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September 21, 2020 City Council Minutes



September 21, 2020

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32p.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 Al Johnson, City Engineer.

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

  1. Approve the minutes of the September 8, 2020, 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 September 1-15, totaling $ 225,844.22(a list is attached and made a part of these minutes),
  4. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period September 1-15, totaling $337,411.17 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried.

Public Forum:

  • Ed Roskoski had questions regarding proposed City Drinking Well Project, what was to be done with the previous wells, the overall projected cost of the project, how much was going to be paid by Grants and how much was going to be paid by City Residents.
  • Director of Public Works, Tim Satrang stated the Well Project was in the works, it was not set in stone, and the previous wells would continue to be utilized, and keep maintained and in operable condition.
  • City Administrator stated that Grant money had been sought and applied for; not all options had been exhausted at this time, as it was a work in progress.
  • City Engineer stated that the project cost was not available at this current time, as it was a work in progress, but had more information available at the office.
  • Walker, Giroux, and Hahne, LLC. Representative, Tom Kelly discussed the City of Mountain Iron’s 2019 Audit, overall fund position and recommendations for the City.

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Condolences to the family and friends of Richard “Dick” Roach
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Florence Koski
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Rainer Mikael Makirinne
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Ronald Skinner
  • Thank you to all those who are keeping this Country moving forward!
  • Thursday, September 17th, Comfort Inn had an Open House

City Administrator:

  • Two lots pending sale in Woodland Estates
  • Lot sold in Unity II Addition
  • Dirt Work started for Pan O’Gold warehouse located by Heliene
  • West II Rivers Campground closed Sunday, September 20th for the season

Director of Public Works:

  • Large Trash pickup will begin
  • September 14th and run through September 25th
  • Mountain Iron Drive, asphalt laid, minor items left to finish
  • Water Tower Project almost completed, roughly the end of the next week
  • Recycling area – at the mercy of the Contractors of the County
  • Trash tossed in bins that aren’t supposed to be in there

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

  • No formal report
  • United Way of Northeastern Minnesota gave away roughly 8,427 meals during their “Meet up and Chow Down,” held through the summer
  • Library Book Drop is now available – updated with new color
  • Shed located outside for curbside pickup – for colder weather
  • Library will be unavailable, Thursday, October 1st and Friday, October 2nd for updating
  • Halloween costume contest event on Halloween at the Library, more information to come

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman to have the Personnel Committee start Management Negotiations, for all salaried employees. The motion carried.

At 7:20p.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


  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.

  1. Absentee ballots via curbside service are available at City Hall now through November 2, 2020 for those voters unable to vote on Election Day.
  2. City Hall will also be open (curbside service) for Absentee voting from 10am-3pm on Saturday, October 31st and until 5:00pm on Monday, November 2nd.

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