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Meeting Minutes for December 17, 2012

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

DECEMBER 17, 2012

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Absent member included:  Tony Zupancich.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Clark, Municipal Services Secretary; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Michael Downs, Interim Public Works Director; John Backman, Sergeant; and Brian Lindsay, City Attorney.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the December 3, 2012, regular meeting as submitted.

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the November 13, 2012, Committee-of-the-Whole 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, 2012, totaling $693,155.39, (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, 2012, totaling $273,158.66, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

At 6:32 p.m., Councilor Roskoski vacated his chair.

 

During the public forum, Ed Roskoski addressed the Council regarding the building permit fees and payments made from those fees.  He requested that the City Council review the Zoning Administrator pay issues with regard to the plan review fees being paid to the Zoning Administrator. 

 

At 6:37 p.m., Councilor Roskoski returned to his seat.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Newtown, Connecticut.  Thoughts and prayers were with the victims’ families of the tragic shooting of six adults and 20 children. 

 

 

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to hire the following rink attendants for the 2012-2013 season:

 

            David Peterson

            Brock Kangas

            Daniel Niska

            Daniel Hilmas

            Joshua Yernatich

            Hailey  Erchul

            Alison Peterangelo

 

The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to accept the retirement of Dave Takanen at the end of January 2013, with a letter from the Council thanking him for his years of services, and completing the customary retirement recognition for him.  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize City Staff to post and advertise for the Water and Wastewater Operator position in the standard places.  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Mountain Iron and AFSCME Local 453, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

The following liaison reports were given:

 

  • Library Board.  Councilor Tuomela reported that the Board ordered a new printer, discussed a security camera, would review the Library Policy in 2013, and thanked Jackie Jenko for her years of service on the Library Board.
  • Economic Development Authority.  Councilor Tuomela reported that the Authority discussed the vandalism by the Eichorn’s Mini Storage Facility and discussed the property owners in the South Forest Grove Addition being past the construction limit guidelines.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adopt the 2013 budget as presented, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  It was moved by Roskoski to amend the motion to have $95,000 removed from the Unity Drive Extension Project budget and be dedicated to the West Virginia/Westgate Drainage engineering and any drainage projects that fit a top priority, and further that the $30,000 budgeted for pickup replacement be designated specifically in the street budget for dirt road and street drainage work and graveling.  The amendment to the motion died for lack of support.  The motion carried with Roskoski voting no and Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 30-12, approving the 2012 tax levy, collectable 2013, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 31-12, approving the 2013 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 with Zupancich absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 32-12, approving the 2013 Economic Development Authority tax levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Roskoski voting no and Zupancich absent.

 

At 7:08 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried with Zupancich absent.

 

Submitted by:

 

 

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

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