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Meeting Minutes for September 18, 2000

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Mayor Brunfelt called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with the following members present: Carolyn Olsen, Stephen Skogman, Joe Matanich, Curt Piri, and Mayor Mitchell Brunfelt. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Service Secretary; Don Kleinschmidt, Director of Public Works; Larry Nanti, Recreation Director; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; Joe Stewart, Sergeant; and Greg French, City Engineer.

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

1. Approve the minutes of the September 5, 2000, regular meeting as submitted.

2. Approve the minutes of the September 13, 2000, special meeting as submitted.

3. 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.

4. Authorize the payment of the bills and payroll for the period September 1-15, 2000, totaling $289,769.63, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period September 1-15, 2000, totaling $444,409.26, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion to adopt the consent agenda carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

During the public forum, Ed Roskoski commented on the special meeting held on September 13, 2000. He said that the Council covered several items other than the canvass of the Primary Election votes.

The Council reviewed the Sheriff�s Department August activity report. The Sergeant commented that school had started and everything was going well. Councilor Olsen asked the Sergeant if he had any detailed information on the counterfeit $20 bills circulating in the area. He said that he had no information. Councilor Skogman asked the Sergeant if the assists listed on the report were to Buhl and Virginia. The Sergeant said that they were. Councilor Skogman said that the City should get a cut in the contract amount because the City is using their vehicle to cover Buhl, Virginia, or Hibbing. The Sergeant said that the assists are normal as far as a mutual aid type of service. The Sergeant said that the Sheriff�s office in Virginia normally assists Mountain Iron. The Sergeant said that he encourages the Mountain Iron Sheriff�s not to go to Buhl unless it is an emergency. It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Administrator and the Sergeant discuss the situation and come back to the Council with a recommendation.

The Council discussed the staffing of the custodial positions. The Council discussed eliminating the two part-time custodian positions and the part-time secretarial position.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Matanich to authorize the posting and hiring of a full-time building maintenance position. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to approve the conditional use permit for Dale Skinner, 5425 25th Avenue West, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0071-01345, to construct an accessory building with the total square footage of 1200 square feet. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve the Mutual Aid Agreement with the City of Virginia, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve the payment to Tromco Electric for the Community Center/City Hall Construction Project in the amount of $6,123.25. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to approve the payment request to Kraus-Anderson Construction Company in the amount of $521.00. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Piri, yes; Olsen-no; Skogman, yes; Matanich, yes; and Brunfelt, yes.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to approve payment request number six to Hammerlund Construction Incorporated for the Residential Housing Development Street and Utility Construction Project in the amount of $69,958.66. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Skogman to approve payment request number four to Louis Leustek and Sons Incorporated for the Community Center/City Hall Frontage Road and Site Plan Project in the amount of $31,034.32. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Olsen to accept the recommendation of Staff and approve the Conditional Use Permit for Charles Jacobsen to apply biosolids on his property, parcels 175-0071-04900, 04910, and 04860, with the following conditions:

1) The City of Virginia, Northeast Technical Services and Charles Jacobsen indemnify the City of Mountain Iron in any legal or environmental actions.

2) The City of Virginia, Northeast Technical Services, the Contractor hauling and Charles Jacobsen must provide certificates of insurance naming the City of Mountain Iron as additionally insured.

The motion carried.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Piri to adopt Resolution Number 47-00, sale of property for $500 consideration, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

Mayor Brunfelt turned the meeting over to Deputy Mayor Matanich for the discussion regarding Resolution Number 46-00, stating that he had a conflict of interest with the matter.

It was moved by Piri and supported by Olsen to adopt Resolution Number 46-00, authorizing the sale of certain property to adjacent property owners for the payment of the legal, engineering, and recording fees for the transaction, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Mayor Brunfelt abstaining.

It was moved by Olsen and supported by Matanich to approve the payment of $250 to the Iron Trail Convention and Visitor�s Bureau for promotional costs for the 2000 State Men�s Bowling Tournament. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Matanich and supported by Skogman to approve the payment of the fourth quarter 2000 appropriation to the Tri-Cities biosolids Disposal Authority in the amount of $4,640.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Council discussed the chain of command communications received from the City Administrator.

The City Council reviewed the list of communications.

During the open discussion, Councilor Olsen asked the City Engineer when the Kinross Road would be worked on. The City Engineer stated that the work would probably be completed on September 21st or 22nd.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Matanich said that the blacktop work completed in Ann’s Acres looked nice.

Also during the open discussion, Councilor Skogman asked how the decorating of the City Hall was coming.

At 7:28 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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