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Meeting Minutes for January 03, 2005

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

REORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

JANUARY 3, 2005

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Allen Nelson, Dale Irish, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Director of Parks and Recreation; Karen Luoma, Librarian; and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Irish that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

Approve the minutes of the December 20, 2004, City Council meeting as submitted.

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.

To acknowledge the receipts for the period December 16-31, 2004, totaling $436,977.39, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period December 16-31, 2004, totaling $355,223.31, (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.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Nelson to appoint Joe Prebeg, Jr. as Deputy Mayor for 2005. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skalko to appoint Sam Aluni, The Trenti Law Firm, as the City�s primary attorney for everyday types of legal work and appoint Larry C. Minton, Ltd. as the secondary firm to handle issues that the primary firm can not handle for 2005. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to appoint Rod Flannigan, Benchmark Engineering, as the City�s Engineer for 2005. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to appoint the Mesabi Daily News as the official newspaper for the City of Mountain Iron for 2005. The motion carried.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to set the official meeting times for the regular City Council meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month for 2005. The motion carried. 

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Irish to have the deadline for agenda items submitted to the City Administrator as noon on the Wednesday before the meeting and the agenda packet be mailed out one day earlier. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to designate the City�s official depositories as the American Bank, Queen City Federal, Wells Fargo Bank, U. S. Bank, Twin City Federal, League of Minnesota Cities 4M Fund, Miller Johnson Steichen Kinnard, Inc., Smith Barney, Inc., Northland Securities, and First National Bank of Buhl for 2005. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to appoint Jim Giorgi to the Planning and Zoning Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2007. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Nelson to appoint Victoria L. Juntunen to the Planning and Zoning Commission with her term expiring on December 31, 2007. The motion carried.

It was the consensus of the Council to have Councilor Nelson continue to serve as the Council Liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to re-appoint Reynold Renzaglia to the Utility Advisory Board with his term expiring December 31, 2007. The motion carried.

It was the consensus of the Council to have Councilor Prebeg continue to serve as the Council Liaison for the Utility Advisory Board.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Roskoski to re-appoint Jennifer Overbye to the Parks and Recreation Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2007. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Nelson to re-appoint Joe Prebeg, Jr. to the Parks and Recreation Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2007. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to re-appoint Jerry Golobich to the Parks and Recreation Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2007. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Roskoski to appoint Natalie Pankrantz-Leff to replace Corrine Eden on the Parks and Recreation Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2006. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by motion to appoint Deborah R. Lewis to the Library Board with her term to expiring on December 31, 2007. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Irish to appoint Rhonda McConnell to the Library Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2007. The motion carried with Councilors Prebeg and Nelson voting no.

It was the consensus of the Council to have Councilor Roskoski continue to serve as the Council Liaison to the Library Board. 

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skalko to have Councilor Irish serve as the Council Liaison on the Park and Recreation Board. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Irish to direct City Staff to send a thank you and certificate of appreciation to David Skalbeck, Tara Wainio, and Alan Stanaway for their years of service on the various boards and commissions. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Irish to re-appoint Mayor Skalko to the Quad Cities Joint Recreation Authority as the City Representative. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Irish to appoint Mayor Skalko to the Iron Range Youth in Action/Partners Board as the City Representative. The motion carried.

Councilor Roskoski questioned the City Administrator regarding the City paying for insurance at IronWorld. The City Administrator advised the Council that City has permanent records archived at IronWorld and the City is still responsible for these records.

Councilor Roskoski questioned the Director of Public Works regarding delivery of truck that the City purchased from the Fergus Falls dealership. The Director of Public Works said that the dealership would be delivery the vehicle. He also said that in the bid there was a $75.00 deduction if the City wanted to pick the truck up, the City had not elected to do this.

Councilor Irish questioned the Council regarding who was going to be the Executive Director of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority to oversee the Mountain Manor. It was the consensus of the Council that the Economic Development Authority should address this issue naming Craig J. Wainio as Executive Director.

Councilor Irish questioned the financial report for the Park Ridge Development showing an overrun of $19,000. The City Administrator said that he would review the file and report back to the City Council on the matter. 

Councilor Roskoski questioned whether any part-time employees have been hired during the winter for the City. The Director of Public Works said that he hired two students that had previously worked here. Councilor Irish questioned whether this hiring is within the guidelines for employment. 

Councilor Irish questioned the Director of Public Works regarding the mound at the entrance to Monkey Road. The Director of Public Works said that he had contacted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and they said that the City could remove the mound to allow snowmobiles to access, but not enough so cars could access the road. 

The Recreation Director advised Councilor Irish that the Park and Recreation Board would be meeting on January 5, 2005, at 5:00 p.m.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skalko to establish a new Blight Committee consisting of the Sheriff�s Sergeant, the Blight Officer, the Zoning Administrator, the Building Inspector, the Fire Chief, Councilor Prebeg, and Councilor Roskoski to review the Blight Ordinance, scheduling the first meeting before the end of January. And further, to keep the Administrative Hearing Board the same. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Irish to adopt Resolution Number 01-05, ordering improvements and preparation of plans for the Library ADA Improvements, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 02-05, ordering improvement and preparation of plans for the open dumpsite cleanup, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilors Irish and Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to approve the 2005 Firewise Dry Hydrant Grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The motion carried.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Skalko to direct the City Administrator to draft an ordinance increasing the salaries of the Mayor to $300 and of the City Council Members to $225 with an effective date of January 1, 2007. The motion carried with Councilors Irish and Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Nelson to re-schedule the next regular meeting to Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The motion carried.

During the open discussion, Councilor Prebeg questioned how the process was proceeding with having the Mountain Iron Library added to the National Register of Historic Places. Mayor Skalko said that Leone Graff and Karen Luoma were going to meet at IronWorld regarding having the Library on the National Register. Mayor Skalko also said that he was informed that the registry process was very slow.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Prebeg said that a resident in Parkville was questioning him regarding the overlay put on the Parkville Street because the cars were now traveling faster. He said that the resident was requesting that a four way stop be placed at the corner of Parkville Street and Falcon Avenue.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to have the Street Committee consider the request for a four-way stop at the intersection of Parkville Street and Falcon Avenue. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

At 7:57 p.m., it was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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