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Meeting Minutes for September 07, 2010

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
SEPTEMBER 7, 2010

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. Anderson, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; John Backman, Sergeant ; and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer (entering at 6:38 p.m.).

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

1. Add the following item to the agenda:

IV. A. 1. Van Soest Land Sale 

2. Approve the minutes of the August 16, 2010, regular meeting as submitted.

3. Approve the minutes of the August 16, 2010, Closed Committee-of-the-Whole meeting as submitted.

4. 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.

5. To acknowledge the receipts for the period August 16-31, 2010, totaling $630,618.44, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

6. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period August 16-31, 2010, totaling $445,183.27, (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.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to allow the sale of Lot 13, Block 2, Unity Second Addition, from Tim and Ann Van Soest to the party that has executed a purchase agreement with them allowing the new owner the full 30 months for construction. The motion carried.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– Silicon Energy Solar Panel Factory. Announced that a ground breaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the Mountain Iron Energy Park.
– New School Year. Children were back in school today. Wished luck to the fall athletic teams.
– Labor/Management Meeting. A meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. with Mayor Skalko and Councilor Zupancich attending with Councilor Stanaway as an alternate. 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to authorize the YMCA Black Cat Run Special Event for Saturday, October 9, 2010. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Zupancich to direct City Staff to submit three project pre-applications to Saint Louis County CDBG Program with the following priorities: (1) Downtown Mountain Iron area alley paving; (2) Locomotive Park; and (3) Sidewalk in Rock Ridge Development. The motion failed with Prebeg, Zupancich, Stanaway, and Skalko voting no. 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Skalko to direct City Staff submit CDBG Pre-applications, if they qualify, for the following: (1) Downtown Mountain Iron area alley paving; (2) Locomotive Park Phase II Project; and (3) Sidewalk from Raintree Apartments to the Rock Ridge Development. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– 2011 Preliminary Budget. He requested that the Council submit capital improvement projects to incorporate into the five year plan for the City.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to accept the proposal from Minnesota Power to extend the 23,000 volt power line from the electrical substation to the east end of the Energy Park at an estimated cost of $145,000.00, which will be funded from the Economic Development Authority and grant proceeds for the Energy Park. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Zupancich, yes; Stanaway, yes; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize City Staff to seek bids on the disposal of the following equipment:

2000 Ford Expedition #1FMPU16L7YLB74339 141,452 MILES
2001 Crown Victoria #2FAFP71W31X169861 105,738 MILES
1997 Chevy 2500 Pickup # 1GCGK24R9V2112814 120,129 MILES

The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

The Director of Public Works advised the Council that the sign holders for the new light standards in Downtown Mountain Iron have arrived and the street signs have been installed.

The Director of Public Works informed the Council that the sod is set to be installed at the West Virginia Ball Field Project to complete that project, and the Wolf Park Ball Field Project is going to be seeded and that would complete that project.

The Council reviewed the Sheriff’s Department activity report for the month of July, 2010.

The Sergeant wanted to recognize those citizens that take the time to make a difference in any child’s life.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Roskoski to direct City Staff to prepare a certificate of recognition from the City of Mountain Iron to Kirsten Hanson for winning first place in the 2010 State Barrel Racing Competition. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the 2011 Preliminary Budget as presented, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 07-10, Approving Proposed 2010 Tax Levy, Collectable 2011 (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 08-10, approving the proposed 2011 market rate based referendum levy for the General Obligation Community Center Bonds and Interest, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried. 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 09-10, concerning the 2010 Economic Development Authority tax levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Roskoski to adopt Resolution Number 10-10, setting the dates for the 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 Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Ordinance Number 04-10, amending Chapter 154 of the City Code, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to rescind the following motion made on August 16, 2010:

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize the City Administrator, the Director of Public Works, the Librarian, and the Foreman to receive a one percent pay increase effective June 1, 2010; and further, to allow a one time stipend of $100 to $600, based on the evaluation of their job performance from June 2009 to June 2010 to be deposited into their 407 retirement account, with the Personnel Committee supplying the information to City Staff, as discussed in the closed meeting. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway motion to authorize the Librarian and the Foreman to receive a 1% pay increase as of June 1, 2010, the Librarian to receive four Personal Days per year, and authorize a one time stipend for the City Administrator, the Director of Public Works, the Librarian, and the Foreman of $100 to $600, based on the evaluation of their job performance from June 2009 to June 2010 to be deposited into their 407 retirement account, with the Personnel Committee supplying the information to City Staff, as discussed in the closed meeting. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize Jeff and Greg Properties, Inc., dba as B.G.’s Bar and Grill, to serve alcohol on Saturday, September 25, 2010, for the Morrisette Wedding, and on Thursday, September 23, 2010, for the St. Michaels Foundation Event at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to waive the building rental fees for the use of the Mountain Iron Community Center for the DRCC Annual Christmas Party on December 10, 2010, and for the United Way Flavor of the North Fundraising Event on April 14, 2011. The motion carried.

At 7:47 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC
Municipal Services Secretary

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