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Meeting Minutes for May 03, 1999

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Mitchell Br unfelt 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; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Judy Seurer, Accounting Technician; and Greg French, City Engineer.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the April 19, 1999, regular meeting as submitted.

2. Approve the minutes of the April 19, 1999, committee-of-the-whole meeting as submitted.

3. Approve the minutes of the April 28, 1999, special 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.

3. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period April 16-30, 1999, totaling $132,262.10, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. Acknowledge the receipts for the period April 16-30, 1999, totaling $54,353.29 , (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 recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing for the vacation of an alley in Block 3, West Virginia. The motion carried.

Discussion took place concerning the vacation of the alley.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to close the public hearing and re-open the regular meeting. The motion carried.

Discussion took place concerning Resolution No. 12-99. Mr. Hafdahl, a representative from the Duluth Regional Care Center was present to explain that the public hearing was on joint powers agreement with Two Harbors for the issuing of tax-exempt bonds.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve Resolution #12-99, calling for a public hearing on a project by the Duluth Regional Care Center, Inc. (a copy of which is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

Discussion took place concerning the petition for vacation of Nichols Drive. The Mayor asked Mr. & Mrs. Tokarczyk for more details on their request. They stated that they wanted to add a garage on the back of their property and the Zoning Administrator told them to pursue vacating the street instead of seeking a variance from the zoning ordinance. They are asking to vacate the whole street. It was the concensus of the Council to have staff further review the petition request and make a recommendation at the next meeting on May 17, 1999.

The City Engineer reported he is continuing to work on the site plans for the community center/city hall.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve the purchase of two (2) 225 KVA transformers and pads from Wesco Dist. Inc. at their quoted price of $4,518.00 for each transformer and $789.00 for each pad. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to approve the recreation department to use the Spirit Lake Youth Involvement Program for clean up and brushing work. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to prepare specifications and call for bids on the South Grove baseball fields and include lighting estimates in the bid process. The motion carried.

Councilor Olsen questioned the Parks & Recreation Director on when the Kinross basketball area and baseball area were going to be cleaned/fixed up. Mr. Nanti reported that he will check on the areas as soon as possible.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to approve the variance requested by WKK, Inc. Councilor Skogman stated that it was the wrong use for the property. The motion carried, with Skogman voting no.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to approve the sewer rate increase effective May 1, 1999, as recommended by the Utility Advisory Board. The residential rage will be $11.50 per month and the commercial rate will be $10.00 per month plus $2.00 per 1,000 gallons of water used. The motion carried.

No action was taken on the community center site.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to appoint Councilor Skogman to the Quad Cities Joint Recreational Authority. The motion carried.

The City Administrator recommended that the Northerly 30 feet of the property in South Grove that housed the water tank in South Grove be sold to Jason Goehring and the Easterly 30 feet of the property be sold to Jeanne Schechinger. It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to have the City Administrator proceed on the sale of the property as he recommended. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve Resolution #10-99, declaring cost to be assess, and ordering preparation of proposed assessment for the improvement of 16th Avenue West (a copy of which is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to approve Amendment No. 2 to the Joint Cooperation Agreement between the County of St. Louis and the City of Mountain Iron (a copy of which is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Olsen to approve Resolution #11-99, vacating the entire unnamed alley in Block 3, in the plat of West Virginia, contingent on the power line on the property being removed (a copy of which is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried, with Skogman voting no.

No action was taken on the communications.

The Mayor had nothing to report.

No one spoke during the open discussion.

It was announced that the Board of Review meeting is scheduled for May 11, 1999, at 6:30 p.m.

At 6:50 p.m. it was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried.

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