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Meeting Minutes for January 03, 2000

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

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

1. Add the following item to the agenda:

IV. G. 3) a) Letter of resignation from Jan Frederickson from the Parks and Recreation Board

VII. B. City Hall Listing

2. Approve the minutes of the December 20, 1999, 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 January 1-3, 2000, totaling $148,013.02, (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.

No one spoke during the public forum.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and appoint Councilor Matanich to serve as Deputy Mayor for 2000. 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 2000. The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and re-appoint Benchmark Engineering, Inc., Greg French, as City Engineer for 2000. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to designate the City�s official depositories as the Mountain Iron 1st State Bank; Queen City Federal; Norwest Bank; US Bank; Twin City Federal; the League of Minnesota Cities 4M Fund; Miller, Johnson, and Kuehn; and Salomon Smith Barney for 2000. 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 2000. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to hold the regular City Council meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month for 2000. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to re-appoint Raymond Saari, Steve Giorgi, John Rioux, and Larry Lindholm to the Planning and Zoning Commission with their terms expiring on December 31, 2002. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to advertise for applicants to fill open board and commission positions. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to re-appoint Curt Piri and Sue Tuomela to the Utility Advisory Board with their terms expiring on December 31, 2002. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the resignation of Jan Frederickson, with regrets, from the Parks and Recreation Board and have Staff forward a letter thanking her for the years of service to the City. The motion carried.

The Mayor advised the Council Members that if they knew of anyone that would be interested in serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission or the Parks and Recreation Board to let him know.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to re-appoint Jerry Kujala to the Parks and Recreation Board with the term expiring on December 31, 2002. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to re-appoint Allen Nelson to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority with the term expiring on December 31, 2004. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Piri to re-appoint Jackie Jenko to the Library Board with the term expiring on December 31, 2002. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve payment request number two to Hammerlund Construction in the amount of $82,807.45 for the Residential Housing Development project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to authorize payment to Kraus-Anderson Construction for construction management services for the City Hall/Community Center in the amount of $39,870.00 for invoices number 126 for $22,520.00 and number 150 for $17,350.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and hire Jeffrey Marks to fill the labor position for the City of Mountain Iron. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council tabled action on the Mesabi Trail because the Committee had not met to make a recommendation.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the proposal from Culbert Realty and Appraisal to list the City Hall and Garages at a listing price of $74,900 with a fee of 8% of the selling price or a minimum of $2,000 for a period of six months. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to change the next regular meeting to January 18, 2000 at 6:30 p.m. because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to authorize the purchase of eight tickets to the Chamber of Commerce banquet on January 21, 2000 for the City Council, City Administrator, and spouses for any unused tickets. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Mayor’s reported that he had attended a public forum for the Virginia/Gilbert/Mountain Iron Chamber of Commerce regarding relocating their offices to the area north of AmericInn. The Mayor said that Terry Leoni, City Coordinator from the City of Virginia, made a statement regarding the financial participation of the City of Virginia to the Chamber. Mr. Leoni said that Virginia would only pay to run the Viewpoint in the Sky. The Mayor said that he also spoke with the Virginia Mayor and she assured him that the City of Virginia would not pull their financial commitment to the Chamber of Commerce if they relocate in Mountain Iron. Councilor Skogman said that the businesses in Downtown Virginia were opposed to the new Chamber of Commerce location in Mountain Iron. Councilor Skogman said that the Chamber of Commerce has been seeking a location that would best suit their needs and they did not find a suitable location in Virginia.

During the open discussion, Councilor Matanich said that it was nice to see Orchids in the Mesabi Daily News for the City Crew. Councilor Matanich said that during the last construction meeting, Mr. Tolman said that the change orders amounted to approximately $1,900 to the positive and $670 in bills plus the $6,000 received from the gas company.

At 7:10 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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