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Meeting Minutes for December 03, 2001

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Brunfelt with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; and Karen Luoma, Librarian.

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

VIII. Becky Wilkin�s request

V. B. 4. Virginia Public Utilities in Mountain Iron

2. Approve the minutes of the November 19, 2001, regular meeting as submitted.

3. Approve the minutes of the November 27, 2001, committee-of-the-whole meeting as modified by adding the library operating budget to the minutes.

4. 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.

5. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period November 16-30, 2001, totaling $214,772.23, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

6. Acknowledge the receipts for the period November 16-30, 2001, totaling $138,666.51, (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, Representatives from the Carriage Homes Association were present and were seeking information regarding turning the streets over to the City.

At 6:38 p.m., Larry Nanti, Recreation Director, entered the meeting.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich to direct the City Administrator to write a letter to John Lucas, Carriage Home Association, 8495 6th Avenue, Mountain Iron, including the letter from Paul Cerkvenk, the Trenti Law Firm, and the procedure to follow to request to transfer the Carriage Homes streets over to the City. The motion carried.

Also during the public forum, Gary Skalko, addressed the Council regarding the proposed bonding bill for the City. He wanted to state his point of view regarding the bonding as far as the needs and wants of the City.

Also during the public forum, Matt Kishel spoke to the Council regarding the recent address changes in the City of Mountain Iron. He said that he had a petition, with approximately 200 signatures, regarding the address changes. The Mayor said that he would not accept the petition for the record.

Jeff Lackner, Quad Cities Economic Development Director, updated the Council regarding activities in the Quad Cities with regard to development.

At 7:18 p.m., Councilor Roskoski left the meeting.

At 7:19 p.m., Councilor Roskoski re-entered the meeting.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and approve the 2002 Enterprise Fund Budgets as presented, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to table the quotes on the Community Center sign until the library bonding issue was taken care of. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to authorize bonding for $550,000 for water tank reservoir rehabilitation with a combined bond issue with any other capital improvement that are authorized. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Brunfelt to authorize bonding for $100,000 for the Virginia Public Utilities water and electric utility acquisition with a combined bond issue with any other capital improvement that is authorized. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Skogman, yes; Matanich, yes; and Brunfelt, yes.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize bonding for construction of a new Public Library with $600,000 lease-revenue bonds.

At 8:15 p.m., Councilor Roskoski left the meeting.

At 8:17 p.m., Councilor Roskoski re-entered the meeting.

The motion failed on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, no; Skogman, yes; Matanich, no; Roskoski, no; and Brunfelt, yes.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Roskoski to not authorize bonding for the construction of a new City Fire Hall at a cost of $400,000. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Skogman, no; Matanich, yes; Roskoski, yes; Prebeg, yes; and Brunfelt, no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the 2002 operations budget as presented, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to approve the 2002 Capital Improvement Budget Plan, removing the Library and Fire Hall items from the list, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Skogman, no; Matanich, yes; and Brunfelt, yes.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to approve the amendment to the Service Agreement for collection of Residential and Commercial Recyclable Materials between the City of Mountain Iron and Saint Louis County, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich to approve the Amendment to the Surface Lease Number 13056 with USS Northern Lands and Minerals, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minute). The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve the Temporary On-Sale Liquor License for the American Legion 220 for December 31, 2001 at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

During the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski pointed out that in the advertisement for the Iron Trail that on page ten, for the City of Mountain Iron, the train pictured was not the City�s train.

At 8:45 p.m., Skogman left the meeting.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg that, due to the fact that Becky Wilkin of Parkville is a bona fide handicapped person, the City of Mountain Iron plow snow from the street right-of-way, that runs along the south side of her property, from the street to the backside of her property whenever the Avenue is plowed and completed to her satisfaction. The motion failed on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, no; Skogman, no; Matanich, no; Roskoski, yes; and Brunfelt, yes.

The Mayor commented that he did not like how the motion regarding Becky Wilkins was worded. He wanted it noted that the City of Mountain Iron is sensitive to handicapped individuals, but the specifics on this request were unknown.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to refer to the request of Becky Wilkins to the Street Committee for a recommendation. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved Roskoski and supported by Skogman to have the Ordinance Committee, City Staff, and the City Attorney, if necessary, meet for the purpose of reviewing and updating the City�s Ordinances as needed and make a recommendation to the City Council. The motion carried.

At 9:05 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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