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Meeting Minutes for November 04, 2013

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

NOVEMBER 4, 2013

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present:  Susan Tuomela, Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Absent member included:  Joe Prebeg, Jr.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Clark, Municipal Services Secretary; Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Sally Peterangelo, Librarian; and John Backman, Sergeant.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the October 21, 2013, 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 October 1-15, 2013 totaling $367,640.98, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period October 1-15, 2013, totaling $441,893.86, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:  Prebeg, absent; Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; Tuomela, yes; and Skalko, yes.

 

During the public forum, Artie Nurmi-Wilberg, representing Heart of the Continent Partnership, informed the Council about the partnership creating a geotourism website and map of the region.  She also said that they had an invitation from National Geographic for the project.  Frank Jewel, Saint Louis County Commission, was with her also representing the Partnership.  They were present to seek funding for the project.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to include a contribution to the Heart of the Continent Partnership in the budgeting process.  The motion carried with Prebeg absent.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution #39-13, adopting assessments, adjusting the interest rate to two percent added to the prime rate of 3.25% making the interest on the assessments 5.25%, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).    The motion carried with Prebeg absent.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Mesabi Daily News.  He commented on the unsigned onions in the paper regarding special assessments on the Unity Drive Extension Project.  He said that residents that have Unity Drive street frontage are assessed at the 10 percent rate based on the road footage. 
  • Wal-Mart.  He updated the Council regarding the construction; he said that they are currently ahead of schedule.  He said that there would be 300 additional jobs in the area and the store should be open in late summer.
  • Congratulations.  He congratulated Joseph Prebeg, Rod Flannigan, and Rick Gunderson for competing in the 2013 National Barrel Horse Association World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia.  He said that the Prebeg got 10th in his Class and Rick Gunderson finished 4th in his class.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Demolitions.  He reported that two of the four houses that were set for demolition have now been demolished.
  • Calendar Parking.  He informed the Council and Residents that Calendar Parking was in effect from November 1st to April 1st

 

The Director of Public Works reported that Unity Drive West had been paved and they would be adding two street lights.

 

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

 

  • Library Association Conference.  She attended the conference in Saint Cloud in October through a grant from the Arrowhead Library System.
  • Library Report.  She reviewed the October 2013 report.
  • Tea on Tuesday.  She said that Tom Rukavina, representing Nolan’s office, was at the last tea.  Sergeant Backman was the next invited guest.
  • WOW.  She reported that the pre-school group on Wednesday was growing.
  • Halloween Carnival.  She reviewed the success of the annual carnival.  She gave a special thank you to the following volunteers for assisting at the carnival:  Paula Stanaway, Christy Vandeventer, Amy Hutkowski, Michelle Kaivola, Carole Kostich, Linda Foucault, Messiah Lutheran Church, and the Friends of the Library.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize payment request number two to Hibbing Excavating Incorporated for the 2013 Sidewalk Improvement Project in the amount of $80,634.91.  The motion carried on the following roll call vote:  Stanaway, yes; Tuomela, yes; Prebeg, absent; Zupancich, yes; and Skalko, yes.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Skalko to authorize payment request number three to Hibbing Excavation Incorporated for the Unity Drive Improvement Project in the amount of $212,231.33.  The motion carried on the following roll call vote:  Tuomela, yes; Prebeg, absent; Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; and Skalko, yes.

 

It was moved by Tuomela and seconded by Zupancich to accept the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Board and authorize City Staff to advertise for part-time winter rink workers with a deadline for applications of 3:00 p.m. on December 6th.  The motion carried with Prebeg absent.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Ordinance Number 02-13, Amending Chapter 70, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Prebeg absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to adopt the Snowplowing and Ice Control Policy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Prebeg absent.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela that the liquor and cigarette license applications for the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, be approved and issued to the following individuals and business establishments pursuant to the approval, where necessary, of the Liquor Control Commission and pursuant to the payment of all outstanding license fees and utility charges:

 

                Jeff & Greg Properties, Inc.                                                On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

                DBA:  B. G.’s Saloon                                                           Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

                5494 Highway 7                                                                    Off-Sale Non-Intoxicating Liquor

                Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN 55792                                

 

                Silver Creek Liquor Company, Inc.                                    Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

                DBA:  Silver Creek Liquor                                  Cigarette

                5489 Highway 7

                Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN  55792

 

                Commander                                                                           Club On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

                American Legion Post #220                                               Off-Sale Non-Intoxicating Liquor

                5748 Mountain Avenue, PO Box 361

                Mountain Iron, MN  55768

 

                Mac’s Bar, Inc.                                                                     Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

                DBA:  Mac’s Bar                                                                  On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

                8881 Main Street, PO Box 313                                            Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

                Mountain Iron, MN  55768                                 Cigarette

 

                F. P. Troutwine, C & B Warehouse Distr.                        Cigarette

                Mountain Iron Short Stop                                                                 

                5537 Nichols Avenue

                Mountain Iron, MN  55768

 

                Sundberg Enterprises, LLC                                                Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

                DBA:  Sawmill Saloon & Restaurant                 On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

                5478 Mountain Iron Drive                                                  Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

                Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN  55792                                Cigarette

 

                Adventures, Virginia, Inc.                                                  Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

                Greg Hartnett                                                                        On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

                5475 Mountain Iron Drive                                                  Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

                Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN  55792

 

                Walgreen Company                                                             Cigarette

                5474 Mountain Iron Drive

                Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN  55792

 

                Keny J. Adams                                                                     Wine

                May December Endeavors Inc.                                         3.2 Malt Liquor (On-Sale)

                DBA:  Country Kitchen                     

                5470 Mountain Iron Drive

                Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN    55792

 

                Home on the Range LLC                                                     3.2 Beer License (On-Sale)

                DBA:  Holiday Inn Express & Suites                                Wine

                8570 Rock Ridge Drive

                Mountain Iron, MN    55768

 

                WJ Holdings, Inc.                                                                3.2 Beer License (On-Sale)

                DBA:  AmericInn Lodge & Suites                                    

                5480 Mountain Iron Drive

                Virginia, MN    55792

 

The motion carried with Prebeg absent.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to approve the temporary liquor license for the VRMC Foundation for November 22, 2013 for the Festival of Trees event.  The motion carried with Prebeg absent.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize Jeff and Greg Properties, Inc., dba:  B.G.’s Saloon, to serve alcohol at the Mountain Iron Community Center for the following events:

 

            November 16, 2013                 Julie Carpenter Wedding

            November 20 & 22, 2013        VRMC Foundation-Festival of Trees Event

 

The motion carried with Prebeg absent.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to set a Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting to discuss the 2014 budget for November 18th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m or immediately following the regular meeting.  The motion carried with Prebeg absent.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize City Staff to purchase a $95 advertisement for the Shrine Circus with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried on the following roll call vote:  Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; Tuomela, yes; Prebeg, absent; and Skalko, yes.

 

The City Administrator announced that the City Hall would be closed on Monday, November 11, 2013, for the Veteran’s Day Holiday and November 28 & 29, 2013, for Thanksgiving holiday.

 

At 7:20 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried with Prebeg absent.

 

Submitted by:

 

 

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

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