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Meeting Minutes for January 02, 2001

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Brunfelt with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Edmund Roskoski, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Service Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; and Greg French, City Engineer.

The City Administrator administered the Oath of Office to Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt, Councilor Joe Prebeg, Jr., and Councilor Edmund Roskoski.

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

VII. F. Volunteer Recognition Banquet

G. Carriage Home Streets

H. P & H situation

2. Approve the minutes of the December 18, 2000, regular meeting as submitted.

3. 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.

4. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period December 16-31, 2000, totaling $223,493.01, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period December 16-31, 2000, totaling $337,576.81, (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, Larry P. Johnson asked the Council what the status of the history book was. He questioned whether letters were sent to people that had donated pictures for use in the book. The Recreation Director advised the Council that the City had received all of the pictures that the City had supplied for the history book. Mr. Johnson said that he thought the Council had made a motion that a letter would go out to all of the people that had donated pictures. Mr. Johnson said that he would like to have the pictures obtained so the book can be completed for the next All-Class Reunion. Councilor Roskoski asked if the City would be assisting the people who donated pictures since the City got their pictures back. It was the consensus of the Council to ask the City Attorney�s opinion regarding the status of the pictures for the history book at the next regular meeting.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and appoint Councilor Skogman to serve as Deputy Mayor for 2001. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and re-appoint the Trenti Law Firm, Sam Aluni, as City Attorney for 2001. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and re-appoint Benchmark Engineering, Greg French, as City Engineer for 2001. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to designate the City�s official depositories as Mountain Iron 1st State Bank, Queen City Federal, Wells Fargo Bank, US Bank, Twin City Federal, League of Minnesota Cities 4M Fund, Miller Johnson Steichen Kinnard, Inc., Juran and Moody Investors, and Salomon Smith Barney, Inc. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to designate the Mesabi Daily News as the official newspaper for the City of Mountain Iron for 2001. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to hold the regular City Council meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month for 2001. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Roskoski to re-appoint Armiida “Ozzie” Rudlong and Barb Fivecoate to the Planning and Zoning Commission with their terms expiring on December 31, 2003. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to re-appoint Jeanne Schechinger and Roman Frericks to the Utility Advisory Board with their terms expiring on December 31, 2003. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to re-appoint Scott McDermid and Val Carpenter to the Parks and Recreation Board with their terms expiring on December 31, 2003. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to re-appoint Mike Lambert to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority with his term expiring on December 31, 2005. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Roskoski to re-appoint Danielle Baudhuin and appoint Delores Majetich and Carol Kostich to the Library Board with the terms for Baudhuin and Majetich expiring on December 31, 2003 and the term for Kostich expiring on December 31, 2002. The motion carried.

The Administrator explained various rezoning issues to the Council. It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to have the Planning and Zoning Commission initiate the necessary public hearing for the proposed rezoning. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to approve the Amendment to the Agreement with St. Louis County for Recycling Services, (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 final pay request from TGC Services, Inc. in the amount of $3,338.30. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich to prioritize the street improvements projects to be funded by the bonding money as follows:

1. Marble Avenue-$64,300 (South of Main Street)

1a. Marble Avenue-$8,000 (north of Main Street)

2. Garden Drive-$214,070 (Mineral to Park)

3. Enterprise Drive South – $514,100 (Mud Lake Road to Community Center)

4. Add additional bituminous on the Unity Drive dip.

And further, have the City Administrator inform the City Council of any remaining balance in the bond money fund. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich that the Council appoint the following to serve as election judges for the January 30, 2001, Special Election � Primary and the February 27, 2001, Special Election – General:

Precinct #1-City Hall, Wacootah Room Precinct #2�City Hall, Iroquois Room

Caroline Kujala Marilyn Prepich

Gertrude Buria Gertrude Buria

Sheri Johnson Linda Strukel

The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Matanich, yes; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Skogman, no; and Brunfelt, yes.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to table action on the City Hall copy machine. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to re-schedule the next regular meeting to Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 5:00 p.m. because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to ratify the Fire Department Election of Officers. After further discussion, Councilor Prebeg withdrew his motion and Councilor Matanich withdrew his support.

The Council acknowledged the list of communications. Mayor Brunfelt, Councilor Matanich, Councilor Prebeg and Councilor Skogman indicated that they would be attending the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools meeting on January 25, 2001.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to authorize Staff to organize a Volunteer Recognition Banquet and to publish a quarter page advertisement in the Mesabi Daily News recognizing the City�s Volunteers. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council discussed the Carriage Home Streets as private streets. The City Administrator said that the Carriage Home Association would have to petition the City Council to have the streets made public streets. Then the City would review the streets to see if they are up to City standards.

The Council discussed P & H Construction regarding use of the roads to the Industrial Park.

During the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski asked what the excavation behind Vern’s Greenhouse was for. The City Engineer said that the work is for the cleaning of the Parkville Creek Project; they need to use winter roads to complete the necessary dredging.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to designate Joe Matanich as the liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Joe Prebeg, Jr. as the liaison to the Parks and Recreation Board. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to authorize City Council members to attend the League of Minnesota Cities training for newly elected officials at city expense. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Mayor advised the City Council to handle request from constituents by calling City Staff for problems or questions that could be taken care of right away or bring items up during the open discussion portion of the meeting.

At 8:07 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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