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Meeting Minutes for September 16, 2013

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32 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; John Backman, Sergeant; and Brian Lindsay, City Attorney.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the September 3, 2013, 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, 2013, totaling $173,319.04, (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, 2013, totaling $566,586.45, (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 Norville Petersen, the Mayor and Councilor Prebeg outlined all the contributions that he made in the area and what a generous man he was. 
  • West Two Rivers Campground.  The campground will be closing on September 24th.  He thanked the Caretaker, William Haapapa, for a fine job in caretaking the campground.
  • Congratulations.  To 2005 Mountain Iron-Buhl Graduate, Matt Niskanen, for beginning his 7th year with the NHL on the Pittsburgh Penguins Team.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the quote from Virginia Plumbing and Heating for the purchase and installation of bathroom fixtures at the West Two Rivers Campground at a cost of $5,464.58.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to accept the resignation of Tracy Kenyon from the Library Substitute Position and authorize staff to post and advertise for the position.  The motion carried.

 

The Mayor requested Staff to send a letter to Tracy Kenyon thanking her for her years of service.

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Mountain Manor.  The siding, windows, and roofing work would begin soon.  The project was partially funded by a Community Development Block Grant and an insurance claim. 
  • Parks.  The fencing work around the two shovels in the Downtown Area would be completed by next week.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize the purchase of wire from Wesco at a cost of $6,985.00 to be used to connect the primary power to the Wal-Mart Store with reimbursement of the costs being paid to the City from Wal-Mart.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the purchase of a 3-Phase Pad Transformer from Resco at a cost of $5,085.00 to replace a damaged transformer.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve the 2013-2014 Safety Management Agreement with Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association at an annual expense of $9,600.00.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to authorize the purchase of tires for the grader from Royal Tire at a cost of $7,954.17.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

The Council reviewed the Sheriff’s Department July 2013 statistic report.  The Sergeant advised the Council that he was seeking grant funding for a squad video camera.  He said that it would cost approximately $5,000 with half of that expense being reimbursed by a grant.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to authorize City Staff to purchase two early warning sirens and the installation from Federal Signal Corporation at a cost not to exceed $40,000.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Zupancich to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and approve the lead journeyman lineman position analysis and list it as job class 28 with an hourly rate of $29.70.  And further, to direct Staff to post this position internally only, as outlined in the AFSCME Agreement.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela and adopt Resolution Number 35-13, declaring costs to be assessed, and ordering preparation of proposed assessments for the improvement of Bluebell Avenue and Daffodil Avenue, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to approve the real estate license agreement to maintain the access into the Renewable Energy Park off of Mineral Avenue during the period in which the new County Road 102 will be under construction, with the access controlled by Minntac.  The motion carried.

 

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

 

At 7:00 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

www.mtniron.com

 

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.         Mountain-Buhl Public Schools, a thank you letter for the assistance at the baseball         field.

 

            2.         Club Mesabi, a thank you for the support of the Great River Energy Mesabi Trail                                  Tour.

 

            3.         Mountain Iron-Buhl Class of 2013 and the All Night Chemical Free Grad Party                                     Committee, a thank you.

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