The Taconite Capital of the World

City of Mountain Iron, Minnesota



Meeting Minutes for September 05, 2000

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Deputy Mayor Matanich called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Stephen Skogman, Curt Piri, and Deputy Mayor Joe Matanich. Absent members included: Carolyn Olsen and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Service Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; and Greg French, City Engineer.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the August 21, 2000, 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 August 16-31, 2000, totaling $94,002.56, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

4. Acknowledge the receipts for the period August 16-31, 2000, totaling $102,519.56, (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, Ed Roskoski spoke regarding the North Court Street Improvement project. He said that three of the property owners, Malmstrom, Roskoski and Hill, still want to have the project completed if the costs could be brought down to $5,000 and they would each be willing to pay for one third of the improvement cost. The property owners said they would sign a waiver with the engineer regarding the workmanship for the project. The Director of Public Works said he reviewed the project area in North Court today and there were no water problems present. The Director of Public Works said that the City has tried to resolve the water problems in the area. The Director of Public Works suggested either not doing the project at all or completing the project correctly and assessing all of the affected property owners.

Deputy Mayor Matanich felt that the city should replace some of the curbing in front of the Malmstrom�s property.

Councilor Skogman said that if the City can come up with a document to have the three property owners sign off on that this was their idea for completing the North Court Street Improvement Project, the city should have the project completed. Councilor Piri pointed out that the residents said they would sign a document that would not hold the engineering firm liable for the quality of the project, not the City.

It was the consensus of the City Council to consider the North Court Street Improvement Project with the street projects for next year.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the Conditional Use Permit for Charles Jacobsen to apply Biosolids to parcels 175-0071-04900, 04910 and 04860. After a discussion with regard to the City receiving a copy of the approve Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) permit, Councilor Piri withdrew his motion and Councilor Skogman withdrew his support. The Council requested that the Director of Public Works review the property and obtain a copy of the MPCA permit and make a recommendation to the Council at the next regular meeting.

The Recreation Director advised the City Council that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) closed the access to Four-mile Lake because people were disposing of garbage and other items by the access area. The Recreation Director is working on the problem with the DNR.

The City Administrator clarified the August 14, 2000, Planning and Zoning Commission minutes. He said that the reference regarding his knowledge of the Group Home opening in Ann�s Acres was not stated correctly, he said that he was not contacted by the realtor until a few days prior to the sale of the home, not a month before as stated in the minutes.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to adopt Resolution Number 41-00, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the proposed 2001 budget with the City Administrator�s recommendation of an increase of 6.1% with a total budget increase of 2.9%.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve the proposed 2001 budget changing the increase to 9% with a total budget increase of 3.6%, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to adopt Resolution Number 42-00, approving the proposed 2001 levy with a 9% increase, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to set the Tax Rate Public Hearing for October 16, 2000 at 6:30 p.m. The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to adopt Resolution Number 43-00, approving proposed 2001 market based levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to adopt Resolution Number 44-00, setting dates for public hearings on the proposed budget and tax levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve the application and permit for a temporary on-sale liquor license for Mesabi Archery for October 28, 2000 pending approval of the Liquor Control Director. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

The Council discussed the request for a budget increase for the Calvary Cemetery Association. It was the consensus of the Council to have the budget increased to $2500 and request a breakdown of equipment needed and a list of other contributions that they receive.

The Council reviewed the legal requirements for polling place changes.

The following items were discussed during the open discussion portion of the meeting:

Councilor Skogman-requested that some of the committees meet to see what work needs to be completed with that particular committee, i.e. Traffic, Streets, Ordinance, Incident Command System, etc.

Councilor Skogman-said that he has been hearing nice comments regarding the new City Hall/Community Center building, except that the building needs decorating. He requested that the office staff, especially the female office staff members, look at decorating the building. It was the consensus of the Council to have the office staff looks at decorating the City Hall/Community Center building under the direction of the City Administrator and to have some improvements made by the next regular council meeting.

Councilor Skogman-requested that the City Council authorize sponsorship of the World All Star Wrestling Alliance at the RRCC. It was the consensus of the Council to add the request to the September 13, 2000, special meeting agenda.

Deputy Mayor Matanich-asked Staff if all of the problems with the City Hall/Community Center building have been resolved. The Director of Public Works said that they have working on the list of problems.

At 7:24 p.m., it was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Recent News

Campground Reservations

Contact Us

[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]