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Meeting Minutes for March 05, 2001

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor 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; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; and Greg French, City Engineer.

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

V. A. Forty-acre parcel adjacent to Highway 169

VI. F. Stony Brook Addition

2. Approve the minutes of the February 20, 2001, regular meeting as submitted.

3. 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.

4. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period February 16-28, 2001, totaling $879,441.22, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period February 16-28, 2001, totaling $353,749.32, (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 was present for the public forum.

The Council discussed the Mountain Iron Housing and Redevelopment Authority�s request for the paving of the parking lot at Mountain Manor at an estimated cost of $16,310.

At 6:35 p.m., Paul Cerkvenik, Attorney from the Trenti Law Firm, entered the meeting.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to add the Mountain Manor Parking Lot Paving Project as an add alternate on the Marble Avenue and Garden Drive Project. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to table the Housing and Redevelopment Authority appointment. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution #07-01, approving plans and specifications and ordering advertisement for bids on the Marble Avenue and Greenwood Lane Project, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council discussed the clearing of the forty-acre parcel adjacent to Highway 169. The City Administrator said that the parcel was to be clear-cut for development in the area.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Brunfelt to authorize the 2001 appropriation to the Range Recreation Civic Center in the amount of $10,734.00. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Skogman, yes, Matanich, no, Roskoski, yes, Prebeg, yes and Brunfelt, yes.

The Council discussed the Schlodek land proposal. It was the consensus of the Council to add this item to the next regular meeting agenda for further discussion and to direct the City Administrator to ask the Director of Public Works if he had additional information regarding the property.

At 6:50 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to recess the regular meeting and go into a closed session to discuss pending litigation regarding the Taconite Tax Relief Area report with the City Attorney. The motion carried.

At 7:25 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to adjourn the closed session of the meeting and reconvene the regular meeting. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

Councilor Roskoski said the he was approached by a resident of Stony Brook Addition regarding a 9-1-1 call where they had a problem locating the address on Centennial Drive. He said that the sign at the intersection of Centennial Drive and Dottie Lane was confusing. It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Administrator and the Director of Public Works review the situation.

During the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski asked if there was any action regarding the county Road 7 and Highway 169 intersection. The City Administrator said that a letter would be sent to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Saint Louis County officials advising them of the situation.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski asked if City Staff had begun planning the Volunteer Recognition Banquet. The Recreation Director said that plans had been started and the speaker would be Paul Plesha, the Newly Elected County Commission, and the banquet is set for April 26th.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski asked if Staff had published Resolution #04-01 in the designated papers. The City Administrator said that the resolution had not been published yet.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to have staff contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation regarding dredging the ditch adjacent to Highway 169. The motion carried.

At 7:35 p.m., it was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Tri-Cities Biosolids Disposal Authority, forwarding the 2000 audit report for review.

2. Biosolids Disposal Site Authority, forwarding the 2000 audit report for review.

3. Senator Doug Johnson, a letter regarding the City�s resolution for the enforcement of International Trade Agreements.

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