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Meeting Minutes for January 18, 2000

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Mayor Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. 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; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; and Joe Stewart, Sergeant.

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

1. Add the following item to the agenda:

VI. C. For Sale sign on City Hall

2. Approve the minutes of the January 3, 2000, regular meeting with the following modifications:

Page 3, paragraph 6, “It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the proposal from Culbert Realty and Appraisal to list the City Hall and garages at a listing price of $74,900 with a fee of 8% of the selling price or a minimum of $2,000 for a period of one year.”

Page 2, paragraph 1, “It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to designate the City�s official depositories . . .”

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, 2000, totaling $480,093.44, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period January 1-15, 2000, totaling $97,637.95, (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 with Councilor Olsen abstaining.

During the public forum, Ed Roskoski questioned the Council regarding U. S. Steel reimbursing the City for the value of the utilities and streets that are left in Parkville after they purchased the houses and property.

The Mayor said that the Committee should meet with USX Corporation again and discuss the situation. The Director of Public Works said that the City owns the sewer lines, streets and right-of-ways. Virginia Public Utilities has the electric and water utility lines.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to remove the Culbert Realty sign from the City Hall and if there is another sign put up, that it be small and more discrete. The motion carried.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Skogman to appoint Dennis Benz to the Parks and Recreation Board with the term expiring on December 31, 2002. The motion carried.

The Mayor said that no letters were received regarding the open position on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Councilor Olsen suggested having someone from the Parkville or South Grove area on the Commission. The Mayor requested that the appointment be put on the agenda for the next meeting.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Piri to approve payment request number one to Structural Wood Corporation in the amount of $27,284.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve payment request number one to TGC Services, Incorporated in the amount of $30,361.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve payment request number two to Tromco Electric, Incorporated in the amount of $5,700.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the payment request for Northern Door and Hardware, Inc. in the amount of $11,726.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve payment request number one for Bob Hecimovich Mechanical Contracting, Incorporated in the amount of $25,971.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve payment request number two for Lenci Enterprises, Incorporated in the amount of $55,765.00 for work completed on the City Hall/Community Center project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to accept the recommendation of staff and pay a portion of invoice number 180 to Kraus-Anderson Construction Company in the amount of $17,134.62 for management services for the City Hall/Community Center project. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the payment to Kraus-Anderson Construction Company for the concrete blankets in the amount of $5,400.00. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

Councilor Olsen said that the Planning and Zoning Commission did not have a quorum at the meeting, but held the public hearing for the variance for Minntex and there were no objections. The City Administrator clarified that the variance is not for a new sign, it is for an existing sign. He said that when the building was put in the sign was put in the wrong place and in order for them to secure financing for the project they had to apply for another variance.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to approve the variance for Minntex Investments for a variance from the side yard setback requirement for the installation of a sign on parcel 175-0071-01227. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve the building permit for Solid Properties, Inc. for the renovation and downsizing of the existing Anderson Auto Facility on parcel 175-0071-01217. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve the building permit for the Fairview Mesaba Clinic-Mountain Iron to install welcome signs. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the building permit for Solid Properties to remodel bathrooms and make additional retail space on parcel 175-0071-1217. The motion carried.

Councilor Olsen said that the Planning and Zoning Commission wanted to keep the street name of Dahlia because it was better than Daffodil. She also said that the Zoning Administrator, Jerry Kujala, said that the lights for the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 109/103 would probably not be installed this year. Mr. Kujala thought that the Council should consider changing the location to the intersection by Merritt Elementary instead. The Mayor referred the issue to staff for a recommendation.

Councilor Skogman advised the Director of Public Works to check on the plumbing for the sewer service for the Valvoline business.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize the Blight Officer to refer two complaints over to the City Attorney. The motion carried.

The following quotes were received for street light standards:

United Electric $1032.50/each $12,390.00

Border States Electric $1033.00/each $12,396.00

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to authorize the purchase of 12 street light standards from United Electric at a total cost of $12,390.00 with the purchase being funded from the Electric Capital Outlay Fund. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Councilor Skogman updated the Council on the meeting held regarding the Mesabi Trail. He said they discussed the use of the trail for snowmobiles with grooming and maintenance completed by IRRRB. He said that the trail is not a state designated trail and there may be some problems having IRRRB groom and maintain the trail. He said that Mr. Manzoline needs Council action by the end of February. The Council directed the Recreation Director to draft a staff memo regarding what City Council action needs to be taken to continue with the Mesabi Trail.

The Council reviewed the Street Maintenance Program memo as prepared by the City Administrator. The Council requested that the City Administrator send a project evaluation to the Streets and Alley Committee and the Committee can make a recommendation to the Council.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution #01-2000, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to approve the contract with Mesabi Humane Society, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the Floodplain Management Ordinance. The City Administrator said that this was presented to the Council approximately two years ago. He said that the City is applying for some flood mitigation funding and the City is not in the National Floodplain Insurance Program and they would need to adopt this ordinance to proceed. The Council referred the ordinance to the Planning and Zoning Commission for further review. The Council requested that the City Administrator attend the Planning and Zoning meeting that the ordinance was going to be discussed at.

The Council reviewed the letter received from the City of Buhl.

The Mayor’s reported on the Quad Cities Economic Development issues. He said that Commissioner Swift had attended the meeting and the IRRRB would be assisting the group with a concept to proceed. The Mayor said that this was in the initial stages and he would bring back information to the City Council for further review and direction. The Council also discussed the proposed relocation of the Chamber of Commerce office.

At 7:34 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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