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Meeting Minutes for June 17, 2013

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

JUNE 17, 2013

 

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;  John Backman, Sergeant; and Brian Lindsay, City Attorney.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the June 3, 2013, committee-of-the-whole meeting as submitted.

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the June 3, 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 June 1-15, 2013, totaling $137,695.57, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period June 1-15, 2013, totaling $436,013.49, (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.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Acknowledgements.  Councilor Tuomela acknowledged Phyllis Yelenich’s 89thbirthday.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize City Staff to purchase a bingo machine console and numbers only flashboard from Allied Bingo Supplies for the Mountain Iron Senior Center at a cost of $5,776.10.  It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to amend the motion to allow other non-profit groups in the area to be authorized to use the machine with the assistance of the Mountain Iron Seniors Citizens.  The amended motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Sirens.  He informed the Council that the City of Virginia had been looking into new sirens for their City and he said that Public Health and Safety Board has been reviewing sirens for the City of Mountain Iron. 

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize an expenditure of approximately $6,700 to purchase an Advance orbital floor scrubber.  It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to amend the motion to direct Staff to check whether the scrubber could be purchased through the State bid.  The amendment to the motion carried.  The amended motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote. 

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the following summer employees to be hired:

                        Taylor Mesia                Public Works

                        William Pond                Assistant T-Ball Coach

                        Naomi Moritz               Head T-Ball Coach

                        Laura Ostman               Head Softball Coach

                        Connor Rautio              Head Softball Coach

 

The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize City Staff to call for quotes for the 2013 striping plan as submitted.  The motion carried.

 

The Council reviewed the May 2013 statistics as submitted by the Sheriff’s Department.

 

The Mayor congratulated the City Attorney for being appointed to the Iron Range Rehab Board.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the new forms for building permit application and conditional use permit and/or variance application, (copies are attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

During the liaison reports, Councilor Zupancich, Planning and Zoning Commission, advised the Council that the Commission and the Economic Development Commission discussed changing the covenants for the South Forest Grove development with regard to allowing larger accessory buildings to be constructed in the development.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has a public hearing scheduled for June 24, 2013, to get input on this issue. 

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 19-13, approving plans and specifications and ordering advertisement for bids for improvements to Unity Drive, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 20-13, accepting bids on the utility extension on County Road 102, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to appoint Jeremy Waldron as the Mountain Iron Fire Chief effective July 1, 2013.  The motion carried.

 

The Mayor thanked Joe Buria, Fire Chief, again for his 20 years of service to the Mountain Iron Fire Department.  The City Administrator said that he would send him a thank you letter from the Council.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to direct City Staff begin the process for posting for the Assistant Fire Chief’s position pending Jeremy Waldron acceptance as Fire Chief.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to accept the resignation of Dan Nitz from the Water/Wastewater Operator Position, effective June 21, 2013.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to direct City Staff to contact the second place candidate for the Water/Wastewater Operator position and offer the position to the candidate on the condition that he passes the necessary physical, and drug and alcohol testing.  The motion carried.

 

The Council reviewed the list of communications.  The Council discussed having Bob Brown, the Fire Chief, and Jerry D. Kujala notified of the construction of the Mountain Iron-Buhl School Districts propane fueling station.

 

At 7:04 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.         Minnesota Association of Small Cities, a thank you for being a member.

 

2.         League of Minnesota Cities, information regarding the dues.

 

3.         Mountain Iron-Buhl School, advising the City of the installation of propane fueling station.

 

4.         Range Mental Health Center, a thank you for the contribution to the Dustin Damm Walk/Emergency Fund.

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