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Meeting Minutes for March 06, 2000

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Mayor Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Carolyn Olsen, Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Absent member included: Curt Piri. 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 Skogman and supported by Matanich that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

1. Add the following item to the agenda:

V. C. Mountain Iron Centennial History Book.

2. Approve the minutes of the February 22, 2000, 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 16-29, 2000, totaling $303,336.70, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period February 16-29, 2000, totaling $834,032.92, (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, Tom Oberstar asked the City Council members what the meeting scheduled for Wednesday, with the Library Board, was about. He said that he heard that the City was planning to build a new library and city garage building. The Mayor said that the City Council has never voted to build a new library or new garage.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to accept the recommendation of the City Engineer and approve change order number one for the Parkville and Silver Creek Maintenance in the amount of $2,570.50. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Director of Public Works informed the City Council that Minnesota Power had been contacted to provide costs to install a street light at the intersection of County Road 7 and Highway 101. The Director of Public Works said that when he received the cost information he would bring it back to the City Council for further action.

Councilor Olsen questioned whether the railroad crossing on Old Highway 169 by Highway 53 would be upgraded. The City Engineer informed her that when the bike trail was being constructed they were advised that the crossing would be upgraded.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the payment to Louis Leustek and Sons Incorporated in the amount of $13,770 for work completed on footings and the sidewalks at the new City Hall/Community Center Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council reviewed and discussed the Quad Cities Economic Development Agreement and proposed budget. It was the consensus of the Council to review the agreement further and act on the issue at the next regular meeting.

The City Administrator updated the Council regarding the utility transfer with the Virginia Department of Public Utilities. He said that a meeting was held with the General Manager and he said that they would need time to work through the figures over the next two months. The Mayor requested that a July deadline be set for the transfer of the water utilities. The Administrator said the details on the water should be worked out by then.

The Mayor said that he was approached by Ted Newberg and Ray Saari, representing the All-Class Reunion Committee, regarding the status of the Centennial History Book. The Recreation Director said that Velma Ostman had volunteered to do the history book, then she wanted to copyright the book, and nothing further was done to have it completed.

At 7:03 p.m., Councilor Piri entered the meeting.

It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Attorney look into the Centennial Book matter and write Velma Ostman the appropriate correspondence to get the materials for the book back from her. And, if further legal action is needed, to have the City Attorney come back to the City Council for the appropriate action.

Councilor Skogman ask how the street maintenance work update was coming. Councilor Matanich said that the Committee was looking for a date for the committee to meet.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to adopt Resolution #04-00, Calling for Plans and Specifications, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to adopt Resolution #05-00, Calling for Plans and Specifications, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the Community Center furnishings and kitchen equipment. The Administrator said that there is a total budget of $150,000 for the equipment, but the actual costs should be approximately $100,000. The Administrator asked what type of layout they would prefer to have in the banquet room, rectangle or round tables. Councilor Skogman questioned how the architect had designed the room to fit 350 people. The Recreation Director was directed to check with the Architect regarding the layout for the tables. The Council discussed having half of the tables round and half rectangle.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to authorize Staff to seek quotes for several different ways of furnishing the banquet room and to contact the Architect for their recommendation for the best way to meet the intended seating capacity and seek quotes on kitchen equipment. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the proposed Building Rental Policy. The Council made some changes regarding the rental rate for the Nichols Town Hall and adding an overseer to the Senior Center building. The policy will be considered at the next regular meeting.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to change the polling places for the election as follows:

Precinct #1 � 8586 Enterprise Drive South, North Room

Precinct #2 � 8586 Enterprise Drive South, South Room

The motion carried.

The Mayor reported that for the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting with the Library Board on Wednesday, the City Council would be discussing the library building needs with regard to ADA compliance.

During the open discussion, Council Matanich said that last week he represented the City Council at the Mountain Iron-Buhl School along with other area elected officials and six students at a Partner�s meeting. He said that this is a good program for getting the students involved in local government.

During the announcements, the Mayor reminded the Council of the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting with the Library Board on Wednesday, March 8, 2000.

At 7:28 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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