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Meeting Minutes for September 03, 2014

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:31 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; and John Backman, Sergeant.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the August 18, 2014, 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 August 16-31, 2014, totaling $701,040.91, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period August 16-31, 2014, totaling $117,797.00, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

No one spoke during the public forum.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • A T & T.  He announced that a new A T & T Business Office is proposed to be construction in Rock Ridge Development just east of the Perkins building.  They are anticipating a late fall of 2014 or spring of 2015 construction.
  • Condolences.  He offered condolences to the family of Angelo “Za” Poaletti, who was a long time resident of Mountain Iron.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • County Road 102.  He informed the Council that the portion of gravel County Road 102, going into the Original Town site area, is set to be paved soon.
  • 2015 Budget.  He would be presenting the Council with the preliminary levy at the next regular meeting.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize payment request number five to Hibbing Excavating in the amount of $7,997.26 for the Unity Drive Improvement 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 Utility Advisory Board and authorize the sale of equipment to T & R Electric Supply Company Incorporated per their submitted quote of $3.50 per KVA for 48 single phase transformers and $1,000.00 each for four 225 KVA three phase padmount transformers along with taking one 15 KVA pole mount transformer with no core and a damaged padmount transformer sale at no charge.  The motion carried.

 

The Director of Public Works advised the Council that the Summer Temporary Workers were done working now.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and hire Brian Green as the Certified Building Official for the City of Mountain Iron effective immediately.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to table the Unity Drive and Bluebell Avenue Drainage Project until the next regular meeting to obtain further information.  The motion carried.

 

During the liaison reports, Councilor Stanaway updated the Council on the Emergency Operation Plan for the City. 

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to approve the Salvation Army’s Heat Share Agreement, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded Tuomela to set a Labor Management Meeting for Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mountain Iron City Hall with Mayor Skalko and Councilor Zupancich attending.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to set a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting on September 15, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. to discuss the Local Improvement Policy.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to hire Brianna Forseen to serve as an Election Judge in a reserve capacity at the November 4, 2014, General Election.  The motion carried.

 

The Council reviewed the list of communications. 

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to recall the following motion made at the August 18, 2014 meeting:

 

            “It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to have the Local Improvement     Policy amendment with the $5,000 cap to go back to include the property owners on          Heather Avenue.  After further discussion, it was moved by Skalko and seconded by           Tuomela that the motion be amended to include a review of the legality of the motion by             the City Attorney.  The amended motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.”

 

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

 

At 7:04 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

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.         Minnesota Department of Education, a thank you for submitting the 2013          Annual Library report.

 

2.         MediaCom, a letter information the City of the addition of the SEC Network to the        channel line-up.

 

3.         Range Recreation Civic Center’s Board of Directors, submitting the 2015          budget.

 

4.         Club Mesabi, Inc., a thank you from the Great River Energy Mesabi Trail          Tour for the      support and allowing the start and rest stop location in the City.

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