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Meeting Minutes for October 19, 1998

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

OCTOBER 19, 1998

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Deputy Mayor Olsen with the following members present: Carolyn Olsen, Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, and Curt Piri. Absent member included: Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Deputy Clerk; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; Greg French, City Engineer; and Joe Stewart, Sheriff Sergeant.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the October 5, 1998, 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 October 1-15, 1998, totaling $276,265.00, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. Acknowledge the receipts for the period October 1-15, 1998, totaling $89,778.56, (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.

During the public forum the Council reviewed the suggestion box item. 

The City Engineer recommended that the City Council authorize payment request number one to Hammerlund Construction for the Eighth Street Utility Extension Project in the amount of $208,099.88.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the recommendation of the City Engineer and authorize payment request number one to Hammerlund Construction, Inc. for the Eighth Street Utility Extension Project in the amount of $208,099.88. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council reviewed the 1998 Annual Evaluation and Planning System from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regarding the Mountain Iron Wastewater Treatment Facility.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the 1998 Annual Evaluation and Planning System report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and to forward a note of appreciation to the City Staff for a job well done. The motion carried. 

The Council discussed the communications received from Reynold Pettinelli regarding the blight problem on his property. The Council felt that Mr. Pettinelli should have the blight problem taken care of by June 1st. The Council took no formal action.

The Council discussed the Planning and Zoning Commission comments regarding the Dale Sprague property for the junkyard zoning violation. The Recreation Director informed the Council that Mr. Sprague said that the cars would be removed in the next two to three weeks.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve Registered Land Survey Number 22 (Northern Enterprise Zone area). The motion carried.

Sergeant Stewart distributed the sheriff�s department activity report for September, 1998.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to adopt Resolution #44-98, accepting the bid for the demolition of the 125,000 gallon elevated steel tank in the City of Mountain Iron, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution #43-98, for the Mineland Reclamation Grant for Wetland Mitigations, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to authorize Miller, Johnson, and Kuehn as an additional official depository for the City of Mountain Iron for 1998. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve Ordinance #03-98, establishing an Administrative Hearing Board, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Skogman to accept the Planning Service Agreement with RLK-Kuusisto, Ltd., (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

During the open discussion, Deputy Mayor Olsen asked what the status was for the renovation of the City Hall and the construction of the community building. She asked that the Council be kept informed on the status of projects. She felt that the committee should meet to discuss the City Hall situation. It was the consensus of the Council to have the Building Committee meet and discuss the City Hall situation and to have the Recreation Director report on the Community Building progress at future City Council meetings. 

At 7:19 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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