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Meeting Minutes for June 03, 2013

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

JUNE 3, 2013

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 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; Sally Peterangelo, Librarian; and John Backman, Sergeant.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the May 20, 2013, 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, 2013, totaling $298,146.99, (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, 2013, totaling $ 138,552.39, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

No one was present for the public forum.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Solar Energy.  He reported that the City has been saving approximately $300 per month with the use of the solar panels.  The solar panels have been in use since September 2012.
  • Walmart.  He announced that a Walmart would be constructing a store in Rock Ridge Development and that construction would begin soon.  He said that there would be no tax increment financing or tax abatements to fund the project.  The Mayor thanked the City Administrator, the Economic Development Authority, and the City Council for working together to bring this project to Mountain Iron.
  • Recognitions.  Councilor Prebeg recognized Alex Flannigan, the son of the City Engineer, for completing boot camp and for his service with the Marine Corp.
  • Acknowledgements:  Mayor Skalko acknowledged the Cherry Tigers Girls Softball Team for competing in the State Tournament.  He wished them good luck in Mankato.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the purchase of six picnic tables from Midwest Playscapes Incorporated for a cost of $6,014.53.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Recreation Programs.  He advised the Council that the summer recreation programs have started practicing.
  • County Road 102.  He informed the Council of the road layout for County Road 102.  He said that there may be delays on Old Highway 102 because they may be using production trucks for hauling. 

 

The Librarian reported on the following:

 

  • Monthly Report.  She submitted the May 2013 report to the Council.
  • Summer Reading Program.  She said that the program started June 3, 2013.
  • Recognition.  She recognized her Library worker, Taylor Mesia, a member of the Cherry Tigers Girls Softball Team, who are heading to the State playoffs.
  • Volunteer.  She thanked Tom Roskoski, a former art teacher, for volunteering at the Mountain Iron Library to assist with crafts.
  • Friends of the Library.  She thanked the group for volunteering with programs this summer.
  • Donation.  She said that she received a generous donation to the Library as a memorial for Becky Mickelson.
  • Summer Hours.  She said that the summer hours were now in effect.  The Library is now open on Friday, from 10 a.m. to Noon, but is now closed on Saturday.
  • Special Events.  The 4th of July Celebration would have scheduled events in the morning in the Downtown area of Mountain Iron and at the West Two Rivers Campground in the afternoon.

 

The Sergeant reported that he had been receiving many complaints of dogs running at large.  He reminded residents to keep their dogs tied up as he would be writing tickets regarding the issue.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and authorize Staff to develop specifications for a new substation as presented in the previously adopted voltage modification plan.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and authorize Staff to develop a request for proposals for the purchase and installation of an automatic meter reading system for both water and electric meters.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and grant the Habitat for Humanity request and allow the utility hookup fees to be reduced to the materials cost only and waive the labor and administrative fees.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and award the quotes to Floor to Ceiling to tile the showers in the men’s and women’s showers at the West Two Rivers Campground at a cost of $5,800.88 for the men’s shower and $6,6169.15 for the women’s shower.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to approve Craig J. Wainio’s Employment Agreement as submitted and add to, “fulfilling the hours necessary”, by including, “carrying City provided cell phone and/or pagers”.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to approve Mike Down’s Employment Agreement as submitted and add to, “fulfilling the hours necessary”, by including, “carrying City provided cell phone and/or pagers”.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

During the liaison reports, Councilor Tuomela, Utility Advisory Board, updated the council by stating that they forwarded the items on today’s agenda and now were working on street lighting.

 

At 6:57, it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

 

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.         Minnesota Department of Transportation, a thank you for submitting the resolution regarding the relocation of Highway 53.

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