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Meeting Minutes for March 15, 1999

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, Curt Piri, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Deputy Clerk; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; and Larry Nanti, Recreation Director.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Piri that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

1. Approve the minutes of the March 1, 1999, regular meeting as submitted.

2. 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.

3. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period March 1-15, 1999, totaling $138,076.03, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. Acknowledge the receipts for the period March 1-15, 1999, totaling $166,005.66, (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.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of payment from Benchmark Engineering, Inc. and approve the payment to Glenn Steeves Tank and Maintenance in the amount of $11,000.00 for the South Grove Water Tank demolition. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to authorize City Staff to call for applications and hire Temporary Seasonal Workers for the summer. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

The Director of Public Works said that the following bids were received on the side loading refuse packer and chassis:

Northern Engine $139,396.78

MacQueen Equipment $135,735.31

ABM Equipment $127,693.50

It was moved by Piri and supported by Brunfelt to authorize the purchase of one side loading refuse packer and chassis from MacQueen Equipment for the bid price of $135,735.31 because they met all of the bid specifications. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

The Council reviewed the Sheriff�s Department Activity Report for February, 1999. The Mayor advised the Council that if they had any questions regarding the report they should contact Sergeant Stewart.

The Council had a lengthy discussion regarding the location of the mechanical shovel presently located on the Mountain Iron-Buhl School�s property. The Administrator requested that the Council clarify the action that they want staff to take regarding the issue. Terry Martinson, Mountain Iron-Buhl School Board member, was present and said that the Board had no problem with the mechanical shovel being located on school property, but the school wanted it to be covered by the City for liability. The Mayor directed staff to produce the documentation from the insurance company regarding the issue and have the attorney make a recommendation regarding keeping or removing the shovel from school property. No formal action was taken.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to adopt Resolution #05-99, supporting repeal of the state sales tax for local government purchases, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to adopt Resolution #06-99, calling for a public hearing, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve surface lease number 13056 with U. S. Steel Group, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Administrator informed the Council that he was in St. Paul today testifying before a local government committee. He requested that special legislation be introduced to exempt the City from the square foot requirement for tax increment financing districts to allow a larger business to be constructed in Mountain Iron using tax increment financing funds to provide road access and utility extensions.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

The Council discussed the resolution approved by the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools regarding steel imports. The Mayor requested the City Administrator to draft a similar resolution for the Council to consider at their next regular meeting.

During the open discussion, Councilor Matanich commented on the Dial-a-Ride proposal brought up at the last meeting.

At 7:07 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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