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Meeting Minutes for June 21, 1999

JUNE 21,1999

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Mayor Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m. with the following members present: Carolyn Olsen, Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Curt Piri, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Deputy Clerk; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; Greg French, City Engineer and Gary Giroux, City Auditor.

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

V. A. 4. Resolution #27-99, Approving Plans and Specifications and Ordering Advertisement for Bids

VI. H. Appoint Representatives to the Quad Cities Development Committee

2. Approve the minutes of the June 7, 1999, Committee of the Whole meeting as submitted.

3. Approve the minutes of the June 7, 1999, regular meeting as submitted.

4. 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.

5. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period June 1-15, 1999, totaling $118,602.24, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

6. Acknowledge the receipts for the period June 1-15, 1999, totaling $108,852.88, (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, Ms. Tomasetti was not present to speak to the Council.

At 6:34 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing on the 16th Avenue Assessments. The motion carried.

Mr. Frank Hughes was present to discuss the financial issues regarding the construction of 16th Avenue. He said that he thought that there were additional funds available to the City to construct 16th Avenue. The Mayor said that all of the grant funds available were applied to the project.

The City Administrator said that the assessments were based on the City Council approved assessment plan, which was 10% of the project.

At 6:35 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to adjourn the public hearing on the 16th Avenue Assessments and reconvene the regular meeting. The motion carried.

Mr. Gary Giroux, City Auditor, was present and reviewed the 1998 audit with the City Council.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to accept the 1998 audit report and advise staff of their appreciation for a good job. The motion carried.

During the City Engineer�s report, Councilor Skogman requested that Mr. French check with the Railroad Authority to have a fence placed by the culvert on Parkville Road for the bike trail.

During the City Attorney�s report, Mr. Aluni advised the City Council to deny the petition for vacation of Nichols Drive. He said that the owners who filed the petition should be advised of the Council�s action so they can proceed with other options.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to deny the petition to vacate Nichols Drive. The motion carried.

It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Administrator advise Mr. and Mrs. Tokarczyk of the City Council action.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to approve the Quad Cities Joint Powers Agreement for constructing and maintaining a Quad Cities Joint Recreational Center, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources, Fishing Pier/Shore Fishing Agreement, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Recreation Director advised the Council that the 4th of July celebration would be held on Sunday, July 4th.

The Recreation Director informed the Council that he received one quote for sandblasting and painting of the shovel and dozer for $4,765.00. It was the consensus of the Council to develop a plan for completing the work in the park including the shovel, dozer, and train to be repainted and, defer the project until 2000.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the building permit for WKK, Incorporated to construct commercial buildings on Parcels 175-65-00450 and 480 and 560 and 510 and 580. The motion carried with Skogman voting no.

The City Attorney explained the separation of church and state with regard to the agreement with Messiah Lutheran Church.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the site agreement with Messiah Lutheran Church. The motion carried with Olsen voting no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve Resolution #27-99, approving the plans and specifications and ordering advertisement for bids, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Olsen voting no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution #22-99, adopting assessments, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to adopt Resolution #23-99, dedicating certain property for public road purposes, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Skogman voting no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to adopt Resolution #24-99, application for a grant for construction of infrastructure, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the Sheriffs Department report for May.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution #25-99, IRRRB Summer Youth Job Program, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Piri to approve Resolution #26-99, Charitable Gambling, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Piri to reschedule the July 5th, 1999 meeting until July 6th, 1999 at 6:30 p.m. The motion carried with Skogman voting no.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to appoint the Mayor, Mitchell Brunfelt and the City Administrator, Craig Wainio, to serve on the Quad Cities Economic Development Committee. The motion carried.

Councilor Olsen informed the Council that the Quad Cities Cable Commission is being tabled because of the deregulation, there isn’t much that the cities can do. The City Administrator said that the City has received a letter pending the transfer of the franchise for the cable television in Mountain Iron.

During the Mayor’s report, he said that the Council will be discontinuing the 5:45 p.m. Committee of the Whole meetings and just call additional meetings as needed.

The Mayor informed the Council that he and Councilor Matanich attended the open house for the new clinic. He said that the facility was very nice.

The City Administrator said that he was still reviewing the Glenn Steeves prevailing wage situation.

The City Administrator advised the Council that he had called Brian Toivola and left a message regarding the relocation of the fairgrounds.

During the open discussion, Councilor Matanich said that the cleanup of the City by the City Crew was great. Councilor Matanich also asked about the Walmart timelines in purchase agreements. The City Administrator advised the Council the soil boring had been completed and the project still looks good for the City.

At 7:24 p.m., it was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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