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Meeting Minutes for November 06, 2006

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

NOVEMBER 6, 2006

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Allen Nelson, Dale Irish, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Tom Cvar, Fire Chief; and Rick Feiro, Sergeant.

The Mayor welcomed the audience and the television viewing audience to the meeting.

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

Add the following items to the agenda:

IV. A. 2. Senior Center Candy Machine Request

3. Pay Request #2 � KGM Contractors, Inc.

Remove the statement entirely made by Councilor Roskoski from the minutes of October 2, 2006, page 4, last paragraph and the correction made to the minutes at the October 16, 2006, City Council meeting.

Approve the minutes of the October 16, 2006, City Council meeting as submitted.

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.

To acknowledge the receipts for the period October 16-31, 2006, totaling $233,508.13, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period October 16-31, 2006, totaling $394,506.49, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

During the public forum, the Fire Chief updated the Council regarding the request to check on the hydrants by the Walgreen construction area. The Fire Chief stated that he spoke with the contractors and they will be making the necessary upgrades. Also, the Fire Chief stated that the Park Ridge Development also has a different type of hydrant and will need a different type of connection that will need to be fixed at a cost of approximately $250. The Fire Chief said that he spoke with Terry Leoni and Greg French regarding the Biomass site, he said that there currently is two hydrants and they will be possibly adding one or two more hydrants and will order the appropriate caps for the quick connect for the fire department. The Fire Chief also suggested that the hydrants at the Birchem Logging site should have the water taken from a different water source, if that is possible. 

The Mayor advised the Council that the Walgreen store is proceeding well and they are looking for a March or April opening date. The Mayor stated that he wanted to promote Mac�s Bar, they are under new ownership and their grill is now open. He stated that B. G.�s, Adventures, the Country Kitchen, and the Sawmill are also good eating establishments.

The Mayor also informed the Council that the City did receive a grant for $250,000 for the Unity Project and the grant, for some reason, was reduced to $150,000. The Mayor stated the he and the City Administrator met with IRRRA Officials and they did reinstate the grant to $250,000. The Mayor congratulated the City Administrator for making a good presentation to IRRRA and getting the funds reinstated. Also, the City Administrator submitted another grant application for additional funding for the dump site cleanup area. The Mayor said that the City will be submitting a grant application to St. Louis County for recreation purposes that will be awarded in the Spring of 2007.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Nelson to enter into a water/wastewater study with the Cities of Virginia, Eveleth, and Gilbert to pursue a regional water/wastewater treatment facility. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Roskoski to direct City Staff to contact a vendor to have a candy machine to be placed in the Senior Center with the proceeds to go to the Senior Citizens Club. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Nelson to authorize payment request number two to KGM Contractors in the amount of $45,939.66. The motion carried on the following roll vote: Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Nelson, yes; Irish, yes; and Skalko, yes.

The Council discussed the Iron Range Network. The City Administrator said that he would be attending the meeting on November 8, 2006 in Hibbing.

The Council reviewed the list of surplus equipment sold at the Saint Louis County auction. 

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to approve the advertising and hiring of the winter staff for the Recreation Department. After further discussion, Councilor Prebeg amended his motion to included 16 or older and 18 and older and Councilor Nelson supported the amendment. The amended motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skalko to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the Conditional Use Permit for Bruce Cook, 9350 Old Highway 169, Mountain Iron to construct a 1,120 square foot garage on parcel 175-0071-02374. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution #31-06, concerning the 2007 Economic Development Authority tax levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Irish, no; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Nelson, yes; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution #32-06, concerning the 2007 Housing and Redevelopment Authority tax levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skalko to authorize Resolution Number 33-06, Charitable Gambling, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to waive the rental fee for the Community Center on December 9, 2006, for a fund raiser for sending care packages overseas to people that are in the service from our area. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skalko to perform the 2006 City audit for the proposed fee of $16,500 for the Governmental Funds and $7,700 for the Enterprise Funds. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to authorize the temporary liquor license for the Virginia Regional Medical Center for November 15-17, 2006, at the Mountain Iron Community Center for the Festival of Trees event. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Irish to authorize the purchase of a $200 advertisement, a full page, for the Mountain Iron-Buhl Laurentian Yearbook. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Irish to have the City Attorney review the complaint of smoke in South Grove with the City�s Blight Officer and meet with law enforcement and come up with a remedy for this situation and for any future situations. The motion failed on the following roll call vote: Nelson, no; Irish, no; Roskoski, yes; Prebeg, no; and Skalko, no

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg that the potential walking trail between the Unity Addition and South Grove Project be forwarded to the Park and Recreation Board for further discussion. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Councilor Prebeg announced that the Mountain Iron-Buhl Football Team will be playing in the first round of the State playoffs at Dolan�s field in Mountain Iron. Wilbert Johnson said that he had heard on the news that the games were moved to the Virginia Field. 

The Mayor announced that a special meeting to canvass the election votes was scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and supported by Irish that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS

City of Augusta, a thank you for the donation of the radio equipment for their newly created fire department.

Iron Range Veterans Memorial, a thank you for the assistance in obtaining a sign along Highway 7.

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