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Meeting Minutes for May 16, 2011

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
MAY 16, 2011

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Susan Tuomela, 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; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; John Backman, Sergeant; and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

Mayor Skalko stated that the Council received a letter from Jill Anderson and he referred the letter to the Personnel Committee.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the April 26, 2011, board of review meeting as submitted. 

2. Approve the minutes of the May 2, 2011, regular meeting as submitted.

3. Approve the minutes of the May 5, 2011, reconvened board of review meeting as submitted.

4. 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.

5. To acknowledge the receipts for the period May 1-15, 2011, totaling $174,317.35, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

6. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period May 1-15, 2011, totaling $238,284.52, (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 commented on the following item:

– Mountain Iron-Buhl Honor Graduates. He acknowledged the following students: Ryan Buria, Nick Daronco, Tyler Devich, Marshall Klaus, Kelly Jones, Baily Knuti, Michelle Marks, Alec Ostman, and Doug Schultz.

The City Administrator commented on the following item:

– Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). He was informed that DEED is recommending that the grant application for $250,000 for the City of Mountain Iron for the paving of the road at the Energy Park be approved; the grant contract just needs the Commissioner’s approval. He also said that there would be no grant money for the purchase of equipment; this would be handled through a loan.
– Silicon Energy. The official opening for the plant will be delayed until August 2011.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to award the quote for crack sealing to North West Asphalt Maintenance for their low quote of $1.07/unity per pound installed. It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Prebeg that the motion be amended by adding that when payment is due for the 2011 crack sealing program that the funds be taken out of the 2011 street budget and not out of the 2011 capital improvement fund. The amendment to the motion failed with Roskoski voting yes and Skalko, Prebeg, Zupancich, and Tuomela voting no. The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize payment request number seven to Lenci Enterprises for the Mountain Iron City Garage Addition in the amount of $12,319.00. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Zupancich, yes; Tuomela, yes; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; and Skalko, yes.

Councilor Roskoski asked the Director of Public Works where the National Register plaque and stand was located for Locomotive Park. The Director of Public Works stated that the plaque was being redone and would be put up in approximately two weeks.

The Council reviewed the April 2011 Sheriff’s Department statistics. 

Councilor Roskoski questioned the legal ramification for the City signing waivers for not providing adequate water protection. The City Attorney stated that he did not have all of the facts regarding this issue, but could contact the City Administrator about the waivers, if that was what the Council desired.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize payment request number two to Magney Construction for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Aeration System Improvements in the amount of $51,129.00. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Tuomela, yes; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to authorize payment request number two to Mesabi Bituminous Incorporated for the Gravel Access Road Improvement Project in the amount of $46,159.55; this amount is paid for by grant funds received through Saint Louis County. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and adopt the following ordinance revision:

CHAPTER 154: ZONING CODE
SPECIAL ZONING DISTRICT NUMBER THREE

Section 3. Special Provisions.
c) up to 3 stall attached garage not exceeding 900 square feet.

The motion carried unanimously.

During the Liaison Reports, Councilor Roskoski updated the Council on the 2011 Merritt Days activities. He said that “The Gear Daddies” have been retained to perform on Saturday, August 13, 2011, Street Dance; “Sofa King Chubby” have been retained to perform at the Friday, August 12, 2011, Street Dance; and the Committee Members, Mac’s Bar, and the Short Stop Gas Station are currently selling 500 raffle tickets at a cost of $100 per ticket for the chance to win a General Motors Company Sports Utility Vehicle and other cash prices. 

Councilor Roskoski questioned the Director of Public Works about the Minnesota Department of Health public water supply inventory report regarding the water quality. The Director of Public Works said that everything is up to date. 

At 6:53 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC
Municipal Services Secretary

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COMMUNICATIONS
1. Minnesota Department of Health, a letter conveying a report covering a routine inspection of the community water supply

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