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Meeting Minutes for September 08, 2015

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Tony Zupancich, Susan Tuomela, Alan Stanaway, and Mayor Gary Skalko.  Also present were:  Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Clark, Municipal Services Secretary; Michael Downs, Director of Public Works; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director and John Backman, Sergeant (entering at 6:34 p.m.).

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the August 17, 2015, 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, 2015, totaling $574,726.93, (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, 2015, totaling $694,507.44, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

No one spoke during the public forum.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Condolences.  To the family of Sandra Lautigar.
  • Congratulations.  Birthday wishes to Emil Stimac, he turned 90 on June 24th.
  • Good Luck.  To the Mountain Iron-Buhl School Athletes participating in Fall activities.
  • Good Luck.  To Matt Niskanen for his 9th season with the National Hockey League.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to approve the payment of the 2016 membership dues to the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities in the amount of $5,174.00.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the Minnesota Power contract extension, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion  carried. 

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Congratulations.  To Council Stanaway for his appointment to the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS) Board.
  • Recognition.  The Mayor congratulated the City Administrator for getting a “Hole in One” while golfing. 

 

The Librarian Director/Special Events Director reported on the following:

 

  • Library Report.  Submitted the August 2015 statistics.
  • Friends of the Library.  She announced a fundraiser scheduled for October 1st.
  • Merritt Days Committee.  She submitted final reports for the event.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize payment request number two to Mesabi Bituminous Incorporated in the amount of $316,176.63 for the reconstruction of Mountain Iron Drive.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize payment request number one to Hibbing Excavating Incorporated in the amount of $94,078.49 for the Agate Street Storm Sewer Improvements.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Public Health and Safety Board and approve the Mountain Iron Standard Operating Guidelines as presented.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Ordinance Number 06-15, amending the Zoning Ordinance, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 19-15, adopting special assessments on Unity Drive, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 20-15, preliminary levy, representing a zero percent increase, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 21-15, Market Rate Levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 22-15, Economic Development Authority 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 approve the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency’s Energy Assistance Program, (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 the Salvation Army’s agreement, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  After further discussion, Zupancich amended his motion and it was seconded by Tuomela to include a request to the Salvation Army to submit information regarding the amount of the contributions received from Mountain Iron residents and the payments contributed for Mountain Iron utility bills.  The amended motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize a $150 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.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to direct the City Engineer to relocate any missing survey pins, check the depths of the water pipes, and check the locations of the water shutoffs on the Unity Drive Extension Project.  The motion carried.

 

At 7:04 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Clark, MMC

Municipal Services Secretary

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COMMUNICATION

 

  1. Range Mental Health Center, Inc., a thank you for the support for the Project Warmth Fundraising Event.
  2. Fairview Range Medical Center, a request for a contribution.

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