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Meeting Minutes for May 07, 2001

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Brunfelt with the following members present: Joseph Prebeg, Jr., Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Greg French, City Engineer; and Karen Luoma, Librarian

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

VII. H. Quad Cities Economic Development-Office Space

I. Laurentian Vision Workshop

2. Approve the minutes of the April 16, 2001, regular meeting as submitted.

3. Approve the minutes of the April 17, 2001, Committee-of-the-Whole meeting as submitted.

4. Approve the minutes of the April 18, 2001, Committee-of-the-Whole meeting as submitted.

5. Approve the minutes of the April 24, 2001, Board of Review meeting as submitted.

6. 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.

7. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period April 16-30, 2001, totaling $228,506.45, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

8. Acknowledge the receipts for the period April 16-30, 2001, totaling $93,128.21, (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.

At 6:32 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to recess the regular meeting and reconvene the Board of Review meeting. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to reduce the valuation on the improvements of Pete Cerkvenik�s property, parcel code 175-0070-01645, by $17,200 for a total valuation of $105,000. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to make no adjustment to Daniel Riccio�s property, parcel 175-0070-01651. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to reduce the valuation on the improvements of Tammy Hejda�s property, parcel code 175-0051-690, by $17,900 for a total valuation of $92,600. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the County Appraiser and reduce the valuation on the improvements of Rod Erchul�s property, parcel code 175-0055-00420, by $4,300 for a total valuation of $106,300. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Roskoski to reduce the valuation on the improvements of Frank Buffetta�s property, parcel code 175-0055-00920, by $4,300 for a total valuation of $106,900. After further discussion, Matanich rescinded his motion and Roskoski rescinded his support.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Roskoski to reduce the valuation on the improvements of Frank Buffetta�s property, parcel code 175-0055-00920, by $5,560 (5%) for a total valuation of $105,640. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to reduce the valuation on the improvements of Michael and Beth Grahek�s property, parcel code 175-0055-01295, by $4,550 (5%) for a total valuation of $86,450. The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to reduce the valuation on the improvements of Gale Claesson�s property, parcel code 175-0071-05035, by $4,460 (5%) for a total valuation of $84,740. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to reduce the valuation on the improvements of Dennis Benz�s property, parcel code 175-0071-03034, by $6,695 (5%) for a total valuation of $127,205. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to reduce the valuation on the improvements of Tony Perpich�s property, parcel code 175-0012-00130, by $6,315 for a total valuation of $119,985. The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to reduce the valuation on the improvements of Tom Nikolanci�s property, parcel code 175-0070-01325, by $15,600 for a total valuation of $130,000. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to reduce the valuation on the improvements, for the septic system situation in the Spirit Lake area, of Rainer Makirinne�s property, parcel code 175-0058-00100, by $10,000 for a total valuation of $140,100. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to reconsider Rod Erchul�s request for parcel 175-0055-00420. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Prebeg to make a total reduction of $5,530 (5%) on the improvements to Rod Erchul�s property, parcel code 175-0055-00420, for a total valuation of $105,070. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to make a total reduction of $3,735 (5%) on the land value to Joe Giru�s property, parcel code 175-0071-00950, for a total valuation of $70,965. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Skogman, yes, Matanich, yes; Roskoski, yes; Prebeg, no; and Brunfelt, no.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the County Appraiser and reduce the value on the improvements to Paul Jarvi�s property, parcel code 175-0058-00110, by $10,600 for a total valuation of $111,500. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski to reduce the value of the improvements to the property by $10,000 on the following properties in the Spirit Lake area:

