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Meeting Minutes for November 07, 2005

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

NOVEMBER 7, 2005

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; Larry Nanti, Director of Parks and Recreation; and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

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. 1. Mountain Iron-Buhl Yearbook request

VI. G. Items 2, 4, 10 & 11

Approve the minutes of the October 17, 2005, 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, 2005, totaling $216,943.16, (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, 2005, totaling $490,607.95, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

After further discussion, Mayor Skalko amendment the motion and Councilor Prebeg supported the amendment to add the following comments to the minutes of the October 17, 2005 meeting:

Page 2, paragraph 6, add, “Mr. Malmstrom was objecting to his assessment because there was a 260% increase from the first hearing estimate.”

Page 2, paragraph 8, add, “Mr. Roskoski was objecting to his assessment because there was a 260% increase from the first hearing estimate.” 

The amended motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Nelson, yes; Irish, yes; Roskoski, no; and Skalko, yes.

No one spoke during the public forum.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Irish to authorize a full page advertisement to be placed in the 2006 Mountain Iron-Buhl School Yearbook at a cost of $200. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Irish to table the matter about the little bulldozer and the potential lead paint, that people are referring to, and what some people are referring to as “junk” which is old fashion antique type of mining equipment. Specifically a pump and electric motor, which were used for dewatering some of the smaller mines around here; a drag line bucket; and a clam shell bucket. That this matter be tabled for further discussion or study amongst the City Council. The motion carried with Councilors Nelson and Prebeg voting no.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to authorize the Recreation Director to work with Benchmark Engineering to prepare plans for fencing, gating, and a light for the Wolf Park. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skalko to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and accept the retirement agreement with Thomas Schur and give Mr. Schur gratitude from the City Council for a job well done. The motion carried.

Councilor Roskoski requested clarification regarding the State Bonding Fund request from the City regarding the City�s contribution to the project. The City Administrator stated that the City submitted the request with $500,000 coming from the City because IRRRA could not commit funding unless the Bonding Bill was approved. The Mayor said that IRRRA would be able to consider the project if the project is approved by the State.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Nelson to adopt Resolution Number 34-05, Authorizing the Sale of Certain Property, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 35-05, concerning the 2006 Economic Development Authority Tax Levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skalko to adopt Resolution Number 36-05, Charitable Gambling, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). After further discussion, the motion was amended to suggest that the Sawmill give the City Council more information regarding how Climb Theatre supports local activities. The amended motion carried. 

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skalko to adopt Resolution Number 37-05, Charitable Gambling, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Irish and supported by Skalko to waive the building rental fees for the American Legion to host a benefit on December 2, 2005, at the Senior Center. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Irish to authorize payment request number three to Lenci Enterprises in the amount of $51,120.00 and approve RFP #2, RFP #4, RFP #5, RFP #7, and RFP #10 for the renovation to the Mountain Iron Library. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Irish, yes; Roskoski, yes; Prebeg, yes; Nelson, no; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to reschedule the November 17, 2005 Committee-of-the-Whole to Monday, November 28, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. The motion carried.

It was moved by Irish and supported by Skalko to direct City Staff to contact the phone company (DEX) prior to the next publication of the phone book and add the emergency toll free number and the sheriff�s department non-emergency number to the list of regular city phone numbers. After further discussion, Councilor Irish amended the motion and Prebeg supported the amendment to have the next publication of the recycling schedule to include the list of emergency numbers, list “Emergency Numbers on Back” on the front bottom of the recycling schedule, and to notify DEX about the additional phone listing information as soon as possible. The motion carried with Nelson voting no.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skalko to direct the Zoning Administrator to answer the letter from Terry East regarding hunting in the Mashkenode Lake Development and advise him that the City is aware of the situation and if anything transpires the City will notify the residents. The motion carried.

During the open discussion, Councilor Prebeg said that he was contacted by the Coach for the Mountain Iron-Buhl Football Team asking if the City Council would waive the building rental fee for the team banquet on November 13, 2005. The Council said this would have to go on the next meeting agenda. 

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski stated that he was not happy with the location of the tire stand and the height of the tire on the stand in Locomotive Park. Councilor Roskoski suggested that the City bury the base of the tire stand so the tourists do not have to climb on the stand to touch the tire. Councilor Irish stated that he also had a concern with the tire stand with regard to the stand supporting the tire. It was the consensus of the Council to have the tire stand on the next meeting agenda.

At 7:43 pm, it was moved by Roskoski and supported by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS

Terry Easty, Mashkenode Development Property Owner, regarding hunting on his property.

Gary Skalko, forwarding a copy of the letter the City received in February, 2004, regarding mining activity on County Road 102 in the Parkville area.

Tom Cvar, Fire Chief, forwarding the monthly activity report for the month of October, 2005.

Minnesota Association of Small Cities, forwarding the November 1, 2005 update.

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