City of Ely Council Minutes -February 20, 2018

Council Minutes -February 20, 2018
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Novak called the meeting to order at 5:30pm.

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

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the minutes from the Public Hearing on the EUC Rates on February 7, 2018, the Public Hearing for the IUP for the Jake Forsman Car Show and Burnout Competition on February 7, 2018 and the February 7, 2018 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Addition 12.A. Committee Assignments
Addition 13.B. Wolf Track Classic Sled Dog Race – In Kind Services from City of Ely
Additions A and B were added without objection.

Proclamation recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Mayor Novak attended a Mayors Meeting in Duluth with Mayors from around the metro and the range; he also attended the PolyMet Hearing in Duluth
Mayor Novak thanked City Staff for the snow removal and plowing efforts over the last weekend when we received fourteen inches of snow.
Mayor Novak also thanked the Water and Electric Department for dealing with all the water freeze ups over the weekend.

Council Member Kess thanked the Ely Fire Department, Babbitt Fire Department, Morse Fire Department, Ely Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Department and the Ely Ambulance for their efforts at a duplex fire at one of Kess’s rentals. Kess stated that two families were displaced cause of the fire. Two separate accounts have been set up at the Ely Area Credit Union for both families. Kess expressed his gratitude to the Ely Community for stepping up and donating clothes and gift cards to the families.

Motion to waive readings in entirety of all ordinances and resolutions on tonight’s agenda
Approve Staff or Airport Committee members to attend the Minnesota Airports Conference, April 18-20, 2018
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the consent agenda items A and B. Motion Carried Unanimously.

International Wolf Center Yearly Update – Rob Schulze-Executive Director, Nancy Tubbs-Board Chair, Krista Harrington-Interpretive Center Manager
Rob Schulze the Executive Director of the International Wolf Center gave an update on the Wolf Center. This last year they saw a significant increase in the number of visitors in a non-pup year. They expanded their billboard advertising this year to include six sites with the theme “Artic Wolves,” next year they are planning on expanding to a couple more billboard sites. They also made a major push to get the “Wolves at Our Door” program in as many local classrooms as possible this last year, as well as in schools throughout the Arrowhead Region. A total of 605 classrooms were visited throughout the State of Minnesota, representing a 36% increase over 2016. Eighteen Minnesota State Parks also had “Wolves at Our Door” programming over the summer months. Their education webinars continue to grow as well and continue to be an excellent extension of their Ely Interpretive Center and they are being watched by wolf enthusiasts around the world. Last year was the third year of the implementation of the 2nd Day Re-Entry and it has continued to grow in the number of visitors that have been utilizing it. This past summer they held their 2nd annual community day for local residents to experience the Center for a sharply reduced rate.

Projects Committee
D.Forsman/Debeltz moved to approve the recommendation from the Projects Committee to authorize JPJ to complete final design for 17th Ave Project and advertise for bids when the final design is complete. Motion Carried Unanimously.

D.Forsman/Callen moved to approve the recommendation from the Projects Committee to authorize JPJ to complete final design for the Water Tower Suppy and 7th Ave East projects and advertise for bids when the final design is complete. Motion Carried Unanimously.

D.Forsman/Debeltz moved to approve the recommendation from the Projects Committee to authorize TKDA’s proposal for the Trailhead Complex. Motion Carried Unanimously.

D.Forsman/A.Forsman moved to approve the recommendation from the Projects Committee to direct City Staff to continue working with the DNR to develop mountain bike trails at Hidden Valley. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Airport Commission
Kess/Callen moved to approve the recommendation from the Airport Commission to select TKDA as the engineering consulting firm for the Airport. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Gardner Trust
Callen stated that the Gardner Trust is accepting grant applications for their spring grant round.

Langowski stated that the City has had numerous water freeze ups this year already. Langowski stated that if your property has had a frozen a waterline in the past it is highly likely that you will freeze up this year. Langowski urged people that have had frozen water lines before to run their water at least the size of a pencil to guard against a freeze up. Langowski also reminded people that they are responsible for the cost of the additional water usage.

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 Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest Regarding Rural Living Environment Development Agreement. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Rural Living Environment Development Agreement Terms
A task group will be formed with John Fedo, Harold Langowski, Kelly Klun, and Mayor Novak to discuss the terms of the development agreement with Rural Living Environment.

A.Forsman/Callen moved to request the EEDA to be the fiscal agent for an IRRRB grant that is going to be a forgivable loan for the State Theater. Motion Carried Unanimously.

