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Meeting Minutes for October 01, 2001

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Brunfelt with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr, Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; and Greg French, City Engineer.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the September 17, 2001, regular meeting as submitted.

2. 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.

3. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period September 16-30, 2001, totaling $235,039.46, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. Acknowledge the receipts for the period September 16-30, 2001, totaling $448,949.67, (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.

At 6:30 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing on the Flood Plain Management Ordinance. The motion carried.

No one spoke during the public hearing and there were no communications received regarding the Flood Plain Management Ordinance.

At 6:31 p.m., it was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to close the public hearing and reconvene the regular meeting. The motion carried.

During the public forum, Bill Aho spoke with the Council requesting funding for maintaining and grooming twelve miles of snowmobile trails in and around the Quad Cities of Virginia, Eveleth, Mountain Iron and Gilbert.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Matanich to table the request for funding for maintaining and grooming the snowmobile trails until the next regular meeting and request that Mr. Aho provide information with regards to where the funding is going, how it will be managed, and whether the groomer is a lease or a lease purchase. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Roskoski to purchase only the street signs necessary for the 9-1-1 numbering change. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to authorize payment of the fourth quarter 2001 appropriation in the amount of $5,228.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The City Engineer reported on the special assessment issues brought up at the previous City Council meeting. The City Administrator said that all of the corner lot issues have all been addressed.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution Number 39-01, Special Assessments, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to approve payment request number four to Mesabi Bituminous for the 2001 Street Improvement Projects in the amount of $1,125.74. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and adopt the proposed Inflow and Infiltration Plan, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to adopt Ordinance 04-01, Flood Plain Management, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the draft signs for the Community Center. It was the consensus of the Council to have the design with the City Logo on the top, have Mountain Iron spelled out on the sign, have everything left justified, and made in the City colors.

The Council discussed a dedication plaque for the City Hall/Community Center building and a painted name and/or date on the building. It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Administrator get cost estimates for painting the name and/or date on the building and the cost of a dedication plaque.

During the Mayor�s report, the Mayor commended the people involved in the Community Open House event.

The Mayor said that he was asked to speak at the October 3, 2001, event schedule, Evening of Recognition of Firemen, Police, Veterans and Military personnel. He advised the Council that he would not be able to participate. Deputy Mayor Skogman said the he could represent the City at this event.

During the open discussion, Councilor Matanich also commended the people involved with the Community Open House that was held.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Roskoski asked how the plans were proceeding on the Downtown study. The Administrator said there is a public forum scheduled for October 9, 2001 at the Senior Center.

The Council discussed the special assessment search procedure. It was the consensus of the Council to have Management Staff review the procedure.

During the open discussion, Councilor Prebeg asked the City Administrator of the progress on the golf course developmental study. The City Administrator that the final report on the layout is being completed.

Councilor Prebeg reminded the Council that the school referendum is coming up. He asked the Council if a letter of support for the referendum could be sent. The Mayor requested that the School Board members be invited to the City Council meeting to make a presentation with information on the referendum.

At 7:40 p.m., it was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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