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Meeting Minutes for February 22, 2000

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Carolyn Olsen, Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Absent member: Councilor Curt Piri. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Deputy Clerk; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Paul Cerkvenik, City Attorney; and Greg French, City Engineer.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Olsen that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

1. Approve the minutes of the February 7, 2000, regular meeting as submitted.

2. 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.

3. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period February 1-15, 2000, totaling $388,338.48, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. Acknowledge the receipts for the period February 1-15, 2000, totaling $402,481.06, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion to adopt the consent agenda carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

During the public forum, Mrs. Marlene Oja, President of the Carriage Homeowners Association, addressed the Council regarding the snow plowing around the Carriage Homes Development. She said that the owners did not know if Carriage Drive and 6th Avenue were deeded over to the City for maintenance. She said that she had contacted Carriage Homes in Stillwater, Rick Vidmar, the St. Louis County Assessor, and Consolidated Title to see if the property was deeded over to the City. She said that the Association currently has a private party plow Carriage Drive and 6th Avenue, but the sanding truck comes through and sands the streets. The City Administrator said that Carriage Drive and 6th Avenue were never turned over to the City and accepted as city streets. The City would review the streets to see that they were designed and developed as per city street standards. The City Administrator said that the Association or Mr. Arkell, Developer of Carriage Homes, had never completed this process.

The City Attorney said that a firm determination of who owns the road, the Association or the City. It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Attorney work with City Staff to determine if Carriage Drive and 6th Avenue were designated as a public right-of-way or a private drive. And further, if the streets were determined to be a private drive to have staff work with the association to proceed with the process to have the streets dedicated as public streets.

Also during the public forum, Greg Chad, Director of the First Responders, requested the Council to authorize two additional Emergency Medical Technicians to be listed on the First Responders Group. Mr. Chad said that they currently have seven First Responders. Mr. Chad requested that the Council authorize an expenditure of $500 to each new responder for the purchase of equipment. Mr. Chad said that Nick Johnson had completed all of the testing and would be ready to start immediately and Ryan Pontinen still had to test out on some areas and would be available to start soon.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to allow Nick Johnson and Ryan Pontinen to be added to the First Responders Group at a cost of $500 to reimburse each responder to purchase equipment upon successfully completing the certification requirements. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to adopt Resolution #02-00, Drainage Improvement Bid, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council discussed the meter pedestal quotes that the City had received earlier. The Mayor said that the company that quoted the pedestals previously did not meet the specifications. The City Attorney said that the City may have a binding and enforceable contract, but to what extent the City may want to pursue the claim further. The Mayor said that the City may have a justifiable claim, but if it costs more to collect the difference on the claim should the City pursue it? The Mayor recommended that the City approve the quote from United Electric to purchase the meter pedestals and then determine what to do with Resco regarding the previous quote.

The following quotes were received for the thirty (30) 200 amp meter pedestals:

United Electric $330.00 $10,543.50

Border States Electric $332.70 $10,629.76

Resco, Inc. $383.00 $12,236.85

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize the purchase of thirty (30) 200 amp meter pedestals from United Electric at a total cost of $10,543.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Councilor Skogman suggested that streetlights be installed at the intersection of Highway 101 and County Road 7. It was the consensus of the Council to have Staff review the request and look into cost estimates to get lights installed at the intersection.

The following bids were received for the 2000 4-Wheel Drive vehicle for use by the Sheriff�s Department:

