The Taconite Capital of the World

City of Mountain Iron, Minnesota



Meeting Minutes for October 07, 2013

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

OCTOBER 7, 2013

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Clark, Municipal Services Secretary; Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Sally Peterangelo, Librarian; and John Backman, Sergeant.

 

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

 

  1. Add the following to the agenda:

            VI.       E.         Requests for Donations-Festival of Trees and Mountain Iron-Buhl                                             Cross Country Team

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the September 16, 2013, 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, 2013, totaling $609,788.61, (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, 2013, totaling $516,355.20, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

At 6:32 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing on the County Road 7 Water Improvements.  The motion carried.

 

The City Administrator reviewed the project and the proposed assessments on the improvements.

 

During the public hearing, Larry Lindholm, representing RGGS, spoke and confirmed the payment procedure being 30 days interest free from the day of adoption.

 

At 6:35 p.m., it was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adjourn the public hearing and reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion carried.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Unity Drive.  The street should be completed, with a base coat, by the end of October, with the final top coat being completed in the Spring.
  • Sidewalk Project.   The sidewalk projects in the Old Downtown area and on Enterprise Drive South are progressing and should be completed.
  • Recognitions.  2013 Mountain Iron-Buhl Football Hall of Fame inductees:  Doug Rossi, Mountain Iron Class of 52; Dick Lavasseur Mountain Iron Class of 62; Walt Stockey, Mountain Iron Class of 67; Chuck Niskanen, Mountain Iron Class of 71; Scott Ellis, Buhl Class of 73; Steve Lapatka, Mountain Iron Class of 73; and Matt Wiitala, Mountain Iron-Buhl Class of 2000. 

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to approve the contract for services with the Mesabi Humane Society for 2014, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

The Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Mountain Manor.  The remodeling, residing, and reroofing project at Mountain Manor was being completed.
  • Parks.  The shovels located at Locomotive Park and the Downtown Park have been painted and fenced.  The Mayor further stated that this was completed by a request from the insurance company due to a liability issue.
  • Demolitions.  The four properties, scheduled for demolition, should be completed in the next few weeks. 

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 36-13, adopting the special assessments for improvements to the Mountain Iron Water System along County Road 7, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the installation of the 3 phase power for the Wal-Mart project at a cost of $11,500, with the expenses being reimbursed by Wal-Mart.   The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

The Director of Public Works advised the Council that three street lights had been installed in the South Forest Grove Addition.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the Library Director/Special Event Director to purchase new games for use at the Halloween Carnival at a cost of up to $400, with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

The Library Director/Special Events Director reported on the following:

 

  • Alabaster Falls.  Would be performing at the Library on October 17, 2013, funded by the Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.
  • State Library Convention.  She stated that she would be attending the Conference this week.
  • Tea on Tuesday.  She said that Tom Rukavina, representing Nolan, would be at the Tea on October 8, 2013.
  • September Library Report.  She reviewed the report with the Council.
  • Football Hall of Fame.   She said that the Library has an Open House at the Library before the induction.
  • Thank you.  She wanted to thank Tracy Kenyon for working as a substitute at the Library.
  • W.O.W.  Story time for children five years and under on Wednesdays from 11-12 a.m.

 

Councilor Stanaway requested that the title on the agenda be updated for the Library Director to Library Director/Special Events Director.

 

The Sergeant requested that the Sheriff’s Department “In Car Camera System” be removed from the agenda; the Sheriff’s Department was not awarded grant funding for the purchase.

 

The Council reviewed the August 2013 statistics. 

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to approve change order number one for the 2011 Street Improvement Project by decreasing the contract by $13,132.86, for a total contract price of $110,835.14.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize payment request number four, the final, to Mesabi Bituminous in the amount of $6,000.00 for the 2011 Street Improvement Project.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize payment request number one to Hibbing Excavating Incorporated in the amount of $26,192.45 for the 2013 Sidewalk Improvement Project.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize payment request number two to Hibbing Excavating Incorporated in the amount of $200,960.25 for the Unity Drive Improvements.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to authorize payment request number two to Ulland Brothers Incorporated in the amount of $6,102.32 for the County Road 102 Utility Extension Project.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and appoint Greg Jarvela to the Lead Journeyman Lineman Position.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to approve the four Fire Captains position analysis, (copies are attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

During the Liaison reports, Councilor Stanaway, Public Safety and Health Board, informed the Council and Public that the Board was currently working on an ordinance addressing the synthetic drug issues.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela and adopt Resolution Number 37-13, setting a public hearing for the 2011 Street Improvements, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve the Special Events Permit Application for the Mesabi Family YMCA to hold a run on October 12, 2013.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize Jeff and Greg Properties, Inc. dba:  B.G.’s Bar & Grill, to serve alcohol at the Community Center as follows:

 

            October 18, 2013        Pelletier Wedding

            November 16, 2013     Carpenter Wedding

 

The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize a contribution of $500 to VRMC Foundation for the 2013 Festival of Trees Event, with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize a contribution of $300 to the Mountain Iron-Buhl Cross Country Team, with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  After further discussion, Zupancich amended his motion to change the amount to $200 and Stanaway supported the amendment.  The amended motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

At 7:09 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

 

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

  1. VRMC Foundation for Festival of Trees, a request for sponsorship of the event.

 

  1. State of Minnesota, Office of the State Auditor, forwarding the Volunteer Relief Association Investment Report Card.

 

  1. Mountain Iron-Buhl Schools Cross Country Coach, a request for a donation.

Recent News

Contact Us