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Meeting Minutes for May 04, 2015

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

MAY 4, 2015

 

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

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the April 20, 2015, 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 April 16-30, 2015, totaling $202,184.77, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period April 16-30, 2015, totaling $297,016.33, (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:

 

  • Condolences.  To the family of Lynn Pohia. 
  • Congratulations.  To the son of Councilor Prebeg, Nick Prebeg, for serving 18 years in the Navy and getting promoted to Master Chief; and, he had also been awarded two bronze stars.  To the son of Councilor Prebeg, Andy Prebeg, for serving seven years in the Navy.   
  • Acknowledgement.  Congratulations to the Lands and Mines Choral Choir for the great performance at Merritt Elementary on April 30, 2015.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Grants.  An application had been submitted for a new lift station by the AmericInn.
  • West Two Rivers Campground.  The Campground would be opening on May 7, 2015.
  • Disc Golf.  The nine holes course was now open at the West Two Rivers Campground.  Staff is looking into possibly adding another nine holes. 
  • Wacootah Overlook.  This would be the last year to enjoy the Overlook, as it will be closing in 2016 due to Old Highway 169 being closed.

The Director of Public Works reported on the following:

 

  • Summer Employment.  Applications are being accepted until Friday, May 8, 2015.
  • Wacootah Overlook.  The Overlook opened today.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and offer the position of Assistant Fire Chief to Jeremy Knapper.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and offer the position of Captain to Justin Kochar.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 07-15, accepting the bid on the Mountain Iron Drive Project, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize City Staff to pursue an easement along the eastern boundary of South Grove.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize a contribution of $250 to the Mountain Iron-Buhl Archery Program to assist one player and two coaches to attend the Nation Competition in Kentucky, 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 Stanaway to authorize a contribution of $250 to the Friends of the Library to assist the Library with the Summer Reading Program, with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.   The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to direct the City Administrator to send letters to the legislators supporting the Transportation Bill.  The motion carried.

 

At 6:51 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

  1. Mountain Iron-Buhl Archery, a letter requesting contributions for Brody Soyring to compete in the National Competition in Kentucky.
  2. Friends of the Library, requesting a contribution for the Summer Reading Program.
  3. Minnesota Association of Small Cities, forwarding information about the Senate Omnibus Transportation package.

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