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Meeting Minutes for December 16, 2002

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

DECEMBER 16, 2002

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; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Joe Stewart, Sergeant; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; Alan Stanaway, Library Board; Gary Skalko, Mayor-Elect; Dale Irish, Councilor-Elect; and Allen Nelson, Councilor-Elect.

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

VI. L. Temporary On-sale Liquor License

M. 2003 Cigarette and Liquor Licenses

2. Approve the minutes of the November 26, 2002, committee of the whole meeting as submitted.

3. Approve the minutes of the December 2, 2002, regular meeting as submitted.

4. Approve the minutes of the December 3, 2002, public hearing as submitted.

5. 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.

6. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period December 1-15, 2002, totaling $1,072,781.97, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

7. Acknowledge the receipts for the period December 1-15, 2002, totaling $268,363.69, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion to adopt the consent agenda carried on the following roll call vote with Roskoski voting no.

No one spoke during the public forum. 

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to authorize City Staff to enter into the agreement with the Virginia Public Utilities Department, under the outline provided, upon the stipulation that the City Attorney�s and each entities Staff agreeing on the final version of the settlement agreement. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Skogman, yes; Matanich, yes; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; and Brunfelt, yes.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize City Staff to purchase the following equipment from Minnesota Power as follows:

One (1) set of 3 single-phase regulators including controls

One (1) set of 3 Nova type triple single reclosers with one form 5E control

at a cost not to exceed $40,000. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to approve the wetlands fill permit applications for the western portion of Mashkenode Lake. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve the Certificate of Survey for the western portion of Mashkenode Lake. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the November activity report for the Mountain Iron Sheriff Department. 

The Council discussed the agreement between the City of Mountain Iron and Independent School District 712. No further action was taken.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to authorize the City Attorney to continue with notices to the Bon Air Bar property owner to proceed with the cleanup of the site. The motion carried.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Prebeg to direct City Staff to meet with the North Country Christian Center Staff and discuss issues regarding the use of the Community Center and bring a recommendation back to the January 6, 2003, City Council meeting. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman voting no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution Number 54-03, as amended, reflecting a levy increase of 14.4%. The motion failed on the following roll call vote: Roskoski, no; Prebeg, no; Skogman, yes; Matanich, no; and Brunfelt, yes. 

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 54-02, as amended, reflecting a levy increase of 7.2%, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Skogman, yes; Matanich, yes; Roskoski, no; Brunfelt, yes. 

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt the 2003 Budget, with the additional revenue generated from the 7.2% levy increase to be put into capital outlay-undesignated. The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution Number 52-02, adopting the Mountain Iron Housing and Redevelopment Authority, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution Number 53-02, adopting the Market Rate Levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to adopt Resolution Number 55-02, Taconite Tax Distribution, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to adopt Resolution Number 56-02, accepting work, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 57-02, Financial Management, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the surface lease for the rock sign, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to approve the surface lease for electric transmission lines and stockpile area, substation and pump house, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to approve the temporary liquor license for the American Legion Post 220 for an on-sale liquor license for December 31, 2002 at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

It was moved by Councilor Skogman and supported by Councilor Prebeg that the liquor and cigarette license applications for the period January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003, 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 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

Mountain Iron, MN 55792 Cigarette

Mike Lambert Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

DBA: Silver Creek Liquor Company Cigarette

5489 Highway 7

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 Cigarette

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

Bruce A. Carlsen Cigarette

Corner Spur

5499 Highway 7, Box 1207

Mountain Iron, MN 55792

Joseph Giru Off-Sale Non-Intoxicating Liquor

Little Joe�s Cigarette

5537 Nichols Avenue, PO Box 356

Mountain Iron, MN 55768

Jay Ryan Moehlenbrock Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

Jay Ryan Enterprise, Inc. On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

DBA: Sawmill Saloon & Restaurant Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

5478 Mountain Iron Drive Cigarette

Mountain Iron, MN 55792

Rezavor, Inc. Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

John Gorsha On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

5235 Campground Road Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

Mountain Iron MN 55768 Cigarette

Adventures, Va., Inc. Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

Greg Hartnett On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

5475 Mountain Iron Drive Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

Mountain Iron MN 55792

The motion carried.

During the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski asked the Council, even though the Council has voted to close the Kinross Park, if the tennis court and basketball court could remain as is for the residents to use. The Mayor stated that the Council had already acted to close the Kinross Park and this issue could only be brought up again with a motion to reconsider.

Councilor Matanich thanked Mayor Brunfelt for originally appointing him to the City Council six years ago to fill the remaining two years of Ann Marie Lubovich�s term. He also thanked the people of Mountain Iron for voting him into office four years ago. He said that he has enjoyed serving the City in this capacity and that it has been a lot of fun and a lot of things were completed in the community. He closed by saying a quote from Vince Lombardi, “Surround yourself with good people and you never get into trouble”.

Councilor Skogman said that when he was first voted into office eight years ago, he said that the Council had come a long way in those eight years. He also said that a lot of hard decisions were made and at times there were disagreements that took place and all of the members still talk to each other. This shows that the democratic processes can works. He felt that he was leaving the City in good condition and transfer to good hands. He also congratulated the Mayor-Elect and Councilors-Elect to office and wished them well. 

Councilor Prebeg said a few words to the Council. He presented recognition plagues to the outgoing members: Mayor Brunfelt, Councilor Skogman, and Councilor Matanich. 

Mayor Brunfelt said the he was very proud that his son and daughter would be the fifth generation to live in this community. He said that he was extremely proud to serve as Mayor of Mountain Iron. During his term as Mayor he stated that he has been a very aggressive and outspoken Mayor and that he had pushed the envelope as hard as he was able too. He said that he had pushed the envelope for legitimate reasons. He said that this community could really take a leadership role in the region in terms of the future to be an outstanding community for many decades to come. He said that the Council has had some incredibly spirited debates regarding public policy. And, at times, the discussions have taken a more personnel tone. He thanked all of the Councilors that he had an opportunity to serve with: Carolyn Olsen, Curt Piri, Ann Marie Lubovich, Joe Prebeg, Jr., Ed Roskoski, Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich. He expressed a special thank you to Councilor Skogman being that he served during the same time he did. Also, he thanked all City Staff for the excellent service to the City. He also expressed special thanks to Larry Nanti, Don Kleinschmidt, and Craig Wainio, City Staff that he worked more closely with. Mayor Brunfelt read a passage from the book “Conscience of a Liberal” by Paul Wellstone. 

At 8:05 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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