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Meeting Minutes for September 21, 1998

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 21, 1998

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Brunfelt 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, Deputy Clerk; 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 2, 1998, special meeting, as submitted.

2. Approve the minutes of the September 8, 1998, regular 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, 1998, totaling $ , (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

5. Acknowledge the receipts for the period September 1-15, 1998, totaling $76,793.17, (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.

At 6:31 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing on the tax increment financing plan for District #10. The motion carried.

The City Administrator reviewed the need for establishing Tax Increment Financing District #10. He said that the funds would be used to assist in the construction of the Fairview Clinic. Fill, water and sewer, grading of site. 10 year TIF $15,000/year. $30,000 fill, $20,000 for utilities, $50,000 for land to HRA. No written correspondence.

At 6:34 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to close the public hearing and reconvene the regular meeting. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to adopt Resolution #42-98, approving the tax increment plan, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the building permit for the University Medical Center Mesabi to construct a clinic on parcel 175-0071-01080. The motion carried.

During the public forum, Ed Roskoski spoke and asked to have Larry Johnson placed on the agenda later in the meeting. He said that he would be arriving shortly to give a presentation to the City Council. The Mayor said that they would allow him to make a presentation when he arrived.

The City Attorney informed the City Council that the McGregor Housemover situation would be resolved soon. He said that the last house in South Grove was being moved.

The City Engineer informed the City Council that the specifications for demolition of the South Grove water tower were prepared and an October 14, 1998 bid opening was being planned. 

The following quotes were received on a traffic control trailer:

1) Innovative Warning Systems-One (1) WAAW 255b-WA25 Arrowmaster trailer mounted Arrowboard $5,850.00

2) Viking Industrial North-One (1) Aro-Lite Trailer $6,597.00

3) Northern Engine-One (1) Arrow Boards-Solar Assisted $5,971.82

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri to authorize the Director of Public Works to purchase one (1) traffic control trailer from Innvoative Warning Systems for the low quote of $5,850.00. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri or Matanich(?) to authorize the payment of $447.25 to the Quad Cities Joint Recreational Authority for expenses due in the fall of 1998 with the funds expended from the Public Expense Account. The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Matanich to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the building permit for L. W. Anderson Properties for remodeling of the building on parcel 175-0071-01217 to allow for a “Great Clips” shop. MC

It was moved by Skogman and supported by Olsen to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the building permit for Jeff Eichorn to construct a 40′ x 220′ mini storage unit on parcel 175-0071-001158. The motion carried.

The Sergeant distributed the August Sheriff’s Department Activity report.

Comprehensive Plan-Kuusisto Engineering-preparation and update of a comprehensive plan. Seek proposals-mailed applications to about 1 dozen firms, only Kuusisto responded. Overhall every twenty years and updating every five years. spread over two years and budget for it. Skogman 2nd- to proceed with the Comprehensive plan from Kuusisto paid from the $10,000 grant and the balance budgeted over two years. $23,200.00 MC-RCV

Larry P. Johnson-Civic Association presentation-

USX Corp. license for water line-renewal of license and easement for water line on Mineral Avenue by Garage to bridge. Olsen 2nd-Matanich to approve. MC

Resolution #41-98-Brunfelt 2nd-Piri to approve. (big meeting Wednesday with IRRRB office at 10 a.m., Quad Cities, County, IRRRB Officials) MC

St. Louis County Grant agreement-Skogman 2nd-Olsen to approve. MC

Resolution #40-98, approving Skogman 2nd-Matanich to approve. MC

Review of communications.

Berkley Risk Services-City Staff addressing. Have P & R review and make a recommendation.

Mayor’s Report-meeting with Quad Cities Mayors on Wednesday 8 a.m. at the Virginia City Hall to discuss the Fair location.

Messiah Lutheran Church is starting a legacy project to get donations. Legacy Task Force-Brunfelt to Chair. 

Open Discussion-tax id # for Civic Assoc.-SAA said to get their own.

RAMS meeting Thurs. 9/24.

At 7:14 p.m., it was moved by Skogman and supported by Piri that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

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