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Meeting Minutes for March 01, 1999

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Deputy Mayor Piri called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Carolyn Olsen, Stephen Skogman, and Deputy Mayor Curt Piri. Absent members included: Joe Matanich and 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; and Greg French, City Engineer.

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

Add the following to the agenda:

VI. C. 1) 6. City of Virginia, a letter requesting the City of Mountain Iron to participate in a three-month trial period offering Dial-a-Ride service to the City.

Approve the minutes of the February 16, 1999, regular meeting correcting any reference to a “steam shovel” to a “mechanical shovel”.

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.

Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period February 16-28, 1999, totaling $381,640.83, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

Acknowledge the receipts for the period February 16-28, 1999, totaling $625,701.95, (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, Ed Roskoski, representing the Civic Association, said that the Association voted unanimously to leave the mechanical shovel where it is presently located. The Association also said that they would work with the City to remove any potential liability that there is with the mechanical shovel being located on the school district property. He also requested to get a mailing list, mailing stickers, and postage from the City to conduct a membership drive for the Association.

Also during the public forum, Ed Roskoski said that if the mechanical shovel were relocated to the Downtown Historic Park it would be more likely to have vandalism occur.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to provide the Mountain Iron Civic Association with a list of residents and mailing labels for their membership drive. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to accept the recommendation of the Safety Committee and authorize the City to make available, on a volunteer basis, the lyme disease inoculation for the specific targeted group of employees at City expense. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

The Council discussed the Mountain Iron-Buhl School District�s request regarding the mechanical shovel. Councilor Skogman said that he would like to leave the mechanical shovel on the school�s property because of the enthusiasm of the Civic Association for that location. Councilor Skogman recommended having fencing installed around it. Councilor Olsen agreed with Councilor Skogman regarding the fencing and also would like a disclaimer sign placed by the mechanical shovel. The City Administrator said that the mechanical shovel is a liability to the City and should be taken care of as recommended by the insurance company.

It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Administrator or the Recreation Director acknowledge the letter from the Mountain Iron-Buhl School District and inform them that the City is working with the City Attorney on the situation.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to set the Volunteer Recognition Dinner for Thursday, April 22, 1999, at 5:30 p.m. at the Mountain Iron Senior Center. The motion carried.

The City Administrator updated the Council regarding the plans for the Highway 169-CSAH 103/109 intersection. The Administrator said that no action was required by the City Council.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Skogman to authorize the City to participate in a three-month trial period to explore the Quad City transit system by increasing the Dial-a-Ride services in Mountain Iron at a cost of $429.00 per month. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

During the open discussion, Councilor Skogman discussed the information regarding the charitable gambling information packet that the Administrator prepared.

At 7:16 p.m., it was moved by Olsen and supported by Piri that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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