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Meeting Minutes for May 20, 2013

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

MAY 20, 2013

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:33 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; Mike Downs, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; John Backman, Sergeant; and Brian Lindsay, City Attorney.

 

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

 

  1. Add the following item to the agenda:
    1. VI. D.  Change the Starting Date for the Director of Public Works

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the May 6, 2013, regular meeting with the following corrections:

 

Resolution Number 15-13, Fee Schedule, change the following:

 

            Water Meter Test                     $  30.00           $ 50.00

            Electric Turn On                       $150.00           $140.00 after hours

            Electric Meter Testing               $  50.00           Actual Costs

 

  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, 2013, totaling $396,061.60, (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, 2013, totaling $394,637.80, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

At 6:35 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing on Tax Increment District Number 14 Modifications.  The motion carried.

 

The City Administrator informed the Council that this was a public hearing for Tax Increment District Number 14 Modifications.  He explained that when the original district was set up it was under a metes and bounds description and then the area was platted and the County did not convert the property. He further explained that this was necessary to begin receiving increments on the property and extending the length to ten years to fully capture the increments for the property.

 

There were no communications received or comments made during the public hearing.

At 6:37 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to close the public hearing and reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion carried.

 

During the Mayor’s report, the Mayor recognized the 2013 Mountain Iron-Buhl Graduates, all 30 members.  He further recognized the Honor Graduates:  Ross Anderson, Courtney Johnson, Cassandra Juola, Zachary Kalisch, Zachary Kivi, James Kohler, Daniel Niska, Jersey Oie, Kathryn Ostman, Laura Ostman, Jayce Primeau, Connor Rautio, Nicholas Rokus, Haley Schaefbauer, Jonathan Suomi, and Amber Wilder.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich to set the next Labor/Management meeting for Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 2 p.m. with Mayor Skalko and Councilor Zupancich representing the Council.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to set a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting for Monday, June 3, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at the City Hall to meet with the Biosolid Authority.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize a contribution of $200 for the Dustin Damm Memorial Walk with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to award the sale of the 1988 Chevrolet Pumper Truck to the high bidder of Great Lakes Pre-owned Fire Apparatus in the amount of $5,789.99.    The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the purchase of decorative fencing for Locomotive Park and the Downtown Park, to enclose the shovels located at each site, at the quoted price of $12,850.00.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

The following items were discussed during the Administrator’s report:

 

  • Summer Coaches.  He said that the City is still looking for several coaches to work for the City this summer.
  • Tax Bill.  He informed the Council that the Senate would be voting tonight on the tax bill that was already approved by the House for the County Road 102 Infrastructure Project. 

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize the hiring of the following individuals:

 

2013 Public Works/Public Utilities Seasonal Workers

 

               Allan Bekkala                        $8.25/Hr. (2nd year)

               Stephen Buria                        $8.00/Hr.

               Megan Christenson                $8.00/Hr.

               Benjamin Curry                     $8.25/Hr.  (2nd year)

               Jordan Deutsch                      $8.00/Hr.

               Baily Knuti                            $8.50/Hr.  (3rd year)

               Jersey Oie                              $8.00.Hr.

               Lukas Piri                              $8.00/Hr.

               Deven Rowe                          $8.00/Hr.

               Samantha Silcox                    $8.00/Hr

 

2013 Parks & Recreation Dept. Seasonal/Summer Workers

               Jordan Bissonette                   $8.00/Hr.

               Daniel Chesser                      $8.25/Hr.  (2nd year)

 

2013 Library Seasonal Workers

               Kayla Mesia                           $8.00/Hr.

               Charlotte Overbye                 $8.00/Hr.

 

2013 Parks & Recreation Coaches

                Raija Sarich                          Tennis Coach                             $300/season

                Angela Otava                       Assistant Tennis Coach            $8.00/Hr.

                Cara Pond                            T-ball Adult Coach Team 1        $1000/season

                None                                    Assistant T-ball Coach    $8.00/Hr.

                None                                    T-ball Adult Coach Team 2        $1000/season

                Jill Kinney                             Assistant T-ball Coach    $8.00/Hr.

                Eric Drake                            Ponies Adult Coach                   $1000/season

                Josh Wheatman                   Assistant Ponies Coach    $8.00/Hr.

                Joshua Etter                          Minors Adult Coach                  $1000/season

                Ray Heltunen                        Assistant Minors Coach              $8.00/Hr.

                Clark David Chesser            Majors Adult Coach                  $1000/season

                Jordan Bissonette                 Assistant Majors Coach            $8.00/Hr.        

                None                                    Girl’s Softball Coach                $1000/season

                Kyle Maki                            Umpire/Assistant Coach           $8.00/Hr.

 

The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Economic Development Authority and adopt the Memorandum of Understanding regarding TIF Projects, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the Conditional Use Permit and Variance for Peter Zattoni, 8590 Labrador Court, Mountain Iron, parcel code 175-0067-00060, to construct an  accessory building that would not exceed 3,600 square feet and that would exceed 15 feet in height.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 18-13, approving modification of the tax increment financing plan for Tax Increment District Number 14, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt the Community Business Partnership Grant Program financial statement, as submitted.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize a Special Events Permit to the Mesabi Family YMCA for the “Color Dash 5K Fun Run” on July 20, 2013.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize a change in the starting date for the Director of Public Work’s employment agreement to May 11, 2013 from May 1, 2013.  The motion carried.

 

At 7:03 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned. 

The motion carried.

 

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.         Minnesota Department of Transportation, forwarding information regarding the Highway 53 relocation project.

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