1999, 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 August 1-15, 1999, totaling $223,905.40, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period August 1-15, 1999, totaling $135,127.34, (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.

During the public forum, Vern Erickson was present to answer any questions regarding his Conditional Use Permit application.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the Conditional Use Permit for Vern Erickson to construct a 24� x 48� garage on parcel 175-0012-00480. The motion carried.

The Council discussed the Planning and Zoning Commission�s (P & Z) recommendations regarding the lot sizes for the new housing development. The City Engineer said that it would be difficult to create larger lots. It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Engineer prepare both concepts, one as previously proposed to the Council and one with 0.5 acre lots as recommended by the P & Z, and have the City Council Committee review them and make a recommendation to the City Council.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and rename 16th Avenue, 17th Avenue, and 18th Avenue to Mountain Iron Drive. The motion carried.

The City Council reviewed the Sheriff�s Department reports for June and July. The Sergeant said that he had talked with the owner of the Bon Air and she said that Mrs. Linaman had not ever contacted her directly regarding problems with patrons from her business.

The Director of Public Works said that the following quotes were received for three 300 KVA Padmount Transformers and Bases:

RESCO

Transformer Price Quotes $6,858.00/each x 3 = $20,574.00

Manufacturer: Cooper

Fiberglass Box Pad Quote $723.20/each x 3 = $ 2,169.60

Shipment 22-24 weeks

TOTAL QUOTE = $22,743.60

BORDER STATES ELECTRIC

Transformer Price Quotes Three (3) = $20,577.00

Manufacturer: Cooper

Fiberglass Box Pad Quote Three (3) = $ 2,406.00

Shipment 22-24 weeks

TOTAL QUOTE = $22,983.00

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of Staff and purchase three transformers and bases from RESCO, Inc. at their low quoted price of $22,743.60. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to approve Resolution #34-99, the Transfer of the Cable Television Franchise, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Parks & Recreation Board and approve the plans and specifications for the ballfield project for the South Grove Recreation Area. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize Staff to advertise for bids on the ballfield project. The motion carried.

The Council discussed the Mesabi Trail Maintenance Agreement. Councilor Matanich requested that Mr. Manzoline attend a City Council meeting to explain the maintenance of the trails to the Council. It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Administrator facilitate a meeting with Staff from Gilbert, Eveleth, and Virginia to discuss maintenance costs for the trails and then report back to the City Council.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Matanich to re-schedule the September 6, 1999 meeting to Tuesday, September 7, 1999 at 6:30 p.m. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to call a special meeting for Tuesday, August 31, 1999 at 6:30 p.m. to award the bid for the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried.

The City Administrator said that the request from the USX Career Development Center is on hold and no action is required at this time.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

The Mayor of Gilbert requested that the City of Mountain Iron contribute to the matching funds for a Mighty Ducks grant for the construction of an ice arena and ice plant because the facility would be used by the Quad Cities. It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Administrator write a letter to the Gilbert Mayor advising him that the Council reviewed his letter regarding the request for matching funds. The City Council felt that there were other joint projects that they would be contributing to and they would not be contributing to the Mighty Ducks matching grant for the ice arena and he should send the request for matching funds to the Mountain Iron-Buhl School District.

The Mayor read a letter he received from Lois Glaudel regarding the Walmart situation. The Mayor requested that the City Adminstrator write to Ms. Glaudel and advise her that the City Council heard her letter and to advise her that the land is still being considered for a business. The Council also requested that City Staff to give Ms. Glaudel�s letter to the broker for Walmart.

The Council discussed the letter from Mesabi Family YMCA regarding having a 10K road race on September 11, 1999 at 9:30 a.m. Councilor Skogman said that a committee should be formed to review these types of requests. Councilor Skogman also said that an ordinance or policy should be developed to address issues concerning these types of requests regarding the costs incurred, safety of routes selected for races, etc. It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Administrator contact surrounding towns and the League of Minnesota Cities for sample ordinances for special events and bring the information back to the Council for further consideration.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to approve the request of the Mesabi Family YMCA to hold their 10K road race for September 11, 1999 at 9:30 a.m. The motion carried.

During the open discussion, Councilor Skogman ask if the report on proposed streets improvements for 2000 was completed for this meeting. The Director of Public Works said that the City just obtained the equipment to complete the traffic counts and the counts would take 21 working days to conduct.

During the open discussion, Councilor Olsen requested the City Administrator to send a letter to Larry Nanti and the Merritt Days Committee advising them that they did a good job on planning the Annual Merritt Days event. And further, she requested that letters be sent to the Merritt Days Queen Candidates and Queen for participating and representing the City.

At 7:18 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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