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Meeting Minutes for May 02, 2011

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
MAY 2, 2011

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Susan Tuomela, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Anderson, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; John Backman, Sergeant; and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

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

1. Add the following item to the agenda:
VI. C. Request to serve liquor at the Mountain Iron Community Center

2. Approve the minutes of the April 18, 2011, regular meeting as submitted.

3. 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.

4. To acknowledge the receipts for the period April 16-30, 2011, totaling $172,091.65, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period April 16-30, 2011, totaling $210,507.25, (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 commented on the following items:

– Historical Event. The killing of Osama Bin Laden. A great day in America that justice has been served for the victims and families of the 9-11 tragedy. He thanked the Military and Special Forces members.
– Ted Newberg. He was founder of Spring Creek Outfitters and was very active in the Community and he passed away on April 24, 2011. He will be missed by the Community.
– Irene Levasseur. Wish her a happy belated birthday, her birthday was April 7, 2011, and she turned 102 years young. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize a donation of $1,000 to the Iron Range Veterans Memorial in Virginia. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.
The Sergeant apologized to the Council; he said he would have two statistic reports prepared for the next meeting. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the City of Mountain Iron to share costs with the Virginia Public Utilities to participate in the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Commission on site/on demand training course for qualified employees of the Electric Department at a cost of approximately $6,000. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and authorize Rhonda McConnell to be hired for the Assistant Librarian position contingent on a background check being completed and passing a physical examination. The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and authorize that a Conditional Use Permit be issued to Len Roskoski, 8680 Unity Drive, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code175-0070-01441, to construct a building up to 2,352 square feet, with the condition that no commercial business be conducted on the premise. The motion carried with Roskoski abstaining.

It was moved and amended by Zupancich and seconded by Skalko to adopt Resolution Number 08-11, with a hearing time set at 5:00 p.m. using the three proposed options outlined by the City Engineer and submitting the information in the packet on pages 33-44 to the affected property owners, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). It was moved by Roskoski to amend the motion to include: in regard to State Statute Chapter 429, Edward Cadman, League of Minnesota Cities (LMC), and David Tilden, Law Firm of Hanft-Fride, both have advised Councilor Roskoski, as a City Councilor, that to be legal; the City of Mountain Iron should complete the special benefit test, as provided for in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 429. This process has been processed and upheld by 15 precedent setting court cases and is spelled out in the Special Assessment guide provided by the LMC 515.A1A.3, dated 2008. The amendment to motion failed for lack of a second. The amended motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Prebeg that after lengthy research by City Staff and various Boards and Commissions that the silver maple in the Library yard be removed by the City Crew. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize Jeff and Greg Properties Incorporated to use their on-sale liquor license to provide alcohol for the Marquette School Fundraiser on May 6, 2011. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications. 

The Mayor announced that the Board of Review meeting will be reconvened on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. 

Councilor Tuomela reviewed the April 2011 Library statistics. 

At 7:13 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC
Municipal Services Secretary

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COMMUNICATIONS
1. Minnesota Department of Health, a reminder to complete the wellhead protection plan for the City.
2. Notice of Public Hearing, a hearing on May 9, 2011, for an amendment to Chapter 154 of the City Code of Ordinances.
3. Alan Mattila, a letter regarding his pension on the Mountain Iron Fire Department.
4. Anonymous note given to Adventures Restaurant regarding the catering services for the Volunteer Recognition Dinner.

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