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Meeting Minutes for June 04, 2012

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

JUNE 4, 2012

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Ed Roskoski, Tony Zupancich, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Anderson, Municipal Services Secretary; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Michael Downs, Interim Public Works Director; and Sally Peterangelo, Librarian.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the May 21, 2012, 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, 2012, totaling $389,961.35, (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, 2012, totaling $214,149.01, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

During the public forum, Elizabeth Wefel, Attorney/Lobbyist from Flaherty and Hood representing the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, gave a presentation regarding the legislative updates with the Council. 

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Condolences.  The Mayor expressed condolences to Sally Peterangelo, Library Director, for the recent loss of her mother.
  • Mountain Iron-Buhl Graduates.  He said that when he mentioned the Honor Graduates at the last City Council meeting, but he missed announcing Tyler Goodrie as an Honor Graduate.
  • Birthdays.  Councilor Tuomela extended birthday wishes to Paul Yelenich, Parkville, who celebrated his 92nd birthday and his wife, Phyllis Yelenich, who celebrated her 88th birthday.
  • County Road 7.  Councilor Roskoski announced to the public that Saint Louis County would be improving County Road 7 beginning August 6, 2012.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Thank you.  He thanked the Junior Sentence to Serve program for cleaning up the Mott Pit area.
  • Library Yard.  There would be some cement work completed there for the bicycle stand and the bench installation.  This would be an add-on, of approximately $1,200, with the contractor completing the cement work at the Senior Center and the Community Center.

 

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

 

            PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT                UMPIRES

            Dan Chesser                                                     Jordan Bissonette

                                                                                    Dan Niska

The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize City Staff to award the 2012 crack sealing project to Northwest Asphalt Maintenance for an amount not to exceed $20,000.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

The Council reviewed the March 2012 and April 2012 Statistics report from the Sheriff’s Department.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize payment request number one for the Bluebell and Daffodil Avenues Overlay Project in the amount of $13,756.95.  The motion carried on a roll call vote.

 

Councilor Roskoski said that the City Engineer or the City Administrator should contact Saint Louis County regarding several issues to take care of prior to the County Road 7 overlay.  He said that there is a culvert that goes under County Road 7 north of the intersection of Stony Brook Drive to review; and put in a request to add right turn lanes on County Road 7 for cars turning on Unity Drive. 

 

It was moved by Tuomela and seconded by Zupancich to authorize the purchase of an aerial work platform for use throughout the City from Herc-U-Lift for a Genie AWP20S Aerial Work Platform for $6,837 with the purchase being expended from Building Department, Library Department, Streets Department, Electric Fund and Refuse and Recycling Fund.  The motion carried on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the purchase of benches for the Library at a cost not to exceed $5,461.31, with the expense coming from the Capital Improvement Budget.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

The Library Director reported on the following:

 

  • May Report.  Presented the monthly report to the City Council.  She said it was another record month.
  • Donation.  She said that the Library had received a number of hand carved planes made by Paul Fischer.  She said there would be a special event in the Fall with Paul Fischer present to talk about his planes.
  • Summer Reading Program.  The program started on June 4, 2012.
  • Thank you.  She wanted to thank all the people that volunteered to help at the recent fundraiser held by the Merritt Day Committee.  She also gave a special thank you to Cathy Witzman and Corrine Jordan for coordinating the event.
  • 4th of July Celebration.  The events would be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
  • Thank you.  She also expressed gratitude to her co-worker, Rhonda McConnell for taking care of the Library during her absence following the loss of her mother.
  • Legacy Grant.  She said that there would be a special event held at the Library on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. called “Raven and Grandmother Mouse”.
  • Mural.  She said that two parts of the mural should be ready for viewing at the August Merritt Days Celebration.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 13-12, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes), awarding the bid for the County Road 7 waterline improvements using Alternate A and D in the amount of $326, 165.25.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt the updated Credit Card Policy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski that the Council appoint the following to serve as election judges for the August 14, 2012, Primary Election and the November 6, 2012, General Election:

 

Precinct #1-City Hall, Wacootah Room            Precinct #2–City Hall, Iroquois Room

            Caroline Kujala, Head Judge                            Marilyn Perpich, Head Judge

            Sheri Johnson                                                   Linda Strukel

            June Ross                                                         Delanie Giorgi

            Harriet Scinto                                                   Barbara Fivecoate

 

And further, authorize them to be paid $9.00 per hour for training and election hours and provide one hot meal to the election judges on election days.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Lease number 144-012-0771, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

At 7:27 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Skalko to recess the regular meeting and enter into a closed meeting under Minn. Stat. §§ 13D.05, subd. 2(b); 13.43, subd. 2(4) for preliminary consideration of allegations or charges against an individual subject to the public body’s authority, following a brief recess.  The motion carried.

 

At 7:35 p.m., the closed session was called to order with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Ed Roskoski, Tony Zupancich, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; and Scott Neff, City Attorney.

 

At 8:16 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adjourn the closed portion of the meeting and reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 14-12, dismissing employee, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

At 8:17 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

 

Submitted by:

 

 

Jill M. Anderson, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

 

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