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Meeting Minutes for May 18, 2015

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

MAY 18, 2015

 

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; Alan Johnson, City Engineer; Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; John Backman, Sergeant; Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney; Patrick Orent, Principal Appraiser for Saint Louis County; Tom Carlson, Principal Appraiser for Saint Louis County; Ben Thomas, Principal Appraiser for Saint Louis County; and Brian Grahek, Real Estate Appraiser for Saint Louis County.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the April 30, 2015, Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting, as submitted.

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the May 4, 2015, regular 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 May 1-15, 2015, totaling $159,159.15, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period May 1-15, 2015, totaling $357,758.11, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

At 6:32 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to recess the regular meeting and reconvene the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make no changes to the valuation on the property of Larry Tviet at 5494 Carnation Avenue, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0013-00020.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make an adjustment to the improvements to the property of Clayton Kujala, 8798 Fairview Lane, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code of 175-0055-00550 and reduce the improvement value by $5,300, making the improvement total $78,800.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make an adjustment to the improvements to the property of Ron Abrahamson, 5601 Falcon Avenue, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code of 175-0051-00635 and reduce the improvement value by $4,000, making the improvement total $78,100.  The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make an adjustment to the improvements to the property of Darren Kramer, 5490 Diamond Lane, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code of 175-0063-00090 and reduce the improvement value by $7,800, making the improvement total $273,700.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make an adjustment to the improvements to the property of Willie Spelts, 5492 Diamond Lane, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code of 175-0063-00080 and reduce the improvement value by $3,700, making the improvement total $282,100.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make an adjustment to the improvements to the property of Glen Avikainen, 8750 Fairview Lane, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code of 175-0055-00300 and reduce the improvement value by $200, making the improvement total $68,400.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make no changes to the valuation on the property of Robert Rojeski at 5472 Carnation Avenue, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0013-00080.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make no changes to the valuation on the property of Matt Kishel at 5483 Bluebell Avenue, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0013-00170.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make no changes to the valuation on the property of Chris Fink at 5498 Diamond Lane, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0063-00050.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make an adjustment to the improvements to the property of Brandon Tapio, 4929 Voss Road, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code of 175-0071-04036 and reduce the improvement value by $400, making the improvement total $226,100.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make no changes to the valuation on the property of Ed Zeidler at 8450 Mud Lake Road, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0071-01282.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make an adjustment to the improvements to the property of Keny Adams, aka Country Kitchen, at 5470 Mountain Iron Drive, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code of 175-0071-01218 and reduce the improvement value by $54,000, making the improvement total $135,700; Parcel Code of 175-0071-01219, reduce the land value by $2,300, making the land value of $9,800; and Parcel Code of 175-0071-01214, reduce the land value by $4,000, making the land value of $17,300.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make no changes to the valuation on the property of Jesse Richter at 5458 Diamond Lane, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0130-00260.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make no changes to the valuation on the property of Jim Medure at 5465 Bluebell Avenue, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0013-00205.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make an adjustment to the improvements to the property of Joanne McGregor, 4860 Butler Road, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code of 175-0071-05023 and reduce the improvement value by $2,000, making the improvement total $183,600.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make an adjustment to the improvements to the property of Brandon Tapio, 4929 Voss Road, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code of 175-0071-04036 and reduce the improvement value by $400, making the improvement total $226,100.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make an adjustment to the improvements to the property of Bob and Beth Skalko, 5441 Diamond Lane, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code of 175-0130-00010 and reduce the improvement value by $34,200, making the improvement total $429,800.  The motion carried with Skalko abstaining.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make an adjustment to the improvements to the property of Jeff and Joni Eichorn, aka Eichorn Mini Storage, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code of 175-0064-00070 and reduce the improvement value by $34,700, making the improvement total $150,300; and Parcel Code of 175-0064-00050, reduce the improvement value by $3,600, making the improvement total $236,500.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make an adjustment to the improvements to the property of Kevin Petz, 5488 Diamond Lane, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code of 175-0063-00100 and reduce the improvement value by $26,900, making the improvement total $288,700.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Saint Louis County Appraiser and make an adjustment to the improvements to the property of Elsa Johnson, 4701 Elbow Lake Road, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code of 175-0071-05002 and reduce the improvement value by $63,500, making the improvement total $6,400.  The motion carried.

 

At 6:54 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela that the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting be adjourned and the regular meeting be reconvened.  The motion carried.

 

No one spoke during the public forum.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • County Road 102/Parkville Road.  Saint Louis County Officials have informed him that the portion of County Road 102 from Parkville Road to Highway 53 will remain open. 
  • County Road 103.  Saint Louis County Officials have informed him that Country Road 103, Mud Lake Road, would be scheduled to be overlayed in 2016.
  • Birthdays.  Gladys Johnson, turned 96 and Lillian Angelo turned 93.
  • Congratulations.  To Matt Niskanen for the great NHL season that he had.
  • Condolences.  To the families of Tyler Erickson, Geoff Sutich, Mary Dimberio, and Barbara Muck.
  • Thank you. To Greg Jarvela and Curtis Schramm, City Employees, for assisting the Saint Louis County Sheriff’s by reporting two suspicious people coming out of a vacant home in the Parkville Area.  The Sergeant said that they were committing a burglary.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to hire the following as summer temporary employees:

 

            Public Works/Public Utilities:           

            Elyssa McCulloch                               Dakotah Winans                      Logan Hultgren                        Hailey Erchul                                      Alexander Krummi                  Marydith Poitra

            Peter Anderson

 

            Parks & Recreation:

            Jordan Bissonette                                Bryce Negen

 

            Library:

            Allie Knuti

 

            Coaches:

            Laura Petersen                                     Taryn Grahek                          Jesse White                             Ethan Kangas                                       Hailey Erchul                          Casey Kintner

            Jennifer Tiedeman                               Jordan Bissonette                    Arin Marks                                                                                         

The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the agreement for the West Two Rivers Campground Caretaker position, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Legislative Update.  He was informed that the legislative funding to abandon the Nichols Township ponds was approved.  He thanked Senator Tomassoni for all his assistance to obtain this funding. 

 

 

 

 

The Library Director/Special Events Director reported on the following:

 

  • Library Report for April.  The Council reviewed the April report.
  • Summer Reading Program.  Starts June 1st and continues through July 22nd.
  • Merritt Days and the City’s 125th Celebration.  Committees continue to meet and she is hoping to have a schedule of events by June 1st. 

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Street and Alley Committee and install stop signs in all directions at the following intersections:

 

  • Diamond Lane and Unity Drive (Unity Second Addition)
  • Jasmine Street and Aster Avenue

 

The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Ordinance Number 05-15, amending the official zoning map in and for the City of Mountain Iron, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 08-15, accepting bids, (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 Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 09-15, approving plans and specifications and ordering advertisement for bids, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize a contribution of $250 to the Range Mental Health Center, Dustin Damm Memorial Fund, with the contribution being paid from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

At 7:15 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.         MediaCom, announcing the launch of Xtream and forwarding the rate schedule.

2.         The Salvation Army, a thank you for the use of the Community Center.

3.         Mountain Iron-Buhl Public Schools, a letter informing the City that the Ranger Gym would be available on August 1st for a Pickle Ball Tournament.

4.         Range Mental Health Center, forwarding information on the 7th Annual “Dustin Damm Memorial Walk” and requesting a contribution.

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