Property Owner Address Parcel Code Old Value New Value

David Ackerson 4961 Spirit Lake Rd 175-58-10 $177,400 $167,400

Ronald Wiirre 4959 Spirit Lake Rd 175-58-20 $123,400 $113,400

Kim Ross 4955 Spirit Lake Rd 175-58-30 $128,100 $118,100

Jerry D. Kujala 4951 Spirit Lake Rd 175-58-40 $128,700 $118,700

Kevin Burritt 4945 Spirit Lake Rd 175-58-50 $152,700 $142,700

Donald Oberfoell 4937 Spirit Lake Rd 175-58-60 $113,000 $103,000

David Klander 4933 Spirit Lake Rd 175-58-70 $116,400 $106,400

Pentti Mahonen 4929 Spirit Lake Rd 175-58-80 $121,200 $111,200

Bernard West 4919 Spirit Lake Rd 175-58-90 $125,800 $115,800

Paul Jarvi 4913 Spirit Lake Rd 175-58-110 $111,500 $101,500

The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to reduce the valuation on improvements by $5,560 (5%) on the Pentti Mahonen property, parcel code 175-0058-00080, for a total valuation of $105,640. The motion carried.

At 7:34 p.m., Mayor Brunfelt turned the meeting over to Deputy Mayor Skogman.

The Council took no action on Dave Vuicich�s property, parcel code 175-0069-00140, reflecting no change in the valuation.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the County Appraiser and reduce the land value on Hubert Johnson�s property, parcel code 175-0071-05000 by $8,300 for a total valuation of $7,000, and parcel code 175-0071-05005 by $1,300, for a total valuation of $91,600. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to reduce the valuation by $6,230 (5%) on John Meglen�s property, parcel code 175-0072-00012, for a total valuation of $118,370. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the County Appraiser and reduce the improvement valuation by $5,100 on Val Carpenter�s property, parcel code 175-0071-05028, for a total valuation of $100,000. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the County Appraiser and reduce the improvement valuation by $4,100 on Glen Avikainen�s property, parcel code 175-0055-00300, for a total valuation of $62,200. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski to accept the recommendation of the County Appraiser and reduce the improvement value by $2,400 on Mary Lynn Golobich�s property, parcel code 175-0069-00370, for a total valuation of $112,000. The motion died for lack of support.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to reduce the valuation by $5,720 (5%) on Mary Lynn Golobich�s property, parcel code 175-0069-00370, for a total valuation of $108,680. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich to reduce the valuation by $25,320 (10%) on Gary Pagliacetti�s property, parcel code 175-0069-00620, for a total valuation of $227,880. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Roskoski to reduce the valuation by $8,200 on Barb Fivecoate�s property, parcel code 175-0069-00410, for a total valuation of $109,800. The motion carried.

The Council took no action on Elizabeth Spragg�s property, parcel code 175-0069-00390, reflecting no change in the valuation.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the County Appraiser and reduce the valuation by $10,900 on Corinne S. Eden�s property, parcel code 175-0051-00350, for a total valuation of $51,600. The motion carried.

At 7:45 p.m., the Mayor returned to the chair.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the County Appraiser and reduce the land valuation by $2,100 on Al and Margaret Pelkey�s property, parcel code 175-0051-00570, for a total valuation of $2,000 and reduce the improvement valuation by $31,900, parcel code 175-0051-00580, for a total valuation of $93,400. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the County Appraiser and reduce the improvement valuation by $7,400 on Gerald Maki�s property, parcel code 175-0051-00660, for a total valuation of $113,700. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to reduce the improvement valuation by $11,800 on Alan Stanaway�s property, parcel code 175-0071-02550, for a total valuation of $145,000. The motion carried.

The Council took no action on the Al Flaschberger property, parcel code 175-0051-00030, reflecting no change to the valuation.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to reduce the improvement valuation by $14,600 on Gary Rikala�s property, parcel code 175-0051-00150, for a total valuation of $49,600. The motion carried.

At 7:50 p.m., Councilor Skogman left the meeting.

The Council took no action on the Eugene Specht property, parcel code 175-0012-00020, reflecting no change in the valuation.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the County Appraiser and reduce the improvement valuation by $10,600 on Roger Koski�s property, parcel code 175-0013-00110, for a total valuation of $72,500. The motion carried.

The Council took no action on John Kendall�s property, parcel codes 175-0071-04800 and 004830 and 04940, reflecting no change in the valuation.

