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City of Mountain Iron, Minnesota



Meeting Minutes for January 16, 2001

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Service Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Joe Stewart, Sergeant; and Karen Luoma, Librarian.

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

VI. E. Resolution Regarding the Taconite Tax Relief Area

F. RAMS Liquor License Application

2. Approve the minutes of the January 2, 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 January 1-15, 2001 totaling $163,370.40, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period January 1-15, 2001 totaling $75,831.00, (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.

During the public forum, Larry P. Johnson was present and discussed the ownership of the Mountain Iron History Book. The City Administrator said that he advised the City Attorney of the discussion at the last regular meeting. It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Administrator speak with the City Attorney regarding the ownership of the history book. Councilor Roskoski said that he was concerned with the status of the individuals that contributed pictures for use in the history book to get their pictures back.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to ratify the Mountain Iron Volunteer Fire Department´┐Żs Election of Officers as follows:

Chief Tom Cvar Captain Rory King

Assistant Chief Steve Norvitch Captain Tom Autio

Secretary Joe Buria Training Officer Greg Chad

The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski to table the pay request from Hecimovich Mechanical Contracting until the next regular meeting. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to adopt Ordinance 01-01, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to have the Ordinance 01-01 enforcement issues discussed with the Planning and Zoning Commission with the assistance of the City Attorney and make a recommendation to the City Council. The Council also authorized the City Attorney to attend the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, if they so desire, and prepare a legal opinion regarding the enforcement of the Ordinance. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the Conditional Use Permit for Bradley A. Hamilton to add extensive fill to Parcel 175-0071-01530. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to authorize the lease of the Xerox 440S copy machine from the Xerox Agency for a cost of $316.50 per month plus $0.0115 per copy charge. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski to adopt Resolution 01-01, setting a public hearing, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski to direct Staff to draft a resolution containing the issues and concerns of the City Council regarding support of the mining companies and the concern that foreign steel is taking away jobs in this area, put the resolution on the next City Council agenda for approval and forward the resolution to various federal and state delegation members. And further, to designate that we purchase American made products and have Staff check the cost to publish the resolution and list whom the resolution was sent to in the official newspaper. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution 02-01, Bank Authorization, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to authorize payment of the first quarter appropriation to the Tri-Cities Biosolids Authority in the amount of $5,231.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize payment of the 2001 appropriation to the Biosolids disposal Site Authority in the amount of $5,077.90. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski to refer the letter received from the Mountain Iron Senior Citizens requesting reduced garbage rates to the Utility Advisory Board for a recommendation. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to reserve a corporate table at the Virginia/Mountain Iron/Gilbert Chamber of Commerce banquet at a cost of $275. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution 03-01, Taconite Tax Relief Area, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes) and direct Staff to send the Resolution to the Iron Range Delegation members and to other core Iron Range Communities, as designated in the resolution, and ask them to pass a similar resolution. The motion carried.

The Mayor advised the Council that he would be meeting with Paul Cerkvenik, Trenti Law Firm, next week regarding the Taconite Tax Relief Area issue.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to authorize the application and permit for a one-day temporary on-sale liquor license for the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools for January 25, 2001 at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

During the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski said that he was approached by a member of the Calvary Cemetery Board and asked how much was budgeted for the Calvary Cemetery Association. The City Administrator said that the City Council requested additional information from the Calvary Cemetery Association regarding use of the additional funds and that information has not been received yet.

At 6:10 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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