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Meeting Minutes for July 06, 2015

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

JULY 6, 2015

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Clark, Municipal Services Secretary; Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; Greg Chad, Fire Chief; William Paulson, City Auditor; and John Backman, Sergeant (entering at 6:44 p.m.).

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

 

  1. Add the following item to the agenda:

            VI.       C.  Request to Serve Alcohol at the Community Center                     

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the June 15, 2015, regular meeting as submitted.

 

  1. That the communications be accepted and placed on file and those requiring further action by the City Council be acted upon during their proper sequence on the agenda.

 

  1. To acknowledge the receipts for the period June 16-30, 2015 totaling $166,039.87, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period June 16-30, 2015, totaling $247,728.80, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

During the public forum, Ed Roskoski addressed the Council regarding the closing of the Wacootah Overlook.  He proposed that the Council look into making a new overlook in the Costin area or on the Iroquois Mine Dump.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to refer the request for a new overlook to the Parks and Recreation Board for further consideration and a recommendation.  The motion carried.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Congratulations.  To Mildred Babbini on her 90th birthday.
  • Thank you.  To William Buria and family members for cleaning up Old Highway 169 for the past 37 years.
  • Thank you.  To the City Staff that completed work on the beautification in the Downtown Mountain Iron area.  Also, a thank you to Jerry Lanari from Vern’s Greenhouse for his assistance.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to direct the City Administrator to write a letter of appreciation to William Buria for cleaning up Old Highway 169 for 37 years.  The motion carried.

 

It was Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to not waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability established by Minnesota Statutes, Section 466.04.  The motion carried.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Pre-Construction Meetings.  Meetings were held to discuss the Mountain Iron Drive Project and the Mud Lake Lift Station Project.  The Mountain Iron Drive Project would begin in July and the Mud Lake Lift Station Project began July 6, 2015.
  • Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener.  A meeting was held on July 6, 2015, to assist in planning the opener being held in Mountain Iron in November.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve change order number one to add steel casing pipe on the Mountain Iron Drive Project, increasing the contract by $36,000, for a total contract of $891,314.70.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

The City Auditor reviewed the 2014 audit for the City of Mountain Iron.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to accept the 2014 audit as presented.  The motion carried.

 

The Library Director/Special Events Director reported on the following:

 

  • July 4th Celebration.  The celebration was a huge success with the parade lasting 31 minutes.
  • Thank you.  Special thanks to three volunteers:  Kathy Witzman, Carole Kostich, and Betsy Olivanti.  Also a thank you to the following City Staff:  Len Albrecht, Bryce Negen, Jordan Bissonette, Marydith Poitra, Elyssa McCulloch, and Hailey Erchul.
  • Library Report.  Submitted the June report for the Council to review.
  • Merritt Days Celebration.  The celebration will be from August 1-8, 2015.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 14-15, calling a hearing on the proposed assessments for Unity Drive, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the special events permit for the Mesabi Family YMCA for the 5K Fun Run/Walk to be held on July 18, 2015.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the following entities to serve alcohol in the city buildings:

 

            Sundberg Enterprises, LLC                             Wedding Reception on July 18, 2015

            DBA:  Sawmill Saloon & Restaurant              Mountain Iron Community Center

 

            Mac’s Bar, Inc.                                               YMCA Fundraiser on July 23, 2015

            DBA:  Mac’s Bar                                            Mountain Iron Community Center

 

            S & F Bar Inc.                                                 Wedding Reception on July 25, 2015

            DBA:  Sports Page Bar                                   Mountain Iron Community Center

 

            Sundberg Enterprises, LLC                             Wedding Reception on December 19, 2015

            DBA:  Sawmill Saloon & Restaurant              Mountain Iron Community Center

 

The motion carried.

 

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

 

The Sergeant announced that “Pick’in the Park” would be held on July 21st at 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Locomotive Park.

 

At 7:20 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.         Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, forwarding the final environmental impact statement on the US Highway 53 Project.

2.         William Buria, a letter advising the Council that he will no longer be cleaning up trash on  Old Highway 169 in Kinross.

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