The Council took no action on the Jeffrey Skaudis property, parcel code 175-0090-00835, reflecting no change in the valuation.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the County Appraiser and re-adjust the valuations on the Floor-to-Ceiling parcels as follows:

PARCEL CODE LAND VALUE IMPROVEMENT TOTAL VALUATION

175-0032-00170 $ 38,700 $ 57,200 $ 95,900

175-0032-00180 $ 63,300 $316,200 $373,000

The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Roskoski to reduce the improvement valuation by $15,000 on Larry Tokarczyk�s property, parcel code 175-0055-00930, for a total valuation of $176,100. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to reduce the improvement valuation by $9,900 on Rose Ryne�s property, parcel code 175-0069-00480, for a total valuation of $97,400. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski to reduce the improvement valuation by $6,000 on Harold McGregor�s property, parcel code 175-0071-05023, for a total valuation of $141,000. The motion died for lack of support.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to reduce the improvement valuation by $3,000 on Harold McGregor�s property, parcel code 175-0071-05023, for a total valuation of $144,000. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to reduce the improvement valuation by $5,980 (5%) on Larry Johnson�s property, parcel code 175-0059-00060, for a total valuation of $113,620. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the County Appraiser and reduce the following parcels:

Property Owner Address Parcel Code Reduction Old Value New Value

Wallace Lakosky 424 2nd Street 175-51-560 $3,600 $71,300 $67,700

William Ulicsni 426 2nd Street 175-51-565 $4,300 $85,400 $81,100

Alex Pelkey 416 2nd Street 175-51-570 $ 100 $ 2,000 $ 1,900

Jeffrey Tiedeman 402 2nd Street 175-51-572 $2,700 $54,100 $51,400

Alex Pelkey 420 2nd Street 175-51-580 $4,700 $93,400 $88,700

Kenneth Dall 2nd Street 175-51-590 $ 400 $ 8,800 $ 8,400

Brenda Manning 410 2nd Street 175-51-595 $1,300 $26,500 $25,200

Jessie Smith 404 2nd Street 175-51-605 $1,000 $19,400 $18,400

Tim Peterson 402 � 2nd St 175-51-610 $1,400 $27,200 $25,800

Tim Peterson 402 � 2nd St 175-51-620 $5,500 $109,800 $104,300

Jean Niemi 2nd Street 175-51-625 $ 400 $ 8,500 $8,100

Richard Peterson 400 2nd Street 175-51-626 $5,300 $106,200 $100,900

Pauline Abrahamson 427 2nd Street 175-51-630 $ 500 $10,800 $10,300

Pauline Abrahamson 427 2nd Street 175-51-635 $3,400 $67,100 $63,700

James Lasky 423 2nd Street 175-51-640 $3,500 $69,400 $65,900

Fred Bussey 425 2nd Street 175-51-645 $1,400 $28,500 $27,100

Roger Greenwaldt 417 2nd Street 175-51-650 $2,800 $55,100 $52,300

Property Owner Address Parcel Code Reduction Old Value New Value

Gerald Maki 413 2nd Street 175-51-660 $5,700 $113,700 $108,000

Sandra Tuominen 411 2nd Street 175-51-670 $3,000 $59,600 $56,600

Earl Poppenhagen 409 2nd Street 175-51-675 $1,400 $28,300 $26,900

August Kujala 405 2nd Street 175-51-680 $3,100 $62,200 $59,100

Brad Hejda 401 2nd Street 175-51-690 $4,600 $92,600 $88,000

Ruth Dall 2nd Street 175-51-700 $1,700 $34,100 $32,400

TOTAL AMOUNT ADJUSTED $61,800

The motion carried.

At 8:05 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich that the Board of Review meeting be adjourned and the regular meeting reconvened. The motion carried.

At 8:05 p.m., the Council took a recess.

At 8:12 p.m., the Mayor reconvened the meeting.

