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Meeting Minutes for June 01, 2015

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

JUNE 1, 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; and John Backman, Sergeant.

 

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

 

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:

            IV.       A.        1.  Outdoor Music Event at the Sawmill Saloon

                                    2.  Request to Serve Alcohol at Nichols Hall for a Fundraiser

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the May 18, 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 May 16-31, 2015, totaling $181,521.44, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period May 16-31, 2015, totaling $173,670.82, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Recognition.  Congratulations to the 2015 graduating seniors at the Mountain Iron-Buhl School.  Special recognition to the Honor Roll Senior Students:  Michael Fuller, Joseph Holmes, Riley Irish, Cassandra Isaacson, Elissa Kinney, Kianna Martinson, Elyssa McCullloch, Micholle Race, Kiah Ratliff, Garrett Ulman, and Trevor Winger.
  • Condolences.  To the families of Russell Dahl and Robert Kishel. 

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the special event permit for the Outdoor Music Event for June 6, 2015, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., at the Sawmill Saloon and Restaurant parking lot.  The motion carried.

 

It was Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize Mac’s Bar, Inc. to serve alcohol at Nichols Town Hall on June 11, 2015, for a benefit for the Mountain Iron YMCA.  The motion carried.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Recreation Programs.  The recreation programs were beginning this week.
  • Personnel Committee.  A tentative agreement had been reached with AFSCME for a three year contract. 

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to hire the following as summer temporary employees:

 

            Dan Niska

            Kyle Maki

            Archie Winans

 

The motion carried.

 

The Director of Public Works reported on the following:

 

  • Summer Worker.  They began work on June 1, 2015. 
  • Large Trash.  The collection started on June 1st for those that signed up.
  • New Substation.  The new substation will be on line on Friday, June 5th.
  • New Meters.  300 new meters have been installed.

 

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

 

  • Library Monthly Report.  She submitted the report to the Council.
  • Minutes.  She submitted the minutes for the Merritt Days Committee and the 125thAnniversary Committee.
  • Fourth of July Celebration.  The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, July 4, 2015 with the parade beginning at 9:30 a.m.
  • Library Hours.  The library has switched to their summer hours.  Closed on Saturdays and now open on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and no change to the rest of the schedule.
  • Taste of Mountain Iron.  The First Annual Taste of Mountain Iron is scheduled for Thursday, August 6, 2015, at the Mountain Iron Community Center.
  • Summer Reading Program.  The program began June 1, 2015.

 

The City Engineer reported that the Mountain Iron Drive Project would begin in mid-June.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and charge a $500 refundable deposit, over and above any connection fees and water charges, for each contractor that wishes to use the City’s water from fire hydrants.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and award the quote to Swanson and Youngdale to paint the Community Center and the Senior Center at a quote of $23,930.00.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 10-15, accepting work for the Unity Drive Improvement Project, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to table Resolution Number 11-15, accepting work for various street improvement projects.  The motion carried.

 

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

 

The Mayor announced that the City would be adding nine more holes for the disc golf at the West Two Rivers Campground in June.

 

At 6:56 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. Dustin Damm Memorial, a thank you for the contribution.
  2. Mountain Iron-Buhl Choir Festival, a thank you for the contribution.
  3. Club Mesabi, Inc., a thank you for purchasing an advertisement for the West Two Rivers Campground.
  4. Saint Louis County, Environmental Services Department, forwarding information regarding the hazardous waste disposal.
  5. League of Minnesota Cities, forwarding information regarding a possible dues increase.

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