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Meeting Minutes for February 17, 2010

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
FEBRUARY 17, 2010

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:38 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; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

The Mayor reminded all Council Members that the Council has a policy that all items must be on the agenda for the Council to act on them.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the February 1, 2010, regular meeting as submitted.

2. 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.

3. To acknowledge the receipts for the period February 1-15, 2010, totaling $379,165.91, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period February 1-15, 2010, totaling $309,092.27, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; Roskoski, abstain; and Skalko, yes.

No one spoke during the public forum.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

 Elizabeth Schur. The Mayor advised the Council that the City lost a very active community member. She was President of the Senior Citizen’s Club. He offered his condolences to the family and said that she would be deeply missed.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to direct City Staff to update the City Ordinance book and the on-line ordinance references as requested by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Councilor Roskoski amended the motion that when the updating project is completed that all City Council, who would like to have a book, and Planning and Zoning Commission members be given the updated book. After further discussion, Councilor Roskoski withdrew his amendment. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the non-audit services form for Walker, Giroux, and Hahne, Ltd. for the 2009 audit. The motion carried.
It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize the execution of a ten year Lease Number 144-012-0594, for the Parkville Ball Field, with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes), at a total cost of $600.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

 Building Inspector. The City is currently advertising for a Commercial Building Inspector and for First Responders. 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to set a public informational meeting for the Wellhead Protection Plan on Monday, March 1, 2010. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve the West Two Rivers Caretaker Agreement with William Haapala for the 2010 season, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and approve the conceptual plan and authorize City Staff to proceed with the preparation of plans and specification for the Locomotive Park Improvements on the East half as designed by the Frizzell Winter Associates. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve the preparation of the plans and specifications for the West Virginia Park Improvements and the Wolf Ball Field upgrade. The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to authorize the Fire Chief to attend the IAAI Conference in Saint Cloud, at City expense. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Skalko to authorize City Staff to hire ARI to prepare the plans and specifications for the City garage improvements and authorize City Staff to look into financing for the project. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skalko to accept the recommendation of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and authorize City Staff to seek quotes for the patching and painting of the Library basement. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize B.G.’s Bar and Grill to use their On-Sale Liquor License at the Mountain Iron Community Center on Saturday, February 20, 2010 for a wedding and the YMCA on Friday, April 23, 2010. The motion carried..

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to waive the building rental fees for the Mountain Iron-Buhl All Night Chemical Free Graduation Party on May 28, 2010. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the request of the Marquette Catholic School Parents Association requesting to have the Community Center building rental fees waived. The Council tabled the request and directed the City Attorney to review the request.

The following announcements were made:
 Committee-of-the-Whole meeting with the City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, February 22, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss developing a policy concerning rental regulations.
 Firearms Safety Class at the Mountain Iron Library beginning on March 2, 2010, two times per week, for three weeks. 
 Closed meeting. No closed meeting and a mediation session was scheduled for March 15, 2010. 

At 7:21 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Roskoski that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary

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