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Meeting Minutes for February 03, 2003

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

FEBRUARY 3, 2002

Mayor Skalko called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Allen Nelson, Dale Irish, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; and Karen Luoma, Librarian.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

Add the following items to the agenda:

VI. J. Old Town Renovation Committee Members

K. Relocation of Mesaba Trail Head

Approve the minutes of the January 21, 2003, City Council meeting as submitted.

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.

To acknowledge the receipts for the period January 16-31, 2003, totaling $139,927.75, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

To authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period January 16-31, 2003, totaling $192,269.66, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

During the public forum, Bob Manzoline, Director of the Regional Rail Authority, spoke to the City Council requesting authorization to reprint the trail map showing a new trail head designation in the Old Town area of Mountain Iron.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Irish to adopt Resolution #08-03, authorizing the relocation of the trail head to the Old Town area of Mountain Iron, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Nelson, no; Irish, yes; Roskoski, yes; Prebeg, yes; and Skalko, yes.

At 7:06 p.m., it was moved by Roskoski and supported by Nelson to recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing for the Duluth Regional Care Center bond issue. The motion carried.

A Representative from the Duluth Regional Care Center was available to answer the City Council�s questions. There were no communications received regarding the issue. 

At 7:08 p.m., Councilor Roskoski left the meeting.

At 7:10 p.m., Councilor Roskoski returned to the meeting.

At 7:17 p.m., it was moved by Roskoski and supported by Nelson to close the public hearing and reconvene the regular meeting. The motion carried.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to authorize City Staff to purchase electrical transformer from Wesco, Inc. at their low quoted price of $9,387.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council discussed the Bon Air cleanup. The Mayor asked City Staff to contact the City Attorney regarding the Bon Air cleanup.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to adopt the following list of budget reductions:

Advertising and Publications not Required by State Law
$2,000.00

Support for Merritt Days
$1,000.00

Chamber of Commerce Support
$5,000.00

Volunteer Recognition Dinner
$10,000.00

Support of VFW and Legion Baseball
$1,000.00

Eliminate AEOA Transportation Assistance
$2,500.00

Summer Help
$5,000.00

Trail Maintenance
$5,000.00

No Legal Representation at City Council Meeting
$3,000.00

VRMC Donation
$500.00

Cemetery Support
$500.00

Eliminate Non-Mandated Training and Workshops
$15,000.00

County Sweeping Agreements
$2,500.00

Cooperative Projects with School District
$1,000.00

Library
$3,000.00

Fire Department
$5,000.00

Sheriffs
$30,000.00

Street Department
$5,000.00

Buildings
$5,000.00

TOTAL

The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Roskoski, yes; Prebeg, yes, Nelson, no, Irish, yes; Skalko, yes. The motion carried.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Roskoski to terminate the transportation contract with Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Nelson, yes; Irish, no; Roskoski, yes; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to table the RFP for Architectural Services until the next regular meeting. The motion carried.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Irish to adopt Resolution Number 05-03, Duluth Regional Care Center bond issue, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to adopt Resolution Number 06-03, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried. 

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 07-03, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to authorize City Staff to proceed with the lake-testing proposal for sampling on Manganika Lake. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Irish, no; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes, Nelson, yes; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Irish to direct the City Administrator to pursue funding for enhancement lighting through the ISTEA �21 grant program. The motion carried.

It was moved by Irish and supported by Prebeg to direct the Library Director to begin the work to have the Mountain Iron Library placed on the National Register of Historic Places. After some discussion, it was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to table action on the Library designation. After further discussion, Councilor Irish withdrew his motion and Councilor Prebeg withdrew his support. After further discussion, Councilor Prebeg withdrew his motion to table and Councilor Nelson withdrew his support.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to direct City Staff to invite Susan Roth or Harry Lamppa to the next regular city council meeting to discuss what can be done to the Mountain Iron Library building if it is placed on the National Register of Historic Places. And further, if someone is not available to attend the meeting, that this information be requested in writing. The motion carried.

The Council discussed the signage on Main Street. The Mayor stated that he was contacted by a resident in the Old Town area of Mountain Iron regarding having a speed limit sign in the Costin area coming into town. The Director of Public Works stated that he would follow up on this with the Sheriff Department.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Nelson to reschedule the next regular meeting to Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain Iron Community Center, Mountain Iron Room. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and appoint Ted Newbeg, Violette Newberg, Tom Nikolanci, and Mark Kailanen to the Old Town Renovation Committee. The motion carried.

During the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski said that he was contacted by a Parkville resident and they asked if the Mountain Iron Public Utilities would be reading the electric and water meters now that they have acquired the utilities from the Virginia Department of Public Utilities. The Director of Public Works stated that the City is working on the utility transfer and will be reading the meters like they do for the remaining portion of the town.

At 8:58 p.m., it was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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