The Taconite Capital of the World

City of Mountain Iron, Minnesota



November 5, 2018 City Council Minutes

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

November 5, 2018

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30p.m. with the following members present: Councilor 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; Anna Amundson, Library Director/Special Events Coordinator; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer and SGT John Backman, Sheriff’s Department. Absent: Councilor Joe Prebeg Jr.

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

  1. Approve the minutes of the October 15, 2018, regular meeting as submitted.
  2. 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.
  3. To acknowledge the receipts for the period October 16-31, totaling $298,662.81 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
  4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period October 16-31, totaling $291,068.42 (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:

  • Big thank you to wife, Claudia Skalko, for all the support throughout/over the 16 years as Mayor
  • Since last meeting, several horrible events have happened throughout the Country, currently scary times as Pipe bombing targeting former ranking officials, people gunned down in a place of worship, a Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, regardless of party affiliation something has to change, quoting Abraham Lincoln “A house divided, cannot stand.” We do not want history to repeat itself, things must change.
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Aila Esther Brunfelt
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Jerome “Jerry” Kolstead
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Steven Sokoloski
  • Tour conducted through the Iron Range Tykes Learning Center, Friday, October 26th, during “Open House,” with opening on Thursday, November 1st
  • Congratulations to the MIB Football team-Section 7 9-man Championship, playing Saturday, November 10th in Bemidji against Stephen-Argyle
  • New Convention Center, Pub & Brewery to be located in Rock Ridge area near new Hotel

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela to schedule a Labor Management meeting on Wednesday, December 5th at 2:00pm, the Mountain Iron Community Center with the Local 453 Union Leaders, with Councilor Skogman and Mayor Skalko. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

City Administrator:

  • Working with McGrath Consulting on Fire Study presentation
  • Preliminary application for next phase of slip-lining throughout CDBG program was approved, at next meeting Resolution for final steps

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela that the liquor and cigarette license applications for the period January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, be approved and issued to the establishments pursuant to the approval, where necessary, of the Liquor Control Commission and pursuant to the payment of all outstanding taxes, license fees, and utility charges:

               Jeff & Greg Properties, Inc.                                                On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               DBA:  B. G.’s Saloon                                                         Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               5494 Highway 7                                                                 Off-Sale 3.2 Malt Beverage

               Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN 55792                                

 

               Silver Creek Liquor Company, Inc.                                    Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               DBA:  Silver Creek Liquor                                                 Cigarette

               5489 Highway 7

               Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN  55792

 

               Commander                                                                       Club On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               American Legion Post #220                                               Off-Sale Non-Intoxicating Liquor

               5748 Mountain Avenue, PO Box 361

               Mountain Iron, MN  55768

 

               Mac’s Bar, Inc.                                                                   Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               DBA:  Mac’s Bar                                                               On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               8881 Main Street, PO Box 313                                           Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               Mountain Iron, MN  55768                                               

 

  1. P. Troutwine, C & B Warehouse Distr. Cigarette

               Mountain Iron Short Stop                                                                 

               5537 Nichols Avenue

               Mountain Iron, MN  55768

 

               Sundberg Enterprises, LLC                                                 Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               DBA:  Sawmill Saloon & Restaurant                                  On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               5478 Mountain Iron Drive                                                  Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN  55792                               

 

               Adventures, Virginia, Inc.                                                  Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               Greg Hartnett                                                                     On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               5475 Mountain Iron Drive                                                  Sunday On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN  55792

 

               Walgreen Company                                                           Cigarette

               5474 Mountain Iron Drive

               Virginia (Mountain Iron), MN  55792

 

               Home on the Range LLC                                                    On-Sale 3.2 Malt Beverage

               DBA:  Holiday Inn Express & Suites                                  Wine

               8570 Rock Ridge Drive

               Mountain Iron, MN    55768

 

               WJ Holdings, Inc.                                                              On-Sale 3.2 Malt Beverage

