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Meeting Minutes for September 15, 2014

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present:  Joe Prebeg, Jr., Susan Tuomela, Tony Zupancich, 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; John Backman, Sergeant; and Brian Lindsay, City Attorney.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the September 3, 2014, 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 September 1-15, 2014, totaling $364,588.04, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period September 1-15, 2014, totaling $439,525.30, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

During the public forum, Ed Roskoski, member of the 125th Anniversary City Celebration Committee, requested that the Council set aside $40,000 for the celebration to be held beginning August 2, 2015, for approximately one week with a theme of “Welcome Home”.   The Council requested additional information regarding the list of activities and costs outlined for the celebration.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Congratulations.  To Nick Prebeg, MIB Class of 1997, just completed an Ultra Marathon of 103.3 miles that he ran.
  • Congratulations.  To Matt Niskanen, MIB Class of 2005, for entering into his 8thSeason with the National Hockey League with the Washington Capitals.
  • Mountain Iron-Buhl Football Hall of Fames.  2014 Inductees:  Jerry Kolstad, Gary Rikala, Larry Buffetta, Ed Bakke, Kevin Finnerty, Jake Leoni, and Walter Wahl. 
  • Condolences.  To the family of Jack Mattila and Virginia Johnson. 

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve the temporary liquor license for SI of Virginia for October 21, 2014, for the Chick Flick Movie Night Fundraiser at Cinema 6, 8426 Enterprise Drive South, Mountain Iron.  The motion carried.

 

The Director of Public Works commented on the power outage on Thursday, September 4, 2014.  He said that the lighting hit a large tree and took out power in West Virginia for a lengthy outage.

The Sergeant informed the public that there have been a number of mail, telephone, and internet scams that are targeting all residents, but mostly the senior citizens and to be aware of anything suspicious.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to approve change order number one for the 2013 Sidewalk Improvement decreasing the project by $5,491.65.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the final payment request in the amount of $5,622.49 to Hibbing Excavating Incorporated for the 2013 Sidewalk Improvement Project.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to have the property owner, Roger Koski, work with the City Engineer to raise the level of his property; after that is done, the city could review the project again and proceed with the best solution for the City; and further, have the  Street and Alley Committee meet and prioritize the drainage projects and see this project completed within the 2015 budget.  After further discussion, Prebeg amended his motion and Stanaway supported the amendment to direct the City Engineer to meet with the homeowner and negotiate a solution prior to the City making a commitment on the project.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to amend the motion made on August 18, 2014 to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the Variance for Lee Aultman at 816 16th Avenue South, Mountain Iron, to place a storage container 17 feet from the property line on parcel 175-0071-01156 with the following legal description:

 

            Section 7, Township 58 North, Range 18 West

 

            PART OF LOT 4 COMM AT INTERSECTION OF S LINE & CENTERLINE OF HOOVER RD THENCE S89DEG17’06” W ALONG S LINE 33 FT THENCE N 23 FT TO PT OF BEG ON W LINE OF 16TH AVE W (HOOVER RD) THENCE N ALONG WLY R/W 103.22 FT TO R/W OF HWY #169 THENCE W ALONG HWY R/W 37 FT THENCE N ALONG R/W 160 FT THENCE W ALONG R/W 108.06 FT THENCE S06DEG18’50″W ALONG R/W 267.01 FT THENCE N89DEG17’06″E 174.44 FT TO PT OF BEG EX THAT PART OF LOT 4 ASSUMING S LINE OF SE1/4 OF SE1/4 OF SEC 12-58-18 WHICH LIES WLY OF 16TH AVE W (HOOVER RD)TO HAVE A BEARING OF S89DEG17’06″W & COMM AT INTERSECTION OF SAID S LINE & CENTERLINE OF SAID 16TH AVE W THENCE S89DEG17’06″W ALONG S LINE 33 FT THENCE N 54 FT TO PT OF BEG SAID PT OF BEG BEING ON WLY R/W OF 16TH AVE W THENCE N ALONG WLY R/W 72.22 FT TO A PT ON R/W OF HWY #169 THENCE W ALONG HWY R/W 37 FT THENCE N ALONG HWY R/W 160 FT THENCE W ALONG HWY R/W 108.06 FT THENCE S06DEG18’50″W ALONG HWY R/W 235.78 FT THENCE N89DEG17’06″E 171 FT TO PT OF BEG

 

The motion carried.

The Council reviewed the 2015 preliminary budget.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 16-14, Approving the Proposed 2014 Tax Levy, Collectable 2015, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Resolution Number 17-14, Market 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 Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 18-14, Economic Development Authority Tax Levy, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

During the Liaison Reports, Councilor Zupancich updated the Council on the Economic Development Authority’s proposed Patio Home Development west of County Road 7 across from Ann’s Acres Addition. 

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to award the Nichols Town Hall Roofing and Front Step Replacement Project to G. Benz Contracting Incorporated in the amount of $8,750.00.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to award the City Garage/Fire Hall Reroof Project to Range Cornice in the amount of $145,575.00 for the base bid and add alternate one for $23,920.00.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to award the hazardous substance removal for the demolition of two properties, 5700 Mineral Avenue and 5472 Bluebell Avenue, to Abatetek Environmental Services from Hibbing for a low quote of $3,500.00 and the demotion of those properties be awarded to Bougalis & Sons Incorporated from Hibbing in the amount of $11,800.00.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to approve the Safety Management Program amendment to the agreement with the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association in the amount of $9,900.00, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

At 7:18 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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