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Meeting Minutes for July 02, 2001

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Deputy Mayor Skogman called the meeting to order at 6:27 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Joe Matanich, Ed Roskoski, and Deputy Mayor Stephen Skogman. Absent member: 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 Matanich and supported by Prebeg that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

V. B. Memo from Administrator – School Liability

V. C. Electrical Department

IV. A. 2. Eighth Street

2. Approve the minutes of the June 18, 2001, regular meeting as submitted.

2. 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.

3. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period June 16-30, 2001, totaling $ , (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. Acknowledge the receipts for the period June 16-30, 2001, totaling $88,321.02, (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, Bill Sanders and Kathleen O’Neil, Representatives from Sanders, Wacker, and Bergly, made a presentation to the Council regarding the development of the Old Town Proposal.

At 6:31 p.m., Deputy Mayor Skogman left the meeting.

At 6:37 p.m., Deputy Mayor Skogman returned to the meeting.

At 6:49 p.m., Councilor Roskoski left the meeting.

At 6:50 p.m., Councilor Roskoski returned to the meeting.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to accept the Staff recommendation and purchase crack sealing installation from North West Asphalt, Incorporated at their low quote of .589 cents per pound. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council discussed the stripes painted on Eight Street from Highway 7 east to Mountain Iron Drive. Councilor Roskoski suggested having Eighth Street painted differently than it currently is. It was the consensus of the Council to review this at the next regular meeting.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to authorize the City to pay for half of the Mountain Manor parking lot paving for a total cost of $7,070.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich to exercise the option and have an add alternate for overlaying the Mountain Manor parking lot to the contract for the 2001 Street Improvement Project. The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the City Engineer and approve payment request number four to KGM Contractors, Incorporated in the amount of $46,876.78. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the Conditional Use Permit for P. R. Media, Incorporated for a Off-Site Sign on parcel 175-0065-00850 and 00860. The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 18-01, receiving report and calling hearing on improvement, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to direct the Street Committee to meet with representatives from the Mountain Iron-Buhl School to discuss the parking situation by the Merritt Elementary School and set up deadlines for completion of the parking problems. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich direct the City Engineer to check with his staff people to review the type of fill material used by the ball field by Merritt Elementary School and report back to the City Council with the information. The motion carried.

It was Prebeg and supported by Matanich to refer the fence issue around the shovel by the High School located on the corner of Mineral Avenue and Main Street to the Civic Association and direct Councilor Roskoski to report back to the City Council regarding the matter within 60 days. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to direct Staff to printout the detail for the Electrical Fund for the year 2000 and forwarded the information to the City Council. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to direct Staff to contact the Director of the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA), Nutrition Program, and review the AEOA site agreement regarding the condition of the kitchen, i.e., painting, cleanup, exposed wire etc. After further discussion, the motion was amended to include review of the entire site agreement with AEOA. The motion carried.

Councilor Prebeg requested that the City Administrator advise him of when the meeting was scheduled with AEOA.

It was the consensus of the Council to table action of the Old Town Proposals until the next regular meeting when the full Council is present.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to approve the Special Event Permit for the YMCA Day Camp at the West II Rivers Campground for July 23-27, 2001 and July 30-August 3, 2001. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to approve the third quarter 2001 payment request from the Tri-Cities Biosolids Disposal Authority in the amount of $5,228.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to authorize a contribution of $100.00 to the St. Louis County Sheriff�s Volunteer Rescue Squad. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

During the open discussion the following items were discussed:

Councilor Matanich � regarding signage to promote the summer Minntac tours. Matanich suggested that a sign be placed on the highway saying “Taconite Tours Today”.

Councilor Roskoski � questioned whether Staff could contact USS to have the marker, designating where iron ore was discovered, re-painted. Councilor Prebeg said he would discuss with USX Staff.

Councilor Roskoski also said that the brush needs to be cleared on Minntac property to better view the mine. Councilor Prebeg said that he would advise Minntac Staff.

Councilor Roskoski questioned what the library hours were. The City Administrator said that the hours are posted on the door of the library and also on the web site.

Frank Falkowski spoke to the Council regarding how to get tourist through the Original Town Site. He said that the Council should utilize Old Highway 169.

Councilor Prebeg � questioned whether anyone had spoke with the Senior Citizens Group regarding placing a pop and candy machine in the Senior Center. The Recreation Director said that he would follow up on this.

At 8:25 p.m., it was moved by Prebeg and supported by Roskoski that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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