               DBA:  AmericInn Lodge & Suites                                     

               5480 Mountain Iron Drive

Virginia, MN    55792

 

               Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.                                                         Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor

               DBA:  Walmart #4849                                                       Cigarette

               8580 Rock Ridge Drive

                        Mountain Iron, MN  55768

The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to enter into the Joint Powers Agreement with the Local Energy Efficiency Program (LEEP), allows the City to access a master contract with qualified engineering firms (Contractors) along with technical and contractual assistance to help complete investment grade audits (IGA) for local units of government. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

Director of Public Works

  • No garbage pickup on Monday, November 12th due to Veterans Day Holiday
    • Monday garbage customers will be picked up on double run Tuesday
  • Road closed due to Maintenance on Train tracks
    • Parkville and Unity/Mud Lake
  • Slip-lining project started

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • Official report at next meeting

Sheriff’s Department:

  • Calendar parking in effect
    • November 1st – April 1st

City Engineer:

  • Nothing to report

It was moved by Tuomela and seconded by Skogman to approve Change Order No. 1 – Sewer Slip-lining, increasing the project price amount by $12,782.10 for a total project cost of $103,906.60, due to actual measurements and other finding during cleaning and televising phase of the project. The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Tuomela and seconded by Stanaway to approve Pay Request No. 1 for the Mud Lake Road Water Repair project in the amount of $42,925.28, to George Bougalis & Sons Co., Hibbing, MN. This amount includes withholding of 5% retainage on work completed to date. The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to approve Pay Request No. 7 for the Nichols Wastewater Pond Decommissioning project in the amount of $824.22, to Veit Company, Duluth, MN. This amount includes withholding of 5% retainage on work completed to date. The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and approve the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for Michael Powell, to build addition onto existing garage that exceeds 900sq. ft. as permitted by the Zoning Ordinance. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Parks & Recreation Board and authorize City staff to advertise for a new West II Campground Caretaker for the 2019 camping season. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Parks & Recreation Board to authorize the advertisement for Winter workers for Rink Attendants for the upcoming season. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to accept the recommendation of the Parks & Recreation Board and approve the proposal from the Confluence Firm for the South Grove Complex master plan. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and approve the employment agreement between the City of Mountain Iron and Anna Amundson for the position of Library Director/Special Events Coordinator. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Tuomela and seconded by to approve Resolution #27-18; Setting a Public Hearing for the vacation of Eagle and Falcon Avenue in Parkville, on December 3, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Mountain Iron Community Center (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to approve Resolution #28-18; Iron Range Broadband (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to approve Resolution #29-18; Municipal Consent, for proposed alignment and cross-sections for construction, reconstruction or improvement of County State-Aid Highway No. 103, within the limits of the City of Mountain Iron (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to approve the Audit proposal from Walker, Giroux and Hahne LLC to perform the 2018 City audit. The proposal price is $25,250 for the Governmental Funds and $11,000 for the Enterprise Funds. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to set a special meeting to canvass the November 6, 2018, General Election results for Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

The council reviewed the list of communications.

The Range Mental Health Center, Inc. requests contribution for their 2018 “Annual Project Warmth,” fundraiser. It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to donate $300, to the Range Mental Health Center, Inc. monies to come out of the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on a roll call vote with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Tuomela and seconded by Skogman to donate $250, to the Quad City Food Shelf, monies to come out of the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on a roll call vote with Councilor Prebeg absent.

North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity is requesting a donation in support of the “Annual Building the Future with Habitat,” fundraiser. It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to donate $500, to the Habitat for Humanity, monies to come out of the Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on a roll call vote with Councilor Prebeg absent.

At 7:17p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela 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. Official polling places within the City of Mountain Iron for the General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 is the Mountain Iron Community Center, polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.: Precinct 1: Iroquois Room; Precinct 2:Wacootah Room.

Recent News

Campground Reservations

Contact Us

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