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Meeting Minutes for July 01, 2002

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

JULY 1, 2002

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 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 Services Secretary; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; and Greg French, City Engineer.

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

Add the following item to the agenda:

VI. H. West Two Rivers Campground Lease

Approve the minutes of the June 17, 2002, regular meeting as submitted.

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.

Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period June 16-30, 2002, totaling $234,636.92, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

Acknowledge the receipts for the period June 16-30, 2002, totaling $80,041.27, (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.

No one spoke during the public forum.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve pay request number three for the South Grove Ball Field to C.O.A.L. Rental Incorporated in the amount of $5,008.87. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Scott Seeley, Taylor Investment Corporation, and David Landecker, Landecker and Associates, were present to discuss the zoning map amendment to the area around Mashkenode Lake.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to adopt Ordinance number 07-02, amending the zoning map, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote. 

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to approve the proposed plan for the Mesaba Trail spur to Downtown Mountain Iron between the Iroquois and Wacootah pits, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to request that the Regional Rail Authority explore changing the route of the Mesaba Trail in Parkville by having the trail run parallel to Nichols Avenue and crossing Nichols Avenue, by “Monkey Road”, to the present trail. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to authorize the Director of Public Works to purchase 25 traffic barricades and 25 cones from Viking Industrial at their quoted price of $6,150.75. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Street Committee and designate Unity Drive between Enterprise Drive South and Mud Lake Road to an arterial street. The motion carried. 

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Roskoski to table the building permit for Ferrellgas until additional information has been submitted regarding the regulations regarding placing the propane storage tanks adjacent to the railroad and residential housing developments. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to use the original plans for landscaping at the Community Center and request quotes. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to enter into the license agreement covering a portion of Marble Avenue and Locomotive Street with USX Corporation. The motion carried.

Councilor Roskoski said he had contacted several people to serve on the Downtown Committee. He stated that the following people have agreed to work on the committee: Gary Skalko, Dale Irish, Ray Saari, Mildred Babbini, Olga Cvar, Ted Newberg, Vi Newbeg, Bill Buria, Jackie Jenko, Bernadette Suomi, Larry Johnson, Elwood Johnson and Ed Roskoski.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to place an advertisement in the newspaper and have the Mayor select additional members to serve on the ad hoc committee and then the Mayor will make a recommendation to the City Council for final approval. The motion carried.

At 8:07 p.m., Joe Matanich left the meeting.

At 8:08 p.m., Joe Matanich returned to the meeting.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution Number 26-02, awarding bid for refurbishing and repainting of the Water Storage Facilities, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution Number 27-02, authorizing the issuance, sale, and delivery of $855,000 general obligation water revenue bonds, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). 

At 8:20 p.m., Joe Prebeg left the meeting. 

At 8:22 p.m., Joe Prebeg returned to the meeting.

The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize Staff to develop a request for proposals for the implementation of GASB Statement 34. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to authorize the third quarter appropriation to 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 Prebeg and supported by Skogman to authorize a $500 contribution to the City of Virginia to assist them in the lobbying effort for the Highway 53 corridor. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to direct City Staff to contact Calvary and Greenwood Cemetery Associations to discuss the future of having a cemetery in the City of Mountain Iron. The motion carried.

The City Council reviewed the list of communications. 

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the amendment to the lease for the West Two River Reservoir Campground, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

During the Mayor’s Report, the Mayor asked what the status of the extension of the Unity Addition was with regard to the discussion with the Mountain Iron-Buhl School District officials. Councilor Matanich said he would request the Mountain Iron-Buhl School District officials to attend the next regular meeting. 

During the open discussion the following Council members spoke:

Councilor Matanich- Thanked the Mountain Iron and Virginia Fire Department for the services provided to protect the buildings around the Bon Air during the fire on July 1st. 

Councilor Prebeg- Said that he spoke with a fireman during the Bon Air fire and he commented that the water pressure was low. He asked if there was pressure testing completed on the hydrants. The Councilor Skogman said that a flow test is conducted when the City flushes the hydrants.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to send a letter to the Virginia Fire Department thanking them for assisting the Mountain Iron Fire Department during the Bon Air Fire and to also thank the Mountain Iron Fire Department for the work completed on the Bon Air fire. The motion carried.

Councilor Roskoski- Commented that the marker indicating where iron ore was discovered is no longer visible and needs to be repainted. Councilor Prebeg said that he would speak to Maureen Sauter regarding brushing in the area and painting of the marker sign. 

Councilor Roskoski- Asked how the accessibility would be off of Highway 169 during the reconstruction project with the Merritt Days celebration set for August 9th and 10th. City Staff were requested to contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation regarding a timeline for the project and to put up appropriate detour signs.

Councilor Roskoski- Asked City Staff who owns the property across the street from the school garage on Mineral Avenue. The Administrator stated that the Mountain Iron-Buhl School District owns the property.

Councilor Roskoski- Inquired on the status of the invitation to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) representatives and Mr. Harry Lampa to attend a city council meeting to discuss grant options. The City Administrator said that he invited the CDBG Representatives and they declined. The Administrator said that he did not contact Mr. Lampa. 

Councilor Prebeg- Questioned the procedure regarding liquor liability at the Community Center. He was advised that the City does not license the facility for on-sale intoxicating liquor and does not provide liquor liability insurance to the renters.

Councilor Roskoski- Questioned why the City was mowing the boulevards by the Arrowhead Library System. The City Administrator advised him that the City was completing restoration work following the installation of the streetlights. 

At 9:10 p.m., it was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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