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Meeting Minutes for September 07, 1999

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:

V. C. Street Names

D. Special Events Ordinance

VI. K. Letter from the Superintendent of Mountain Iron-Buhl School

2. Approve the minutes of the August 16, 1999, regular meeting as submitted.

3. 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.

4. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period August 16-31, 1999, totaling $208,875.67, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period August 16-31, 1999, totaling $76,118.66, (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 discussed the letter from Craig Salo regarding annexing his property into the City of Mountain Iron.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Matanich to set a public hearing for October 18, 1999 at 6:35 p.m. to consider the annexation of Craig Salo�s property into the City of Mountain Iron legally described as follows:

Northeast Quarter (NE �) of the Northwest Quarter (NW �) of Section 3, Township 57 North, Range 18 West of the Fourth Principal Meridian, St. Louis County, Minnesota containing

approximately 41.09 acres.

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Also during the public forum, Ed Roskoski questioned what the Mineland Reclamation Project was for. The Recreation Director advised him that the Project would be at the West II Rivers Campground.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to adopt Resolution #41-99, awarding the bid for construction of a ball field located in South Grove addition to 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 #43-99, for the Mineland Reclamation Grant, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the building permit application for Jeff Eichorn to construct a storage building on Parcel 175-0071-01158. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the rezoning of Parcel 175-0071-00890 from Urban Residential-Sewered (URS) and Rural Residential (RR) to Commercial (CD). The motion carried.

The Council delayed action on the ordinance amendment to Chapter 22 of the city code until the Planning and Zoning Commission holds a public hearing.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Fire Department and appointment Nick Johnson to the Mountain Iron Volunteer Fire Department. The motion carried.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Skogman to adopt Resolution #35-99, accepting bids on the Community Center/City Hall project, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). Note: The following paragraph is the discussion that took place prior to the vote being taken on this motion. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Piri, yes; Olsen, no; Skogman, yes; Matanich, yes; and Brunfelt, yes.

Councilor Olsen asked the Architect how the list of bidders was developed and whether this is the most cost effective way. The Architect said that the construction manager obtains separate quotes for the project and he did not know if this is cost effective or not. Councilor Olsen asked if there were multiple bids for the 18 items. The Architect said that there was good competition for the 18 items from the bidders and most areas had more than one bidder. Councilor Skogman asked why the security door item was voided. The Architect said that #16 security door was for a full vault door and during the bidding period it was changed to a four hour door with special hardware installed instead. Councilor Matanich asked if the research was complete on where the excess funds would come from for the payment of the building. The Mayor said that the funds would come from the following sources:

$1,015,000 Bonds Proceeds

$ 50,000 Interest Earned on Bonds

$ 110,000 Reserved for ADA

$ 250,000 Dedicated Utility Funds

$ 25,000 Other

$ 50,000 Reserve funds

Councilor Matanich asked how much more will the building cost beside the figures presented. The Architect said that the Construction Manager handles the financial information that should be supplied to the City Council. Councilor Matanich asked if all of the people that will be working in the new City Hall had input in the facility and are satisfied with how the building is being planned. The Administrator said that everyone is satisfied with the building and the only request that he heard is for additional space.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to adopt Resolution #42-99, approving plans and specifications and ordering advertisement for bids, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The Mayor asked the Council if they could choose streets names tonight for the streets in the West Virginia and Lambert Addition areas and also rename Eighth Street to Mountain Iron Drive.

It was the consensus of the Council to get input from some of the residents in West Virginia, Westgate Addition, Parkville Addition and Lambert Addition and consider new names at the next regular meeting. Ed Roskoski suggested renaming 16th Avenue to Boundary Avenue.

The Council reviewed the Special Event Ordinance. It was the consensus of the Council to change 50 individuals for an outdoor gathering to 25 and the fee at $25 plus additional expenses for services provided for the special event. The Council directed the City Administrator to make the changes and submit them to the City Council at the next regular meeting.

It was moved by Skogman and supported Matanich to adopt Resolution #36-99, for the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, (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 the proposed 2000 budget, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to adopt Resolution #37-99, approving the proposed 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 set the Tax Rate Public Hearing for October 4, 1999 at 6:30 p.m. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution #38-99, approving the proposed 2000 market rate based levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to adopt Resolution #39-99, setting public hearing dates, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to amend the Minutes Policy to state that those Board and Commission Members that do not want to receive minutes can have their name removed from the list. The motion carried.

The Council took no action on Resolution #40-99, supporting a fee increase for Deputy Registrars.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to authorize the City Administrator and the Director of Public Works to negotiate with Coldwell Banker for a possible purchase of land and have the City Engineer and Director of Public Works review the property for the amount of wetlands on the parcel. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the Glenn Steeves invoice for the demolition of the South Grove water tower. A discussion took place regarding whether prevailing wages were paid.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to pay Glenn Steeves the final payment due for the South Grove water tower demolition in the amount of $2800. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Olsen, yes; Skogman, yes; Matanich, yes; Piri, yes, and Brunfelt, no.

The Council reviewed the letter from Mr. Techar, Superintendent of the Mountain Iron-Buhl Schools regarding the parking problems created by the construction at the school. The Council took no action on the issue.

During the open discussion, Councilor Olsen requested that the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council receive a list of the building permits on a quarterly basis. It was the consensus of the Council to have this list sent out quarterly.

During the Mayor�s report, Mayor Brunfelt said that signage needs to be placed at the 13th Street and Highway 53 intersection that states, “Welcome to Mountain Iron”. The Mayor asked the Director of Public Works to check with the State Highway Department regarding the installation of the sign. The Mayor said he would also like to have signs placed stating the City of Mountain Iron is on the next three exits. The Mayor also asked that the Director of Public Works have the entrance sign on the intersection of Highway 53 and Old Highway 169 sand blasted and repaired. The Mayor also said that there is garbage in the median by the Dairy Queen that needs to be cleaned up.

Mr. & Mrs. Kinnunen said that they were interested in purchasing a lot in the housing development by Merritt Elementary School on Eighth Street.

At 7:59 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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