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November 2, 2020 City Council Minutes

   MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

November 2, 2020

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Joe Prebeg Jr., Alan Stanaway, Steve Skogman, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig Wainio, City Administrator; Tim Satrang, Director of Public Works; Anna Amundson, Library Director/Special Events Coordinator; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Al Johnson, City Engineer; and SGT John Backman,  Sheriff’s Department. Absent members: Councilor Julie Buria.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the October 19, 2020, 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 October 16-31, totaling $242,140.12 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes),

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period October 16-31, totaling $484,818.25 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

 

Public Forum:

 

  • Ed Roskoski spoke during the public forum, regarding what the Mining Companies have given/done for the City. Mr. Roskoski stated that in years past Councilors and City Staff would meet with US Steel MINNTAC representatives and voice mutual concerns. Additionally there were several joint projects and ventures between the City of Mountain Iron and US Steel MINNTAC.

 

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Condolences to the family and friends of Timothy Peterson
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Mildred Marie “Millie” Weappa
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Vernon Paschke
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Janet White
  • Happy Birthday to Luella Anderson turning 93 on November 14th
  • Thank you to all those who are keeping this Country moving forward!

 

City Administrator:

 

  • City has exhausted CARES Funding Grant received before November 15th deadline
  • Currently working on application to receive Grant from CDBG for Slip-lining of Sewers in Downton area Phase III
  • Letter of intent to apply for an Enhancement Grant through MNDoT, for possible trail connections in Parkville

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve the Audit proposal from Walker, Giroux and Hahne, LLC to perform the 2020 City Audit. The proposal price is $26,550 for the Governmental Funds and $11,550 for the Enterprise Funds. The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Buria absent.

 

Director of Public Works:

 

  • Divots in residents yard, those with damage yard please contact City Hall
  • City crews out and about within yards and open areas – locating underground utilities
  • Sanitary system upgrades, check valve replaced on Lift stations
  • Jetting completed for the year

 

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

 

  • Curbside pickup moved to outside shed near sidewalk
  • Vandalism at library book drop, several books destroyed
  • City of Mountain Iron “2020 Holiday Lighting Contest”
  • Prized awarded to each category winner
  • 4 Categories for judging – winners announced Monday, December 21st at Council meeting

 

Sheriff’s Department:

 

  • Calendar parking starts November 1st

 

City Engineer:

 

  • No formal report

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to approve Pay Request No. 3 – for the Mountain Iron Drive Reconstruction project in the amount of $130,290.22, to KGM Contractors, Angora, MN. This amount includes a 5% retainage until final inspection can be completed. The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Buria absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve the revised position analysis for the position of Maintenance (Mechanic), (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to post internally for all AFSCME Local 453 Members, the Maintenance (Mechanic) Position. And further, it was moved by and seconded by to amend the motion, that if there are no applications received internally for the positions, that Staff be authorized to advertise externally. Applications accepted until 4:00pm, Friday, November 27th at City Hall. The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

 

Fire Department Report:

 

  • Fire Department Representative, Mark Madden stated previously purchased items during the last few years, have been extremely helpful with emergency calls

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve Resolution #24-20; Approving the Issuance of General Obligation Water Revenue Bonds, Series 2020A (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to approve Resolution #25-20; Approving Plans and Specifications and Ordering Advertisement of Bids (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to authorize Staff to purchase the following:

 

  • Truck Upgrades for commercial cardboard recycling, $8,316.80
  • 15 Refuse cans for Parks which can be emptied by a truck, $7,775
  • Unity Drive Lift Station Control panel with remote monitoring, $25,069
  • APX4000 Radios for distance communications for the Fire Department, $32,433
  • No touch light switches for City buildings, $8,900

 

Items to be purchased under the CARES Act funding. The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Buria absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to Canvass Election Results on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6:30pm. The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to have a Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting to review the 2021 Budget and receive input on the Shared Services presentation, on December 7, 2020 at 5:00pm, at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to donate $75.00 to the Mountain Iron-Buhl Yearbook, monies to come from the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Buria absent.

 

At 7:35p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried with Councilor Buria absent.

 

 

 

Submitted by:

 

 

 

 

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications:

 

  1. General Election on November 3, 2020, polls will be open from 7:00am until 8:00pm
  2. Mountain Iron Community Center:
  • Precinct #1: IROQUOIS ROOM
  • Precinct #2: WACOOTAH ROOM

 

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