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Meeting Minutes for February 03, 2014

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

FEBRUARY 3, 2014

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:31 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; Sally Peterangelo, Librarian; and John Backman, Sergeant.

 

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

 

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:

A.        1.         Mountain Iron-Buhl All Night Graduation Party Donation

            2.         Iron Range Youth in Action Conference Donation

            3.         Library Board Resignation

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the January 21, 2014, 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 January 16-31, 2014 totaling $160,408.25, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period January 16-31, 2014, totaling $215,362.26, (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 that there was a nice article in the Mesabi Daily News regarding area towns and the building permit information from prior years with the City Mountain Iron in the lead with the building permit valuations in 2013 with $13.4 million, including the $11 million Wal-Mart project.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize a contribution to the Mountain Iron-Buhl All Night Graduation Party in the amount of $500 with the funds 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 authorize a contribution to the Iron Range Youth in Action Conference in the amount of $500 with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to accept the resignation of Mildred Babbini from the Library Board.  The motion carried.

 

The Mayor requested the Administrator to send a letter to Mrs. Babbini thanking her for her years of service on the Library Board.

 

Councilor Prebeg wanted to recognize the Prebeg family and thank the supporters and sponsors of the Bush Memorial Snowmobile Ride held over the past 11 years.  He regretted to inform people that the run would no longer be held.  The Mayor commended the family for their fundraising over the past 11 years.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to designate Craig Wainio, City Administrator, to be responsible and accountable for overseeing the non-audit services for the City of Mountain Iron.  The motion carried.

 

The Library Director/Special Events Coordinator reported on the following:

 

  • Monthy Report.  She reviewed her January 2014 statistics.
  • Legacy Arts Program.  She informed the public that there are tickets available at the Library for area museums.
  • Storytime.  She thanked the Mountain Iron-Buhl choir for helping with the program.
  • TOPS Program.  She said that the program was well received and over 40 pounds had been lost, by the group, so far. 

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize payment request number four to Ulland Brothers Incorporated in the amount of $102,592.13 for the County Road 102 Utility Extension Project.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and allow Club Mesabi to use Locomotive Park on August 2, 2014, for the Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour and use the picnic area on Main Street for a rest area.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission to assist in preparing the City of Mountain Iron’s Emergency Operations Plan at a cost of $15,000.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize City Staff to post the Assistant Emergency Medical Services Director and the Firefighter Captain (Head Safety Officer) positions.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to table the discussion regarding truck traffic utilizing Mountain Iron Drive.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to table the request for pay increases for the Fire Department and EMS Officers until the Personnel Committee could meet with the Public Safety and Health Board.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to post, only internally, the Lead Parks and Recreation Worker/Laborer Position.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize City Staff to advertise for an equipment operator position and labor position.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to approve waiving Steps 1, 2, and 3, as requested by Local Union #453, regarding the grievance from Craig Hultgren and move to Step 3a and authorize a meeting with the mediator.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Ordinance Number 01-14, amending chapter 115, tobacco and tobacco related devises, (a copy is hereto attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Ordinance Number 02-14, amending the official zoning map in and for the City of Mountain Iron, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve the application and permit for a temporary on-sale liquor license, pending final adoption from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, for the November 19-21, 2014, VRMC Foundation, for the Festival of Trees Fundraiser.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to reschedule the next regular meeting to Tuesday, February 18, 2014, because of the President’s Day holiday.  The motion carried.

 

At 7:20 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

 

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.         Mediacom, a letter advising that they are making changes to the channel lineup.

 

2.         Festival of Trees, a thank you letter for the contribution and support from the City.

 

3.         Mountain Iron-Buhl High School, Class of 2014, requesting a contribution to the 27th       annual All-Night Chemical Free Graduation Party.

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