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Meeting Minutes for May 04, 2009

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
MAY 4, 2009

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:37 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, 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; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; and John Backman, Sergeant.

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

A. Approve the minutes of the April 15, 2009, special meeting as submitted.

C. Approve the minutes of the April 21, 2009, Board of Review meeting as submitted.

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

E. To acknowledge the receipts for the period April 16-30, 2009, totaling $174,938.29, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg that the following consent agenda items be approved as follows: 

B. Approve the minutes of the April 20, 2009, regular meeting as submitted.

F. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period April 16-30, 2009, totaling $249,481.30, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes). 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

At 6:45 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Skalko to recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing on Mill Avenue. The motion carried.

Dave Kenyon, 5721 Mountain Avenue, said that the back side of his property is on Mill Avenue. He felt that the project should be a complete road construction because an overlayment would not last as long. He felt that the road would last 10-15 years longer with the complete road construction. 

Tom Cvar, 8892 Agate Street, requested that if Mill Avenue was completed that he would like the pavement to be completed up to his driveway. The City Engineer advised him that the contractor needs to coordinate with the property owner and have it completed at the property owner’s expense. The City Engineer said that the City would pay for the portion of the project that is in the right of way. 
At 6:49 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to close the public hearing and reconvene the regular meeting. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to prepare the plans and specifications for the reconstruction of Mill Avenue. The motion carried.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– Downtown Streetscape Project. The request for bids have been submitted and will be opened on June 15, 2009. The agent for the City is Saint Louis County because of the size of our town.
– Dan Zamlen. He said that Dan was a sharp young man who died way too soon. He said that our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to publish a one-half page advertisement, one time, in the Sunday edition of the Mesabi Daily News to advertise for the sale of lots in Unity Second Addition. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– Iron Range Resources Public Works Grants. He is seeking input for potential projects. He said that the pre-application is due by May 29, 2009 and the maximum grant request is $350,000.
– Community Development Block Grant Applications. He advised the Council that the pre-application deadline is May 15, 2009. He said that the grant applications need to show a benefit to low or moderate income residents.
– Mountain Manor Remodeling Project. He said the final walk through was completed and there were a few punch list items that needed to be completed.
– Bond Rating. He said that he had been working with Northland Securities to improve the City’s bond rating. The rating has been increased from AAA to an A rating.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to direct the City Administrator to prepare a Community Development Block Grant pre-application for a Downtown Street and Alley Improvement Project. The motion carried

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and approve the outline for the Large Trash Collection for 2009, with a cost of $10 per collection. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and approve the Accounts Receivable Payment Policy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 17-09, for the City approving the Contamination Cleanup grant application to Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for the Nichols Town Dump, committing the local match and authorizing contract signatures, (a copy is a attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 18-09, for the City approving the Contamination Cleanup grant application submitted to Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for the Mountain Iron Dump site, committing the local match and authorizing contract signatures, (a copy is a attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

At 7:23 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to recess the regular meeting and go into closed session to discuss contract negotiation strategies with AFSCME Local Union #453. The motion carried.

At 7:23 p.m., the Mayor called for a short recess.

At 7:37 p.m., the Mayor called the closed session to order with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; and Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works.

At 8:11 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to adjourn the closed session and reopen the regular meeting. The motion carried.

At 8:11 p.m., it was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Stanaway that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary

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1. City of Virginia, an invitation to a public hearing to discuss the Virginia Ambulance Service on May 19, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. at the Virginia City Hall.

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