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Meeting Minutes for March 18, 2002

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

MARCH 18, 2002

Mayor Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. 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; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; Joe Stewart, Sergeant; Greg French, City Engineer; Karen Luoma, Librarian; and Steve Giorgi, Planning and Zoning Chairman.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the March 4, 2002, 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, 2002, totaling $188,907.72, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. Acknowledge the receipts for the period March 1-15, 2002, totaling $734,051.89, (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, Dennis Setter, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, and Butch Pariseau, Representing the International Union of Operating Engineers, but was here on behalf of the Iron Range Building Trades. Mr. Pariseau said that he was going throughout the area promoting the union labor project agreements. Mr. Pariseau said that he is looking for support of the agreement from the City Council to use for major construction projects. 

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to direct that all future bids, quotes, or agreements that require the use of a contractor include a Project Labor Agreement. The motion carried. 

The Council discussed the status of John Rioux on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr Rioux had advised City Staff that he would like to remain on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Mayor advised the Council that he has not had a chance to meet with Ms. Ozzie Rudlong regarding her status on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Steve Giorgi, Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said that he would like to get the issue resolved because they are having trouble getting a quorum. 

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to table the zoning ordinance amendment regarding adding an additional Conditional Use to the Urban Residential/Non-Sewered District until it is further refined and have the amendment reconsidered at the April 1, 2002, regular City Council meeting. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to authorize the purchase of a Flail Mower and Tractor, from the State Bid Contract, at the total bid price of $65,966.79. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved Matanich and supported by Prebeg to authorize the purchase of a control panel upgrade for the water plant from Quality Flow Systems at a total cost of $26,103.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council reviewed the Sheriff�s Department activity report.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich to direct City Staff to write a letter to the St. Louis County Sheriff regarding the timeliness of hiring deputies for the Mountain Iron office. The motion carried.

The City Administrator reported that he met with Tom Nikolanci and Jeanne Schechinger regarding the City obtaining the right-of-way for Unity Drive. He said that they are having the City Engineer put stakes in the ground to identify where the easement are and forwarding them a copy of the utility easement.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to table Resolution 08-02, Eminent Domain. The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt the Street Light Policy. After further discussion Councilor Skogman withdrew his motion and Councilor Matanich withdrew his support.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to adopt Resolution 13-02, D.A.R.E. Rigatoni Feed, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution 14-02, IRRRB Grant, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to direct City Staff to have the City Hall/Community Center sign information resubmitted to the City Council at the next regular meeting. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to approve the Surface Lease Agreement with United States Steel for the access and parking at Mashkenode (Four Mile) Lake. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Roskoski to forward the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Improvement Statements to the Mountain Iron Fire Department. The motion carried.

The Council discussed the East South Grove Housing Development. Councilor Roskoski presented a proposed layout from Coldwell Banker. 

The Council reviewed the list of communications. 

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to authorize sponsorship of two youth to attend the Iron Range Youth in Action, Young Leaders Convention, at a cost of $100. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The City Council discussed the request of the Mountain Iron Library Board regarding the ADA compliance for the Library. It was the consensus of the Council to discuss this item at the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting set for April 2, 2002.

During the open discussion, Councilor Prebeg asked if City Staff had received any information regarding the pollution problem on Three Mile Lake. The Recreation Director said that he spoke with the Department of Natural Resources and they said they would check on this in the spring.

At 8:06 p.m., it was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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