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Meeting Minutes for May 06, 2013

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

MAY 6, 2013

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 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; Mike Downs, Interim Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; and Sally Peterangelo, Librarian.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the April 15, 2013, regular meeting as submitted.

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the April 23, 2013, board of appeal 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, 2013 totaling $159,199.21, (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, 2013, totaling $210,722.54, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

At 6:31 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to recess the regular meeting and reconvene the Board of Appeal meeting.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

The Mayor asked for public input and there was none.  He also asked if any communications were received regarding the meeting, and there were none.

 

At 6:32 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg that the Board of Appeal meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

During the public forum, John Meglen, 8657 Highway 101, Mountain Iron, also the owner of J-M Auto Service in Eveleth, spoke and requested that the Council consider adopting a resolution opposing the westerly route of the proposed relocation of Highway 53. 

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 17-13, opposing the westerly relocation of Highway 53, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).   The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; Tuomela, no; Prebeg, yes; and Skalko, no.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to support the current Highway 53 relocation to be relocated westerly to Highway 37 to Highway 7 to Highway 169.   The motion failed unanimously.

 

 

The following items were discussed during the Mayor’s report:

 

  • NHL Playoffs.  He congratulated the 2005 Mountain Iron-Buhl Graduate, Matt Niskanen, for being a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins and wished him luck in the playoffs. 
  • Recognitions.  Councilor Tuomela recognized the volunteers that assisted with the Care Partners Fundraiser on April 30, 2013.
  • Children’s Memorial Park.  Councilor Tuomela informed the Council and the Public that the final order date for the Memorial Park tiles was May 15, 2013.  She said to contact Cheryl Weappa or herself if anyone was interested in purchasing them.

 

It was moved by Tuomela and seconded by Prebeg to accept the retirement of the Mountain Iron Fire Chief, Joe Buria, with an effective date of June 30, 2013.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

The Council thanked Mr. Joe Buria for his years of services on the Mountain Iron Fire Department.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to post for the position of the Fire Chief internally.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and approve the large trash pickup scheduled, as submitted, for June 3 through June 14, 2013.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the purchase of the following transformers:

 

                        RESCO ELECTRIC UTILITY SUPPLY

                        Pad Mount Transformers

                        Five (5) 225 KVA       $  6,900 each   = $34,500

                        Two (2) 300 KVA      $10,016 each   = $20,032

                        Two (2)  75 KVA       $  2,160 each   = $  4,320

                        One (1) 150 KVA       $  7,114 each   = $  7,114

                        One (1)   45 KVA       $  5,304 each   = $  5,304

                        One (1) 300 KVA       $  7,121 each   = $  7,121 (480/277)

                        One (1) 300 KVA       $  7,484 each   = $  7,484 (120/240

                                                                        TOTAL $85,875

 

                        BORDER STATES ELECTRIC

                        Pad Mount Transformers

                        Two (2) 500 KVA      $12,200 each   = $24,400

 

                        Pole Mount Transformers

                        Four (4)  10 KVA       $    585 each    = $ 2,340

                        Four (4)  15 KVA       $    679 each    = $ 2,680

                                                                       TOTAL $29,420

 

                                             TOTAL PURCHASES $115,295

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Library Board and adopt the updated Library Board Policy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried unanimously.

 

The Librarian reported on the following:

 

  • Library Report.  Submitted the April 2013 report to the Council.
  • Health Sessions. Anne Flaim, Family Practitioner at Fairview Clinic, would be volunteering and presenting a series of health sessions at the Library. 
  • Meet the Author.  Sarah Stonich, a Minnesota Author would be appearing at the Library on Thursday, May16, 2013.   

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and dedicate the Wolf Park as the Jeremy Carpenter Park.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and authorize the agreement with Mr. Bill Haapala for the West Two Rivers Caretaker position, (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 Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Public Health and Safety Board and appoint Craig J. Wainio as Interim Emergency Management Director.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Street and Alley Committee and authorize Benchmark Engineering to develop plans and specifications for the construction of a sidewalk/path from the Unity Drive/Mud Lake Road intersection to the existing sidewalk located on Enterprise Drive South in front of the movie theater.  The motion carried.

 

During the liaison reports, Councilor Tuomela, representing the Utility Advisory Board, said that they had acted on the large trash pickup and the transformers, and are currently looking at the South Grove for lighting.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 15-13, Setting Fees, (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 16-13, approving plans and specifications and ordering the advertisement for bids, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize Jeff & Greg Properties, Inc., dba:  B. G.’s Saloon, to serve on-sale liquor at the Mountain Iron Community Center on May 18, 2013, for a wedding reception.  The motion carried.

At 7:42 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to recess the regular meeting and meet in a closed session, in approximately ten minutes, to discuss management negotiations pursuant to 2012 Minnesota Statutes 13D.03, and then possibly go back into an open session to possibly take action.  The motion carried.

The Mayor called the closed session to order at 7:45 p.m., with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, and Mayor Gary Skalko. 

 

The Council discussed the management contracts for Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator, and Michael Downs, Interim Director of Public Works.

 

At 8:17 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway that the closed session be adjourned and the regular meeting be reconvene.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to have the Personnel Committee offer the employment agreement and salary to Michael Downs as discussed in the closed session.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to have the Personnel Committee offer the employment agreement and salary to Craig J. Wainio as discussed in the closed session.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

At 8:19 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

  1. Marlene, representing John K. Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarship Foundation, a thank you for the contribution.

 

  1. City of Virginia, forwarding Resolution Number 13070, in strong opposition to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s proposed westerly route to realign US Highway 53

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