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Meeting Minutes for September 16, 2002

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 16, 2002

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; Joe Stewart, Sheriff Sergeant; and Greg French, City Engineer.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

Add the following items to the agenda:

VIII. A. 1. Unity Drive (Eighth Street) Island

2. Bon Air 

Old Blasting Plant on Slate Street

Approve the minutes of the September 3, 2002, regular meeting as submitted.

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.

Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period September 1-15, 2002, totaling $135,828.26, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

Acknowledge the receipts for the period September 1-15, 2002, totaling $79,563.49, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion to adopt the consent agenda carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, yes; Skogman, yes; Matanich, yes, Roskoski, no; and Brunfelt, yes.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to authorize City Staff to provide City labor, equipment, Class 5, approximately 50 to 100 cubic yards, and a 20 foot 8 inch culvert to shoulder the newly overlaid roads in the Calvary Cemetery area. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The City Council reviewed the Sheriff�s Department report for the month of August 2002.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to authorize the purchase of one (1) 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe with police package from Iron Trail Motors for their low quote of $29,321.00. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Matanich, yes; Roskoski, no; Prebeg, yes; Skogman, yes; and Brunfelt, yes.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to consider adding additional sidewalk by Enterprise Drive South through the 2003 capital outlay budget. The motion carried with Mayor Brunfelt voting no.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to authorize City Staff to approach the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Saint Louis County regarding the roadside mowing agreements. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to authorize City Staff to proceed with the blacktopping of the Sheriff’s Department parking lot with the street overlay projects to be completed this fall. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to authorize City Staff to order the Community Center Building Plaque as presented. It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to amend the motion to add Kraus-Anderson Construction and Benchmark Engineering to the plaque. The amendment to the motion carried unanimously. The base motion with the amendment carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to approve the position analysis for Election Judge, Sergeant for Mountain Iron, and Patrol Officer, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Matanich to adopt Resolution Number 43-02, calling a hearing on proposed assessments, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to authorize City Staff to purchase a wireless network system from Motorola for their low quoted price of $33,374.00 plus sales tax. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to deny the request to waive fees at the Mountain Iron Community Center for the Northland Foundation for December 2 & 3, 2002, March 24 & 25, 2003, and April 14 & 15, 2003. The motion carried.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Prebeg to deny the request from the Iron Range Veteran�s Memorial Committee for a donation to the memorial because of the recent Auditor�s letter regarding a special vote regarding donations for monuments. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski to approve the mission statement. After further discussion, Councilor Roskoski withdrew his motion.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Roskoski to table the mission statement for the City of Mountain Iron and discuss the mission statement at a future committee-of-the-whole meeting. The motion carried.

The Council requested that the City Administrator obtain samples mission statements from other cities for the committee-of-the-whole meeting.

The Council reviewed the list of communications. Councilor Matanich stated that he liked to see the letter from the Mountain Iron-Buhl School regarding the cooperative efforts between the city and school.

The Mayor had nothing additional to report.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Skogman to refer the Unity Drive island by Enterprise Drive South to the Street Committee for further review and recommendation. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman to direct City Staff to contact the insurance adjuster for the Bon Air Bar fire insurance claim to have the remainder of the building taken down and possibly refer the matter to the City Attorney for further action. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Prebeg to direct City Staff to research the owner of the old blasting plant on Slate Street and get the structure torn down because of safety concerns. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to direct City Staff to prepare a formal grant application to the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) for a grant to develop an extension to Unity Addition. The motion carried.

At 7:50 p.m., it was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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