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Meeting Minutes for December 20, 2010

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
DECEMBER 20, 2010

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:31 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; John Bachman, Sergeant; Mike Downs, Foreman; and Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney.

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

1. Agenda change: Move item VI. A. Resolution 16-10 to III. A. 

2. Approve the minutes of the December 6, 2010, regular meeting as submitted.

3. Approve the minutes of the November 29, 2010, Committee-of-the-Whole meeting as submitted.

4. 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.

5. To acknowledge the receipts for the period December 16-31, 2010, totaling $719,778.20, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

6. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period December 16-31, 2010, totaling $378,834.92, (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.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 16-10, Business Development Infrastructure Grant Application, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– West Virginia Skating Shelter. He thanked Gary Kangas, Instructor, and the Mesabi Range Technical College Carpentry Class, for constructing the skating shelter in West Virginia. The Director of Public Works said that without the assistance of the carpentry class, the shelter would most likely not have been built this year. 
– Councilor Stanaway. He acknowledged that this would be Councilor Stanaway’s final meeting and he thanked him for his years of service on the Council. He also congratulated him for being appointed to the St. Louis County CDBG Board. Councilor Prebeg also said that it was a privilege serving with him over the past four years. Councilor Stanaway thanked the Council and said he would still be active on Boards in the City.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Zupancich to direct City Staff to send a letter of thanks to Mr. Gary Kangas and the Mesabi Range Technical College Carpentry Class for constructing the skating shelter. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to contribute $100 to the Mountain Iron Senior Citizens group for their holiday party. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to accept the resignation of Joe Piersig from the Planning and Zoning Commission and thanked him for his years of service. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to direct City Staff to post for the open position on the Planning and Zoning Commission with the application deadline being Wednesday, January 12, 2011. The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to authorize the amendment to Surface Lease 13304 with RGGS Land and Minerals, Ltd, L.P., for one year, for the rock sign located on the northwest corner of Highway 53 and Old Highway 169 at a cost of $170, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The City Administrator informed the Council that he had been contacted by Representative Rukavina about funding available for renewable energy projects. He said an application was quickly prepared and the City was awarded $150,000 for a grant to install solar panels on City buildings. He thanked Representative Rukavina and Senator Tomassoni for their assistance in obtaining the grant. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize City Staff to purchase a new rear load packer body for the 1996 International Truck chassis from MacQueen Equipment at a cost of $48,224.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Councilor Roskoski questioned the City Attorney regarding a fundraiser that the Merritt Days Committee would be holding. He asked the City Attorney if something were to go wrong during the fundraiser, who would be held responsible. The City Attorney asked if the Merritt Days Committee was affiliated with the City and the City Administrator said that the Merritt Days Committee was not a City committee, but the City provides financial assistance to their event.

The Council reviewed the November 2010 Statistic report from the Sheriffs Department. The Sergeant also informed the Council that Tom Staudahar had transfer from the Mountain Iron office to the Hibbing office and Adam Danielson is his replacement.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize change order number one for the Gravel Access Road Improvements with Mesabi Bituminous Incorporated to change the completion date to June 15, 2011, and increased the contract by $5,360.00 for a total contract price of $117,664.50. The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to accept the recommendation of the Library Board and authorize the purchase of furniture, from the state bid, from Burgher Office in the amount of $16,136.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and approve the Maintenance Position analysis, as presented, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to post and advertise for two maintenance positions and post, internally, for an operator. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Skalko to place two or three advertisement to request residents to “Adopt a Hydrant” in Mountain Iron. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications. Councilor Roskoski asked about the deficit on the Range Recreation Civic Center 2011 budget and who would be responsible for the amount. The Mayor said that the Mesabi Curling Club would cover the difference. 

At 7:14 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC
Municipal Services Secretary

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Mediacom, a letter about adding four high definition channels.

2. Range Recreation Civic Center, a letter forwarding the proposed 2011 budget.

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