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Meeting Minutes for August 16, 2010

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
AUGUST 16, 2010

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:34 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, Ed Roskoski, and 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; and John Backman, Sergeant.

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

1. Add the following item to the agenda:

IV. G. Change the Next Regular Council Meeting Date 

2. Approve the minutes of the August 2, 2010, regular meeting as submitted.

3. Approve the minutes of the August 2, 2010, Committee-of-the-Whole meeting as submitted.

4. 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.

5. To acknowledge the receipts for the period August 1-15, 2010, totaling $172,508.24, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

6. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period August 1-15, 2010, totaling $389,195.84, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

No one spoke during the public forum.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– Thanked Sally Peterangelo, the entire Merritt Days Committee, the volunteers, and City Staff for all their time and efforts for a successful celebration.
– D. J. Winfield. The Mayor recognized Mr. Winfield, a 2007 graduate of Mountain Iron-Buhl High School, on his achievements while playing on the UMD Football Team. 

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– Health Insurance. The renewal rates would be reduced by 3.1%.
– Silicone Energy Project. There is a ground breaking ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, September 8, 2010, at their site in the Energy Park. He further advised the Council that the company manufactures solar panels.

The Director of Public Works advised the Council that the sign holders for the new light standards in Downtown Mountain Iron have arrived, but they were the wrong holders and the contractor would be responsible to get the correct ones. 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize payment request number two to Mesabi Bituminous for the 2010 Street Improvement Project for the Old Highway 169 overlay in the amount of $7,362.97. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize payment request number three to Mesabi Bituminous for the Mountain Iron Baseball Fields Reconstruction Project in the amount of $37,780.46. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to direct City Staff to do the following for the west half of Locomotive Park:

1. That quotes be sought for fencing and the installation of fencing around the shovel.
2. That quotes be sought to determine the cost to refurbish and maintain the shovel.
3. That City Staff obtain as much historical information, as possible, regarding this particular shovel.
4. To remove the bulldozer, miscellaneous pieces of equipment located on the park site, the building foundation, and the pile of dirt presently in front of the shovel.
5. The tire and shovel bucket would remain in the park.

A final decision would be made by the Council when all quotes and information is obtained by City Staff regarding the shovel at Locomotive Park. Councilor Stanaway amended the motion to include the shovel at the Downtown Park. After further discussion, Stanaway withdrew his amendment. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

There were no liaison reports given.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to re-schedule the next regular meeting to Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 6:30 p.m., due to the Labor Day holiday. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize Benchmark Engineering to seek bids for Phase III of the Energy Park Improvement Project. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize the City Administrator, the Director of Public Works, the Librarian, and the Foreman to receive a one percent pay increase effective June 1, 2010; and further, to allow a one time stipend of $100 to $600, based on the evaluation of their job performance from June 2009 to June 2010 to be deposited into their 407 retirement account, with the Personnel Committee supplying the information to City Staff, as discussed in the closed meeting. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

At 7:06 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC
Municipal Services Secretary

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