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Meeting Minutes for March 20, 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, 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; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; Karen Luoma, Librarian; 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 items to the agenda:

V. D. 9-1-1 Update

VI. I. Proclamation-Mountain Iron-Buhl Basketball Team

2. Approve the minutes of the March 6, 2000, regular meeting as submitted.

3. Approve the minutes of the March 8, 2000, committee of the whole meeting as submitted.

4. 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.

5. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period March 1-15, 2000, totaling $439,952.86, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

6. Acknowledge the receipts for the period March 1-15, 2000, totaling $125,293.91, (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, the Mayor recognized that there were some Boy Scouts present for the meeting.

The City Attorney updated the Council regarding the Carriage Home Development right of way issue. He said that the roadways in question are privately owned. The City would have to accept a formal easement to maintain the roads. He stated that the Carriage Homes Association would need to approach the City Council to request an easement to be approved.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to accept the recommendation of the City Attorney and approve payment request number two to Charles Jacobsen Construction in the amount of $611.25. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to approve change order number one for the Residential Housing Development Street and Utility Construction project in the amount of $10,506.25 making a total contract price of $509,261.75. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The City Engineer reported that he spoke with officials at the DWP and they advised him that the railroad crossing on Old Highway 169 near Highway 53 is scheduled to be upgraded this summer with an improved crossing and the installation of arms.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to authorize the following payment requests for the construction of the City Hall/Community Center project:

Lenci Enterprises, Inc. Four $ 23,307.30

Harvey Constructors, Inc. Two $ 2,451.00

Harvey Constructors, Inc. Three $ 4,275.00

Dwayne Young, Inc. Three $ 79,610.00

Hecimovich Mechanical Three $ 96,120.00

Tromco Electric, Inc. Four $ 52,250.00

TOTAL $258,013.30

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to approve the payment to Kraus-Anderson Construction Company for the City Hall/Community Center Project Management as follows:

Invoice number 231 $20,433.70

Invoice number 215 $ 3,891.00

TOTAL $24,324.70

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Street Maintenance Committee as follows:

1) Issue a bond for $1.25 million for 15 years to undertake the 2000 Street Maintenance Program.

2) The attached list of streets shall be over-laid or reconstructed as part of the program at a total cost of $675,000.00.

3) The balance of the funding, $575,000, could be for any of the following, or any other street project, based upon Council recommendation.

a. Extension of Unity Drive to South Grove.

b. Reconstruction of Unity Drive from Mud Lake Road to Merritt Elementary.

c. Extension of South Enterprise Drive from the Community Center to Mud Lake Road.

d. Frontage/Access Road through the 40 acres across Highway 169 from the Community Center.

4) Authorize Benchmark Engineering to prepare an Engineering Report and authorize Staff to develop a list of adjoining property owners, which would be needed for a public hearing. A public hearing is needed as part of the assessment process.

5) Request the Representative of the bonding company to be present at the April 3, 2000 City Council to answer questions.

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to authorize Staff to call for applications and hire temporary seasonal employees. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to authorize the Parks and Recreation Board to call for applications and hire temporary seasonal workers. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and approve the Joint Powers Agreement for a Quad Cities Joint Economic Development Authority pending clarification of the “at-large” Member in Article IV, Section 1. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Olsen, yes; Skogman, yes; Matanich, no; Piri, yes; and Brunfelt, yes.

The Council discussed the City Hall/Community Center Council Chamber furniture. The City Administrator said that the current Council table could be reused at the new City Hall by removing the ends and putting the remaining portion on wheels.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to approve the Building Rental Policy effective April 1, 2000, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council clarified that if the city buildings were already rented prior to the policy being adopted, they would still pay the same fees as the previous policy.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to authorize Staff to work overtime to complete the 9-1-1 numbering system under the discretion of the City Administrator. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve Resolution #06-00, calling for plans and specifications, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council discussed the Library ADA Compliance review.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to have the City Administrator obtain itemized quotations from architectural firms for upgrading the library for ADA compliance and bring the information back to the next city council meeting for further approval. The motion carried.

The Council discussed the IRRRB and CDBG grant priorities.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Skogman to approve the following for pre-applications for grant funding:

1) Unity Drive Extension from Merritt Elementary to South Grove (IRRRB)

2) Reconstruction of Unity Drive from Mud Lake Road to Merritt Elementary (IRRRB)

3) Frontage Road through 40 acres across from the Community Center (IRRRB)

4) Library ADA Compliance (CDBG)

5) Old Town Rehabilitation (CDBG & IRRRB)

6) Water Tank Rehabilitation (CDBG & IRRRB)

The motion carried.

No action was taken on the Anderson Glass Company contract for the City Hall/Community Center Project.

The Council discussed the Quad Cities Signage project. The Mayor said that he was irritated by the reference in the letters received from IRRRB and Quad City Alliance Group regarding the signage project making reference to the “Virginia” Chamber of Commerce. He said that these groups want to promote joint projects and groups, yet they neglect to mention the other two cities with the Chamber of Commerce.

It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Administrator contact IRRRB and the Quad Cities Alliance Group regarding the language used in the letters about the signage project and to point out that the sign located on Highway 53 should state that you are entering Mountain Iron.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to approve the Department of Natural Resources well agreement, Number 69009, Old Oliver Mining Well. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to adopt Resolution #07-00, renewal of charitable gambling license, (a copy is attached and make a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

Councilor Matanich questioned why the groups with charitable gambling licenses want to renew when they are not making money. Councilor Skogman suggested contacting the Gambling Control Board regarding the matter.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the resignation of Barb Albrecht effective March 31, 2000, with regrets and have staff send her the appropriate communications thanking her for her years of service. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Piri to approve the Proclamation for the Mountain Iron-Buhl Boy’s Basketball Team, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

During the open discussion, Councilor Matanich said that the new City Hall/Community Center building looks good.

At 7:26 p.m., it was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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