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Meeting Minutes for May 21, 2001

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Mayor Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Joseph Prebeg, Jr., Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; Joe Stewart, Sergeant; and Jeff Lackner, Quad Cities Economic Director.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

1. That the communications be accepted, placed on file, and those requiring further action by the Council be acted upon during their proper sequence on the agenda.

2. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period May 1-15, 2001, totaling $ 125,048.59, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

3. Acknowledge the receipts for the period May 1-15, 2001, totaling $94,983.25, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion to adopt the consent agenda carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to have Staff check the notes for the May 7, 2001 meeting regarding the motion on page 3, second paragraph concerning who made the motion and who seconded the motion and also the motion regarding the Spirit Lake Addition blanket reduction of $10,000 or 5% on the sewer. The motion carried.

During the public forum, Becky Wilkins, 423 4th Street, Parkville, appeared before the Council regarding her request to have the City right-of-way vacated adjacent to her property. The Street Committee reviewed the request and they recommended that her request be denied because the City may have a use for that right-of-way in the future. The Council requested that Director of Public Works meet with Ms. Wilkins to see if there is another way she could configure her garage.

The City Attorney advised the Council that the City has received authorization to retrieve photos for various people for the History Book from Ms. Ostman. The City Attorney also said that the City has the absolute right to proceed with the publication of the book.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize the Civic Association to proceed with the Mountain Iron History Book Project and if there is funding needed, the Civic Association would appear before the Council prior to expenditure of funds. The motion carried.

The City Council discussed the street and utility abandonment in Parkville. The City Attorney said that there is no ability to pursue a claim against USX Corporation for the abandoned streets and utilities.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg to direct Staff to research the minutes for the motions regarding the vacation of the roads in Costin. The motion failed on the following vote: Voting in favor: Prebeg and Roskoski; and voting against: Skogman, Matanich, and Brunfelt. Motion failed.

The Council discussed the letter received from Sheriff Rick Wahlberg regarding the Mountain Iron Sheriff�s office being shorthanded and the additional overtime.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to authorize the purchase of an Advance automatic floor scrubber from Hillyard Floorcare for the quoted price of $4,100. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to authorize Staff to solicit quotes for crack sealing for the 2000 overlay projects and the Mesabi Trail between Old Town and Parkville. The motion carried.

The Council discussed the Regional Rail Authority regarding finishing the portion of the trail in Parkville. The Recreation Director said that he would discuss this with Mr. Manzoline, Regional Rail Authority Director.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize Staff to solicit quotes for 2,000 yards, more or less, of Class 5 gravel. The motion carried.

Councilor Matanich said that the Street Committee�s discussed how the streets were prioritizing in Mountain Iron with regard to the continuation of the frontage road from the City Hall to Mud Lake Road. It was the consensus of the Council to have this issue on the next meeting agenda.

Councilor Matanich also informed the Council that the Higgins Industrial Park service road was privately owned by Tom Kintner. Mr. Kinter would like to turn the road over to the City. The Director of Public Works said that if the Council is considering this request the information should go to the Street Committee for a recommendation. It was the consensus of the Council to send the request to the Street Committee.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the Conditional Use Permit for Richard Anderson, Parcel Code 175-0070-01620, to place 2,000 square yards of clean fill. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to direct Staff to advise the Minnesota Department of Transportation to make a formal request to upgrade the Kinross/Highway 169 intersection. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski to accept the quote for manhole rehabilitation from Infratech at the quotes price of $189.00 per foot with the funding coming from the FEMA grant. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

During the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski requested a copy of the fee schedule for the City buildings. The City Administrator said that he would provide Councilor Roskoski with the fee schedule for the buildings.

Councilor Roskoski said that he was approached by a resident regarding the Spring trash collection. They asked if the service could be provided at different time because of all the graduation parties held at this time. The Director of Public Works said that he has not had any complaints regarding the date of the collection

Councilor Roskoski said that he was approached by a resident regarding areas in the Ann’s Acres Addition for the completion of the curb and gutter sections.

The Council discussed the postal survey results. The Mayor asked the City Attorney if there were any appeal that the City could take regarding the addressing problem.

At 7:38 p.m., it was moved Roskoski and supported by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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