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Meeting Minutes for January 04, 2010

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
JANUARY 4, 2010

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

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

1. Add the following item to the agenda:

III. A. 1A. Authorization to serve alcohol at the Community Center

2. Approve the minutes of the December 21, 2009, regular meeting as submitted.

3. 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.

4. To acknowledge the receipts for the period December 16-31, 2009, totaling $845,287.74, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period December 16-31, 2009, totaling $574,411,50, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes). NOTE: With the bill for MTI Distributing for $12,369.65 removed and voted on separately.

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize the payment of the bill for MTI Distributing in the amount of $12,369.65. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; and Skalko, yes.

No one spoke during the public forum.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the Bjerklie/Schleifer wedding on January 9, 2010, to serve alcohol at the Community Center. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to appoint Joseph Prebeg as Deputy Mayor for 2010. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to appoint Sam Aluni, the Trenti Law Firm, as the City Attorney for 2010. The motion carried with Roskoski abstaining.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to appoint Rod Flannigan, Benchmark Engineering, as the City Engineer for 2010. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to appoint the Mesabi Daily News as the official newspaper for the City of Mountain Iron for 2010. The motion carried with Stanaway voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to set the regular meetings for the first and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. for 2010. The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg 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 2010. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Stephen Skogman and Barbara Fivecoate to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission with their terms expiring on December 31, 2012. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to re-appoint Bruce Peterson and Kevin Squillace to the Utility Advisory Board with their terms expiring on December 31, 2012. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to re-appoint Scott McDermid and Natalie Pankratz-Leff to the Park and Recreation Board with their terms expiring on December 31, 2012. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Roskoski to re-appoint Andrea Wilson to the Economic Development Authority with her term expiring on December 31, 2014. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to re-appoint Jackie Jenko and Gail Kleinschmidt to the Library Board with their term expiring on December 31, 2012. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to re-appoint Stephen Skogman to the Public Safety and Health Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2012. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Stephen Skogman and Peter Skogman to the Cable Commission with their terms expiring on December 31, 2012. The motion carried.

The Mayor did not give a report.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– Public Hearing. There will be a public hearing schedule for the next regular meeting for the proposed improvements to Old Highway 169.
– Energy Park. The plans and specifications are being prepared for the next phase of the Energy Park improvements.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Zupancich to authorize the hiring of Dustyn Leff, Jake Stevens, Richard Stevens, Matthew Cerkvenik, Ben Curry, Stephen Erickson, Mark Witzman, Steven Niska, Karly Kostich, Cody Jones, Gary Bekkala, Brandt Pluskwik, Luke McGregor, and Benjamin Romsaas for skating rink attendants for the 2009-2010 season at the rate of pay of $8.00 per hour. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the report for November 2009 for the Sheriffs Department. The Sergeant said that he would be submitting a notice on Calendar Parking to the City Administrator to publish or post.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the City Engineer and authorize payment request number three to Lenci Enterprises for the Digestor Building Improvements in the amount of $6,586.50. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Stanaway, yes; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; and Skalko, yes.

Liaison Reports:

– Street and Alley Committee. Councilor Roskoski updated the Council that a meeting was held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009. He said the Committee discussed the following: Cardinal Avenue right-of-way; intersection of Emerald Avenue and Highway 169, request to Minnesota Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic study; Mountain Avenue, parking change; Downtown Sidewalks, need improvements; truck hauling on one way road by General Electric; more signage on Highway 53, Benchmark Engineering working with MN/DoT; and Peter Skogman, snowplowing by his fence.
– Library Board. The December 2009 report was submitted to the Council. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize a twelve month extension to the building covenant for Lot 7, Block 2, Unity Second Addition for Rod and Barb Anderson. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to have the next regular meeting on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. due to the Martin Luther King holiday. The motion carried.

The City Administrator informed the Council that the lots were available for sale in South Forest Grove with the lot prices ranging from $10,000 to $16,000 depending on the lot size and location. Councilor Zupancich commended the Economic Development Authority and the Planning and Zoning Commission for the work on the project. 

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

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary

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