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September 17, 2018 City Council Minutes

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

September 17, 2018

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:34p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Alan Stanaway, Steve Skogman, Susan Tuomela, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig J. Wainio, City Administrator; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; Sally Yuccas, Library Director/Special Events Coordinator; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer; SGT John Backman, Sheriff’s Department; Bryan Lindsey, City Attorney. Absent: Councilor Joe Prebeg, Jr.

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

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:
    1. Mud Lake Road Water Repair
  2. Approve the minutes of the September 4, 2018, regular 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 September 1-15, totaling $127,591.31 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
  5. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period September 1-15, totaling $644,536.69 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried on roll call vote, with Councilor Prebeg absent.

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Heliene USA, Inc.
    • Goal when in full production is 1,000 Solar panels daily with three working shifts
  • Fairview Healthcare Clinic
    • 3,000 sq. ft. expansion at Mountain Iron location

City Administrator:

  • Library Director applicants scored and ranked, looking on doing interviews soon with possible Candidate at October meeting

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • Library Hours as of September 4th
    • Monday-Thursday-10-6 and Friday-10-2
    • Saturday & Sunday-closed
  • Thursday, October 4th “Taste of Mountain Iron,” at Mountain Iron Community Center, 4-6:30pm
    • Tickets purchased at the Mountain Iron Library

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report
  • Louis County Sheriff’s office press release stated there were a considerable amount of scam phone calls lately, over 100 reported thus far
    • Do not give out personal or financial information
    • You do not need to call 911 unless you have been defrauded of money

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to approve Pay Request No. 2 for the Iron Range Tykes Learning Center Site Development project in the amount of $102,875.50, to Mesabi Bituminous, Gilbert, MN. This amount includes withholding of 5% retainage on work completed to date. The motion carried on roll call vote with Councilor Prebeg absent.

  • The City Administrator stated that the City of Mountain Iron is acting as the Fiscal agent for the Iron Range Tykes Learning Center, in regards to a Grant received from the IRRRB. The City pays the Contractors and the IRRRB reimburses the City for Site Development work completed on the project.

City Attorney:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to approve Ordinance #04-18; Amending Chapter 70 of the Mountain Iron City Code, regarding a few provisions regulating parking around the former MIB High School, these provisions are no longer required with the opening of the new High School. Calendar system of parking adopted commencing November 1st and continuing until 1st of each year (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 the recommendation of the City Engineer and award the Downtown Sanitary Slip-lining Sewer Improvement project to Insituform Technologies USA, LLC in the amount of $91,124.50. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

  • The City Administrator stated that the City of Mountain Iron is paying roughly 50% of the slip-lining Sewer Improvement project for a portion of the Downtown area. The City received a Grant from the St. Louis County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for this Sewer Improvement project, which covers the other half of the project.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to approve the continuation of participation in the Salvation Army’s Heat Share program for the 2018-2019 year. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to authorize the Soroptimist of Virginia a Temporary On-sale Liquor License, for their Fundraiser to be held on October 17th at the Cinema 6 Movie Theatre. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to authorize BG’s Bar & Grill to serve alcohol at the “3rd Annual Taste of Mountain Iron,” scheduled for October 4, 2018 at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Tuomela to approve the recommendation of the City Engineer and award the bid of the Mud Lake Road (County Road 102) Water Repairs to George Bougalis and Sons of Hibbing, MN for the low bid price of $47,630. The motion carried on a roll call vote with Councilor Prebeg absent.

No Communications or announcements

At 6:59p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Tuomela that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried with Councilor Prebeg absent.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

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