Meeting Minutes for June 16, 2014
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
JUNE 16, 2014
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; Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; John Backman, Sergeant; Brian Lindsay, City Attorney; and William Paulson, City Auditor.
It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the consent agenda be approved as follows:
- Approve the minutes of the June 2, 2014, regular meeting as submitted.
- 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.
- To acknowledge the receipts for the period June 1-15, 2014, totaling $127,132.63, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
- To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period June 1-15, 2014, totaling $555,206.57, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.
No one spoke during the public forum.
William Paulson, Walker, Giroux, and Hahne, LLC, reviewed the 2013 audit with the Council.
It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to accept the 2013 City of Mountain Iron audit as presented. The motion carried.
The Mayor reported on the following:
- Dump Station. He informed residents and tourists that the City has an RV dump station, just off of County Road 102, on Grant Drive, located next to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. He requested that a sign be placed to indicate the station location.
- Condolences. He offered condolences to the family of Robert “Gus” Johnson.
The Administrator reported that Minntac would be hauling tailings from the Minntac gate to the new County Road 102. He said that they could be hauling 15 times a day with 10 trucks.
It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of City Staff and hire Kristin Francisco to replace a seasonal summer work who left the position for another job. The motion carried.
The Director of Public Works informed the Council that the City was currently digging some water lines in Downtown Mountain Iron to repair. He said that the work should be completed within one week.
The Sergeant reminded residents to keep their home and car doors locks, and to not have valuables in clear view, for safety reasons.
The City Engineer updated the Council on the Unity Drive punch list.
It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Street and Alley Committee and authorize Benchmark Engineering to complete a survey for a potential drainage and utility easement along the east side of the South Grove plat. The motion carried.
It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to approve the request of Minnesota Power to clear the right-of-way and install overhead power in Spring Park Addition. The motion carried.
It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to authorize Benchmark Engineering to examine the drainage issues located at the corner of Unity Drive and Bluebell Avenue and come up with possible solutions to alleviate the issues. The motion carried.
It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 13-14, opposing a programmatic environmental impact statement in the Superior National Forest, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.
The Council reviewed the communications.
At 7:14 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.
Jill M. Clark, MMC
Municipal Services Secretary
1. Iron Range Radio Control Club, Inc., a thank you for the proclamation.