City Council

Meeting Minutes for March 06, 2017

MINUTES

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

March 06, 2017

 

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:32p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Alan Stanaway, Susan 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, Librarian Director/Special Events Director; Rod Flannigan, City Engineer and John Backman, Sergeant.

 

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

 

  1. Approve the minutes of the February 21, 2017, regular meeting as submitted.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. To acknowledge the receipts for the period February 16-28, 2017, totaling $177,057.04 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

  1. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period February 16-28, 2017, totaling $233,927.56 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

 

The motion carried on roll call vote.

 

Public Forum:

 

  • The Iron Range Tourism Bureau (IRTB) Chairman, Tony Jeffers, spoke regarding their services, it is a Destination marketing organization (DMO), who’s overall purpose is to promote and market the entire Iron Range on a local, statewide, national and international basis.
  • Former Board Chair and current Chairman of the IRRRB “Recharge the Range,” Tourism Committee, as well as General Manager of AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Mountain Iron and Super 8 Hotel in Eveleth, Jim Makowsky, spoke regarding best practices, budget and plan for marketing the Iron Range, with such advertisement as traditional billboards, printed visitor guides, fully responsive website and media/digital applications.
  • The Iron Range Tourism Bureau (IRTB) Executive Director, Beth Pierce, spoke in regards to services, marketing, partnerships, sponsorship of “Housekeeping Olympics,” “Iron Range Tourism Bureau Spirit of Hospitality Award.”
  • The discussion ensued in regards to trails, roads and connections regarding to All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) usage and trails, in addition to tourism.

 

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • Good luck to both Girls and Boys basketball during Playoffs/tournament
  • Sexual Assault Awareness month is intended to bring awareness to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and is a public health concern for individuals, families, community members and communities as a whole.
    • Child sexual abuse/exploitation, rape and sexual harassment impact all communities as seen by the national statistics: One in three girls and one in six boys will be sexually violated by the age of 18. One in five children is solicited sexually while on the internet.
    • Within the past year, our local Sexual Assault Program has worked with 491 primary and secondary crime victims of sexual violence who reside in our communities. The Program has provided more than 9,000 trauma and victim-focused advocacy services with these crime victims.
    • The Sexual Assault Program of Northern St. Louis County encourages every person to speak out when witnessing acts of violence, however small; and to help survivors connect with community allies.

 

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Prebeg to proclaim April 2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The motion carried.

 

The City Administrator reported on the following:

 

  • In order to integrate the Automated Meter Infrastructure (Advanced Meter Reader) directly into our billing software, we are required to update our financial software to the Clarity 4.x program. With the software upgrade, the meter reading information will directly load into the billing software eliminating the need to manually enter some information.
  • Meter installation does not cost the resident anything as it comes from the City Budget
  • Housing lots available in Unity II Addition, South Forest Grove and Woodland Estates
  • Economic Development Authority & Woodland Estates planning an Open house in the beginning of April
  • 4th-6th Grade Boys Basketball, Northeast Conference Championships and Tournament Conference Championships for last three years

 

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to accept the Civic Systems Proposal for software upgrade to Caselle Clarity 4.x, as to work with the Automated Meter Infrastructure billing system, in the amount of $35,950. The motion carried on roll call vote.

 

Director of Public Works:

 

  • No report

 

Library Director/Special Events Coordinator:

 

  • Library Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm and Fri-Sat 10am-2pm
  • Nice viewing/tv center at the Library to come watch Basketball

 

Sheriff’s Department:

           

  • No formal or informal report

 

City Engineer:

 

  • No formal report

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Tuomela to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and offer the positon of Lead Water/Wastewater Operator to Mr. Tyrel Hebl. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and authorize internal posting for the position of Water/Wastewater Operator, until Friday, March 17th at 4pm. If no applicants apply, then to post externally, with applications accepted until Friday, March 31st, at 4pm. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway accept the recommendation of the Personnel Committee to extend an offer of the position to Scott Novak for the Maintenance position pending a physical, drug testing and a background check. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Tuomela to approve Resolution #06-17; Bank Authorization, (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Prebeg to approve Resolution #07-17; Support for State Funding for Voting Equipment replacement, to assist counties, communities and school districts with financial support for the systematic replacement of the aging election equipment (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to approve Resolution #08-17; Authorizing new Regional Safety Group, authorizing the City of Mountain Iron to become a member of a Regional Safety Group (RSG), (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by to Tuomela authorize Valentini’s Supper Club to serve alcohol and food at an event scheduled for March 18, 2017 at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The motion carried.

 

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to donate $1,000 to the Summer Work Outreach Program (SWOP) to their Annual event, monies to come from Charitable Gambling Fund. The motion carried on roll call vote.

At 7:15p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Skogman that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

 

Submitted by:

 

 

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

www.mtniron.com

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

  1. Organizational meeting for Historical Society, Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30pm, at the Mountain Iron Community Center in the Mountain Iron room (City Council Chambers).