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October 15, 2018 City Council Minutes

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

November 5, 2018

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:3p.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; Sally Yuccas, Library Director/Special Events Coordinator; Al Johnson, City Engineer; Bryan Lindsay, City Attorney; and SGT John Backman, Sheriff’s Department.

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

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:
  2. Mountain Iron –Buhl Senior Citizens Christmas Party Donation
  3. Approve the minutes of the September 17, 2018, regular meeting as submitted.
  4. 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.
  5. To acknowledge the receipts for the period October 1-15, totaling $685,314.58 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
  6. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period October 1-15, totaling $503,886.47 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried.

At 6:33p.m., it was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing for the Mountain Iron Drive Improvement Street Project. The motion carried.

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the forum

At 6:35p.m., it was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to adjourn the public hearing and open the regular meeting. The motion carried.

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Condolences to the family and friends of George Thomas Anderson

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to donate $200.00 to the Mountain Iron-Buhl Senior Citizens Center for their 2018 Christmas Party. Monies to come from the City’s Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

City Administrator:

  • Paperwork completed and tentative agreement reached with new Library Director/Special Events Coordinator
  • Alley work beginning on Mountain Iron Drive and Mesabi Avenue, cleaning sewers throughout the week and start slip-lining in November 2018

Director of Public Works

  • Recovering fire hydrants and valves, manhole structures within the Parkville area
  • Hydrant flushing should be pretty much complete except for a few private hydrants to flush
  • A few MPCA permitting requirements still need to be completed
  • Mud Lake waterline repair (Northside of Mud Lake)
    • Repair during October 24-26
    • Road will be Closed during this time

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to approve City Staff to dispose of surplus property on DO-Bid.com according to the City of Mountain Iron Policy. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board and authorize the purchase of a new garbage truck to replace the 2009 International Garbage Truck. The truck will be purchased using State bid price and will not be delivered until the summer of 2019. Funding will be from the Refuse and Recycling Enterprise Fund, with the purchase price not exceeding $211,304.34. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • Tuesday, October 16th Book to Movie “Memory Keepers Daughter,” spots still available
  • Sunday, October 28th Annual “Mountain Iron Halloween Carnival”
    • At the Mountain Iron Community Center from 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Friday, November 2nd Curtis & Loretta, “When There’s Good to Be Done”
    • At the Mountain Iron Library at 2:00pm
  • Thursday, November 8th Jen Anfinson’s Jewelry Stamping and Metal Bending Workshop, “Create a Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet”
    • At the Mountain Iron Library at 10:30am

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • Nothing to report
  • Upcoming projects are weather dependent

City Attorney:

  • No formal report

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) and Variance Permit for Donald Sauter, to build an accessory building that exceeds 900sq. ft. as permitted by the Zoning Ordinance. The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to approve Resolution #26-18; Grant Application, authorizing the City of Mountain Iron to make an application to the IRRB Regional Trials Grant Program for the materials to construct two bridges on the trails through the School Forest (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

At 7:12p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried with Councilor Tuomela absent.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

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COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Thank you from the Greater Minnesota Partnership for the continued support of and membership in their program.
  2. Official polling places within the City of Mountain Iron for the General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.: Precinct 1: Mountain Iron Community Center Iroquois Room; Precinct 2: Mountain Iron Community Center, Wacootah Room. Absentee ballots are available at the City Hall now through November 5th, for those voters unable to vote on Election Day. The City Hall will also be open for absentee voting from 10-3 pm on Saturday, November 3rd and will remain open until 5:00 pm on Monday November 5th.

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