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Meeting Minutes for June 19, 2000

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Mayor Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Curt Piri, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Absent member: Carolyn Olsen. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Service Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; Joe Stewart, Sergeant; and Greg French, City Engineer.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Piri that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

IV. C. City Engineer 1. Payment Request Hammerlund Construction

VI. J. Temporary Liquor License � Chamber of Commerce

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

3. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period June 1-15, 2000, totaling $273,862.58, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. Acknowledge the receipts for the period June 1-15, 2000, totaling $86,608.39, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion to adopt the consent agenda carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

During the public forum, Robert Strukel was present to discuss the 24th Avenue West overlay project. He said that he spoke with residents in the neighborhood and he submitted a petition to the Mayor from the homeowners at 24th Avenue and Marion Drive requesting that the City repair the streets as necessary and postpone the resurfacing project until a later date. The petition that was submitted had 16 names on it. The City Staff provided a list of residents on Marion Drive and 24th Avenue. The City Council reviewed the petition and list of property owners.

The Mayor requested that the petition and list of property owners be made a part of the records, (a copy is attached and made a part of the minutes).

Robert Kvas was present and asked the Council if 8th Street South would be considered a collector street. He felt that the traffic on Mineral Avenue compared with the traffic on 8th Street South. The Mayor said that when the area on the south side of Highway 169 was developed the residents strongly opposed commercial traffic from 8th Street so the City spent funds to develop Enterprise Drive South. Mr. Kvas asked when a traffic count would be completed. The Director of Public Works said that a traffic count was completed on September 21 & 22, 1999. Mr. Kvas and Mr. Dean Niska requested a copy of the traffic count. He also asked to be notified when the counters are placed on the road again.

Mrs. Kvas was present and asked if the road could be completed without curbs and gutters. The Engineer advised him that the installation of curb and gutter is a better design for the future of the road. The Engineer said that there is curb and gutter down to Northern Lights Steak & Grill. Also, the question was raised whether there would sidewalks.

Jack Zollar, Centennial Drive, asked what the guidelines for the use of 4-wheelers in town are. The Sergeant said that 4-wheelers are not allowed in town.

At 6:50 p.m., Councilor Carolyn Olsen entered the meeting.

Rod Erchul was present and also expressed concern with 4-wheelers running in town.

Larry Johnson was present and also said that 4-wheelers were running by his property. He also asked if the Civic Association were given the pictures and information for the history book from Ms. Ostman. The City Attorney said that he wrote a letter to Ms. Ostman and she advised the City Attorney that she would give the photographs back to the City for distribution back to the proper owners. The Mayor asked the City Attorney to follow through with Ms. Ostman and make arrangements to bring the photographs to the Mountain Iron City Hall or to the City Attorney�s office.

Vicki Bakk, 24th Avenue West, asked whether the taxes would increase approximately $50 per year for 15 years plus the addition of the assessment on the project areas. She was advised that there would be an increase in the taxes plus an assessment on the affected properties.

The following people spoke during the public forum:

Roger Berglund was present and asked if there would be a manhole sewer in front of his property. The Mayor advised Mr. Berglund to talk to the Director of Public Works.

Ed Roskoski asked if the trophy case in the old City Hall would be brought to the new City Hall. The City Administrator asked if the City Council wanted to have the trophy case in the new building or not. The Mayor felt that the trophy case was part of the city history and should be brought to the new City Hall. Mr. Roskoski also asked where all of the awards and plaques that were displayed in the City Council chambers were. The City Administrator said that all of the plaques were here except for the train plate plaque and that was given to the Library to display.

Ed Roskoski, North Court, said that the contractor had come to work on North Court and now there is no water by the mail boxes, but the water has now shifted in front of the Malmstrom’s residence. The Engineer said that a patch was put on the property to fill in the drop in grade by Mr. Hill’s residence. Mr. Roskoski requested that an overlay be put on the North Court cul-de-sac. The Engineer was directed to check with the affected property owners and report back to the City Council.

