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Meeting Minutes for January 07, 2002

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

REORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

JANUARY 7, 2002

Mayor Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Stephen Skogman, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Absent member included: Joe Matanich. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Karen Luoma, Librarian; and Greg French, City Engineer.

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

VII. D. Resolution #01-02, 21st Century Fund

VII. E. RAMS Annual Meeting

VI. C. Mayor stated that he would consider discussion only on a limited basis

IV. H. Appointment to the Quad Cities Economic Development Authority

2. Approve the minutes of the December 17, 2001, 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, 2001, totaling $317,699.57, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period December 16-31, 2001, totaling $415,533.36, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion to adopt the consent agenda carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Skogman, yes; Roskoski, no; and Brunfelt, yes.

During the public forum, the following people were present to review the Old Town Mountain Iron Study:

John Powers, Klaers, Powers & Associates

Earl Thedens, Architectural Resources

Bob Bruce, Cardus Consulting

Greg French, Benchmark Engineering, Inc.

Mr. Powers suggested that the Council begin by looking into the following:

1. Mesabi Trail � re-locating as per the plan, this is at no cost to the City

2. Residential Development in the Old Town Area � this will promote more growth

3. Develop and Upgrade the Downtown Overlook � a draw for tourism

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and direct City Staff, including the City Administrator and the Recreation Director, to act immediately and consult with Bob Manzoline, Regional Rail Authority, and U. S. Steel Minntac, as necessary, to look at rerouting the Mesabi Trail in the Old Town area. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski to place the Old Town Mountain Iron Study on the next regular City Council agenda for further discussion and for the Mayor to appoint Committee Members to work on the project. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Brunfelt to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and appoint Joe Prebeg, Jr. as Deputy Mayor for 2002. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and re-appoint the Trenti Law Firm, Sam Aluni, as City Attorney for 2002. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and re-appoint Benchmark Engineering, Greg French, as City Engineer for 2002. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to designate the Mesabi Daily News as the official newspaper for the City of Mountain Iron for 2002. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to designate the City�s official depositories as the Mountain Iron 1st State Bank, Queen City Federal, Wells Fargo Bank, US Bank, Twin City Federal, League of Minnesota Cities 4M Fund, Miller Johnson Steichen Kinnard, Inc, Juran and Moody Investors, and Salomon Smith Barney, Inc. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to hold the regular city Council meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month for 2002. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to re-appoint Jim Giorgi to the Planning and Zoning Commission with his term expiring on December 31, 2004. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to re-appoint Allen Nelson, Joe Prebeg, Jr. and Gerry Golobich to the Parks and Recreation Board with their terms expiring on December 31, 2004. The motion carried.

It was move by Skogman and supported to re-appoint Tara Wainio to the Library Board with her term expiring on December 31, 2004. The motion carried.

The Mayor requested that the other Library Board appointment be placed on the next regular meeting agenda.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to re-appoint Reynold Renzaglia to the Utility Advisory Board with his term expiring on December 31, 2004. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Brunfelt to appoint Joe Prebeg, Jr. to the Quad Cities Economic Development Authority with his term expiring December 31, 2002. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to approve the payment of the first quarter 2002 payment to the Tri-Cities Biosolids Disposal Authority in the amount of $5,050.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to approve the payment of the 2002 appropriation to the Biosolids Disposal Site Authority in the amount of $4,758.32. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to direct the City Administrator to write a letter to the Planning and Zoning Commission on behalf of the City Council requesting that they take action on the Comprehensive Plan and if they have a problem with the plan to make recommendations for modifications. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to adopt the community vision statement as follows:

An expanded, diversified residential/business community, preserving our history and heritage, ethnicity and small town character; providing year round tourism and recreational opportunities; having a system to attract families to about 4,500 people, including educational, employment and business opportunities; having a proactive government promoting growth and identity.

The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski to direct City Staff to look into developing signs to include a map of the streets for the subdivisions in Mountain Iron and a paper map of Mountain Iron to put at various locations in town to assist residents in giving directions. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to direct the City Administrator to prepare a letter from the City apologizing for the inconvenience and request that they be patient with the City Council on the address change. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to direct Staff to publish the minutes of the City Council meeting in the Mesabi Daily New legal advertisement, as per their quoted charge, on approved minutes for 2002. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to table the funding request from Skate Jam, Inc. until the Park and Recreation Board can review the request and make a recommendation to the City Council. The motion carried

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to re-schedule the next regular meeting for Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to approve Resolution #01-02, 21st Century Fund, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Mayor announced that the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools annual meeting would be held on Friday, January 11, 2002, in Hibbing. Councilor Prebeg said that he would be attending.

During the Mayor’s report, the Mayor said that he was unable to attend the City sponsored New Year�s Eve party at the Community Center. He did commend the Recreation Director and the Park and Recreation Board for coordinating, planning, and holding the City sponsored event. Councilor Prebeg also made a formal thank you to the Recreation Director.

During the open discussion the following Council members spoke:

Councilor Roskoski � asked the Director of Public Works why the City of Virginia was repairing streetlights by MI Video on County Road 7. The Director of Public Works said that the Virginia Public Utilities maintains that area.

Councilor Roskoski � questioned the Housing and Redevelopment Authority minutes with regard to the L & M Supply land option. The City Administrator said that L & M Supply had a right of first refusal on small parcel of land and they purchased it for $14,500.

Councilor Roskoski � questioned what the occupancy at Mountain Manor was. The City Administrator said that there are currently 14 vacancies. Councilor Prebeg questioned if they are going to implement the age difference at the Mountain Manor. The City Administrator said that they are proposing to carry it through right now, but are waiting for approval from the Rural Development Administration.

Councilor Prebeg � questioned what the status was on the developmental design study completed for the golf course. The City Administrator said that he was going to be setting up a meeting with the Committee.

Councilor Prebeg � advised the Council that the League of Minnesota Cities would be holding a Leadership Conference at the end of January. Councilor Prebeg said that he would like to attend.

At 8:27 p.m., it was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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