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Meeting Minutes for March 01, 2004

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

MARCH 1, 2004

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:28 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Allen Nelson, Dale Irish, 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; and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

Add the following item to the agenda:

IV. A. Laurentian Arts & Cultural Alliance

Approve the minutes of the February 18, 2004, City Council meeting as submitted.

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.

To acknowledge the receipts for the period February 16-29, 2004, totaling $125,761.09, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

To authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period February 16-29, 2004, totaling $163,899.59, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

At 6:30 p.m., it was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing for the Shoreland Ordinance amendments. The motion carried.

The City Administrator explained that the amendments being made to the shoreland ordinance are to incorporate the newly annexed area in the northern area of the City and to change the Saint Louis County individual sewage treatment systems to the City�s system.

At 6:31 p.m., it was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to close the public hearing on the Shoreland Ordinance amendments and open the public hearing on the Floodplain Ordinance amendments. The motion carried.

The City Administrator explained that the amendments being proposed to the floodplain ordinance are to adopt some additional floodplain map panels into the floodplain districts in the City to incorporate the newly annexed area north of the City and to include a small portion of property in the southern area of the City that was annexed several years ago and also, to include the septic systems changes. 

At 6:33 p.m., it was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to close the public hearing on the Floodplain Ordinance and open the regular meeting. The motion carried.

During the public forum, Michael Buttner was present and requested clarification on the covenants placed on the lots in Unity Addition. He said that he was interested in purchasing Lot 6, Block 2, Unity Addition, to build a single family dwelling. 

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to authorize a 12 month extension past the end date of the current deadline to Michael Buttner for Lot 6, Block 2, Unity Addition. The motion carried.

During the Mayor�s Report, the Mayor informed the Council that he would like to look at forming an authority or board to have a voice on the ambulance service for the area.

The Mayor also stated that the proposed changes for the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) to an Economic Development Authority (EDA) are to work together as a team to implement the changes. He further stated that there are some compromises proposed by the HRA members. 

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Irish to authorize a donation of $100 to the Laurentian Arts and Cultural Alliance for the renovation of the theatre building in Virginia. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Nelson, no; Irish, yes; Roskoski, yes; Prebeg, yes; and Skalko, yes.

The City Council reviewed the banking information received from Queen City Federal. No further action was taken.

The City Council reviewed the software proposal received from Plan-It Software. No further action was taken.

The Mayor asked whether the management firm for the Mountain Manor would be attending a City Council meeting soon. The City Administrator said that they are working on scheduling a time to meet with the City Council.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to direct City Staff to send a letter out to the Mountain Iron residents informing them that the City will be closing the Parkville recycling site and recyclables would only be accepted at the City Garage site. And further, that the City is working on a permanent site for the collection of the recyclables. The motion carried with Irish and Roskoski voting no.

The Council discussed retaining Benchmark Engineering to assist in the sump pump inspections. It was the consensus of the Council to continue with City Staff completing the inspections. 

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to authorize City Staff to purchase 25 300 gallon refuse containers at a total cost of $5,933.33. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to authorize Payment Request Number Two, the final payment, to Hibbing Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $550.20 for the Unity Drive Gravel Road Extension Project. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Nelson, yes; Irish, yes and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to authorize Payment Request Number Six to Rajala Construction Company in the amount of $14,552.10 for the Mountain Iron Commercial Forty Project. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Nelson, yes; Irish, yes; Roskoski, no; and Skalko, yes.

The Council discussed the Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Economic Development Authority information.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Irish to direct City Staff to send a sump pump reminder letter and grant guideline information to the Mountain Iron residents on the sewer system and to have the letter sent no later than March 31, 2004. The motion carried.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to adopt Ordinance Number 01-04, amending Chapter 22 of the Mountain Iron City Code, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to adopt Ordinance Number 02-04, amending Chapter 23 of the Mountain Iron City Code, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to adopt Resolution Number 04-04, Charitable Gambling, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 05-04, Authorizing Applications and Primary Contact Person for the Community Roadside Landscaping Partnership Program, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Nelson to adopt Resolution Number 06-04, supporting the Mountain Iron DARE Fundraiser, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Irish and supported by Roskoski to direct the City Administrator to contact Joseph Palo, Wenck and Associates, to obtain an estimate of the total cleanup costs, the costs of capping the property and top soil testing of the property located in Section 10, Township 58, Range 18 West, at an expense not to exceed $2,000. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Nelson, no; Irish, yes; Roskoski, yes; Prebeg, yes; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Irish and supported by Roskoski to forward the wetlands mitigation proposal and costs to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority for consideration. The motion failed on the following roll call vote: Irish, yes; Roskoski, yes, Prebeg, no; Nelson, no; and Skalko, no.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to authorize City Staff to spend up to $16,400 for the purchase of wetlands at the Retriever Club. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Nelson, yes; Irish, no; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Nelson to approve the Quad Cities� Proclamation to designate the month of April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month”, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

At 8:33 p.m. it was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS

Saint Louis County, a letter of congratulations for having a smoke-free food establishment.

Mountain Iron-Buhl Public Schools, a letter advising the City that the school district has no objection to the City placing playground equipment in the park adjacent to the high school.

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