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Meeting Minutes for August 21, 2000

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

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

1. Add the following item to the agenda:

VIII. A. Recycling in Parkville

2. Approve the minutes of the August 5, 2000, 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, 2000, totaling $361,699.81, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period August 1-15, 2000, totaling $82,534.53, (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, Ed Roskoski spoke regarding the assessment on the properties in North Court. He said that the project costs are high and the property owners in North Court were concerned about the assessment being too high. He asked if the assessments could be broken down to two separate segments just doing an overlay on the straight portion and repairs and an overlay on the round portion.

Councilor Matanich said he met with Mrs. Terry Malmstrom, Ed Roskoski, and Brian Hill and discussed the North Court project.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Piri to accept the recommendation of the City Engineer and pay the final recommendation for payment to Charles Jacobsen Construction for the South Grove Recreation Area ball field in the amount of $7,720.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council reviewed the bid tabulation for the street overlay projects.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to adopt Resolution #40-00, awarding the bid for the street improvement project, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council discussed the change order for the street improvement project bid to include North Court.

Steve Steblay, 11 North Court, stated that he was not aware of any proposed assessments on his property on North Court. He said that he did not receive notification in the mail, he heard about the assessments from his neighbors. He said that the Hill’s and Malmstrom�s do have a water problem in front of their property, but he does not have any problem with the street or his driveway access onto North Court. He does not feel he should be assessed at all if the City built the road incorrectly. He said there should be no assessments and the City should repair the problem.

The Mayor advised the audience that the City Council has adopted an assessment policy and must follow it. The City Administrator advised the residents that an public hearing notice was sent to all affected property owners advising them of proposed assessments and the city has an affidavit of mailing on file at the City Hall.

Ed Williams, 1 North Court, said that he was out of town during the public hearing and he felt the same as Steve Steblay.

Pam Wickstrom, 125 Spruce Drive, said that she lives at the corner of Spruce Drive and North Court and would be assessed for both street improvements. She said she has no problem with the Spruce Drive assessment, but is opposed to the North Court assessment.

The Mayor felt the North Court project should be dropped.

Councilor Matanich asked if City Staff could repair the problem area on North Court.

The Director of Public Works said that City Staff could not eliminate the problem on North Court. He said that the North Court area needs to be rebuilt. He said that anything short of reconstruction in the North Court area would be a waste of money.

The Council reviewed the Sheriff’s Activity Reports for the month of June and July 2000.

The Council took no action on North Court Street Improvement Project.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to approve the Certificate of Substantial Completion for Swanson & Youngdale, Inc. for work on the Community Center/City Hall building. The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to authorize the purchase of six (6) perimeter lights for the Community Center from United Electric at a price of $5,610.00. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Olsen to authorize the service road through the West II Rivers Campground to be overlaid using Mineland Reclamation funds up to $20,000 with the contractor being Mesabi Bituminous completing the work through a change order on the Street Improvement Projects. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Councilor Matanich said that at the last Parks and Recreation Board meeting there were comments made regarding the maintenance at the West II Rivers Campground. He said that the buildings need painting and maintenance, but the campsites and the grounds look good.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to approve the variance from the setback requirement of the Zoning Ordinance for Mike Lambert for parcel 175-0017-00200. The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to re-schedule the September 4, 2000 City Council meeting to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2000. The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to set a special meeting to canvass the primary election votes for Wednesday, September 13, 2000 at 12:00 noon. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the communications.

The Mayor had no report.

During the open discussion, Councilor Olsen said that some of the residents from Parkville had made some comments regarding recycling being placed in bags for collection. She requested that a notice be made on the utility bills to notify the residents that all recycling products should be placed in bags for curbside collection.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Matanich asked the City Administrator to review the letter received from Architectural Resources to Kraus-Anderson regarding the Community Center/City Hall building. The City Administrator said that the letter is a list of items to be corrected at the Community Center/City Hall building.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Matanich said that he had been approached by some of the residents in the Downtown area asking if there could be a downtown polling place for the election.

The Municipal Service Secretary said that she would check the deadlines for changing the polling places and advise the City Council at the next meeting.

At 7:22 p.m., it was moved by Olsen and supported by Piri that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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