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Meeting Minutes for January 04, 1999

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The meeting was called to order at 6:32 p.m. by Mayor Brunfelt with the following members present: Carolyn Olsen, Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Curt Piri, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Deputy Clerk; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Joe Stewart, Sergeant; and Greg French, City Engineer.

The oath of office was administered to the newly elected Council members by the City Administrator.

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

1. Add the following item to the agenda:

VII. Unfinished Business

A. Community Center

2. Approve the minutes of the December 21, 1998, 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, 1998, totaling $156,365.83, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period December 16-31, 1998, totaling $357,709.16, (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.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Olsen to appoint Councilor Curt Piri as Deputy Mayor for 1999. The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to re-appoint the Trenti Law Firm, Sam Aluni, as City Attorney for 1999. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to re-appoint Benchmark Engineering, Greg French, as City Engineer for 1999. 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 1999. The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to designate the Mesabi Daily News as the official newspaper for the City of Mountain Iron for 1999. The motion carried.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Olsen to hold the regular City Council meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month for 1999. The motion carried.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Skogman to re-appoint Dave Skalbeck to the Planning and Zoning Commission with the term expiring on December 31, 2001. The motion carried.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Skogman to re-appoint Reynold Renzaglia to the Utility Advisory Board with the term expiring on December 31, 2001. The motion carried.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Piri to re-appoint Allen Nelson, Joe Prebeg, Jr. and Steve Jarvi to the Parks and Recreation Board with the term expiring on December 31, 2001. The motion carried.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Piri to appoint Rich Soderberg to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority with the term expiring on December 31, 2003. The motion carried.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Piri to appoint Tara Wainio to the Library Board with the term expiring on December 31, 2001. The motion carried.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Skogman to re-appoint Joanne Dall to the Library board with the term expiring on December 31, 2001. The motion carried.

No one spoke during the public forum.

The City Engineer reported that the Centennial Drive final payment request is going through the Virginia City Council and it is only informational for the Mountain Iron City Council.

Councilor Skogman requested that the Director of Public Works place a no parking sign on the west side of the intersecion of Marble Avenue and Main Street by the Career Development office.

Councilor Piri advised the Director of Public Works that he got a phone call regarding a tree obstructing the view of traffic at an intersection on 22nd Avenue West. The Director of Public Works said that he would look into the situation.

Council Matanich thanked Sergeant Stewart and his department for apprehending the snowmobile thieves so quickly.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Olsen to authorize staff to begin preparing final plans and specifications for the Community Center project. The motion carried.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Skogman to re-schedule the January 18, 1999 City Council meeting to Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at 6:30 p.m. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to authorize the USX Corporation Lease Number 595 for NE-NE Section 12, Township 58 North, Range 18 West, for the placement of the rock sign, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

The Mayor reported that the Traffic Committee had met today and began the process of analyzing the city streets. The Director of Public Works said that they are preparing a map of the entire city which will determine the type of streets for assessment purposes, when it was constructed and re-constructed, and have traffic counts completed. He said that this will be a good indicator of which streets need to be redone.

During the open discussion, Councilor Olsen questioned whether the League of Minnesota Cities dividend received was extra revenue in the General Fund or if it was designated in the budget. The City Administrator advised her that funds were deposited into the General Fund and some of the funds are included in the budget.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Olsen questioned the budgeted amount for the sheriff�s department car. The Administrator advised her that all capital outlay items are budgeted for in the Capital Improvement Fund.

At 7:08 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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