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Meeting Minutes for September 21, 2015

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:31 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; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Sally Yuccas, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney; and Greg Chad, Fire Chief.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the September 8, 2015, special meeting as submitted.

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the September 8, 2015, 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, 2015, totaling $184,776.55, (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, 2015, totaling $464,154.69, (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

During the public forum, Ed Roskoski spoke and requested the Council to consider rehabilitating the Pioneer Cemetery in Mountain Iron located in Section 3, Township 58, Range 18 West.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to refer the rehabilitation of the Pioneer Cemetery to the Parks and Recreation Board and the Buildings and Grounds Committee and to have City Staff seek information from the State of Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources, and United States Steel Corporation with regard to the Pioneer Cemetery.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the variance from the setback requirements to construct an addition to a single family dwelling and construct an accessory building for Frank and Diana Werchay, 4716 Majestic Lake Road, Mountain Iron, on Parcel 175-0019-00050.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to accept the resignation of Jeremy Jesch from the Economic Development Authority.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to advertise for applications for the open Economic Development Authority position and accept applications until Wednesday, October 14, 2015.  The motion carried.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Congratulations.  To the Mountain Iron-Buhl 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees:  Rick Anderson, Frank Bigelow, Steve Bratulich, Tom Gobats, Dave Jankovich, Nick Jones, Dan Lanari, Tom Maki, Tim Martinson, and Russ Peterson. 
  • West Two Rivers Campground.  The campground closed on September 20, 2015.  He thanked Stacy and Ward Johnson, the Caretakers, for a successful season.
  • Congratulations.  To Nick Prebeg for completing the 205 mile Lake Tahoe Ultra Marathon. 

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to authorize the purchase of 2,750 feet of electrical wire from RESCO at a cost of $5,500, with United States Steel reimbursing the City for the purchase.   The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • Mountain Manor Apartments.  He reported that there were apartments available to rent.  He said to contact D. W. Jones for additional information.
  • Rink Attendance and Winter Workers.  He said that the City would be hiring temporary winter workers soon.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to authorize the final payment to Utility Systems of America for the Mud Lake Forcemain Improvement Project in the amount of $13,664.35.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to approve the final change order for Utility Systems of America for the Mud Lake Forcemain Improvement Project, decreasing the project amount by $228.00 for a final project amount of $237,947.00.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve the final change order for the 2014 Street Improvement Project increasing the project amount by $279.20 for a total project cost of $317,207.45.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomala to authorize the final payment to Mesabi Bituminous Incorporated for the 2014 Street Improvement Project in the amount of $15,860.37.  The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and approve the Market Based Electric Service Agreement with Minnesota Power, with the contact expiring on December 31, 2024, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Prebeg to adopt Resolution Number 11-15, accepting work, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Ordinance Number 07-15, amending section 154.028 of the Mountain Iron City Code, (a copy is attached and made a pat of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to adopt Ordinance Number 08-15, amending the official zoning map in and for the City of Mountain Iron, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adopt Resolution Number 23-15, designating the port authority to implement and administer a project assessed clean energy improvement financing on behalf of the City, and providing for the imposition of special assessments as needed in connection with that program, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes).  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize Jeff and Greg Properties, Inc., dba:  B.G.’s Saloon, to serve alcohol at the Community Center for an event on October 3, 2015.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Tuomela to approve the temporary on-sale liquor license for the Soroptimist of Virginia for an event on October 28, 2015, at the Cinema 6, 8426 Enterprise Drive South.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Zupancich to a temporary on-sale liquor license for the Friends of the Library for an event on October 1, 2015, at the Mountain Iron Community Center.  The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Zupancich and seconded by Stanaway to set a special closed meeting for October 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  The motion carried.

 

The Council reviewed the list of communications.

 

At 7:20 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

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.         Greater Minnesota Partnership, a thank you for the support.

2.         Minnesota Make-a-Wish Volunteers, a thank you for the contribution.

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