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Meeting Minutes for March 18, 2013

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

MARCH 18, 2013

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr, Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, Susan Tuomela and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Clark, Municipal Services Secretary; Michael Downs, Interim Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; and Brian Lindsey, City Attorney.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the March 4, 2013, regular meeting as submitted.

 

  1. That the communications be accepted and placed on file and those requiring further action by the City Council be acted upon during their proper sequence on the agenda.

 

  1. To acknowledge the receipts for the period March 1-15, 2013 totaling $191,363.06, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period March 1-15, 2013, totaling $304,904.64, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

No one spoke during the public forum

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Mountain Iron-Buhl Girls Basketball.  He congratulated the Mountain Iron-Buhl Girls Basketball team for a real successful year.  He said that this was their third trip to the State Tournament.  Congratulations were expressed to the coaches, players, and staff.
  • Fire Hydrants.  He reminded residents that live near fire hydrants to clean the snow from around them.
  • Condolences.  He offered condolences to the family of Robert Peterson, a longtime resident of Parkville that recently passed away at the age of 89.
  • Acknowledgements.  Councilor Zupancich addressed the issue regarding the publication of the City minutes.  He said that the City Council decided, approximately 3 years ago, to stop publishing the City minutes as a cost savings options.  Since then, the City has saved approximately $8,000.  He further stated that this was not completed without thought, he said the minutes are available on the City web site: www.mtniron.com or you may contact City Hall and the minutes will be mailed to you at no cost.
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  Councilor Stanaway informed the Council that the City was awarded a CDBG grant for $45,000 for the Mountain Manor window replacement project.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to set the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting for April 23, 2013.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of City Staff and authorize the purchase of the following items:

 

  • Caterpillar Excavator (State Bid) minus ASV Trade-In               $72,127.80
  • Caterpillar Hydro Hammer (State Bid)                                        $24,527.81
  • 2005 International Single Axel Truck (Quotes Enclosed)             $31,178.00
  • Towmaster Trailer (Quotes Enclosed)                                         $26,456.73
  • Vivax vCam Inspection Camera (Quotes Enclosed)                    $  9,350.00

 

            TOTAL                                                                                   $163,640.34

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize payment request number three for the 2011 Street Improvement Project to Mesabi Bituminous in the amount of $6,516.94.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and offer the position of Water/Wastewater Operator to Mr. Daniel Nitz pending the completion of a physical, background check, and drug test.  The motion carried.

 

During the liaison reports, Councilor Stanaway updated the Council on the Library Board meeting held last week.  He said that for the past two months they have been working on rewriting policies for the library with regard to dealing with school age children at the Library.  He said that he would like to meet with the City Administrator to review the proposed policy and then have it forwarded to the City Attorney. 

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 10-13, ordering improvement and preparation of plans for the Unity Drive Extension Project proceeding with option number three, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 11-13, supporting the grant application made to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the Local Trail Connections Program, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to contribute $200 to the John Kauppinen Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarship Foundation with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the annual contribution of $4,500 to the Calvary Cemetery Association.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council did not meet in a closed session.

At 7:03 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

Submitted by:

 

 

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

1.         PolyMet Mining Community Leaders Breakfast, an invitation to a breakfast on March 22,          2013, in Virginia.

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