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Meeting Minutes for March 02, 2009

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
MARCH 2, 2009

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:31 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Absent member included: Alan Stanaway. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Anderson, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; and John Backman, Sergeant.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

1. Approve the minutes of the February 18, 2009, regular meeting as submitted.

2. 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.

3. To acknowledge the receipts for the period February 16-28, 2009, totaling $589,239.04, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to approve the following consent agenda item:

4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period February 16-28, 2009, totaling $239,853.06, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; Roskoski, no; Skalko, yes; and Stanaway, absent.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to adopt the following Agenda Policy:

The Mountain Iron City Council hereby adopts the following policy regarding setting the agenda for regular and special meetings of the Mountain Iron City Council. Staff shall gather items for the agenda, and the proposed agenda shall be reviewed and approved by the Mayor before the agenda is published and posted. If any proposed agenda item is not approved by the Mayor, any Councilor may challenge the omission of said item after the roll call commencing the meeting. The Mayor shall state the reason for the omission and a majority vote of the Council shall determine the omission or inclusion of the item. If an item is deemed for inclusion, it may be acted upon at that meeting or held over for inclusion in a subsequent meeting by majority vote of the City Council.

The motion carried with Roskoski voting no and Stanaway absent. 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to accept the retirement of Edward Bakke effective March 18, 2009. The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– State Bonding Bill. Representative Rukavina has been working hard for the City on funding for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Project.
– Energy Park. Representative Rukavina has been working on funding for the Energy Park and the City Engineer has been working on the property ownership of the area.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize the purchase of the Garbage Truck Chassis from Skubic Brothers at the State bid price of $60,886.00 with the funding coming from the Refuse and Recycling Enterprise Fund. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Zupancich, yes; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Skalko, yes; and Stanaway, absent.

During the Liaison Reports the following was discussed:

– Planning and Zoning Commission. Councilor Zupancich said that there needs to be some clarification made to the variances approved by 16th Avenue. He said that this would have to be on the next City Council agenda.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Skalko to adopt Resolution Number 08-09, approving a county project within the municipal corporate limits, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 09-09, receiving report and calling hearing on the improvement to Old Highway 169, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize the temporary on-sale liquor license for Chicagami for the Mountain Iron Community Center on May 7, 2009, pending final approval of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skalko to waive the building rental fees for the Ditzler fundraiser scheduled for March 14, 2009, at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried with Stanaway absent.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Skalko to authorize a budget of $10,000 for the August Merritt Days Celebration. The motion carried on a roll call vote with Stanaway absent.

At 7:14 p.m. it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried with Stanaway absent. 

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary

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COMMUNICATIONS

1. Minnesota Department of Administration, a letter concerning the 2010 Census.

2. American Bank, a letter expressing gratitude for work done on recent power outage.

3. Carol Ongaro, a letter of appreciation on the use of the Community Center.

4. CLIMB Theatre, a letter asking support for charitable gaming.

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