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Meeting Minutes for October 05, 2015

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

OCTOBER 5, 2015

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:31 p.m. with the following members present:  Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Absent members include:  Susan Tuomela and Joe Prebeg, Jr.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Clark, Municipal Services Secretary; Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; John Backman, Sergeant; and Greg Chad, Fire Chief.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

 

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:

 

VI.       B.  To advertise for Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service Personnel

            C.  Resolution Number 25-15, Property Transfer

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the September 21, 2015, regular meeting as submitted.

 

  1. That the communications be accepted and placed on file and those requiring further action by the City Council be acted upon during their proper sequence on the agenda.

 

  1. To acknowledge the receipts for the period September 16-30, 2015, totaling $587,144.19, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period September 16-30, 2015, totaling $484,243.24, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:  Prebeg, absent; Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; Tuomela, absent; and Skalko, yes.

 

During the public forum, Commissioner Keith Nelson addressed the Council regarding the request of the City of Mountain Iron to have a tax forfeited land parcel transfer back to the City.

 

The Mayor reported on the following: 

 

  • Condolences.  To the families of Larry Wiitala, Eleanor Jenko, and Marilyn Rikala.
  • WCCO Excellent Educator Award.  Congratulated Melissa (Norvitch) Zahn for winning the award.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to approve the Special Event Permit for the Sawmill Saloon for a 5K Run Fundraiser for Soldiers on December 12, 2015.  The motion carried with Prebeg and Tuomela absent.

 

The Administrator invited residents to attend the 5th and 6th Mountain Iron-Buhl Grade School Nine Man Football game on Saturday at noon on October 10, 2015; they are playing the Cherry “Tigers” for the League Championship.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to accept the contract price of $6,132.00 to purchase six street light standards from Millerbernd Manufacturing Company to be used on Mountain Iron Drive.  The motion carried on the following roll call vote:  Stanaway, yes; Tuomela, absent; Prebeg, absent; Zupancich, yes; and Skalko, yes.

 

The Director of Public Works said that the City was currently flushing fire hydrants and that City Staff would be marking the hydrants according to size.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize payment request number one to Mesabi Bituminous for the Reconstruction of Mountain Iron Drive in the amount of $265,062.47.  The motion carried on the following roll call vote:  Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; Tuomela, absent; Prebeg, absent; and Skalko, yes.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to accept the recommendation of the Public Health and Safety Board and approve the proposal with Hundrieser Consulting LLC to develop, facilitate, and wrap-up a regional tabletop exercise for emergency services in an amount not to $18,000.  The motion carried on the following vote:  Stanaway, yes, Tuomela, absent; Prebeg, absent; Zupancich, yes; and Skalko, yes.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 24-15, declaring cost to be assessed, and ordering preparation of proposed assessments for the Fairview Lane, Rock Ridge Drive and Silicon Way street improvement projects, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried with Tuomela and Prebeg absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to authorize City Staff to advertising for Fire Fighters and Emergency Medical Service personnel through the Hometown Focus, the City web site, and the public access television.  The motion carried with Tuomela and Prebeg absent.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 25-15, recognizing Saint Louis County’s reservation of mineral rights on land to be re-conveyed to the City of Mountain Iron.  The motion carried with Tuomela and Prebeg absent.

 

The Mayor announced that there is a special meeting scheduled for October 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss employee evaluations.

 

At 7:26 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried with Tuomela and Prebeg absent.

 

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

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