The Taconite Capital of the World

City of Mountain Iron, Minnesota



Meeting Minutes for December 06, 2010

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
DECEMBER 6, 2010

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32 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 Bachman, Sergeant.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the November 15, 2010, regular meeting as submitted.

2. 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.

3. To acknowledge the receipts for the period November 16-30, 2010, totaling $136,731.27, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period November 16-30, 2010, totaling $287,323.64, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote. 

At 6:34 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to recess the regular meeting and open the truth in taxation hearing. The motion carried.

The Mayor said that the truth in taxation hearing had nothing to do with the assessment of the property only comments on the 2011 City Budget would be allowed.

No one spoke during the hearing and no communications were received.

At 6:35 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adjourn the truth in taxation hearing and reconvene the regular meeting. The motion carried.

During the Public Forum, Tiffany Anderson, Project Coordinator for the Northeast Service Cooperative, spoke to the Council regarding the Middle Mile Fiber Project. She said that the project was funded by USDA to bring broadband to the northeast region of Minnesota and she explained the project to the City Council.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– Locomotive Park. He wanted to correct information that was provided at the last City Council meeting. He said that there had been $214,192.15 spent, not $325,000 as stated previously, on the project. He said that $58,000 has been grants; with $48,000 from the Minnesota Historical Society and $10,000 from the IRRA; and a $1,000 donation was received from the Civic Association. He said that the Project had been planned and budgeted since 2006. The City had held three public hearings to seek public input and the project would be completed in 2011 and it would be a park that most residents will be proud of.
– Power Outages. He said that the City has had several power outages and he wanted to thank Mike Downs, Brent Henkel, Craig Hultgren, Tim Satrang, and Mike Dundas for all of their work to restore the electricity in the City during the snow storm. He also thanked Minnesota Power and the Virginia Public Utilities for their assistance. Councilor Roskoski asked what the causes of the outages were. The Director of Public Works said that there was snow on the lines that were knocking down lines; power has to be restored in sections due to the large electrical draw; and the storm storm was larger than the City Crew could handle. 
– Recognition. He wanted to recognize Charlotte Overbye for passing the 2,000 point goal in her basketball career at the Mountain Iron-Buhl High School.

The City Administrator informed the Council that the project along the railroad for the logging business had not been started because of access issues. He said that the grant was set to expire on December 31, 2010, and IRRA had now extended the deadline until December 31,2011.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize the sale of the following equipment as listed: 

1997 Chev. 2500 4 X 4 pickup: United Landscaping $2,551.00
VIN# 1GCGK24R9VZ112814L

2001 Ford Squad Car: Josh Spiering $ 413.00 VIN# 2FAFP71W31X169861

The motion carried.

During the Sheriff’s Department report, Councilor Roskoski asked the Sergeant if the parking policy for the Downtown Area had been updated as requested by the Street and Alley Committee. The Sergeant said that the Administrator forwarded him a copy to review and the information would be available for the next Street and Alley Committee meeting.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Zupancich to authorize payment request number two to Hibbing Excavating Incorporated for the Energy Park Development, Phase III, in the amount of $37,659.33. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Building and Grounds Committee and approve the quote received from Lenci Brothers, to furnish labor and materials to insulate the north, east, and west walls of the City Garage Addition and install a metal liner panel at a cost of $19,470.00. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 14-10, Adopting the 2010 Tax Levy, Collectable 2011, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). It was moved by Roskoski to amend the resolution to reflect a five percent decrease in the levy. The amendment to the motion failed for lack of a second. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 15-10, Approving the Proposed 2011 Market Rate Based Referendum Levy for the General Obligation Community Center Bonds and Interest, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to adopt the 2011 General Fund and Enterprise Funds budgets as presented, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to discontinue the publication of the minutes of the City Council meetings. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski that the liquor and cigarette license applications for the period January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011, 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 Intoxicating Liquor
dba: Country Kitchens Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
5470 Mountain Iron Drive Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor
Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN 55768

Home on the Range LLC 3.2 Beer License
DBA: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wine License
8570 Rock Ridge Drive
Mountain Iron, MN 55768

WJ Holdings, Inc. 3.2 Beer License
DBA: AmericInn Lodge & Suites
5480 Mountain Iron Drive
Virginia, MN 55792

The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the Sportspage Bar to serve alcohol in the Mountain Iron Community Center on December 10, 2010, for the DRCC banquet. The motion carried.,

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to waive the building rental fees for the following two events:

December 9, 2010 Range Mental Health Center, Inc. for a Holiday Party
February 10, 2011 Mesabi Humane Society for a fundraiser

The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications. Councilor Roskoski requested a copy of the plan or a map of the ARDC Mountain Iron bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

The Council discussed several pieces of mining equipment that the City owns that are not located on City property. The Administrator said that this was part of a discussion at a Building and Grounds Committee meeting. Councilor Roskoski said that some of the city owned equipment is located in Hibbing at Kotula Metal. No further action was taken on the matter.

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

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC
Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Quad City Food Shelf, a thank you note for the Halloween Carnival donation.
2. Range Association of Municipalities and Schools, the agenda for a Board of Directors meeting on December 9, 2010.
3. ARDC Regional Planning, a letter conveying copies of the Mountain Iron bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

Recent News

Campground Reservations

Contact Us