City Engineer

Correspondence from Arbor Day Foundation
Correspondence from the Ely Community Health Center
RAMS Newsletter

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the City and EUC claims for February 20, 2018 for $647,319.96. Motion Carried Unanimously.

A.Forsman/Debeltz moved to approve the following Committee Assignments:
Telecommunications Advisory Board – Mid-Term 1/31/2019
Irene Hartfield
- Park and Recreation Board – Term 1/31/2021
Michelle Moore
Library Board – Mid-Term 1/31/2020
Sue Savereide
Motion Carried Unanimously

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve City of Ely in kind services to plow the Miners Dry area for the Pink Ribbon Riders. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Debeltz/Omerza moved to approve the In Kind Services from City of Ely for the Wolf Track Classic Sled Dog Race. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Mayor Novak discussed adding on the March Study Session discussion on tourism and to invite the Chamber, Tourism Bureau, Incredible Ely, Events Coordinator Bureau, and any others.

Mayor Novak Adjourned the meeting at 6:24pm without objection.

Casey Velcheff
Deputy Clerk

Public Hearing Minutes
February 27, 2018 - City Hall, Council Chambers

Call to Order: Acting Mayor Omerza called the meeting to order at 5:00pm.

Present: Council Members A.Forsman, Debeltz, Callen, D.Forsman and Acting Mayor Omerza
Absent: Council Member Kess and Mayor Novak

Ely City Council will hold a public hearing regarding Ordinance No. 322, 2nd Series to consider a proposed re-zoning of City-owned land.  The City-owned land is currently zoned for Limited Industrial (M) uses.  The City of Ely proposes that the land be re-zoned to become Residential 2 (R2) Zoning. See Attached map and Ordinance for the location of the land involved in the proposed zoning.

Acting Mayor Omerza opened the public hearing to anyone that would like to speak.

Michael Coyle, CEO of Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital stated that the Hospital supports the rezoning of this property.

Acting Mayor Omerza adjourned the meeting at 5:03pm.

Casey Velcheff
Deputy Clerk

Study Session Meeting – Council Chambers, Ely City Hall
February 27, 2018

Acting Mayor Omerza called the study session to order at 5:30pm.

Present: Council Members A.Forsman, Debeltz, Callen, D.Forsman and Acting Mayor Omerza
Absent: Council Member Kess and Mayor Novak


2017 Heritage Preservation Annual Update and 2018 Plans
Celia Domich, Heritage Preservation Commission Member gave an update on the 2017 HPC Accomplishments and the 2018 Plans for the Heritage Preservation Commission.

Omerza thanked the HPC for all the work done with the community center and for the work on the VFW Project receiving a Statewide Preservation Award.


Discussion on Transient Merchants (Peddlers) and Camping during Festivals

Langowski stated that the Transient Merchant, Peddlers Permit is an issue we have been looking into for several years now, and we have asked our Planning and Zoning Administrator to look into this further by looking at our current ordinances and policies. It is tough to determine what activities require a peddlers/transient merchant license and which ones do not, what festivals are taking care of the permit, or do we need to take care of that as well. One thing we would like to do is include the chamber in on this and also include the police chief as well. This is something we would like to get worked out before summer.

Mike Banovetz, Planning and Zoning Commission, clarified the definitions of a peddler and a transient merchant. A peddler is a person who goes from house to house, or door to door, a transient merchant is a person who temporarily sets up business out of a vehicle, trailer, or other portable shelter. Tim Riley and Mike are going to talk to the chamber about background checks for their vendors for the festivals.

Tim Riley clarified the difference in the existing City of Ely Ordinance on food vendors versus what the League of Minnesota Cities has in place as a recommendation. The current ordinance states that any person can sell produce from any farm. Currently the City of Ely Ordinance does not protect the local farmer.

A.Forsman stated that we have vegetable vendors that come up here in the summer, would this affect them?
Riley said this is one of the issues we will have to work through. One of the questions on the application could be to state how close of a relationship do you have with the farm where the produce came from, so we can protect the local growers. Another suggestion is to have everyone have a permit, but if it came from a local farm there would be no charge, these are all things we will have to work out.

Langowski asked who is exempt from getting a permit and who is not? There will be many issues we will need to work through, but getting the Chamber and the Police Department involved this will help to work through these issues.

D.Forsman asked if any local farmers are having issues with some of the other farmer vendors coming in.
Riley stated that a good contact to see about this would be the Farmers Market group to see if they have had any issues

Acting Mayor Omerza adjourned the meeting at 6:10pm

Casey Velcheff
Deputy Clerk