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Meeting Minutes for July 06, 2010

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
JULY 6, 2010

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Anderson, Municipal Services Secretary; John Backman, Sergeant; and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg that the consent agenda be approved. Councilor Roskoski requested that each consent agenda item be voted on separately. With that request, the motion was to approve the minutes of the June 21, 2010, regular meeting as submitted. After further discussion, the Council requested that City Staff add the closed meeting information to the minutes and resubmit the minutes to the Council at the July 19, 2010 meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to acknowledge the receipts for the period June 16-30, 2010, totaling $147,985.01, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period June 16-30, 2010, totaling $785,857.01, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

During the public forum, Jackie Jenko was present and addressed the following issues:

– Streets Signs in Downtown Mountain Iron. Ms. Jenko said that for safety reasons, the signs should be put up as soon as possible. The City Engineer stated that the signs were removed for the Downtown Lighting Project and he would check with the contractor to see when the signs would be installed.
– Library Board. Ms. Jenko, representing Library Board as President, inquired as to the status of the hiring of the Assistant Librarian position. Councilor Prebeg said that City Staff and the Personal Committee were reviewing and rating the applications and interviews would be set up. Councilor Stanaway said that the City should obtain a memo of understanding with the AFSCME Union to authorize Temporary Summer Staff to work in the Librarian’s absence or to consider closing the library earlier. She requested that City Staff keep her updated on the status of the new position.
– Thank you. Ms. Jenko thanked the Librarian/Special Event Coordinator; for the outstanding work that she has done on planning the 4th of July celebration in Mountain Iron. She also thanked the Summer Employees and the City Employees for all of the work that they have done for the City for all of the summer programs and celebrations.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– Public Safety and Health Board. He said that this is a new Board, being established approximately three years ago. This Board coordinates with the Fire Department, the First Responders, and the Sheriffs Department. He wanted to recognize the members of the Board as follows:
Alan Stanaway, Chairman Gary Skalko
Stephen Skogman Holly Holmes
Allen Nelson
– Ann’s Acres Playground Equipment. The new equipment was installed on June 21 & 22, 2010. He advised the Council that the funding for this project came from the sale of the ballfield property to St. Luke’s Clinic in West Virginia. He thanked Dawn Savela for her assistance to obtain this equipment for Ann’s Acres.
– High Impact Girls Basketball Team. They competed at a National Competition in South Carolina and the 5th grade team won 4th place and the 8th grade team won 2nd place.
– 4th of July Celebration. He thanked Sally Peterangelo for all of her work on the celebration. He also thanked the City Employees and Volunteers that participated.
– Birthday. He congratulated Councilor Stanaway on his birthday today.
– Recognition. The City Administrator said that he would like to recognize the Retriever Club for hosting all of the events for the dog trials. He said that all of their activities bring many participants to the City.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– Unity Second Addition. Another lot had been sold in the addition, making a total of 14 sold to date.
– T-ball and Baseball. He said that he has children in the programs and he has heard positive comments from other parents involved with the summer activities. He also thanked Brian Wilson and Terry Niska for running an excellent program.

The Mayor complimented Sergeant Backman for his participation in a local musical band, he said that he was very talented.

The Sergeant reported that their department had a news release regarding a gentleman in the West Virginia area being gone. His name is George Cleveland, 60 years old, and he had not been heard from since June 26, 2010. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize payment request number two to Mesabi Bituminous for the Mountain Iron Baseball Fields Reconstruction Project in the amount of $34,146.23. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize payment request number one to Ulland Brothers Incorporated for the Energy Park Phase Two Project in the amount of $268,549.83. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize payment request number one to C & C Winger Incorporated for the Locomotive Park Landscape Improvement Project in the amount of $38,144.00. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; and Skalko, yes.
The following report was given during the Liaison Reports:

– Library Board. Councilor Stanaway reported on the statistics for the library for the month of June, 2010. He advised the Council that the Library set two new records for items checked in and out and for the number of patrons using the library. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skalko to accept the low bid for the City Garage Addition to Lenci Enterprises in the amount of $309,000. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; Roskoski, no; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to authorize STATE Inc., doing business as Magic Bar, to serve on-sale liquor in the Mountain Iron Community Center on August 28, 2010, for the Neimi/Congdon wedding reception. The motion carried.

At 7:15 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Roskoski that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC
Municipal Services Secretary

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