Meeting Minutes for June 18, 2012
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
JUNE 18, 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; 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:
- Approve the minutes of the June 4, 2012, 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, 2012, totaling $176,046.69, (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, 2012, totaling $359,296.35, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; Tuomela; Roskoski, no; and Skalko, yes.
During the public forum, Sheila Wilcox, was present and updated the Council regarding the Old Time Fiddle Championship and requested funding for the celebration that would be held in Mountain Iron for the first time on August 4, 2012. She said that the event was awarded grant funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Mayor advised her that the Council would act on her request at the next regular Council meeting.
The Mayor reported on the following:
- IRRRB. He informed the Council that the City received an additional grant for $80,000 to put solar panels on the Silicon Energy Facility.
- Acknowledgements. Councilor Roskoski congratulated the following Mountain Iron race car drivers who are participating in the 2012 Hibbing Raceway season: Brad Hanson, #90, Modified Class; Bob Kintner, #24, Super Stock Class; Jeff Forseen, #7, Midwest Modified Class; Nick DaRonco, #8, Midwest Modified Class; and Rusty Rask, #O9, Midwest Modified Class. He wished good luck to all the drivers and thanked all of their sponsors.
It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela that the City of Mountain Iron does not waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability established by Minnesota Statutes 466.04. The motion carried.
The City Administrator reported on the following:
- Wastewater Treatment. He informed the Council that the City of Gilbert was having some issues at their Wastewater Treatment Plant regarding the land application for their biosolids. So, he said the Tri-Cities Biosolid truck was hauling it to Mountain Iron to lime stabilize it, and then haul it away. He said that City Staff was keeping track of any additional expenses that have occurred during this process.
It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of City Staff and hire Jayce Primeau and Zachary Kalish to work as Umpires for the 2012 season. The motion carried.
It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of City Staff and purchase the following transformers from Resco:
RESCO #2 4 New 300 KVA $43,568.00
(ERMCO) 1 New 500 KVA 10,938.00
1 New 75 KVA 2,486.00
12 New 25 KVA 17,700.00
The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Zupancich, yes; Tuomela, yes; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; and Skalko, yes.
During the Sergeant’s report, Councilor Roskoski had questions from the June 4, 2012, meeting as far as the reports that were submitted, he requested the Sergeant to report where the assists to other agencies were located, that the Mountain Iron Sheriff’s responded to, outside of Mountain Iron. The Sergeant stated that Councilor Roskoski should contact him prior to the meeting to answer these types of questions; he said that all calls were inside Saint Louis County. The Mayor directed Councilor Roskoski to contact the Sheriff directly and that this was all part of the mutual aid agreements.
It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to accept the recommendation of the City Engineer and authorize payment request number one to C & C Winger for the Step and Sidewalk Replacement Project in the amount of $14,763.64. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Tuomela, yes; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; and Skalko, yes.
It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the Conditional Use Permit of Roger Johnston, 8350 Jasmine Street, to construct a 1,024 square foot accessory building on parcel coe 175-0069-00010. The motion carried.
The following report was given during the liaison reports:
- Library Board. Councilor Tuomela informed the Council and the public that the artists working on the mural for the library are currently looking for pictures of the Giorgi’s Store in Kinross and other places of interest in Parkville and West Virginia. She said that the display work for one or two of the panels will be available for viewing at the August Merritt Days Celebration and the project is slated to be completed in October, 2012. Councilor Roskoski requested that City Staff put a notice on the Public Access channel requesting pictures.
It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 15-12, Business Development Capital Projects Grant Program, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.
It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to award the bid for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Roof, Door, and Window Replacement Project to Lenci Enterprises Incorporated in the amount of $57,000.00 with funds expended from the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation Fund. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.
It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to authorize a donation of $770 to the Mountain Iron American Legion Post 220 to purchase a new public address sound system with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund; and also that this system be used at the annual Greenwood and Calvary Cemetery Memorial Day Celebration. The motion carried unanimously.
The Mayor thanked Jon Perpich of Perpich TV for the reduced price on the system for the American Legion.
At 7:14 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.
Jill M. Anderson, MMC
Municipal Services Secretary
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