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Meeting Minutes for September 29, 2003

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

SEPTEMBER 29, 2003

The meeting was called to order at 6:31 p.m. by Mayor Skalko with the following members present: Ed Roskoski, Dale Irish, Allen Nelson, Joe Prebeg, Jr., and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Sam Aluni, City Attorney; and Rod Flannigan, City Engineer.

The Mayor announced that a meeting is schedule for Wednesday, October 8, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. in Duluth at the Rural Development Office with Steve Wenzel, Director of Rural Development, to discuss the Mountain Manor. 

The Mayor switched the order on the agenda taking the street classifications before the 2003/2004 Overlay Program. The Mayor gave an overview of the process regarding the special assessments and the overlay projects. The Mayor asked the City Attorney if the Council could use the motion from the September 15, 2003 meeting regarding the additional street classifications.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Roskoski to reclassify Locomotive Street from a Residential Classification to a Minor Arterial Classification where the property owners would pay a 25% assessment. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, no; Nelson, no; Irish, yes; Roskoski, yes; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Irish to reclassify Park Drive from a Residential Classification to a Collector Classification where the property owners would pay a 50% assessment. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Nelson, no; Irish, yes; Roskoski, yes; Prebeg, no; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Roskoski to reclassify Parkville Street from a Collector Classification to a Minor Arterial Classification where the property owners would pay a 25% assessment. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Irish, yes; Roskoski, yes; Prebeg, no; Nelson, no; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Irish and supported by Roskoski to reclassify Spring Park Road from a Collector Classification to a Residential Classification from Oriole Avenue to Nichols Avenue. The motion failed on the following roll call vote: Roskoski, no, Prebeg, no; Nelson, no; Irish, yes; and Skalko, no.

It was moved by Roskoski to reclassify Cardinal Street, because of the traffic patterns, from a Residential Classification to a Collector Classification. The motion died for lack of support.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Roskoski to reclassify Grant Street from a Residential Classification to a Minor Arterial Classification where the property owners would pay a 25% assessment. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Prebeg, no; Nelson, no; Irish, yes; Roskoski, yes; and Skalko, yes.

Before the vote was taken on the Grant Street overlay, Councilor Prebeg asked the City Attorney if Councilor Irish should abstain from voting on the motion because he is a property owner on Grant Street. The City Attorney stated as a Councilor and property owner, you are not suppose to be voting on matters that are a direct financial interest to you.

After the vote was taken, Councilor Irish stated, for the record, that he was voting to increase the assessment classification because there was no classification on Grant Street previously; he said it was a Class A classification.

Tami Petersen was present and stated that she is a property owner on Heather Avenue and she has no problem with the assessments, but she feels that one property owner is running two businesses on Heather Avenue and should pay a higher portion of the assessments. She said the resident is running an auto repair shop and an excavating business from his home. It was the consensus of the Council to have the City Attorney review the issue regarding the operation of the two businesses.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Nelson to overlay Locomotive Street from Mountain Avenue to Marble Avenue. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to overlay Park Drive from South of Garden Drive to Mud Lake Road. The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Prebeg and supported by Nelson to overlay Arbor Lane. The motion carried.

It was moved by Irish and supported by Nelson to overlay Parkville Street from Nichols Avenue to Old Highway 169. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Nelson, yes; Irish, yes; Roskoski, yes; Prebeg, no; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to overlay Spring Park Road from Nichols Avenue to the end of the current bituminous portion. The motion carried with Councilor Irish voting no.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to overlay Oriole Avenue. The motion carried.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Prebeg to overlay Cardinal Street. The motion carried with Councilor Roskoski voting no.

It was moved by Irish and supported by Nelson to overlay Eagle Avenue. The motion carried.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Skalko to overlay Grant Street. The motion carried on the following roll call vote: Irish, yes; Roskoski, yes; Prebeg, no; Nelson, no; and Skalko, yes.

It was moved by Roskoski and supported by Irish that the north end, the round part, of North Court and not the south end, the straight part, be repaired and repaved. The following work is to be completed:

1. curbing from the south edge of Hill�s driveway around to 13 feet west of the current catch basis will be replaced with new curbing to match what remains in the Court; 

elevations of the new curbing will allow for water flow to reach the catch basin from all directions;

paving of the Court, the round part, will be crowned to allow water to flow east, west, and north;

the Court manhole will be raised to match the crown;

no paving/asphalt will be put, laid, into, or on., the concrete portion of the curb/gutter system;

paving of the north part will terminate and be blended in on the south edge by the large crack in the pavement where it crosses the north end of the straight part;

any problems that the Engineering Firm has, details of the project will be worked out between the City Engineer or representatives of the Company, Ed Roskoski, Brian Hill, and Terry Malmstrom as a group.

Roskoski modified the motion to have the Engineering Firm recalculate all the different quantities for the project to reflect the improvement costs for just the north part of North Court and if the overlay costs are going to higher figures, then the council will have to reconsider the project. Councilor Irish supported the modification. The modified motion carried with Councilor Nelson and Prebeg voting no.

It was moved by Nelson and supported by Skalko to deny the overlay project for South Court. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Roskoski to deny the overlay project for Heather Avenue. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to overlay Marion Drive. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Nelson to deny the overlay project for Brown�s Road, Streetcar Road, and Giorgi�s Road. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Irish to adopt Resolution 27-03, ordering improvement and preparation of plans, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Mayor commented that the Council reclassified four roads, which he feels the Council did the right thing, even though it will cost the city a little more money. And further, the Council only approved completing 10.5 of the proposed 16 street overlays, which will save the City some money. 

At 8:09 p.m., it was moved by Roskoski and supported by Nelson that the meeting be adjourn. The motion carried.

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