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Meeting Minutes for September 07, 2016

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

September 7, 2016

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:33p.m. with the following Council members present: Susan Tuomela, Alan Stanaway, Tony Zupancich, Joe Prebeg, Jr. and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; John Backman Sheriff’s Department and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the August 15, 2016, 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, 2016 totaling $1,139,180.34 (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, 2016, totaling $498,839.48 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried on a roll call vote.

 

Public Forum:

 

  • No one spoke during the forum.

 

Mayor’s Report:

 

  • Condolences to the family of Virginia “Peanut” Rae Saari
  • Three Woodland Estates lots sold, Unity Second Addition lot sold, South Forest Grove lot sold, still quality lots available
  • Fall sports schedule, good luck Girls’ and Boys’ Volleyball and Football
  • Matt Niskanen, MIB Graduate, training with United States World Cup team and preparing for World Cup Tournament, 9th season for NHL with the Washington Capitals

 

The next Labor Management meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, September 20th at 2pm, with Councilor attending. The motion carried.

 

City Administrator reported on following:

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to approve the Staff’s recommendation for Budget meeting with all Board Chairs and Department heads for Wednesday, October 12th at 5pm at City Hall. The motion carried.

 

The Director of Public Works reported on the following:

 

  • South Grove Recreation Complex, framework for new Pavilion started, roofing and shingles to be started next week

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve the Mountain Iron Safety Committee in recommending the 2016-2017 contract for training with the MMUA in the amount of $10,500 (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator report:

 

  • Saturday, September 10th at 10 am, hosting Hall of Fame
  • St Raphael’s Chili Feed, at Virginia Miner’s Memorial Building, Friends of the Library participating in Cook-off
  • Monday, September 26th at 1pm, “Wintering,” with Author Peter Geye
  • Sally, received Scholarship to go to State Library Convention in Duluth in September
  • Thank you to Merritt Days committee for all the hard work
  • Trying to bring back “Taste of Mountain Iron,” sometime in the Fall 2016

 

City Engineer report:

 

  • Nothing to report, unless there are questions

 

Sherriff’s report:

 

  • No formal or informal report

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to approve Resolution #34-16; adopting the preliminary levy in the amount of zero, which must be certified to the County by September 15th. The Resolution is presented with no increase in the levy from last year (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve Resolution # 35-16; adopting the proposed 2017 market rate based referendum levy for the general obligation community center bonds and interest. The amount reflected is to cover bond payments for 2017 and is the same amount as was levied in 2016(a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to approve Resolution #36-16; setting the Economic Development Authority tax levy for 2016. This Resolution reflects a levy of the same amount as last year which generates approximately (1%) for the EDA (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion was carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve Resolution #37-16; approving the recommendation from the Streets and Alleys Committee, requesting ATV use on St. Louis County roads within Mounting Iron. Supporting St. Louis County’s All-Terrain (ATV) Ordinance allowing for the operation of ATVs on County Roads. The City of Mountain Iron supports the operation of ATV’s within its City Limits including on County Roads, and the St. Louis County ordinance provides for clear county wide regulations concerning the operation of ATVs on County Roads. The City of Mountain Iron respectfully requests that St. Louis County allow for the operation of ATVs on all County Roads within the City Limits of the City of Mountain Iron. The motion carried.

 

 

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to table the recommended easement along the eastern boarder of South Grove (The West 40.00 feet of the SE ¼ of NE ¼, Section 15, Township 58 North, Range 18 West), for road, drainage and utility maintenance purposes, until further information, map and detailing planning is presented. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the City of Mountain Iron staff to have the air conditioning unit compressor for the Wacootah Room of the Community Center repaired by Range Cornice, for the quoted amount of $7,350. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to approve the Salvation Army’s HeatShare agreement as presented, to help those low-income residents with energy related problems (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize a $200 hole sponsorship for the Fairview Range Medical Center charity golf event with the funds being expended from the Charitable Gambling Fund.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

At 7:17 p.m., it was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

 

Submitted by:                                                               

Amanda Inmon                                                 

Municipal Services Secretary                                         

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

  1. Thank you from the Friends of the Mountain Iron Library group for generous donation of $250, the money donated will be used to help with children’s programs and the purchase of more books.
  2. Range Recreation Civic Center requests annual contribution of funds from the City of Mountain Iron for the 2017 year, for the building maintenance and capital improvements. The amount requested is consistent with the past four years, in the amount of $6,577.20.

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