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Meeting Minutes for January 03, 2017

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

JANUARY 3, 2017

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:33p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Alan Stanaway, Susan Tuomela, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; and John Backman, Sergeant.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the December 19, 2016, regular meeting as submitted.

 

  1. That the communications be accepted and placed on file and those requiring further action by the City Council be acted upon during their proper sequence on the agenda.

 

  1. To acknowledge the receipts for the period December 16-31, 2016, totaling $2,017,289.50 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period December 16-31, 2016, totaling $920,323.26 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried on a roll call vote.

 

Public Forum:

 

  • No one spoke during the Public Forum

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Condolences to the family and friends of Marjorie E. Giorgi
  • Happy 94th birthday to Marion Vranicar on January 2nd

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to appoint Sue Tuomela as Deputy Mayor for 2017. The motion carried with Tuomela abstaining.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to designate The Trenti Law Firm as the City Attorneys for 2017. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to designate Benchmark Engineering as the City Engineers for 2017. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to appoint the Hometown Focus as the official newspaper for the City of Mountain Iron for 2017. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to set the regular City Council meetings for the first and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. for 2017. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to designate the City’s official depositories as the American Bank, Frandsen Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, US Bank, Twin City Federal, League of Minnesota Cities 4M Fund, Miller Johnson Steichen Kinnard, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Northland Securities, First National Bank of Buhl, and Federal Home Loan Bank, for 2017. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to re-appoint Tim Johnston to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2019. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to appoint Jamie Kohler to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2019. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to re-appoint Reynold Renzagalia to serve on the Utility Advisory Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2019. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Sue Tuomela to serve on the Utility Advisory Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2019. The motion carried with Tuomela abstaining.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to re-appoint Joe Prebeg, Jr. to the Park and Recreation Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2019. The motion carried with Prebeg abstaining.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Gerry Golobich, to the Parks and Recreation Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2019. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to appoint Tara LaMourea, to the Parks and Recreation Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2019. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to re-appoint Robert Voss to the Economic Development Authority with his term expiring on December 31, 2021. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to re-appoint Sue Tuomela to the Economic Development Authority with her term expiring on December 31, 2021. The motion carried with Tuomela abstaining.

 

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, 2019. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Peggy Anderson to the Library Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2019. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Alan Stanaway to the Public Safety and Health Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2019. The motion carried with Stanaway abstaining.

 

It was moved by Tuomela and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Gary Skalko to the Cable Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2019. The motion carried with Skalko abstaining.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Tom Cvar to the Cable Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2019. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to re-appoint Larry Sokoloski to the Cable Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2019. The motion carried.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Achieved of Step Two of the Green cities step program, will continue to improve our Green image. Recognized at League Conference for achieving this goal.  

 

The Director of Public Works reported on the following:

 

  • Second water line break of season, Friday before Christmas, any low water pressure please call City Hall

 

The Library Director/Special Events Director reported on the following:

 

  • Adult reading program starts the first week of January and runs through end of March
  • Kids reading program, January 15th
  • Read the book and watch the movie program starts in February first one is

“The Light Between Us”

 

Sheriff’s Department:

 

  • Problems with those following calendar parking, making snow removal difficult, tickets will be issued

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the retirement of Mr. Mike Downs as the Director of Public Works with the City of Mountain Iron, with the last official day being February 17, 2017. The motion carried.

 

City Councilors and the Mayor thanked Mike Downs, the current Director of Public Works, for all of his time, almost 35 years, knowledge, hard work and service in which he brought during his time working for the City of Mountain Iron.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to the recommendation of the Personal Committee and advertise for the position of the Director of Public Works, deadline for applications being Friday, January 27th at 4pm. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to post internally for all AFSCME Local 453 Members, for the Equipment Operator position for a minimum of seven days as presented, until January 11th at 4pm. If there are no applications received internally for the positions, that Staff be authorized to advertise externally.  Motion carried with all members present.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and appoint Mr. Gerry Knapper as the Interim Fire Chief for a period to not exceed six months. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to reschedule the January 16, 2017 meeting due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday to Tuesday, January 17th at 6:30pm. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to donate $300 to the St. Louis County fair “The Five Best Days of Summer,” monies to come from the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on roll call vote.

 

At 7:06p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

 

Submitted by:

 

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Thank you from the Mountain Iron Senior Citizens Center for the donation to their Christmas Party.
  2. Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS) annual meeting scheduled for January 5th at 6:30pm, at the City of Mountain Iron Community Center.

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