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Meeting Minutes for November 01, 2010

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
NOVEMBER 1, 2010

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:31 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; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; and John Bachman, Sergeant.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the October 18, 2010, regular meeting as submitted.

2. 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.

3. To acknowledge the receipts for the period October 16-31, 2010, totaling $242,759.38, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period October 16-31, 2010, totaling $290,645.66, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote. 

During the public forum, Mark McCarty, Welcome Back Anywhere, showed the Council his web site that is dedicated to celebrating communities. He gave a presentation and asked the Council to sponsor a page on his web site for an annual cost of $500. The Council asked that Mr. McCarty meet with the City Administrator and discuss the matter further. The Council would wait for a recommendation on the purchase from the City Administrator.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– Halloween Carnival. The Mayor read a report prepared by the Special Events Coordinator. She thanked the Organizations and Volunteers for their participation in the event and said that it was a successful event.
– Mountain Iron’s oldest residents. The Mayor wished to recognized Hugo Johnson, 98, and Irene Levasseur, 101. 
– Old Highway 169. The Mayor recognized William Buria for cleaning up Old Highway 169 and he said that he was still cleaning it up in memory of his wife, Gertrude Buria. The Mayor asked if there was someone that would be willing to adopt the cleanup of the Old Highway 169 area.
– Mountain Iron Walgreen Store. The Mountain Iron store was listed as the top store for customer service for this region, which includes 34 stores.
– Recognition. Councilor Roskoski wanted to recognize Tom Cvar, Mountain Iron’s previous Fire Chief, for being awarded the Minnesota State Fire Chief’s Association Leadership Award.
The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– Economic Development Authority (EDA). He updated the Council on an improvement project that the EDA would be completing. He said that the project would involve filling in the ditch adjacent to the YMCA on the east side for safety and aesthetic reasons.
– Budget Meeting. He reminded the Council that a special budget meeting would need to be called by the end of November.
– Surplus Equipment. Councilor Roskoski asked why only two vehicles were listed in the advertisement for sale. The Administrator said that the Fire Department is currently considering retaining the expedition for use in the department.

During the Sheriff’s Department report, he advised the Council that November 1st was the first day of calendar parking.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to authorize change order number one for the Energy Park Utility Extension Project, MI09-08, to Utility Systems of America Incorporated by decreasing the contract amount by $1,266.00 for a total contract price of $302,357.50. The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to authorize the final payment request, number five, to Utility Systems of America Incorporated for the Energy Park Utility Extension Project in the amount of $3,000.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize payment request number one to Hibbing Excavating Incorporated for the Energy Park Development-Phase III Project in the amount of $128,797.48. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to authorize change order number one for the 2010 Street Improvements Project, MI10-01, to Mesabi Bituminous Incorporated by decreasing the contract amount by $13,668.30 for a total contract price of $106,388.50. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the final payment request, number three, to Mesabi Bituminous Incorporated for the 2010 Street Improvements Project, MI10-01, in the amount of $5,319.43. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the final change order, number four, for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements to Magney Construction by decreasing the contract amount by $177,071.10 for a total contract price of $408,713.32. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize the final payment request, number seven, to Magney Construction Incorporated for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements in the amount of $15,296.06. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

During the liaison reports, Councilor Stanaway presented the October 2010 Library report.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize a letter of support to be written to the Iron Range Earth Fest to assist them in securing grant funding to assist with the 2011 Iron Range Earth Fest. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to waive the building rental fees for the following events:

– Summer Work Outreach Project, for their annual fundraiser dinner on April 7, 2011.
– Tammy Hejda, for a fundraiser for Jed Hejda on November 27, 2010.
– North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity, for their fifth annual Building the Future with Habitat fundraiser on February 3, 2011. 

The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to set a public hearing for November 15, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., for the Community Development Block Grant application. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to set a special City Council meeting for Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 4:30 p.m., to canvass the general election results. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications. 

During the announcements, Councilor Stanaway reminded the Citizens of Mountain Iron of the seasonal flu vaccine clinic being held on November 4th and 5th at the Mountain Iron Community Center. He thanked the Mountain Iron Public Health and Safety Committee for sponsoring the clinic. He also thanked Holly Holmes for setting up the clinic.

Councilor Roskoski requested to have a 2011 budget from the Range Recreation Civic Center Board. The Mayor said he would get that information for the Council.

Councilor Roskoski asked about the League of Minnesota Cities two incentive programs regarding land use and sanitary sewer. The City Administrator said that he would set up the training for those that were interested.

The Mayor announced that the General Election would be held on November 2nd and encouraged everyone to vote.
At 7:36 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
Municipal Services Secretary

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COMMUNICATIONS

1. MediaCom, a notice of an increase in charges for services.

2. Range Recreation Civic Center, a request for payment of their annual contribution for 2011 in the amount of $7,308.00.

3. The “United for Change” executed proclamation recognizing the Northern St. Louis County Domestic Violence Awareness month. 

4. League of Minnesota Cities, forwarding Property/Casualty Program Incentives.

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