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Meeting Minutes for November 16, 1998

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

NOVEMBER 16, 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; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; Joe Stewart, Sergeant; and Greg French, City Engineer.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the November 2, 1998, regular meeting as submitted.

2. Approve the minutes of the November 4, 1998, special 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 November 1-15, 1998, totaling $205,936.72, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period November 1-15, 1998, totaling $104,688.69, (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.

No one was present for the public forum.

The City Attorney had nothing to report. The Recreation Director advised the Council that he would be contacting the City Attorney regarding a blight problem in Parkville. The Council discussed the blight problem at the Sprague residence. The Sergeant updated the Council on the progress Mr. Sprague has been making regarding the blight problem on his property.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the recommendation of the City Engineer and approve payment request number four to Mesabi Bituminous, Inc. for the 16th Avenue Reconstruction Project in the amount of $14,110.59. 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 approve the final payment request to Hammerlund Construction, Inc. for the Eighth Street South Utility Extension Project in the amount of $10,952.62. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The City Engineer updated the Council on the progress of the Mesabi Trail through Parkville. 

The Director of Public Works said that he received the following quotations for the purchase of 15,000 feet of 1/O solid underground wire:

COMPANY QUOTE TOTAL COST

WESCO $1,025.00/1000 $15,375.00

Border States $1,063.49/1000 $15,952.35

Peterson-Wisdorf $1,109.00/1000 $16,635.00

Resco $1,210.00/1000 $18,150.00

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the recommendation of the Director of Public Works and authorize the purchase of 15,000 feet of underground wire from Wesco at the low quotation price of $15,375.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Community Center Committee was not available to attend the City Council meeting.

The Council discussed the Willow Drive report. Deputy Mayor Olsen asked if all of the residents on Willow Road should get a copy of the report. Councilor Matanich said that he would talk to Mr. Rodorigo about informing the other neighbors.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich that the liquor and cigarette license applications for the period January 1, 1999 through December 31, 1999, 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 charges:

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

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

910 West 23rd Avenue On-Sale Non-Intoxicating Liquor

(Mountain Iron, MN) Off-Sale Non-Intoxicating Liquor

Virginia, MN 55792 Cigarette

Harry�s Bar of Mountain Iron, Inc. Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

DBA: Bon Air Bar On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

8890 Main Street, PO Box 231 Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

Mountain Iron, MN 55768 Cigarette

Mike Lambert Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

DBA: Silver Creek Liquor Company Cigarette

915 West 23rd Avenue

(Mountain Iron, MN)

Virginia, MN 55792

Commander Club On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

American Legion Post #220 On-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

Kathleen Carlsen Cigarette

Food-n-Fuel

903 West 23rd Avenue, PO Box 1207

(Mountain Iron, MN)

Virginia, MN 55792

Joni Stutzman Cigarette

DBA: Joni�s Foods

8874 Main Street, PO Box 107

(Mountain Iron, MN)

Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750

Hughes Mountain Iron Properties Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

Northern Lights Steak & Grill On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

8311 South 13th Street, PO Box 393 Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

Mountain Iron, MN 55768 Cigarette

Joseph Giru Cigarette

Wayne Motor and Oil Company 

8904 Main Street, PO Box 356

Mountain Iron, MN 55768

Edward Turenne Cigarette

Country Kitchen

8310 South 13th Street

(Mountain Iron, MN)

Virginia, MN 55792

Joseph Giru Off-Sale Non-Intoxicating Liquor

Little Joe�s Cigarette

5537 McInnes Road, PO Box 356

Mountain Iron, MN 55768

Jay Ryan Moehlenbrock Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

Jay Ryan Enterprise, Inc. On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

DBA: Sawmill Saloon & Restaurant Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

8313 South 13th Street Cigarette

(Mountain Iron, MN)

Virginia, MN 55792

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve the Final IRRRB Accounting Report for the reconstruction of 16th Avenue and the Eighth Street Utility Extension Projects, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the agreement with Walker, Giroux, and Hahne for the preparation of the 1998 audit. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Administrator submit applications to the 1999 Rudy Perpich Innovative Service Award Program for the Drainage Project with the Department of Natural Resources, the City of Mountain Iron, and the City of Virginia and the construction of the Quad Cities Curling Club. 

During the open discussion, Council Matanich asked if the concerns at the Mountain Manor, as listed in the Housing and Redevelopment Authority minutes, were being taken care of. The City Administrator said that the appliances were being taken care of and the requests for service from the residents would go directly to the City Administrator for further action. The City Administrator said that there is a lot of similar housing available in the area accounting for the high number of vacancies. 

Sergeant Stewart distributed his monthly activity report for October, 1998. The Council discussed the tobacco violations in the City.

Councilor Skogman asked if a letter was sent to St. Louis County regarding the resurfacing of County Road 102. The Director of Public Works said that the City�s request would go through the County system and probably would be added to their five year plan.

At 7:00 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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