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Meeting Minutes for November 02, 1998

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

NOVEMBER 2, 1998

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Deputy Mayor Olsen with the following members present: Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Curt Piri, and Deputy Mayor Carolyn Olsen. Absent member included: Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Deputy Clerk; and Larry Nanti, Recreation Director.

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

1. Add the following to the agenda:

III. Public Forum

1) Mr. & Mrs. James Rodorigo, Willow Drive.

2. Approve the minutes of the October 19, 1998, regular meeting as submitted.

3. 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.

4. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period October 16-31, 1998, totaling $172,728.36, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period October 16-31, 1998, totaling $71,964.06, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion to adopt the consent agenda carried on the following roll call vote: Skogman, yes; Matanich, yes; Piri, abstain; and Olsen, yes.

During the public forum, Mr. & Mrs. Rodorigo expressed concern regarding the maintenance of Willow Drive by St. Louis County. They said that they thought that Willow Drive was a City street and now the County has been maintaining it. They also requested a street light to be installed on Willow Drive because of vandalism in their area.

At 6:32 p.m., Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt entered the meeting.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Matanich to have the City find out who is responsible for the maintenance of Willow Drive, have the City Engineer follow up and review the situation and have the City Administrator and the Director of Public Works follow up on the complaint and get some answers to the Rodorigo Family. The motion carried.

Also during the public forum, Larry Johnson, representing the Mountain Iron Civic Association, presented the City Council with the Mountain Iron Coverlet and suggested that the Council have it mounted, framed and hung in the City Council Chambers.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the Coverlet from the Mountain Iron Civic Association and direct the City Administrator to have Mr. Riccio mount and frame the City Coverlet and hang it in the Council Chambers. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the City Engineer and authorize the final payment request, number three, for the 18th Avenue West Improvement Project to Mesabi Bituminous in the amount of $6,341.03. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to authorize the Recreation Director to hire winter employees, seasonal part-time day workers and rink supervisors, as needed. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Jimmy Johnson and Steve Jarvi were present and requested Council approval for an increase of the Mountain Iron Volunteer Firemens pension from $1,300 to $1,400 per year of service beginning January 1, 1999.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Olsen to approve the Mountain Iron Fire Relief Association�s request and increase the pension from $1300 to $1400 per year of service beginning January 1, 1999. The motion carried with Councilor Skogman abstaining.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to authorize the transfer of the small tract of land adjacent to the Oie�s current land in Merritt�s First Addition to Mountain Iron contingent on the City Attorney approving the land transfer. The motion carried.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Matanich to set a special meeting to canvass the general election results for Wednesday, November 4, 1998 at 6:00 p.m. The motion carried.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Matanich to approve the resolution in support of the efforts of the Trunk Highway 53 Long Range Improvement Task Force, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

At 7:02 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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