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Meeting Minutes for May 17, 2010

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
MAY 17, 2010

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 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; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; and John Backman, Sergeant.

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

IV. B. 2. Resolution #03-10, Making a Declaration of Official Intent
V. 1. Rental Inspection Authorization

2. Approve the minutes of the May 3, 2010, regular meeting as submitted.

3. 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.

4. To acknowledge the receipts for the period May 1-15, 2010, totaling $120,409.87, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period May 1-15, 2010, totaling $363,249.99, (a list 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 Prebeg that the following consent agenda item be approved as follows:

1. Approve the minutes of the May 3, 2010, board of review meeting as submitted.

The motion carried.

No one spoke during the public forum.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). He wanted to recognize the P & Z Members as follows:

Jerry Kujala, Zoning Administrator/Residential Inspector
Bob Brown, Commercial Building Inspector
Steve Skogman, Chairman Ray Saari
Jim Giorgi Barbara Fivecoate
Margaret Soyring Victoria Juntunen
Joe Piersig Tony Zupancich, Council Liaison

 Council Recognition. Councilor Prebeg chose to recognize residents that are serving in the military: Nick Prebeg, Andy Prebeg, Casey Mattila, Tyler Pulford, Mike Skogman, Sarah Skogman, Nick Dahl, and Al Korpi. He said that he was aware that he does not know everyone to personally name them, but he wanted to thank all the service members and their family. 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to set the next Labor/Management Meeting for Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Mayor Skalko and Councilor Stanaway representing the Council. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway that the Council appoint the following to serve as election judges for the August 10, 2010, Primary Election and the November 2, 2010, General Election:

Precinct #1-City Hall, Wacootah Room Precinct #2–City Hall, Iroquois Room
Caroline Kujala, Head Judge Marilyn Perpich, Head Judge
Sheri Johnson Margaret Florip
June Ross Linda Strukel
Delanie Giorgi Barbara Fivecoate

And further, to authorize them to be paid $9.00 per hour for training and election hours and provide one hot meal to the election judges on election days. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution #03-10, making a declaration of official intent under U.S. Treasury Regulations Section 1.150-2, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

 Legislative Session. He advised the Council that the funding for the solar panel building was vetoed by the Governor. He said that the City was still looking for other funding sources.
 Final Paperwork Received. He said that the final paperwork was received for the road by the railroad tracks.
 Local Government Aid. He said that it appeared that there would be no additional reductions in aid for the City. 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to award the quote for 24 – 300 gallon canisters to MacQueen Equipment in the amount of $9,840.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to award the quote for crack sealing to Northwest Asphalt for their low quote of $0.49 per unit price per foot or $1.07 per price per pound. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the City Engineer and award the bid for the Mountain Iron Energy Park Utility Extension and Site Grading Project, Phase II, including the add alternate bid work, to Ulland Brothers Incorporated in the amount of $546,793.03 with the financing coming from the Mountain Iron Economic Development Authority. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize Boonestro to provide professional design services for the necessary aeration improvements at the Mountain Iron Wastewater Treatment Plant. After further discussion, Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to amend the motion to authorize Benchmark Engineering to proceed with the project. The amended motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to accept the recommendation of the Personal Committee and accept the letter of retirement from Steven Kottke with an effective retirement date of September 24, 2010, and send him the appropriate retirement letter and recognition. And further, to post internally for the lineman position and advertise in the proper sequence. After further discussion, Prebeg amended and Zupancich supported the amendment, that the motion would not include posting the position and requested that this be put on the next meeting agenda. The amended motion carried.

The Council reviewed the request of the Management Personal to open negotiations of their contracts. The Personal Committee will be meeting with Management Staff.

The Council discussed the letter received from AFSCME Council 65, Local Union 453, regarding the hiring of Summer Youth Workers. The Council accepted the letter and took it under advisement. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Fire Department and hire Aaron Buller to the Mountain Iron EMS Group. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to direct City Staff to work with the Personal Committee to review the Rental Inspector position and discuss the position with the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Public Safety and Health Board to research and develop the position. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to contribute $1,000 to the Iron Range Youth in Action group for the Mountain Iron-Buhl Youth Rebuilding Lives Project, with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund. It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Roskoski to amend the motion to submit the allocation as a matching grant for Kinney, Great Scott Township, and Buhl. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.
It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to allow S & F Bar Incorporated, dba: Sports Page Bar, to serve alcoholic beverages on June 12, 2010 at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

At 7:25 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary
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COMMUNICATIONS

1. SWOP, a thank you for the contribution and the use of the Community Center.

2. Calvary Cemetery Association, a request to have the 2011 budget increased for the contribution to the Cemetery.

3. Planning and Zoning Commission, a notice of a public hearing for a Variance request for Don Salin.

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