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Meeting Minutes for September 09, 2009

MINUTES
MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL
SEPTEMBER 9, 2009

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:31 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; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; and John Backman, Sergeant.

The Mayor thanked the Deputy Mayor for running the August 17, 2009, meeting in his absence. He reiterated to the Council the new policy implemented at the August 3, 2009, meeting to follow the agenda and to recess if problems arise.

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

1. Add the following items to the agenda:
IV. E. 3. Payment Request Number 2-Mountain Iron Forest Drive Project
IV. F. 1. Parks and Recreation Board at Volunteer Recognition Banquet
IV. G. Messiah Lutheran Church-Request to Waive Building Rental Fees

Remove the following item from the agenda:
V. A. Peddlers Identification

2. Approve the minutes of the August 17, 2009, regular meeting as submitted.

3. 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.

4. To acknowledge the receipts for the period August 16-31, 2009, totaling $561,247.80, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried. 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to approve the following consent agenda item:

4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period August 16-31, 2009, totaling $749,049.23, (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. Ms. Altobelli was not present.

The Mayor updated the Council on the following:

– Merritt Days Committee. He thanked the Committee and Volunteers for a successful celebration.
– Fall Sports. He wished the area sports teams’ good luck in their competition and to do their best, but to mostly have fun during their participation in the various sports.
– Special Recognition. He congratulated D.J. Winfield for his participation with the University of Minnesota Duluth Football Team and Matt Niskanen who is with the Dallas Stars.
– Condolences. He offered condolences to the family of John Jokinen. He advised the Council that Mr. Jokinen worked with the City of Mountain Iron through the Saint Louis County Assessor’s office. 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Stanaway to set a Labor Management Meeting for Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. with Mayor Skalko and Councilor Prebeg attending the meeting. The motion carried.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the 2009 allocation to Greenwood Cemetery in the amount of $3,000. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to establish a Building and Ground Committee with the Committee appointments being made at the September 21, 2009 Council meeting. The motion carried with Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize the October 10, 2009, Special Events Permit for the Mesabi Family YMCA Black Cat Run Road Race. The motion carried.

The City Administrator updated the Council on the following:

– City Health Insurance Premiums. He received notification that the City’s premiums would only increase two percent. 
– Draft Report on Post Employment Benefits. The City Auditor will review this report with the Council in the near future.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Roskoski to authorize payment request number two to Mesabi Bituminous Incorporated for the 2009 Street Improvement Project in the amount of $163,008.16. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize payment request number two-final to Hibbing Excavating Incorporated for the Mud Lake Road Waterline Project in the amount of $1,646.25. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to authorize payment request number two to Mesabi Bituminous Incorporated for the Forest Drive Project in the amount of $116,973.50. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.
It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to have City Staff schedule a Volunteer/City Staff, with spouses invited, gathering or picnic (pot luck) for September 23rd or 24th at 4:00 p.m. at the West Two Rivers Campground. And further, if Staff finds that the City can legally sponsor the event that it could be held at a later date at the Community Center. The motion carried.

Liaison Reports:

– Economic Development Authority. Councilor Zupancich informed the Council that the EDA would be completing their Comprehensive Plan soon and would present it to the City Council. Also, the EDA has been working with Fisher Printing on an advertisement campaign for the City of Mountain Iron to draw businesses to the City.
– Library Board. Councilor Stanaway reviewed the August 2009 statistics with the Council. He also said that the Library Board had been working on a strategic plan and could be adopting the plan at the next Library Board meeting. He also said that a Temporary Assistant Librarian position was posted internally.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to waive the building rental fees for September 19th and 20th, 2009 for the Mountain Iron Community Center for the Messiah Lutheran Church Dinner Celebration. The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 34-09, declaring cost to be assessed, and ordering preparation of proposed assessments, (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 35-09, approving the proposed 2009 tax levy, collectable 2010, reflecting a five percent increase with a goal of getting to a zero percent increase for the final levy. The motion failed with Prebeg, Stanaway and Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 35-09, approving the proposed 2009 tax levy, collectable 2010, reflecting a fifteen percent tax levy increase. The motion failed with Skalko, Roskoski, and Zupancich voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 35-09, approving the proposed 2009 tax levy, collectable 2010, reflecting a nine percent increase, (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 36-09, approving the proposed 2010 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 Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 37-09, concerning the 2010 Economic Development Authority tax levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Roskoski to adopt Resolution Number 38-09, Housing and Redevelopment Authority levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 39-09, 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 Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 40-09, waiving the liquor liability coverage, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Zupancich to adopt Resolution Number 41-09, approving the allocation to the Culture and Tourism Grant Program, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski to direct City Staff to purchase an in/out board, and implement a process, as soon as possible, for the City Hall personnel. The motion died for lack of a second.

At 7:58 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Jill M. Anderson, CMC/MMCA
Municipal Services Secretary

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1. Calvary Cemetery Association, forwarding the 2008 financial statement.

2. MediaCom, forwarding a letter regarding additional programming.

3. Father John Doyle, a letter of encouragement to the Council.

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