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Meeting Minutes for August 17, 2009

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
AUGUST 17, 2009

Deputy Mayor Zupancich called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Alan Stanaway, Ed Roskoski, and Deputy Mayor Zupancich. Absent member included: 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; Tom Cvar, Fire Chief; John Backman, Sergeant; Sally Peterangelo, Librarian/Special Events Coordinator (entering at 7:10 p.m.).

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

A. Approve the minutes of the August 3, 2009, regular meeting as submitted.

B. 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.

D To acknowledge the receipts for the period August 1-15, 2009, totaling $128,567.09, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway that the following consent agenda item be approved:

C. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period August 1-15, 2009, totaling $388,445.56, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Stanaway, yes; Roskoski, no; Zupancich, yes; and Skalko, absent.

During the public forum, two representatives from Qwest were present and discussed the broadband deployment in the City of Mountain Iron.

The Deputy Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– Merritt Days Celebration. He thanked all of the Volunteers and City Workers for the work completed to hold a successful celebration.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– September 9th City Council meeting. He advised the Council that they would be reviewing the preliminary levy and the 2010 budget.
– Assessments. He also said that at the next meeting there would be some assessment procedures for the street overlay projects.
– IRR Tourism Grant. Councilor Roskoski discussed the Civic Association’s grant application for the canopy for the locomotive. He felt that a grant for $20,000 probably will not be sufficient to build a canopy. He said that he would put this on the next agenda requesting a $20,000 contribution towards the $10,000 grant application.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to authorize payment request number one to Utility Systems of America Incorporated for the Energy Park Utility Extension Project in the amount of $88,697.87. The motion carried on a roll call vote with Skalko absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to award the bid for the Digester Building Improvements to Lenci Enterprises in the amount of $46,800.00. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no and Skalko absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and allow the Library Director to adjust the library hours, to respond to the accident of the Assistant Librarian, by adjusting the hours to what she feels are adequate and if a part time replacement is needed, that she advertise for the position. The motion carried with Skalko absent.

The Special Events Coordinator reviewed the Merritt Days Celebration.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Prebeg to adopt the Fire Department Personnel Policy as submitted, with minor corrections, (a corrected copy is attached and made a part of these minutes), with the policy being implemented on September 1, 2009. The motion carried with Skalko absent.

Liaison Reports:

– Personnel Committee. Councilor Prebeg advised the Council that there would be no closed session at the end of the regular meeting.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to approve of the appointment of Dan L’Allier to the Mountain Iron First Responders. The motion carried with Skalko absent.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Prebeg to reschedule the next regular meeting for Wednesday, September 9, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. The motion carried with Skalko voting absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to recognize Bailey Webber, 9046 Maxwell Road, Mountain Iron, for his accomplishment of placing third in the National High School Rodeo, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Skalko absent.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Prebeg to have the Mountain Iron City Council, City Staff, and Economic Development Authority to make every effort to include in public and private contracts and development agreements; language stating: “that the removal and disposal of large amounts, over one acre, of tree like biomass material would be done by environmental friendly methods”. The outdoor burning of unwanted trees and brush would be discouraged as much as possible. The most current list of logging companies providing biomass materials to the Laurentian Energy Authority would be made available to all public and private developers who complete work within the city limits of Mountain Iron. Our City yard waste disposal site will be maintained to keep biomass types of material that can be used by the Laurentian Energy Authority separate from materials that the Authority can not use. The Authority would be contacted about removable of useable materials from the City site at necessary intervals. No more burning will take place at the City yard waste sites. Where these concerns may be impacted by neighboring communities, cooperation would be negotiated to elevate problems as much as possible. The motion failed with Prebeg, Zupancich, and Stanaway voting no and Skalko absent.

At 7:45 p.m., it was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried with Skalko absent. 

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary

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