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Meeting Minutes for July 20, 1998

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Brunfelt with the following members present: Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Curt Piri, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Absent member included: Carolyn Olsen. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Deputy Clerk; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; and Joe Stewart, Sergeant.

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

IV. E. Discussion of a Complaint regarding Dirt Bike and 4-Wheeler Traffic in South Grove

VI. C. Discussion regarding Messiah Lutheran Church.

2. Approve the minutes of the July 6, 1998, regular meeting as submitted.

3. 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.

4. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period July 1-15, 1998, totaling $163,104.70, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period July 1-15, 1998, totaling $196,588.72, (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, Ed Roskoski spoke and addressed the Council regarding the Chamber of Commerce issue. He said that he had read the article in the Mesabi Daily News regarding Mountain Iron joining the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. He said that the Downtown Revitalization Group has discussed reactivating the Mountain Iron Civic Association. He invited the Mountain Iron City Council and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Members to the next meeting of the Downtown Revitalization Committee on Wednesday, July 22, 1998 at 5:30 P.M. in the Mountain Iron City Hall.

The City Attorney reported that the friendly condemnation for the acquisition of the state land in Parkville is proceeding as anticipated and the September 15, 1998 deadline should be met. Councilor Skogman asked how the McGregor House Mover issue was proceeding. The City Attorney reported that one house has been moved and one house is still on the site. The Council directed the City Attorney to continue to proceed with the prior plan of action for enforcement against McGregor House Movers.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the recommendation of the Director of Public Works and call for bids on the Centennial Drive project. The motion carried.

The Recreation Director advised the Council that the following bids were received on the 1999 extended cab pickup truck:

Lundgren Motors:

1999 Extended cab pick-up truck: $ 21,865.00

LESS: Trade-in ( 350.00)

Sales Tax 1,398.48

Title Transfer 49.00

TOTAL net bid with trade-in $ 22,962.48

Additional rear seat with tax 587.00

GRAND TOTAL $ 23,549.48

Iron Trail Motors:

1999 Extended cab pick-up truck: $ 27,000.95

LESS: Trade-in ( 3,089.95)

Sales Tax 1,554.21

Title Transfer 38.00

TOTAL net bid with trade-in $ 25,503.21

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Recreation Director and approve the purchase of the 1999 extended cab pickup truck from Lundgren Motors at the low bid price of $23,549.48. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Director of Public Works advised the Council that the following bids were received on the 1999 cab/chassis and fiberglass service body:

Lundgren Motors:

1999 Cab/Chassis & Fiberglass Serv. Body $ 28,884.00

LESS: Trade-in ( 11,000.00)

Sales Tax 1,162.46

Title Transfer 49.00

TOTAL net bid with trade-in $ 19,095.46

Iron Trail Motors:

1999 Cab/Chassis & Fiberglass Serv. Body $ 34,005.76

LESS: Trade-in ( 13,221.43)

Sales Tax 1,350.98

Title Transfer 38.00

TOTAL net bid with trade-in $ 22,173.31

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Director of Public Works and authorize the purchase of the Utility Truck from Lundgren Motors at their low bid price of $19,095.46. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Mayor Brunfelt informed Sergeant Stewart that he had received a complaint from Wally Kostich regarding a lot of dirt bike and 4-wheeler traffic through South Grove. 

Sergeant Stewart distributed to the City Council his June Calls for Service Report for the Sheriff’s Department.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the building permit for General Electric to construct a sandblasting building. The motion carried.

Councilor Skogman said that he had several complaints from residents that the Building Inspector was not available for inspections in a timely manner and he also requested whether it was necessary for a building permit for a manufactured home to have plans submitted for approval by the Building Inspector. The Mayor directed the City Administrator to review the situation and report back to the Council at the next regular meeting.

The Council discussed the information from the Housing and Redevelopment Authority regarding 19th Avenue.

The Council discussed the possibility of entering into a joint Virginia-Mountain Iron Chamber of Commerce. Constance Jones, Bill Smith, and Bill Bauman were at the meeting representing the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. No formal action was taken. It was the consensus of the Council to have the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Members and the City Council Members attend the Downtown Revitalization meeting on July 22, 1998 to seek additional information regarding the Mountain Iron Civic Association.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize the Deputy Clerk to hire Election Judges for the 1998 Primary and General Elections. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the Vendor Agreement with the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was the consensus of the Council to have City Staff contact Pastor Foster to see if the Messiah Lutheran Church Members would like to use the Senior Citizens Building for their church services, on an as needed basis. 

The Mayor congratulated the Mountain Iron Fire Department for a job well done on coordinating the various local departments and fire fighting completed at the Messiah Lutheran Church fire on July 14, 1998. Councilor Matanich also said that the City Crew should be commended for their quick action during the fire.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve the proclamation for the 50th Anniversary of Roswell and Bernice Jacobsen, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

At 7:15 p.m. it was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried. 

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