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September 19, 2019 City Council Minutes

 MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

September 16, 2019

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:33p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Joe Prebeg Jr., Alan Stanaway, Julie Buria, 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; and SGT John Backman, Sheriff’s Department.

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

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:
    1. J. Beukema – Conditional Use & Variance permit
    2. Rezone certain Parcels within the City of Mountain Iron
    3. E. Budget Committee meeting
  2. Approve the minutes of the September 9, 2019, 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 $159,103.69 (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 $482,135.13 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried unanimously on roll call vote.  

Public Forum:

  • Merritt Days Committee representatives spoke about 2020 celebration
    • Plans and meetings have begun for the 2020 celebration
    • Hopes for full support from the City Council financially as in prior years

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Condolences to the family and friends of Irey “Skookie” Pocket
  • Congratulations to the recent MIB Football Hall of Fame inductees
    • Ed Scinto 1952
    • Mike Zubtez 1962
    • Tom Belpedio 1966
    • Willie Buffetta 1999
    • Charlie Overbye 2007
    • Matt Cerkvenik 2007

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to proclaim October 15th, 2019 be recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and publish proclamation in the Hometown Focus and post on social media. The motion carried.

City Administrator:

  • Scheduled Shared Services meeting, September 30th with City of Virginia
  • Several South Grove Recreational Complex plans received for remodel, recommendations will be given to the Parks & Recreation Board
  • Water modeling meeting, Quad City included on how it all works together
    • Water modeling plan to how interconnects work together, in case a problem arises

Director of Public Works:

  • Unity Drive and Highway 7 intersection water project started-hopefully finish soon
  • Fall flushing of Fire Hydrants, September 30th – October 11th   

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to approve the recommendation of the Safety Committee and approve the contract for employee training with the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) for the 2019-2020 year in the amount of $11,550. The motion carried unanimously on roll call vote.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Buria approve Staff to seek authorization to dispose of a 1997 International 4900 with a reach body truck, due to its age, with the truck to be listed on Do-Bid. The motion carried.

Library Director/Special Events Director:

  • Sunday, October 27th Annual Halloween Carnival at Mountain Iron Community Center
  • Football Hall Fame Open house, Saturday, September 14th at the Mountain Iron Library
  • “Siama’s Congo’s Roots,” at the Mountain Iron Senior Center at 10am

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Attorney:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and hire the following individuals to the Mountain Iron Fire Department as paid on call firefighters:

  • Carter Martinson
  • Chrish Pasch
  • Michael Gifford

The motion carried.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve Resolution #10-19; adopting the preliminary 2019 tax levy, with a 3% increase, collectable in 2020, which must be certified to the County by September 30th (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to approve Resolution #11-19; adopting the proposed 2020 market-rate based referendum levy for the General Obligation Community Center bonds and interest. The amount reflected is to cover bond payments for 2020 and is the same amount as was levied in 2019 (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to approve Resolution #12-19; setting the Economic Development Authority tax levy for 2020. This Resolution reflects a levy of the same amount as last year which generates approximately $12,000 for the EDA (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve Resolution #13-19; authorizing the City to participate in St. Louis County’s crack sealing program. Working cooperatively with the County will ensure that we get the most competitive pricing for crack sealing. It is further requested that the City Council authorize up to $10,000 for crack sealing within Mountain Iron (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Planning & Zoning Committee and approve the Conditional Use and Variance permit for Nick & Micah Beukema to build a garage at 5408 North Court, Mountain Iron. The motion carried unanimously. 

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to accept the recommendation of the Planning & Zoning Committee and approve the rezoning of certain parcels/lots in the Rock Ridge Development from Commercial to Multi-family II within the City of Mountain Iron (parcel/lot description attached). The motion carried unanimously. 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Buria to set a Budget Committee meeting, the City Council meets with a Committee of the Whole with Department Heads and Committee Chairs or designee for November 4, 2019 at 5:00pm at the Mountain Iron City Hall. The motion carried unanimously.

At 7:31p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Buria that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

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