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Meeting Minutes for March 04, 2002

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

MARCH 4, 2002

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; and Larry Nanti, Recreation Director.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the February 19, 2002, regular meeting as submitted.

2. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period February 16-28, 2002, totaling $529,525.43, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

3. Acknowledge the receipts for the period February 16-28, 2002, totaling $135,419.76, (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.

No one spoke during the public forum.

The Council discussed the member status for the Planning and Zoning Commission. It was the consensus of the Council to have the Mayor contact Mr. John Rioux and Ms. Armiida “Ozzie” Rudlong regarding their status on the Planning and Zoning Commission and make a recommendation to the City Council at the next regular meeting.

The Council discussed the nuisance violation. Councilor Matanich suggested forming a committee for blight consisting of the Director of Public Works, the Recreation Director, the Fire Chief, the Sheriff, the Zoning Administrator, and the Building Inspector. Councilor Prebeg requested that the City Administrator inquire as to what other cities are doing for their nuisance violations. The Council took no formal action on the matter.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to approve the Mountain Iron First Responders request and approve the purchase of ten (10) Lifepack 500 automated external defibrillator with adaptive/biphasic waveform and supplies at a total cost of $28,829.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council took no action on Resolution 08-02 Eminent Domain. The City Administrator advised the Council that a meeting was set with Tom Nikolanci and Jeanne Schechinger on March 14, 2002. He said he would make a recommendation to the Council after the meeting.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich to direct Staff to set up a meeting with Mr. Nikolanci and Ms. Schechinger to discuss the right-of-way acquisition. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski to table Ordinance 02-01, Nuisance Ordinance, until the next regular meeting. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to direct City Staff to meet with the Director of Public Works, the Recreation Director, the Fire Chief, the Sheriff, the Zoning Administrator, and the Building Inspector as a Committee before the Nuisance Ordinance is presented back to the City Council.

At 7:05 p.m, Councilor Skogman left the meeting.

The motion carried with Councilor Skogman absent.

At 7:07 p.m., Councilor Skogman re-entered the meeting.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the Data Practices Policy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to set a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting on Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30 p.m. with Old Town Plan, Development of Values, and the Comprehensive Plan on the agenda. The motion carried.

The Council discussed the access to property east of South Grove owned by Mr. Thomas Schloteck. No action was taken on the matter.

During the Mayor’s report, the Mayor said that he represented Mountain Iron at the Range Recreation and Civic Center for the opening ceremonies for the National Curling Event. He said the event was very impressive and very well done. He commended the Staff at the Range Recreation and Civic Center for planning the event.

During the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski had some questions regarding the sale of property by the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. The City Administrator answered his questions.

Also, during the open discussion, Councilor Prebeg asked about the report that came through on the proposed Golf Course and requested if the City Council was going to get a presentation or a report. Mayor Brunfelt updated him on the Committee action. The Mayor said that there was going to be a presentation made to the Park and Recreation Board and they would have City Engineer present to recommend the housing project and extension of the bike trail.

Also, during the open discussion, Councilor Prebeg presented a plaque to Mayor Brunfelt commending him for his service on the Quad Cities Ecomonic Development Authority Board. The Mayor thanked him for the recognition.

At 7:38 p.m., it was moved by Matanich and supported by Roskoski that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried. 

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