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Meeting Minutes for December 15, 2014

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

DECEMBER 15, 2014

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Clark, Municipal Services Secretary; Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; and Brian Lindsay, City Attorney.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the December 1, 2014, regular meeting as submitted.

 

  1. That the communications be accepted and placed on file and those requiring further action by the City Council be acted upon during their proper sequence on the agenda.

 

  1. To acknowledge the receipts for the period December 1-15, 2014, totaling $937,269.88, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period December 1-15, 2014, totaling $890,761.21, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

No one spoke during the public forum.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Mountain Iron-Buhl Sports Teams.  He acknowledged the sports teams and wished them well.
  • Condolences.  To the Family of John Cvar and Dora Johnson.
  • Laurentian Chamber of Commerce.  He said that at the last meeting he informed the Council regarding a publication that the Chamber did regarding some Mountain Iron businesses being listed in Virginia.  He read the response letter from Bernie Collins, President/CEO of the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce.  The letter was also included in the Council packet.
  • Merritt Days Committee.  He said that the Committee was looking for new members.  The Committee meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Library.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Wellhead Protection Plan.  He listed some of the requirements, by Statute, that the City had completed for wellhead owners.

 

The Director of Public Works reported on the following:

 

  • City Garage Roof Project.  He informed the Council that the project had been completed.
  • Planned Electrical Outage.  He explained why the power came back on and then went off again and then stayed on at 5:45 a.m.  He said there were some mechanical difficulties in the substation requiring the fuse holders to be replaced.
  • Water Line Break.  He said there was a break at Mud Lake Road and Mineral Avenue.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to adopt the revised emergency operations plan, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to offer the position of Fire Chief to Assistant Fire Chief Greg Chad.  The motion carried. 

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize City Staff to post for the Assistant Fire Chief/EMS Director Position.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to offer positions as winter seasonal workers to the following: 

 

            Tyler Nelson               Timothy Francisco                  Austin Flannigan

            Dylan Leff                   Jordon Bissonette                    Daniel Niska

 

The motion carried.

 

The Council thanked Jeremy Waldron for serving as Fire Chief.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to contribute $100 to the KCPRO-East Oval Ice Racing Organization, with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

At 6:51 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to recess the regular meeting and go into a closed session, following a brief recess.  The motion carried.

 

At 7:05 p.m., the Mayor called the closed meeting to order with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; and Sally Yuccas, Librarian/Special Events Coordinator.

 

The Mayor stated that the purpose of the closed meeting was to conduct performance evaluations of the City Administrator, the Director of Public Works, and the Librarian/Special Events Coordinator.

 

At 8:29 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela that the closed meeting be adjourned and to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion carried.

 

At 8:29 p.m., Mayor Skalko called the regular City Council meeting to order with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Alan Stanaway, Tony Zupancich, and Mayor Gary Skalko.

 

At 8:30 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

 

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.         Laurentian Chamber of Commerce, a letter on correct business addresses.

 

2.         KCPRO-East Oval Ice Racing, a letter requesting support for the 2015 race season.

 

3.         Mesabi Family YMCA, a thank you for the donation to their Dinner and Auction             Fundraiser.

 

4.         Pat Huston, Project Manager, MN/DoT District 1, a memo concerning the Draft             Environmental Impact Statement for the US Highway 53 Virginia to Eveleth Project.

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