The Taconite Capital of the World

City of Mountain Iron, Minnesota



November 19, 2018 City Council Minutes

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

November 19, 2018

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Joe Prebeg Jr., Alan Stanaway, Sue Tuomela, Steve Skogman and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Tim Satrang, Director of Public Works; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney, and SGT John Backman, Sheriff’s Department.

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

  1. Approve the minutes of the November 5, 2018, regular meeting as submitted.
  2. Approve the minutes of the November 8, 2018, special meeting as submitted.
  3. 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.
  4. To acknowledge the receipts for the period November 1-15, totaling $193,852.75 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
  5. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period November 1-15, totaling $527,856.19 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried.

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Mass shooting only weeks after the last at Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks, CA, starting to be a new norm for the Country. Every meeting there could be discussion regarding mass shootings, something has to change, perhaps universal background checks. No answer to this problem, but our condolences and thoughts are with the family and friends of the recent victims.
  • Thank you to the Voters and Citizens in the Community for re-election to Mayor for another term
    • Commend Peggy Anderson for a well-run campaign
  • Congratulations to the MIB Football team-Section 7 9-man team on a great season
  • Happy Birthday to Luella Anderson turned 91 years old on November 19th

Councilor Skogman wanted to thank all the Voters and Citizens in the Community for the support and re-election to Council member for another 4-year term.

City Administrator:

  • Working with McGrath Consulting on Fire Study presentation
  • Winter workers for Rink attendants
    • Hours mostly evenings and weekends
  • Big thank you to the MIB Football Coaches for all of the great job throughout the season as well as support

Director of Public Works

  • No garbage collection on Thursday, November 22nd
    • Will be picked up on Friday, November 23rd with normal trash collection
  • Slip-lining project
    • Possible before and after pictures at next meeting

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to approve the Tutor Usage Policy as presented for the Mountain Iron Public Library. The motion carried.

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • Nothing to report

City Attorney:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve Pay Request #3 – Iron Range Tykes Learning Center Site Development project, in the amount of $55,409.92 to Mesabi Bituminous, Inc., and does also include  a 5% retainage and Change Order No. 3, which increases the contract amount by $4,636.23. The motion carried on roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and hire Mr. Charles Overbye, to the Mountain Iron Fire Department as a paid on call firefighter. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to approve Resolution #31-18; Setting a Public Hearing, for the vacation of a portion of Retriever Drive in the Mashkenode Lake Addition, with hearing set for December 17, 2018 (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to approve Resolution #32-18; Approving Community Development Block Grant Application (CDBG) for the continuation of slip-lining wastewater mains in the old town area (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

The council reviewed the list of communications.

The Virginia Area Wrestling team is requesting a donation to support their student-athletes from Eveleth/Gilbert, Mountain Iron-Buhl and Virginia High Schools by purchasing an ad. It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to purchase a ½-page ad at the price of $150 to support the Virginia Area Wrestling team, monies to come out of the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

At 7:00p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Friday, November 23rd at 9:00am, the Salvation Army “Bell Ringing” starts at Walmart, go online or call Salvation Army to sign-up to Ring the Bell at local area Businesses
  2. Minnesota Department of Health Oral Health Program and Drinking Water Protection Section presented the City of Mountain Iron with the 2017 Water Fluoridation Quality Award.
  3. McGrath Consulting will be in area to present Shared Services Study at the Mountain Iron Community Center in the Iroquois Room at 2:30pm

Recent News

Campground Reservations

Contact Us

[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]