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Meeting Minutes for May 18, 2009

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
MAY 18, 2009

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; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; John Backman, Sergeant; and Tom Cvar, Fire Chief.

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

B. Approve the minutes of the May 4, 2009, Board of Review meeting as submitted. 
C. Approve the minutes of the May 4, 2009, Regular meeting as submitted.
D. 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.
E. To acknowledge the receipts for the period May 1-15, 2009, totaling $133,500.89, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
F. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period May 1-15, 2009, totaling $247,810.97, (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 to approve the following:

A. Approve the minutes of the April 28, 2009, Committee-of-the-Whole meeting as submitted. 

The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no. 

No one spoke during the public forum.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– Iron Range Original Music Association (IROMA). He announced that they are a non-profit group and they are conducting a fundraiser, May 29th and 30th, at Mac’s Bar.
– Meeting with Virginia. He advised the Council Members that there is a meeting on Tuesday, May 19th, to discuss the Ambulance Service and he urged Council Members to attend.
– Building Permits. He said that he was advised by the Zoning Administrator that there were four building permits issued for single family homes in Mountain Iron.
– Unity Second Addition. He said that one more lot had sold.
– Tour of Holiday Inn Express. The Council requested to have a tour of the facility set up for the Council Members and Economic Development Authority Members.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– Unity Drive Railroad Crossing Upgrade. He advised the Council that there would be intermittent closings from May 22nd through May 30th, to upgrade the railroad crossing.
– Economic Development Bill. He informed the Council that the City would be receiving approximately $300,000 to put towards the Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility.
– IRRR Programs. Looking for general public works projects to apply for grant funding.

The Council reviewed the April 2009 monthly statistics report from Sergeant Backman.

The City Attorney had nothing to report.

The City Engineer had nothing to report.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and re-hire Thomas Cvar as Fire Chief and direct him to work on a list of suggestions as prepared by the Personnel Committee. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and offer the position of journeyman lineman to Greg Javela with the condition that he passes a physical, background check and a drug and alcohol test. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to adopt Resolution 20-09, approving plans and specifications and ordering advertisement for bids for the Old Highway 169 and Mill Avenue Projects, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution 21-09, approving plans and specifications and ordering advertisement for bids for the improvements of Forest Drive, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to authorize payment request number four to H. G. Harvey Constructors Incorporated in the amount of $26,125.00 for work completed on the Mountain Manor Apartment Remodel Project. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to award the bid for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvement to the low bidder, Magney Construction, with the base bid for the project of $424,600.00, along with add alternative one in the amount of $154,000.00 making the total bid $578,600.00. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the Sportspage Bar, 429 Chestnut Street, Virginia, Minnesota, to utilize their on-sale intoxicating liquor license in the Mountain Iron Community Center for events on June 6, 2009, and July 11, 2009. The motion carried.
The Council reviewed the communications. 

The Council did not go into a closed session to discuss labor negotiations.

At 7:16 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Roskoski that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary

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