During the public forum, Jeff Lackner, Quad Cities Economic Development Director, introduced himself to the Council and outlined the goals for the Quad Cities area. He advised the Council that he was mainly hired for business recruitment and some business retention.

The Mayor’s informed the Council that the Quad cities Economic Development Director position would be reviewed after two years.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to authorize the Quad Cities Joint Economic Development Authority to lease office space from the City of Mountain Iron at a charge of $100 per month and provide office staff and reception services at a cost of $25 per hour. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to authorize the City of Mountain Iron to act as fiscal agent for the Quad Cities Joint Economic Development Authority. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and change the City�s Travel Policy, Section 9, subdivision 11 2A, of the Personnel Policy, changing the provision to “Reimbursement for miles driven shall be at the current IRS rate per mile”. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to accept the non-seasonal part-time position elimination memorandum and review the situation again in six months. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to enter into the agreement for preliminary golf course design services with Jeffrey Brauer, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Matanich, no; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Skogman, yes; and Brunfelt, yes.

The City Engineer reviewed the wetland mitigation plans and specifications with the City Council.

At 8:57 p.m., the Mayor left the meeting.

At 9:03 p.m., Mayor Brunfelt returned to the meeting.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution #11-01, approving plans and specifications, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to set up an Ad Hoc Committee to work on the information regarding broadcasting the City Council meetings with the Recreation Director, Councilor Roskoski, Councilor Roskoski and the Cable Television Committee and report back to the Council with a recommendation. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman voting no.

Councilor Prebeg questioned the Council regarding the cost to publish the minutes in the newspaper. It was the consensus of the Council to have the Ad Hoc Committee obtain the publication costs.

The Council discussed the status of the Mountain Iron History Book. It was the consensus of the Council to have this item on the next agenda when the City Attorney would be present. The Recreation Director said that letters have been sent out to six individuals that want their History Book pictures back.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to refer the information that the City Administrator prepared regarding the cost of book circulation at the Mountain Iron Public Library with the Library Board and request the Library Board to make a recommendation to the City Council. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Roskoski to have City Staff obtain circulation numbers from surrounding area libraries. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to appoint a Committee, consisting of City Staff, Councilor Prebeg, and Councilor Matanich, to develop a policy regarding the Volunteer Recognition Banquet. The motion carried.

The Council discussed the dirt street repairs. City Engineer said that nothing has been done yet.

The City Council discussed the City Internal Directional Signs. The Director of Public Works said that he had contacted the Minnesota Department of Transporation regarding signage on Highway169 for the Community Center, City Hall, Merritt School, etc.

Councilor Roskoski questioned if the gravel shoulders will be completed in the Stoney Brook Park area. The City Engineer said that the shouldering machine broke down last summer and the contractor would be making the necessary repairs this year.

Councilor Roskoski questioned if the Council had ever asked USX Corporation to pay for the abandoned utilities in the Parkville area.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to refer the question to the City Attorney regarding the feasibility of collecting payment from USX Corporation regarding the abandoned utilities in the Parkville area. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

The Mayor requested that City Staff attend the Laurentian Vision Workshop, May 30th through June 2nd and have a Councilor attend the panel discussion at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2001 at the Park Inn.

The following items were discussed during the open discussion:

Councilor Prebeg-signage for the City Hall/Community Center. The City Administrator said that Staff would be meeting with Mesabi Sign tomorrow.

Councilor Prebeg-pointed out that there is a beaver problem in the Mud Lake area.

Councilor Roskoski-Duluth, Winnipeg, and Pacific hearings and potential railroad crossing closures.

Councilor Roskoski-Blight Ordinance. The City Administrator said that it was being process and would be sent to the Ordinance Committee.

Councilor Roskoski-Quad Cities Entrance Signs-requested City Staff look at how the signs were originally supposed to be set up.

Councilor Roskoski-Wally Kostich wants to know who is going to fix his driveway. The City Engineer said that Mesabi Bituminous would be looking at it.

Mayor Brunfelt-suggested only holding one Council meeting per month in the summer months. No further action was taken.

At 10:00 p.m., it was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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