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Meeting Minutes for September 19, 2016

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

September 19, 2016

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30p.m. with the following Council members present: Susan Tuomela, Alan Stanaway, Tony Zupancich, Joe Prebeg, Jr. and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; City Attorney, Bryan Lindsay; John Backman Sheriff’s Department and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

 

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

 

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:

IV.       B. 3. Resolution #40-16 BLANDIN Community Broadband

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the September 7, 2016, 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, 2016 totaling $ 211,718.52(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, 2016, totaling $324,890.98 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried on a roll call vote.

 

Public Forum:

 

  • No one spoke during the forum.

 

Mayor’s Report:

 

  • Condolences to Rod Flannigan and his family on the passing of his mother
  • Best wishes and get well soon Steve Skogman, active board member on several City of Mountain Iron Boards
  • Congratulations to employee Lisa Stevens and her husband Rick Stevens on their new baby girl, Paisley Rae
  • West Two Rivers Campground closed September 18th, big thanks to Stacey Johnson and her family for doing such a wonderful job as caretaker of the campgrounds
  • Saturday, September 10th, Congratulations to those individuals which were inducted into the Mountain Iron-Buhl Honorary Hall of Fame
  • Thank you to the Councilors and City Administrator on maintaining a Zero Levy, Saint Louis County is proposed an 8.5% increase

 

City Administrator reported on following:

 

The City received a grant from the Department of Health, to receive a new Flow-monitors and Static level meters for the Water Department.

 

Received the property description for the land behind Garden Drive North, from Rod Flannigan at Benchmark Engineering, next meeting Resolution will be made calling for a hearing to vacate that part of the area, still in progress.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize Lisa Steven’s to remain on staff as a permanent full-time employee at the expiration of her probationary period. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize maternity leave for Lisa Stevens under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), for a period of up to 12 weeks. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to approve Resolution #40-16; authorizing the City of Mountain Iron to participate in the BLANDIN Community Broadband Program’s (BCBP) cohort of Iron Range BLANDIN Broadband Communities Project, pending application is selected for funding by IRRRB and Blandin Foundation. The motion carried.

 

Sherriff’s report:

 

  • No formal or informal report

 

City Attorney’s report:

 

  • Nothing to report

 

City Engineer report:

 

  • Nothing to report, unless there are questions

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to approve the Utility easement along the eastern boarder of South Grove with Mrs. Berglund, (The West 40.00 feet of the SE ¼ of NE ¼, Section 15, Township 58 North, Range 18 West), consisting of a drainage ditch and grass based-maintenance platform access, not to exceed the cost of $14,160; for utility maintenance purposes. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg for the City of Mountain Iron staff to get quotes for grass based-maintenance platform access. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to approve Resolution #38-16; approving the application from the YMCA for the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. This authorizes the City of Mountain Iron to finance energy improvements using special assessments on residential, commercial and industrial properties, in conjunction with the Port Authority of the City of Saint Paul. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to approve Resolution #39-16; authorizing the submittal of a grant application to the IRRRB and accept funds, to assist with the Mountain Iron’s portion of the 2017 Highway 169 reconstruction project. In 2017 MNDoT will be reconstructing Highway 169 from Hoover Road to County Road 109 and as part of the project the Highway 169/County Road 7/ Enterprise Drive North intersection will be redesigned. Mountain Iron is partnering with MNDoT and St. Louis County on the intersection project and therefore will be responsible for the Enterprise Drive North portion of the intersection. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize Sundberg Enterprises, LLC; dba The Sawmill Saloon and Restaurant to serve alcohol at an event on October 8that the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the Soroptimist of Virginia’s 1 to 4 Day Temporary On-sale Liquor License, for their “Chick Flick Movie Night,” Fundraiser at the Cinema 6 Movie Theatre on October 19th. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to donate $200 to the YMCA for their 2nd Annual “Mother-Son Dance,” out of the Charitable Gambling Fund, to be held on Saturday, November 5th at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

 

At 7:13 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Zupancich that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion carried.

 

Submitted by:                                                              

Amanda Inmon                                               

Municipal Services Secretary

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