Ed Roskoski asked how much of Spruce Drive was going to be overlaid. The City Engineer said that the entire road would be completed.

Ed Roskoski asked who would be paying for the intersection off Highway 169 and Emerald Drive. The City Administrator said that the Minnesota Department of Transportation would be paying $60,000 toward this project.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution #22-00, clarifying Centennial Drive from County Road 7 west 200 feet to 450 feet east of 25th Avenue (Niska Road). After some discussion, Councilor Piri withdrew his motion and Councilor Matanich withdrew his support.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to adopt the amended Resolution #22-00, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to allow one more hearing on 24th Avenue and Marion Drive to allow affected property owners to be heard. The motion carried.

The Council requested that the Director of Public Works put together some figures regarding completing an overlay on 24th Avenue and Marion Drive compared to complete a reconstruct of the entire road. Also, add North Court to the project list to have an overlay completed.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the City Attorney and deny the Conditional Use Permit for Roger Berglund, Parcel Code 175-0070-01510, for a home business and an accessory building for a business. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve payment request number six for Dwayne Young, Inc. in the amount of $6,362.80 for the City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried on a roll call vote

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to approve the payment request to Kraus-Anderson Construction Company in the amount of $27,956.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve the following certificates of substantial completion:

Duncan Concrete, Inc.

Structural Wood Corporation

Northern Door & Hardware

H. G. Harvey Constructors

Dwayne Young, Inc.

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the recommendation of the City Engineer and approve payment request number four to Hammerlund Construction, Inc. in the amount of $9,005.48. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Sergeant distributed two monthly reports from the Sheriff’s Department to the City Council.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to approve the Schedule of Events for the City Hall/Community Center Open House for June 28th and 29th, and post as a meeting. The motion carried.

Ed Roskoski said that the Messaba Room was not spelled correctly. Staff will check on the spelling for the sign.

The Council discussed having Council Members as greeters for the Open House and when they could not be greeters, have the City Administrator.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Olsen to approve Resolution Number 23-00, approving the Unity Addition Plat, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution Number 24-00, Ordering Preparation of Report on Improvements and add North Court to Exhibit A, (a copy is a attached and made a part of the minutes). The motion carried.

The following quotes were received on a discussion system:

Perpich TV & Music, Inc. $5,880.00

Jayen $6,769.00

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to award the discussion system quote to Perpich TV & Music, Inc. in the amount of $5,880.00. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve the One Day Temporary On-Sale Liquor License for the American Legion Post 220 for June 30, 2000. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the One Day Temporary On-Sale Liquor License for the Ducks Unlimited-Mesabi Chapter for August 10, 2000. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve the One Day Temporary On-Sale Liquor License for the Virginia/Gilbert/Mountain Iron Chamber of Commerce for June 28, 2000. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to re-schedule the July 3, 2000 meeting to 6:30 p.m July 5, 2000. The motion carried.

The City Administrator advised the Council that the Library would be taking the copy machine from the City Hall for their use and Staff would like to seek quotes for a digital copy machine.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to authorize Staff to seek quotes on a digital copy machine. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the letter from the Minnesota Department of Revenue for the meeting on Thursday, June 22nd. The Mayor and City Administrator will be attending the meeting.

During the open discussion, Councilor Matanich said that the Spring clean-up went very well. Councilor Olsen added that everything was left very neat.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Skogman said that it was an oversight when the building was constructed that a parking area should have been constructed by the Sheriff�s door with room for four to five parking places. The Council requested that Staff review this and report back to the Council on the situation.

The Administrator said that the Quad Cities Mountain Iron sign is being placed between Country Road and Spirit Lake Road and is being placed in the site that the Council had chosen.

During the announcements, the Mayor mentioned the Business after Hours set for June 28th at 5:00 p.m.

At 8:22 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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