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Meeting Minutes for December 21, 2015

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

DECEMBER 21, 2015

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 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; Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; John Backman, Sergeant; Greg Chad, Fire Chief; and Bryan 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 7, 2015, 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, 2015, totaling $844,389.94, (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, 2015, totaling $414,265.28, (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:

 

  • Condolences.  To the families of Mary Gagnon, Pentti Mahonen, Agnes Bakke, and Shavondria Shavetta Owens.
  • Skating Rinks.  City Workers have been working on getting the rinks ready, but with the warm weather, they will tentatively be opening December 28th

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize a contribution of $100 for the Senior Citizens Christmas Party with the contribution being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to nominate Alan Stanaway to serve on the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools Board.  The motion carried with Stanaway abstaining.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to hire the following to work as winter seasonal workers and rink attendants for the 2015/2016 season:

 

            Tyler Nelson                           Timothy Francisco                  Dylan Leff

            Jordan Bissonette                    Arin Marks                              Casey Kintner

            Connie Murphy

 

The motion carried. 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Calendar Parking.  He reminded the residents that calendar parking was in effect.
  • Hydrants.  He reminded the residents, living close to a hydrant, to remove snow from around the fire hydrants.

 

The Director of Public Works reported on the following:

 

  • Meter Installation.  The City Employees would be working in the West Virginia area completing the meter installations.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to approve the position analysis for the Accounting Technician and Secretary Positions, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to post internally for all AFSCME Local 453 Members, the Accounting Technician and Secretary Positions.  And further, it was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to amend the motion, that if there are no applications received internally for the positions, that Staff be authorized to advertise externally.  The amended motion carried.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to authorize the purchase of six sets of turnout gear at a cost of $2,000 per set with the total not to exceed $12,000.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 33-15, ordering preparation of report on improvement, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 34-15, ordering preparation of report on improvement, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 35-15, calling a hearing on proposed assessments, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to approve the amended three year contract with the Mesabi Humane Society for the period January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

The Council requested to receive monthly reports from the Mesabi Humane Society.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to reschedule the January 18, 2016, Council meeting to Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., due to the Martin Luther King holiday.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to contribute $500 for a corporate table sponsorship for the Mesabi Family YMCA for their annual fund raiser on March 17, 2016, with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

During the announcements, Councilor Stanaway informed the Council that the United States Steel Historic Resources was an excellent resource and was available at the Mountain Iron Library.

 

At 7:02 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to recess the regular meeting and open the closed meeting after a brief recess.  The motion carried.

 

At 7:13, it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to convene the close meeting 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; John Backman, Sergeant; Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney; Joe Pershern, AFSCME Representative; Amanda Metsa, AFSCME Representative; and Brent Henkel, City Employee.  The motion carried.

 

At 7:53 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adjourn the closed session of the Council and reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion carried.

 

At 7:54 p.m., the Council went into the regular meeting and no action was taken.

 

At 7:55 p.m., it moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.         Mesabi Family YMCA, a letter inviting the City to be a table sponsor for their Dinner and Auction Fundraiser on March 17, 2016.

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