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Meeting Minutes for January 03, 2011

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
JANUARY 3, 2011

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Susan Tuomela, 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; and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

The City Administrator administered the Oath of Office to Councilor-Elect Susan Tuomela. 

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

1. Approve the minutes of the December 20, 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 December 16-31, 2010, totaling $784,794.15, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period December 16-31, 2010, totaling $548,526.34, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

During the public forum, Scott Asbach, Owner of Hometown Focus, spoke and requested that the Council designate Hometown Focus as the official newspaper of the City of Mountain Iron. 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to appoint Tony Zupancich as Deputy Mayor for 2011. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to appoint Sam Aluni, the Trenti Law Firm, as the City Attorney for 2011. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to appoint Rod Flannigan, Benchmark Engineering, as the City Engineer for 2011. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to appoint the Hometown Focus as the official newspaper for the City of Mountain Iron for 2011. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Roskoski to set the regular meetings for the first and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. for 2011. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to designate the City’s official depositories as the American Bank, Queen City Federal, Wells Fargo Bank, US Bank, Twin City Federal, League of Minnesota Cities 4M Fund, Miller Johnson Steichen Kinnard, Inc., Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Inc., Northland Securities, Northland Trust, First National Bank of Buhl, and Federal Home Loan Bank, for 2011. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to re-appoint Victoria Juntunen to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission with her term expiring on December 31, 2013. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to appoint James Techar to fill the unexpired term of Joe Piersig to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2011. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to re-appoint Reynold Renzaglia to the Utility Advisory Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2013. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to re-appoint Brian Wilson to the Park and Recreation Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2013. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to re-appoint Joseph Prebeg, Jr. to the Park and Recreation Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2013. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Gerry Golobich to the Park and Recreation Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2013. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to appoint Susan Tuomela, as the Council Liaison and voting member, to the Economic Development Authority with her term expiring on December 31, 2014. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to appoint Alan Stanaway to the Economic Development Authority with his term expiring on December 31, 2015. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to re-appoint Carolyn Olsen to the Library Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2013. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to re-appoint Mildred Babbini to the Library Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2013. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to appoint Alan Stanaway to the Public Safety and Health Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2013. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to appoint Susan Tuomela, as the Council Representative, to the Public Safety and Health Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2014. The motion carried.
It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Roskoski to re-appoint Tom Cvar to the Cable Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2013. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to appoint Sue Tuomela to the Building and Grounds Committee. The motion carried.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:
– Hydrants. He reminded residents, for safety reasons, to “Adopt a Hydrant” and clean the snow from around the hydrants as needed.
– Recognition. Councilor Prebeg wanted to recognize a long standing member of Mountain Iron, Regetta McGregor, 93 years old, who passed away a short time ago. He said that she was very involved and active in Mountain Iron during her life time. He offered condolences to the family. 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to accept the resignation of Jim Giorgi from the Planning and Zoning Commission. The motion carried.

The Council directed City Staff to send letters of thanks to all commission and board members who no longer serve the City.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Skalko that the liquor license applications for the period January 3, 2011 through December 31, 2011, be approved and issued to the following individual and business establishment pursuant to the approval, where necessary, of the Liquor Control Commission and pursuant to the payment of all outstanding license fees and utility charges:

Keny J. Adams Wine
May December Endeavors Inc. 3.2 Malt Liquor 
DBA: Country Kitchen
5470 Mountain Iron Drive
Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN 55792

The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

The City Council requested City Staff to ask the City Attorney for an opinion regarding the request of Country Kitchen to have the City Council authorize them to serve strong beer. 

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Prebeg to appoint Tiffany Wolfe as an Emergency Medical Technician for the City of Mountain Iron. The motion carried.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:
– Pay Equity. He said that he would be submitting the Pay Equity Report at the next City Council meeting. 
– Silicon Energy Building. He said that the project was moving forward, and said they now have heat in the building and are anticipating a March opening. Councilor Roskoski asked where people would go to apply for positions at Silicon Energy. The Administrator thought they were going through the Job Service.
– Agenda Descriptions. Councilor Roskoski requested to have a better description for agenda items to post on the public television station.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to appoint the following for the 2010-2011 Rink Workers as follows:

Blake Johnson Chanelle Holmes Mark Witzman Cody Jones
Jake Stevens Harley Sanders Justin Nelson

The motion carried.

During the Director of Public Work’s report, Councilor Roskoski asked how much the City charges for cardboard collection. The Director of Public Works said there is no charge for any of the recycling services in the City; this is to meet the 25% mandated solid waste reduction in the City.

The City Engineer thanked the Council for re-appointing his firm as the City Engineer.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize B.G.’s Bar and Grill to serve alcohol on February 26, 2011, for the wedding reception of Brandon Ekholm at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to have the next regular meeting on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. due to the Martin Luther King holiday. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the request of Range Mental Health Center Incorporated for a donation for their wrap-around services to individuals and families. It was the consensus of the Council that the City already donates by waiving the building rental fees for their Christmas party held in the building. 

At 7:23 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC
Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

COMMUNICATIONS
1. Range Mental Health Center Incorporated, requesting a donation for their wrap around services they offer to people in need.

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