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Meeting Minutes for October 15, 2007

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
OCTOBER 15, 2007

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Alan Stanaway, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; 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 items to the agenda:
VI. E. Virginia Regional Medical Center-On-Sale Liquor License
F. Resolution Number 48-07, Charitable Gambling

2. Approve the minutes of the October 1, 2007, City Council meeting as submitted.

3. 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.

4. To acknowledge the receipts for the period October 1-15, 2007, totaling $377,633.17, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

Councilor Roskoski requested that the bills and payroll be voted on separately.

The motion carried unanimously.

5. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period October 1-15, 2007, totaling $222,212.32, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; Roskoski, no; and Skalko, yes.

No one spoke during the public forum.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– Emergency City Hall Phone Number. The number is 1-888-223-9883
– Emergency Heating Assistance. Advised the viewing audience that there are funds available through the Salvation Army.
– Mountain Iron Library. The renovation project has been completed and he encouraged residents to go and see it.
– Matt Niskanen. Said that he graduated from Mountain Iron-Buhl School District and now he is with the Dallas Stars. The Mayor pointed out that this is a significant accomplishment for one of our graduates. 

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– IRR Grant Applications. He said that he had prepared three grant applications. He requested that the Council prioritize the first and second choices, and submit only two applications to the IRR.
– Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting. He advised the Council that a COW meeting should be set at the next regular meeting to discuss the budget.
– Capital Improvement Budget/Projects. Asked the Council for input on capital improvement projects to be submitted for the 2008 budget.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to have the first choice for the IRR grant application be the West Virginia/Westgate area Storm Sewer Installation. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to have the second choice for the IRR grant application be the Unity Drive Extension to South Grove. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to award the electrical bids from Resco for the transformers in the amount of $12,249.60 and United Electric for the pedestal in the amount of $13,230.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council reviewed the September 2007 Sheriffs Department Report.

The City Attorney updated the Council on the following:

– Anderson Conditional Use Permit. The City Attorney said that after reviewing the investigation report by the Zoning Administrator, it is his opinion that Tim Anderson is not currently in violation of the Conditional Use Permit previously granted to him.

The City Engineer updated the Council on the following:

– Unity Second Addition. He said that all of the storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water, hydrants, and lift stations are in. He said that the completion date was set for this Fall and they could be facing a penalty for going beyond the completion date.
– Heather Avenue Right-of-Way. The Engineer said that it is unplatted/irregular right-of-way that is approximately 30 feet from the centerline. 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skalko to direct City Staff to send a letter to Mike Determan thanking him for the painting job completed on the house located at 5741 Mesabi Avenue, Mountain Iron. The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to rescind the Mountain Iron First Responders Articles of Organization. The motion carried.

The following items were discussed during the Liaison Reports:

– Mesabi Trail. Councilor Roskoski advised the Council that next Spring there would be another ten signs placed. 
– Library Board. Councilor Stanaway said that the Library Board has not met yet to act on the “Friends of the Library” group.

The Council discussed the request of the Zoning Administrator regarding an increase in salary. The Mayor suggested that the Commercial and Residential Building Inspectors be reviewed by the Personnel Committee. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skalko to authorize City Staff to provide in-kind services to erect or construct the new scoreboard for the Mountain Iron-Buhl School baseball field. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Zupancich because of various issues that Staff, as soon as possible, purchase enough City logo door decals, of the necessary contrasting colors, so all City vehicles will have one attached onto each front door. And further, this request will exclude the Fire Department. After further discussion, Councilor Roskoski amended the motion to only include City vehicles that are going to remain in service after January 1, 2008. Councilor Zupancich seconded the amendment. The amended motion carried with Councilor Prebeg voting no.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Skalko to approve the Virginia Regional Medical Center’s application for a temporary on-sale liquor license for November 14, 15, and 16, 2007, for the Festival of Trees to be held at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 48-07, Charitable Gambling, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

At 7:28 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and supported by Zupancich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Forseen, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary

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