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Meeting Minutes for December 01, 2008

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
DECEMBER 1, 2008

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:33 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; and Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the November 17, 2008, regular meeting as submitted.

2. Approve the minutes of the November 24, 2008, special meeting as submitted.

4. Approve the minutes of the November 24, 2008, committee-of-the-whole (2009 budget review) meeting as submitted.

5. 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.

6. To acknowledge the receipts for the period November 16-30, 2008, totaling $90,338.92, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

7. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period November 16-30, 2008, totaling $205,929.78, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to approve the following consent agenda item:

3. Approve the minutes of the November 24, 2008, committee-of-the-whole (with Planning and Zoning Commission) meeting as submitted with the following additional wording added: “It was the consensus of the Council that the questions regarding the survey requirements go back to the Planning and Zoning Commission to make a recommendation to the City Council.”

The motion carried.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– First Responders. The City has been advertising in the Mesabi Daily News for First Responders. He said that the group is in dire need of additional First Reponders in Mountain Iron. He said that he would be addressing the Fire Department members with a request for applications for First Responders from the new firemen.

– City Council. He advised the public that the Council would not be changing in 2009. He also said that should any Council Member not want to serve on certain Committees to advise him, or the Committee appointments will remain the same.
– Boards and Commission. He advised the Council that nine board/commission positions would be expiring and they all requested to be re-appointed.
– Saint Louis County. He informed the Council that he spoke with Commissioner Nelson and he was informed that the County would be reviewing County Road 102 going into Downtown Mountain Iron for needed repairs.
– Thank you. He advised the Council that a thank you note was received from Carolyn Olsen regarding the work completed on Old Highway 169.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to set a Labor Management Meeting for Thursday, December 11, 2008, at 2 p.m. with a backup date of December 18, 2008. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 60-08, supporting the Polymet Mining Project, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). And further, to direct Staff to send the Resolution to the appropriate people. The motion carried.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– 2009 Proposed Budget. He requested that the Council review the updated 2009 budget worksheets.
– 2009 Enterprise Fund Budgets. He advised the Council that the Utility Advisory Board would be recommending approval of the Enterprise Fund Budgets.
– Mountain Manor. The preconstruction meeting was held for the Mountain Manor Apartment Renovation Project and construction should begin December 15, 2008.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize City Staff to seek quotes for the painting of the Community Center. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the purchase of compact fluorescent lights from United Electric at their quote of $18,530.00 for the mandated Conservation Improvement Program through the Electric Fund. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to rescind the motion made at the November 17, 2008, meeting awarding the quote for the replacement of support gravel and filtration media for the Water Treatment Plant to Gridor Construction in the amount of $64,680 and award the bid to the lowest quote of Magney Construction Incorporated in the amount of $64,300. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and close the skating rinks in Ann’s Acres and Downtown, and add a new rink in the South Grove Recreation area. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.
It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize Benchmark Engineering to evaluate the condition and use of Cardinal Street as it extends west from Oriole Avenue as well as provide recommendations for possible upgrade. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Roskoski to direct City Staff to work with MN/DoT and Saint Louis County Officials to review and recommend possible changes to the signage identifying the Mountain Iron city limits as well as other identification signage. The motion carried.

The following items were discussed during the Liaison Reports:

– Library Board. Councilor Stanaway reviewed the November, 2008 statistics.
– Civic Association. Councilor Roskoski advised the Council that the IRRR grant application for the train canopy was denied.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to authorize Walker, Giroux, and Hahne to perform the 2008 audit for the proposed price of $18,400 for the Governmental Funds and $8,700 for the Enterprise Funds. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg to approve the request of Bob and Beth Skalko for a one year extension for Lot 1, Block 1, Unity Second Addition. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Zupancich that the liquor and cigarette license applications for the period January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009, be approved and issued to the following individuals and business establishments pursuant to the approval, where necessary, of the Liquor Control Commission and pursuant to the payment of all outstanding license fees and utility charges:

Jeff & Greg Properties, Inc. On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
DBA: B. G.’s Saloon Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
5494 Highway 7 Off-Sale Non-Intoxicating Liquor
Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN 55792

Silver Creek Liquor Company, Inc. Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
DBA: Silver Creek Liquor Cigarette
5489 Highway 7
Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN 55792

Commander Club On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
American Legion Post #220 Off-Sale Non-Intoxicating Liquor
5748 Mountain Avenue, PO Box 361
Mountain Iron, MN 55768

Mac’s Bar, Inc. Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
DBA: Mac’s Bar On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
8881 Main Street, PO Box 313 Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
Mountain Iron, MN 55768 Cigarette
F. P. Troutwine, C & B Warehouse Distr. Cigarette
Mountain Iron Short Stop
5537 Nichols Avenue
Mountain Iron, MN 55768

Sundberg Enterprises, LLC Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
DBA: Sawmill Saloon & Restaurant On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
5478 Mountain Iron Drive Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN 55792 Cigarette

Adventures, Virginia, Inc. Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
Greg Hartnett On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
5475 Mountain Iron Drive Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN 55792

Walgreen Company Cigarette
5474 Mountain Iron Drive
Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN 55792

May December Endeavors Inc. On-Sale Non-Intoxicating
dba: Country Kitchen Off-Sale Non-Intoxicating
5470 Mountain Iron Drive
Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN 55768

The motion carried.

During the open discussion, Councilor Prebeg said that the Personal Committee had not met, so there was no need to go into closed session. 

At 7:40 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Respectfully submitted:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary

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