Superior Ford, Inc. $26,695.00

Lundgren Motors $28,958.00

North Star Ford $29,590.00

Ranger Chevrolet $29,898.00

Eggerbret Chevrolet $33,335.00

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Skogman to authorize the Sheriff�s Department to purchase a new 4-wheel drive from Superior Ford at their low bid price of $26,695.00. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve payment request number three to Harbor City Masonry, Inc. in the amount of $1,140.25 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve payment request number three to Lenci Enterprises, Inc. in the amount of $47,215.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve payment request number three for Northern Door and Hardware, Inc. in the amount of $5,855.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve payment request number one to H. G. Harvey Constructors, Inc. in the amount of $2,660.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve payment request number two to TGC Services, Inc. in the amount of $31,342.45 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve payment request number two to Anderson Glass Company, Inc. in the amount of $17,081.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve payment request number two to Dwayne Young, Inc. in the amount of $32,205.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve payment request number two to Contract Tile and Carpet, Inc. in the amount of $7,856.50 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve payment request number one to Door Service, Inc. in the amount of $3,002.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve payment request number two to Bob Hecimovich Mechanical Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $72,765.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve payment request number three to Tromco Electric, Inc. in the amount of $23,750.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve payment on invoice number 215 to Kraus-Anderson Construction Company in the amount of $17,542.88 for construction management work completed on the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve payment on invoices 126, 150, and 180 to Kraus-Anderson Construction in the amount of $3,092.50 for construction management work completed on the Mountain Iron City Hall/Community Center project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to approve the following Traffic Committee recommendations concerning Marble Avenue and to present them to the school district for further implementation:

1. Administrative parking area should be eliminated in order to open sidewalk and access to the crosswalk.

2. Buses should park off of the sidewalk to open sidewalk to pedestrian traffic. Installation of curb to be reviewed in the spring of 2000.

3. Marble Avenue entrance to the School Parking Lot shall be entrance only on Marble Avenue, no exit onto Marble Avenue.

4. Additional signage indicating “School Zone” and “Crosswalk”.

5. Better signs and stronger enforcement of parking regulations especially at intersection of Main Street and Marble Avenue.

6. East side of Marble Avenue shall be “No Parking” between Coral Street and Main Street.

The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to authorize the purchase of furniture for the general office area of the new City Hall/Community Center building from Office North in the amount of $17,854.68, (a copy of the quotes are attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Brunfelt to authorize the purchase of furniture for the Conference Room, Room #117, Room #122, and Room #125 in the new City Hall/Community Center building from Burger Office Supply in the amount of $20,077.06, (a copy of the quotes are attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Matanich to approve the building permit procedure for commercial and residential permit applications, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to set the Board of Review meeting for Tuesday, May 9, 2000 at 6:30 p.m. The motion carried.

The Council discussed reprioritizing the request made by the City to the Minnesota Department of Transportation for this year.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution #03-00, reprioritizing the Minnesota Department of Transportation requests for construction, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve the drainage easement with the U. S. Steel Group for drainage along Parkville and Silver Creeks, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Matanich to approve electric transmission line lease with the U. S. Steel Group, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the Independent Contractor Insurance Requirements, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to set a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting with the Library Board on March 8, 2000 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain Iron Library. The motion carried.

During the Mayor’s report, the Mayor reviewed the proposal for the Quad Cities Economic Development agreement that the IRRRB drafted. It was the consensus of the Council to have Staff make copies of the agreement and send it to the City Council for review and discuss at the next regular City Council meeting.

During the open discussion the following items were discussed:

Councilor Skogman-asked if anyone had been attending the Quad City Alliance meetings. It was the consensus of the Council to have Councilor Matanich or the Recreation Director attend the Quad City Alliance meetings.

Councilor Matanich-reviewed an advertisement that appeared in the Manney Shopper regarding the Highway 53 Plaza, he said that the article reflected well on the City.

Councilor Skogman-questioned where the Staff was at with regard to the 9-1-1 numbering system and renaming of the streets. The City Administrator said that the renumbering for the 9-1-1 system is in the process, but Staff has been busy working on packing and moving of the City Hall items.

Councilor Olsen-asked where Staff was at with regard to the Comprehensive Plan. The City Administrator said that they were going through the updates in the booklet for the plan.

Councilor Matanich-where Staff was at with regard to coordinating the meeting with the Spirit Lake residents regarding the sewer system request. The City Administrator said that he is still trying to coordinate the meeting.

Councilor Skogman-question how the Humane Society was handling dangerous dogs. He said that the family that have the dangerous dog and they do not have funds to have the dog taken care of and when they contacted the Humane Society they were told that they would only take the dog if it was a stray. He said that he had heard that the Sheriff�s Department had been requested to issue citation. It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Administrator, the Director of the Humane Society, and the Sergeant meet and discuss the issue.

At 7:56 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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