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Meeting Minutes for June 18, 2007

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
JUNE 18, 2007

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; and Rick Feiro, Sergeant.

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:
VI. I. Dip on Emerald Avenue
VI. J. Locomotive Light Rehabilitation
VI. K. Charitable Gambling request for candy for parades

2. Approve the minutes of the May 31, 2007, Committee-of-the-Whole meeting as submitted.

3. Approve the minutes of the June 4, 2007, City Council meeting as submitted.

4. Approve the minutes of the June 6, 2007, Committee-of-the-Whole meeting as submitted.

5. That the communications be accepted, placed on file, and those requiring further action by the City Council be acted upon during their proper sequence on the agenda.

6. To acknowledge the receipts for the period June 1-15, 2007, totaling $118,675.11, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

7. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period June 1-15, 2007, totaling $338,986.60, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; Roskoski, no; and Skalko, yes.

No one spoke during the public forum.

During the Mayor’s report, the Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– The Legislative Session regarding the Local Government Aid (LGA). The 2007 projected LGA is $718,000 and the projected 2008 LGA is $825,000. 

– Updated the Council regarding the repairs to the dip by 5577 Mineral Avenue by Laurentian Energy. He said that this is a County Road and the Laurentian Energy Authority is responsible for repairing the road. He said that there were some equipment problems, but the road should be repaired soon, weather permitting.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

1. Park Ridge Development access to expedite the transfer of property.
2. The City of Virginia calling for bids on 16th Avenue. The Council will have these for the next regular meeting.
3. Working with Birchem Logging to clear the title on the final pieces of property to develop, a 20 acre parcel and 11 acres parcel. They are not able to close on those properties due to legal issues and there will be a request for an extension of the closing at the next regular meeting.
4. Unity Addition Plat, if the Council approves the Plat, it is filed, and the bids are received, then lot prices can be determine and the sale and marketing could begin.
5. To call for quotes for carpeting at the Library for the next regular meeting. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize City Staff to provide the installation of a two inch water hydrant and water line at the Merritt Baseball Field; and send a referral to Utility Advisory Board to develop a water utility payment plan and/or look into installing a water meter. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize and advertise for bids on the following surplus equipment:

MAKE VEHICLE I.D. NUMBER PLATE # MILES
1. 1990 Ford Van #1FTEE14N1LHB58937 138703 124,034
2. 1997 Chev PK GM4 #1GCGK24R3VZ112775 138980 112,221
3. 1998 Ford 4W EPT #1FMRU18W4WLB48861 902365 109,563
4. 1997 Chevrolet #1GCGKZ4R5VZ113149 138982 123,902

The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

The Council reviewed the Sheriff’s Department May Statistics Report. The Sergeant advised the Council that there was an error on the report; it should list 17 assists to sheriff’s office, not 117. 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to authorize City Staff to explore the possibility of turning Old Highway 169, from Costin to the western City limits, over to Saint Louis County. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize Benchmark Engineering, Inc. to perform a drainage study in the West Virginia and Westgate areas. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skalko to adopt Resolution Number 29-07, approving plans and specifications and ordering advertisement for bids on the Unity Second Addition Project, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 30-07, approving plans and specifications and ordering advertisement for bids on the street improvement projects, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 31-07, final approval of Unity Second Addition Plat, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to authorize the purchase of the playground equipment for the Mountain Manor Playground from Midwest Playscapes in the amount of $21,120.18 with $15,000 coming from the Community Development Block Grant proceeds and the remaining portion from City funds to match the grant. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to award the contract for the renovation of the South Grove Warming House to H. G. Harvey Contractors, Inc. of Eveleth at the bid price of $22,600.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Zupancich to authorize the hiring of the Summer Workers for 2007, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skalko to direct City Staff to negotiate with Range Landscape to seek a quote on a 12 to 15 foot pine tree to replace the tree blown down on June 7, 2007, for the Downtown Park. The motion carried.

Councilor Roskoski requested that the Street and Alley Committee review the dip on Emerald Avenue. The Director of Public Works said that the issue would be taken care of when the street improvements are completed on Unity Drive.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to authorize Councilor Roskoski to volunteer to work on the locomotive train lights with the City Staff removing and reinstalling the lights from the locomotive and Councilor Roskoski repairing the lights. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to authorize $500 from the Charitable Gambling Fund for the Fire Department to purchase candy for the summer parades that they attend. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

At 7:25 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:
Jill M. Forseen, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary
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COMMUNICATIONS

1. City of Eveleth, a letter advising the City that they accepted the Rockwell sewer rodder machine donation and expressing their appreciation.

2. Range Association of Municipalities and Schools, a letter with a legislative update and information on effects to the Range Cities and Taconite School Districts.

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