Ely City Council Minutes August 1, 2017

Council Minutes August 1, 2017
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

CALL TO ORDER – Mayor Novak called the Regular City Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm.

PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Debeltz, Callen, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: Council members Kess and Omerza

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve Minutes from the July 18, 2017 Regular Meeting. Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA:
Proposal from Pat Erchul to acquire property -1227 E Harvey St
Resolution 2017-023 Resolution Authorizing the City of Ely to Make Application to and Accept Funds from IRRRB Residential and Commercial Redevelopment Grant Program
Resolution 2017-024 Resolution Authorizing to Execute US Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration Grant Agreement.
Items A-C added without objection.

MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor Novak reported that it was a busy weekend in town with the Blueberry Arts Festival going on. There was a lot of support in the Twin Metals tent over the weekend.

CONSENT AGENDA:
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to waive readings in entirety of all ordinances and resolutions on tonight’s agenda. Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

REQUESTS TO APPEAR: None

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Standing/Special

Park and Recreation Board Minutes from June 26, 2017
Approve recommendation from the Park and Recreation Board to purchase a dome climber to be installed at Semers Park with donation money.
Approve recommendation from Park and Recreation Board to purchase the “Pup Tent Climber” with donation monies and to be installed in the 2-5 Area at Whiteside Park for $3231.75.
Approve recommendation from Park and Recreation Board to direct Langowski to explore demolition of the trailer home at Hidden Valley.
Approve recommendation from Park and Recreation Board to move forward with phase 1 of the Wheel Park which includes: ½ upper tier, the lower tier and the $9000 piece and coordinate with Langowski to get this accomplished.
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the recommendations from the Park and Recreation Board items i, ii, iii, and iv. Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

Planning and Zoning Commission
Approve recommendation from Planning and Zoning Commission that the St Louis County rezone of 115 acres adjacent to Ely to Multi/Industrial from RES-4 would be inconsistent with Ely’s Comprehensive Plan and request that St Louis County deny the rezoning request from Morse Township.
Mayor Novak stated that the Council had already passed a resolution to deny the rezoning request from Morse Township.

Ely Cemetery Committee
Langowski stated that the city is continuing to work on the cemetery capital improvement projects. Northern Bedrock might come in and fix some of the tipped over stones.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:
Clerk-Treasurer
EUC CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS: The following items of business were recommended for approval at the regular EUC meeting of Wednesday, July 26, 2017:
Approved purchasing two transformers from Dakota Transformer for $9,300.00.
Approved signing the WSN engineering design contract for $60,690.00 for the 2017 Electrical Improvements Project.
Approved purchasing the Banyon Point of Sale Software, support and training for $3,180.00.
Approved payment of the May EUC Bills List for $319,323.67.
Approved Lighting Rebates for S. Louis County for $1,467.00 and John and Sue Wavrin for $1,943.76.
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the EUC Consent Agenda items 1-5. Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

Fire Chief

Library Director
Library Director Heinrich gave an update of the upcoming events at the library which can be located on the Library Website.

Police Chief

City Attorney
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the Mortgage Satisfaction for KTM of Ely. Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

City Engineer

COMMUNICATIONS:
Correspondence from Arbor Day Foundation on earning recognition as a 2016 Tree City USA and for receiving the Growth Award.
Letter of Thanks from Young Life for the help with 4th of July

CLAIMS FOR PAYMENT:
Debeltz/Callen moved to approve the City and EUC claims for payment for August1, 2017 for $391,034.79. Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

OLD BUSINESS:
A.Forsman/Debeltz moved to approve the Proposal from John Ott to Acquire the Pastika Property and for a purchase agreement to be drafted once the city acquires the property.
Mayor Novak stated that in the proposal the Ott’s propose to pay all closing costs that the city incurs with the county plus $500. The Ott’s intend to preserve the building and prevent it from being torn down.
A.Forsman stated that this property was advertised for proposals and the city did have several people tour the building, this was the only proposal that was received.
Attoney Klun asked about conditions for the purchase agreement, these will be discussed at a later date once the city acquires the building.
Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the Proposal from Pat Erchul to acquire -1227 E Harvey St. Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

NEW BUSINESS:
D.Forsman/Debeltz moved to approve Resolution #2017-021 Resolution Opposing the Withdrawal of Federal Land and Minerals for Exploration and Development Roll Called: A.Forsman-Yes, Debeltz-Yes, Callen-Yes, D.Forsman-Yes, Mayor Novak-Yes Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve Resolution #2017-022 Resolution Authorizing to Execute Minnesota Department of Transportation Grant Agreement for Airport Improvement Excluding Land Acquisition Roll Called: A.Forsman-Yes, Debeltz-Yes, Callen-Yes, D.Forsman-Yes, Mayor Novak-Yes Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the 2017 Ely Marathon in kind services from the City of Ely and the City’s Permit fees be waived for the event for the rent of Whiteside Park and Interim Use Permit for September 23, 2017. Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the 2017 Glow Run requesting in kind services for September 22, 2017 Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

Debeltz/Callen moved to approve the following Liquor License renewals for the 2017-2018 licensing year pending receipt of proper fees and paperwork Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.
(See the list in the Echo this week)
Debeltz/A.Forsman moved to approve Catz Billiards and Blues Full On-Sale Sunday Liquor License pending proper receipt of fees and paperwork. Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve Resolution 2017-023 Resolution Authorizing the City of Ely to Make Application to and Accept Funds from IRRRB Residential and Commercial Redevelopment Grant Program. Roll Called: A.Forsman-Yes, Debeltz-Yes, Callen-Yes, D.Forsman-Yes, Mayor Novak-Yes Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve Resolution 2017-024 Resolution Authorizing to Execute US Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration Grant Agreement. Roll Called: A.Forsman-Yes, Debeltz-Yes, Callen-Yes, D.Forsman-Yes, Mayor Novak-Yes Motion Carried 5-0-2 with Kess and Omerza Absent.

OPEN FORUM: None

ADJOURN
Mayor Novak adjourned the meeting without objection at 5:51pm.

Casey Velcheff
Deputy Clerk

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