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City Council Minutes 120798

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

DECEMBER 7, 1998

The meeting was called to order at 6:32 p.m. by Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt with the following members present: Carolyn Olsen, Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Absent member included: Curt Piri. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Deputy Clerk; and Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the November 16, 1998, regular meeting as submitted.

2. 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.

3. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period November 16-30, 1998, totaling $169,793.38, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. Acknowledge the receipts for the period November 16-30, 1998, totaling $203,150.05, (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.

At 6:32 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to recess the regular meeting and open the truth in taxation hearing. The motion carried.

The City Administrator informed the Council that a proposed tax increase of 6.36% was approved at the September meeting. He informed the Council that they could approved a levy below the proposed tax increase but they could not increase the levy. He also said that the general fund budget includes the new bond levy referendum with $86,000 passing through the general fund.

There were no public comments made and no written correspondence was received.

The Mayor announced that there would be no continuation hearing and the adoption hearing was set for December 21, 1998.

At 6:35 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to adjourn the public hearing and reconvene the regular meeting. The motion carried.

During the public forum, Armiida “Ozzie” Rudlong said that she was asked to request the City Council to stay in touch with the Mountain Iron Housing and Redevelopment Authority and to follow through on the meetings at the Mountain Manor. It was the consensus of the City Council to have a letter sent from the City Council to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority suggesting that they schedule two or three regular meetings at the Mountain Manor throughout the year.

Also during the public forum, Ed Roskoski spoke and said that he heard that the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN/DoT) had offered to put a crossing by the Merritt Elementary School. The Mayor and City Administrator said that there had been some discussion regarding the matter, but no formal action.

The Director of Public Works said that the Utility Advisory Board had recommended that the City Council approve the 1999 Enterprise Fund Budgets.

At 6:47 p.m., Larry Nanti, Recreation Director, entered the meeting.

The Council reviewed the Enterprise Fund Budgets.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the building permit for Lanyk Electric contingent on the Mountain Iron Housing and Redevelopment Authority receiving the final payment on the property they are constructing on. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the proposed ordinance amendment for the Special District for the Parkville Housing Development. The Administrator said that the recommendations would be in an ordinance and would also be incorporated into the plat for the development. The City Administrator recommended that staff take the information and draft it into appropriate ordinance form and have the City Council approve it at a later date. The Council accepted the City Administrator�s recommendation.

The Council discussed the abandoned car in Costin. The Director of Public Works said that the abandoned car is located on U. S. Steel Corporation property and the Sheriff�s Department and U. S. Steel Corporation had been notified of the problem.

The Council reviewed the 1999 General Fund budget and proposed levy. 

It was the consensus of the Council to have a 3% levy increase incorporated into the 1999 General Fund budget and review the budget again at the December 21, 1998 meeting. 

The Council reviewed the five-year capital improvement plan as prepared by the City Administrator.

The Council discussed broadcasting City Council meetings. The Mayor said that he would like to have a broadcasting system running by the summer of 1999. 

It was the consensus of the Council to fund the Community Center, the Stormwater Drainage Project, the Parkville Housing Project, the South Grove Baseball Field Project, and the Wetland Mitigation Project because of the matching grant funds available and the Sheriffs Department squad car. The Council also discussed setting aside funds for televising the City Council meetings and for street maintenance.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve Resolution #46-98, Certificate of Indebtedness, (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 approve change order number three in the amount of $4,726.26 for Hardrives, Inc. for the 18th Avenue Improvement Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve final pay estimate number seven to Hardrives, Inc. for the 18th Avenue improvement project in the amount of $500.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote. 

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

During the open discussion, Councilor Matanich updated the City Council on the last IRRRB meeting the he and the City Administrator attended.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Skogman said that at the last meeting of the Range Recreation Civic Center (RROCC) there were questions raised concerning information getting out to the Quad City Councils. Councilor Skogman said that the Mayor of Virginia attended the last meeting and said that there were complaints from the Mayors.

Mayor Brunfelt said that several issues were raised at the Mayor�s meeting regarding the RROCC, i.e. who will hold the liquor license, the liquor liability, and possibly making the board smaller to be more workable.

At 8:33 p.m., it was moved by Matanich and supported by Olsen that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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