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Meeting Minutes for July 07, 2014

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

JULY 7, 2014

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:37 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 Peterangelo, Librarian; and John Backman, Sergeant (entering at 6:52 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:

IV.       A.        1.         Retirement letter from Bob Brown, Building Inspector

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the June 16, 2014, 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, 2014, totaling $188,299.67, (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, 2014, totaling $393,911.57, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

During the public forum, Sheila Wilcox, Co-Chair of the Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championships, requested the Council to contribute to the event.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to contribute $500 to the Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championship, to be held on August 2, 2014, in Mountain Iron, with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

Also during the public forum, Ed Roskoski addressed the Council regarding the Main Street condition because of the water main break.  He said that new sidewalk and curbing should be put in the area of Main Street in front of the Merritt Statue, from Mountain Avenue to the alley.  The Director of Public Works said that he has been talking to contractors for replacement work in this area. 

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Congratulations.  Happy Birthday to Melvin “Bubs” Anderson, who turned 86 years old today.
  • Congratulations.  Special birthday greetings to Ione Marincel who turned 100 years old on June 10th.
  • Congratulations.  Matt Niskanen, a 2005 Mountain Iron-Buhl graduate, just got married and he signed a contract to play hockey for the Washington Capitals. 
  • County Road 102.  He informed the public that County Road 102 will be closed by the recycling area beginning today for about three weeks.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to accept the resignation of Bob Brown as the Commercial Building Inspector for the City effective August 31, 2014; and further, to post for the position and refer the position to the Personnel Committee to review the position description and wages.  The motion carried.

 

The Mayor requested the City Administrator to send a letter to Bob Brown thanking him for his years of service.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Unity Drive.  The final paving would be completed on Unity Drive on July 8, 2014.
  • Pre-construction Meeting.  A meeting was held on the street projects for 2014.  He said that there would be a lot of projects being completed with the City this Summer.
  • County Road 102 Railroad Crossing.  The railroad crossing will be closed from July 8-10, 2014, for work to be completed.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to award the quotes to Mesabi Bituminous to complete the Main Street paving project at their quoted price of $64 per ton, with a total project cost of approximately $11,000 depending on the quantities used.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to award the quote to Envirotech to provide CaCl2 as dust control material at a cost of $0.81 per gallon for approximately 6900 gallons.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

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

 

  • Monthly Library Report.  She thanked the Library Staff for all of the assistance while she was out on sick leave.  The Summer Reading Program started in June.
  • Wacky Wednesday.  Bahama Mama Program would be held on July 9th at 1 p.m. at the Library yard. 
  • Special Events.  The Mountain Iron 4th of July Celebration was held in Downtown Mountain Iron.  Shirley Savela was the Grand Marshal of the parade.  She thanked several people for assisting her in the celebration.
  • Merritt Days.  The celebration is planned for August 2-9, 2014.    

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize payment request number five to Ulland Brothers Incorporated in the amount of $84,163.52 for the County Road 102 Utility Extension Project.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and authorize the purchase of 480 2S electric meters and 480 *510M 3W SP Radio devises for water meters and one 5501 hand held device by purchased from HD Supply with a total cost not to exceed $100,000.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council reviewed the Water Thawing Policy.  No action was taken.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and authorize City Staff to request Architectural Resources to develop plans and specification for the repair of the roof at the City Garage.  The motion carried.

 

Councilor Prebeg asked if the Nichols Town Hall roof was going to be replaced.  The Director of Public Works said that the roof was reviewed in 2012 when other City buildings were inspected when the City had some large hail pass through Mountain Iron.  The Director of Public Works said he would review it again.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 14-14, authorizing the City to make application to and accept funds from the IRRRB Residential Redevelopment Grant, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 15-14, authorizing sale of certain property, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

The Council reviewed the communications.

 

The Mayor said that the City was recognized by the League of Minnesota Cities as being a Green Step City.

 

At 7:22 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

 

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

  1. Minnesota Management & Budget, notification of compliance with the Local Government Pay Equity Act.

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