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Meeting Minutes for November 06, 2000

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Absent members: Curt Piri and Carolyn Olsen. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Service Secretary; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Karen Luoma, Librarian; Tom Cvar, Fire Chief; Steve Norvitch, Assistant Fire Chief; Greg Chad, Training Officer; and Joe Buria, Volunteer Fireman.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the October 16, 2000, regular meeting as submitted.

2. Approve the minutes of the October 23, 2000, Committee-of-the-Whole 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 16-30, 2000, totaling $487,447.63, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period October 16-30, 2000, totaling $288,084.02, (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.

During the public forum, the Mayor advised the Fire Department Members and Mr. Berglund that he would take comments from them when their agenda item was discussed.

Also during the public forum, Karen Luoma, acting as a citizen of Mountain Iron, said that she attended a party a few weeks ago at the Community Center and there was a need for a public phone at the facility. She said that if there were a medical problem or some other type of emergency there should be a phone available. The City Administrator said that Councilor Olsen had made similar comments to him regarding the phone and an additional line has been ordered and a phone will be installed in the building.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to set a special Committee-of-the-Whole meeting on December 11, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. with the Planning and Zoning Commission to discuss rezoning. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve payment request number two to Mesabi Bituminous for the 2000 Street Overlay Project in the amount of $75,703.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve payment request number two to KGM Contractors, Inc. for the Highway #169 and 8th Street South Reconstruction Project in the amount of $147,514.78. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Fire Department reviewed the fire truck bid with the City Council. Mr. Norvitch said that there was one bid from Metro Fire in the amount of $127,000 for a Class A pumper. He also said that the fire department got quotes for SCBA equipment for $14,400 from Metro Fire and $15,369 from Ranger Fire Equipment. They recommended that the City Council approve the Ranger Fire Equipment for $15,369 because it included six additional tanks and some additional features. The Mayor expressed concerns because these items have not been budgeted for. The City Administrator said that this would be an extra purchase for 2000 or could be put into the budget for 2001. The Mayor said that the City Council would have to discuss the purchases during the budget process.

It was moved by Skogman to accept the bid from Metro Fire for the Class A pumper truck in the amount of $127,000. The motion died for lack of support.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to table action on the Berglund Conditional Use Permit until the next regular meeting when the remaining City Council Members and the City Attorney were present because the permit requires that there be a four-fifths vote for approval. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to adopt Ordinance 02-00, Parks, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize Staff to spend up to $2,000 to seek additional information on proposals for the library with regard to totally upgrading the present library, building a new library, and look into partnering opportunities. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to adopt the Capital Improvement Plan with an amendment to add $600,000 in 2001 for the library renovations or new construction, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve the request for a four-week leave of absence for Darlene Anderson. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to authorize Staff to proceed with the land negotiations. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to set a Special Meeting to canvass the General Election for Wednesday, November 8, 2000 at 12:00 noon. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

During the open discussion, Councilor Matanich said that he would try to attend the IRRRB meeting on November 13, 2000. Mayor Brunfelt said that he would also try to attend the meeting.

Councilor Matanich also said that it was nice of Gilbert to support the tax lawsuit. The Mayor felt that the City Attorney would have an update on the lawsuit at the next regular meeting. The Mayor said that other area City�s might be making a financial commitment for the lawsuit.

At 7:09 p.m, it was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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