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Meeting Minutes for January 05, 2015

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

JANUARY 5, 2015

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:34 p.m. with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Tony Zupancich, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Absent member included:  Alan Stanaway.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Clark, Municipal Services Secretary; Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Sally Peterangelo, Librarian/Special Events Coordinator; John Backman, Sergeant; Greg Chad, Fire Chief; and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer (entering at 6:35 p.m.)

 

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

 

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:

            IV.       A.        1.         6)         b.         Steve Hunter, Jr.

                                                9)         Library Liaison

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the December 15, 2014, 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, 2014, totaling $940,707.11, (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, 2014, totaling $      , (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried on a roll call vote with Stanaway absent.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Merritt Days Meeting.  He said that the Committee meets every third Thurday of the Month at the Mountain Iron Library at 6:00 p.m.  The next meeting would be January 15, 2015.  New members are welcome.
  • Condolences.  To the family of James Gilbert, Florence Santa, and Florence Uliscni. 

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to appoint Tony Zupancich as Deputy Mayor for 2015.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to designate the Trenti Law Firm as the City Attorneys for 2015.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to designate Benchmark Engineering as the City Engineers for 2015.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to appoint the Hometown Focus as the official newspaper for the City of Mountain Iron for 2015.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to set the regular meetings for the first and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. for 2015.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela 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, Northland Trust, First National Bank of Buhl, and Federal Home Loan Bank, for 2015.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

At 6:43 p.m., Greg Chad got called out of the meeting on a medical call.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to re-appoint Ray Saari to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2017.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Jim Techar to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2017.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to re-appoint Margaret Soyring to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission with her term expiring on December 31, 2017.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to re-appoint Joe Matanich to serve on the Utility Advisory Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2017.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to re-appoint Sue Tuomela to serve on the Utility Advisory Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2016.  The motion carried with Tuomela abstaining and Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Jerry Kujala to the Park and Recreation Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2017.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Dennis Benz to the Park and Recreation Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2017.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to re-appoint Andrea Wilson to the Economic Development Authority with her term expiring on December 31, 2019.   The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to re-appoint Tony Zupancich to the Economic Development Authority with his term expiring on December 31, 2019.   The motion carried with Zupancich abstaining and Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to re-appoint Sue Tuomela to the Economic Development Authority with her term expiring on December 31, 2019.   The motion carried with Tuomela abstaining and Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to appoint Shannon Peterson to the Library Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2017.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

The Mayor requested the City Administrator to write a letter of thanks to Alan Stanaway for his years of service on the Library Board.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to re-appoint Brittany Chopp to the Public Safety and Health Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2017.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to appoint Steve Hunter, Jr. to the Public Safety and Health Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2017.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

The Mayor requested the City Administrator to write a letter of thanks to Holly Holmes for her years of service on the Public Safety and Health Board.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to re-appoint Gary Skalko to the Cable Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2017.  The motion carried with Skalko abstaining and Stanaway absent.

 

The Mayor requested the City Administrator to write a letter of thanks to Chuck Bainter for his years of service on the Cable Commission.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to re-appoint Tony Zupancich to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority with his term expiring on December 31, 2018.  The motion carried with Zupancich abstaining and Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to re-appoint Sue Tuomela to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority with her term expiring on December 31, 2018.  The motion carried with Tuomela abstaining and Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to appoint Alan Stanaway as the Library Board Liaison.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

At 6:55 p.m., Greg Chad, Fire Chief, returned to the meeting.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • CDBG Application.  He said the required amount of surveys were returned by residents of the Downtown Mountain Iron area to qualify to apply for a Storm Sewer Grant.

 

The Director of Public Works reported on the following:

 

  • Meter Installation.  The City Employees have begun the installation of the automatic meter readers.  The installation is going on Unity One and Unity Two Additions.  He said that this would be a two year project.
  • New Substation.  The project has been completed and the new substation was on line.

 

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

 

  • Merritt Days Committee.  She informed the Council that she would be submitting meeting minutes to the Council on a monthly basis.
  • Reading Programs.  She said that they are starting a reading for children today and an adult program would start next week.
  • Henna Workshop.  Would be held on January 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Library.
  • New Book Introduction.  Sandra Brown’s book, “Mean Streak”.
  • Thank You.  She thanked her two co-workers for working at the library while she was out on sick leave.

 

The Sergeant reported that they have had a change in personnel in the Sheriffs Department.  He said that Miles Bruggman had left the Mountain Iron office and went to work in the office in Duluth and Jason Kuhnly has begun working in the Mountain Iron office.

 

The City Engineer thanked the City Council for reappointing their firm for 2015.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to approve payment request number one for the City Garage/Fire Hall Reroof Project in the amount of $140,970.96 and payment request number two in the amount of $11,574.54 to Range Cornice and Roofing Company.  The motion carried on a roll call vote with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize City Staff to purchase the recycling trailer from Pro-Tainer for $20,195.00 to be funded out of the Refuse and Recycling Enterprise Fund, with a possible reimbursement of one half of the expense from the City of Eveleth should they decide to continue the partnership of the equipment.  The motion carried on a roll call vote with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to re-schedule the next regular meeting from Monday, January 19, 2015 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize Jimmy Scraggs LLC, dba: The Hydeaway Bar in Buhl, permission to serve on-sale intoxicating liquor on January 10, 2015, at the Mountain Iron Community Center.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

 

The Council reviewed the list of communications.  They discussed the request from the Saint Louis County Fair Association for a contribution.  They took no action, but asked that it be on the next Council meeting agenda. 

 

At 7:10 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.         Quad City Food Shelf, a thank you for the contribution from the Recreation Department for the collection during the Halloween Carnival.

2.         Mediacom, a notice of rate adjustments.

3.         Mediacom, a notice of a rate increase for HBO.

4.         St. Louis County Fair Association, requesting the City to financially assist the County Fair in 2015.

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