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Meeting Minutes for September 08, 1998

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 8, 1998

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt 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; and Greg French, City Engineer.

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

1. Add the following to the agenda:

VI. G. 1) Communications

4. Eveleth Chamber of Commerce, resolution for the location of the St. Louis County Fairgrounds.

5. Roswell and Bernice Jacobsen, a thank you.

2. Approve the minutes of the August 17, 1998, 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, 1998, totaling $158,139.57, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period August 16-31, 1998, totaling $88,440.45, (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 said Larry Johnson had spoke with him regarding the Civic Association becoming established as a legal entity with the State of Minnesota. They requested that the City Council transfer $2,500 to the Civic Association so they can order the afghans that they will be selling for a fund raiser. The Mayor said that the Civic Association needs to be recognized as a legal structure before any funds are transferred. The Mayor said that the City Attorney should be processing the paperwork that is necessary for the Civic Association to be established as a legal entity.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Skogman to allow the transfer of the $2,500 donation to the Civic Association once they are established as a legal entity. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to authorize the Director of Public Works to call for quotes on approximately 2,000 yards, more or less, of Class 5 gravel. The motion carried.

The Director of Public Works said that he received the following quotes for the replacement of four tires for the city loader:

Mathisen Tire: Michelin Radials $6,674.87

Firestone: Bridgestone Radials $7,015.92

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to authorize the purchase of four (4) loader tires from Mathisen Tire at the quoted price of $6,674.87. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Director of Public Works said that he received the following quotes for the upgrade of the two-way radio system:

Line Item Company Company

JPR Communications Duluth/Superior

Communications-Options II

Reporter VHF BA SE (Kenwood)$5,700.00 (Motorola)$7,197.14

Antenna $ 695.00 $1,850.00

Control Stations

at City Hall/Garage $4,900.00 $3,390.00

Coordination $ 950.00 $ 350.00

Installation $2,000.00 $3,000.00

TOTAL $14,245.00 $15,787.14

Reprogramming Fees Unknown Unknown

The Director of Public Works said that Duluth Superior Communication’s quote is being recommended for acceptance because they quoted Motorola equipment which was requested.

After a lengthy discussion, it was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Piri to accept the recommendation of City Staff and authorize the purchase a two-way radio repeater system from Duluth Superior Communications at the quoted price of $15,787.14 plus reprogramming fees. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Piri, yes; Olsen, no; Skogman, yes; Matanich, yes; and Brunfelt, yes.

The Director of Public Works advised the Council that the Traffic Committee reviewed the request of the Career Development Program Coordinator and recommended having the parking signage remain the same and designate the Career Development Program’s classes as a special event from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m. Mrs. Karakash, Career Development Program Coordinator, said that would be fine as long as there are no problems for their students with law enforcement officials.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Skogman to allow the Career Development Center Students to park on the street and be designated as a special event from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and direct City Staff to communicate with the Sheriff’s Department and the Mountain Iron-Buhl School Officials to advise them of this designated special event for parking purposes. 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 Conditional Use Permit for Michael Shaleen, 5419 Mineral Avenue, Mountain Iron to allow a 30 foot by 48 foot garage to be constructed on parcel 175-0070-01575. The motion carried.

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Olsen to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve Ordinance #02-98, amending Chapter 22 of the Mountain Iron city Code for the adoption of a new official zoning map, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council discussed the Performance Evaluation System in the City of Mountain Iron. It was the consensus of the City Council to have the Personnel Committee review the system for evaluating city employees and bring a recommendation back to the Council for a future meeting. 

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and have specifications prepared for the demolition and removal of the South Grove water tower and call for bids on the project. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to authorize the sale of the following City property:

Beginning at the Southeast corner of said Park in said plat of SOUTH GROVE ADDITION and assuming the east line of said Park to bear North 03 degrees 37 minutes 32 seconds West; thence North 03 degrees 37 minutes 32 seconds West along said east line 84.49 feet; thence South 85 degrees 46 minutes 09 seconds west 130.18 feet; thence South 04 degrees 25 minutes 32 seconds East 84.92 feet to the south line of said Park; thence North 85 degrees 34 minutes 28 seconds East along said south line 129.00 feet to the point of beginning, containing 0.25 acres more or less.

to Jason Anton Goehring for a price of $1,000.00 contingent on a single family dwelling being constructed within two years. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Mr. Bob Manzoline, Director for the St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority, was present and discussed the proposed Mesabi Trail through Mountain Iron.

After a lengthy discussion, it was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Olsen to set a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting for Tuesday, September 29, 1998, at 6:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers to discuss issues regarding the Mesabi Trail. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to adopt Resolution #39-98, authorizing the acquisition of certain property, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve Resolution #35-98, approving the Mountain Iron Housing and Redevelopment Authority Tax Levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to adopt Resolution #36-98, approving the proposed 1998 Tax Levy, Collectable 1999, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution #37-98, approving the Proposed 1999 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 Skogman and supported by Piri to adopt Resolution #38-98, 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.

The Administrator advised the Council that he received the following quotes on a computer network server:

Micron Net FRAME 3100 $4,936.00

Dell Poweredge 2300 $5,079.00

Gateway ALR7200NTS $5,321.00

It was moved by Brunfelt and supported by Skogman to authorize the purchase of a Micron Net FRAME 3100 computer network server for $4,936.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve the amendment to the lease for the Mashkenode Lake Access. The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

During the Mayor’s report, he informed the Council that a ground breaking ceremony was held for the new University Medical Center, Fairview Clinic. 

During the open discussion, Councilor Skogman asked the Director of Public Works if he could contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation to finish cutting the brush out of the ditches along the Enterprise Drives.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Olsen discussed some sign replacement issues that she had encountered in the Kinross area.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Matanich informed the Council that he went to the last Civic Association meeting and he said the group was very energetic with their fund raisers and they discussed helping out with the Minntac tours next year.

The City Engineer advised the Council that Benchmark Engineering would make ten new zoning maps for the City at no charge.

Also during the open discussion, Ozzie Rudlong spoke and asked the Council to request the Minnesota Department of Transportation to place more signs indicating that you are in Mountain Iron along the state highways. It was the consensus of the Council to have the administrative staff see if the City has any additional signs to place and to also contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation and request that additional signage be placed along the state highways indicating that you are in Mountain Iron.

At 8:23 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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