CITY OF KEEWATIN
A regular meeting of the city council was held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM in the council chambers.
Members present: Mayor King; Council: Koprivec, Clusiau and Graves. Absent: Clerk Christensen.
The special meeting was canceled that was requested by General Waste. An e-mail was received on April 22nd at 4:01 PM from Scott Allison and Mayor King read the e-mail and voiced his disappointment for canceling a second time. The e-mail stated that Waste Management wanted to meet again at the May 28th council meeting. Mayor King informed General Waste that they will need to submit any futher special meeting requests in writing to the city clerk. The council agreed that if a request is submitted for another meeting, that the meeting will be held after the regular council meeting.
A motion was made by Clusiau and seconded by Koprivec to accept the items on the consent agenda as submitted:
1. Accept the minutes of the April 9, 2014 regular meeting.
2. Pay the bills.
Mike LaBine spoke to the League of Minnesota Cities in length about the equipment breakdown insurance policy. The League stated that it is good extra coverage for the city to carry. The insurance coverage also works for the other departments that have large expensive machinery and equipment. The council agreed with Mr. LaBine to go foward and purchase the Equipment Breakdown Insurance Policy from the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust at an approximate cost of $1,700 to $1,900 per year. A motion was made by Clusiau and seconded by Graves to approve the policy. Motion Carried.
A motion was made by Graves and seconded by Koprivec to set spring cleanup days for May 12-16. Motion Carried.
Mike LaBine stated that the street department will be doing hydrant flushing starting Sunday, May 9th and asked residents to watch for discolored water and low water pressure.
The GNK Cheerleaders requested a donation from the city. The council is not able to give a donation that is not for a service. No action was taken.
A motion was made by Clusiau and seconded by Koprivec to transfer $10,069 from the post office savings to cover the required 1/2 down on the new Library door / the funds will be transferred to the city general checking. A $10,000 transfer to be made from the city hall government building to cover expenses for the police remodel, $6,000 from the police savings to cover the remodel and improvements for the police department new offices and $75,000 from the street department savings to the general checking to help with the May bills. Motion Carried.
The clerk asked the county for $100,000 for an advance on the city’s tax apportionment and it will come May 24th.
A motion was made by Graves and seconded by Clusiau to allow Officer James Breeden to go to training on May 14-15 at Hibbing Community College for 2 days for defensive tactics training at a cost of $225. Motion Carried.
Attorney John Dimich was present at the meeting at 4:30 PM.
Keewatin resident Carissa Jivery attended the meeting to discuss the traffic by her home. Officer Paul Fairbanks stepped up to speak in regards to the letter that Carissa submitted to the council and to introduce Brian Hamilton from US Steel. Mr. Hamilton stated that US Steel is dealing with the concerns of Keewatin’s residents and they have talked to all contractors on site about speeds and will work with the city to come to a fair solution to the ongoing traffic/speed problem. Some suggestions that were discussed were speed bumps, lower the speed limit to 25 MPH and new signs. Brian Hamilton stated that US Steel will keep trying to improve the traffic problem. Carissa Jivery spoke with many concerns of the safety for the area children and she will continue to do her part to improve the safety of her family by fencing her yard, cutting hedges back, but requested that people would please slow down. Ms. Jivery also suggested that the city close the road but the council stated that they were unable to do that without looking in to it more. Mayor King stated that he would need more time to see if a road closing is possible and will be looking at better signs. The council will contact Carissa Jivery when they have more information and will bring to a meeting in the future. Ms. Jivery stated that she is very thankful that US Steel, the Keewatin Police Department and the City Council are willing to work through the speed problem and that she appreciates the concern and effort that has already been put into this issue.
A motion was made by Koprivec and seconded by Clusiau to have speed control with a new sign on 1st Street North to 3rd Avenue, two new signs to lower speed from 30 MPH to 25 MPH and Mayor King will also speak to the county about a 25 MPH on the entire 1st Street. Motion Carried.
An announcement was made in regards to the Community Building meeting that will be held on Tuesday, May 27 at 7 p.m.
A motion was made by Koprivec and seconded by Clusiau to adjourn. Motion Carried.
The following bills were approved for payment:
CITY OF KEEWATIN
Check # Date Search Name Amount
050737 04/23/14 A M Construction of Hibbing $10,069.00
050738 04/23/14 Andersen, Earl F. $191.53
050739 04/23/14 AT&T Mobility $126.40
050740 04/23/14 Central Hanna Credit Union $367.30
050741 04/23/14 Compudyne $297.00
050742 04/23/14 Cops Plus Inc. $186.66
050743 04/23/14 Daves Sales & Service $47.00
050744 04/23/14 Dept. of Employment & Economic $289.39
050745 04/23/14 Fena Advertising, Inc. $1,372.85
050746 04/23/14 Fire Safety USA $1,136.00
050747 04/23/14 G&K Services $68.33
050748 04/23/14 Great Northern Iron Ore Props $3.00
050749 04/23/14 Industrial Lubricant Company $20.43
050750 04/23/14 Ingram Library Services $146.92
050751 04/23/14 Itasca County Sheriff Dept. $26.02
050752 04/23/14 Keewatin Auto Repair $251.12
050753 04/23/14 Keewatin Sinclair $26.18
050754 04/23/14 L&M Supply $146.96
050755 04/23/14 League of Minnesota Cities $195.00
050756 04/23/14 LMC Insurance Trust $23,845.00
050757 04/23/14 Macqueen Equipment Inc. $276.89
050758 04/23/14 Mediacom $62.45
050759 04/23/14 MN Fire Service Cert Board $40.00
050760 04/23/14 Per Mar Security $128.94
050761 04/23/14 Precious Paws $100.00
050762 04/23/14 Public Utilities $941.20
050763 04/23/14 Pumpkin Books $127.22
050764 04/23/14 Railroad Mgmt. Company $146.16
050765 04/23/14 Ross Home Center $1,911.00
050766 04/23/14 Sim Supply Inc. $15.84
050767 04/23/14 TDS Metrocom $380.78
050768 04/23/14 Thronson, Susan $99.08
050769 04/23/14 Toonstra Psychological Service $350.00
050770 04/23/14 USA Electric, Inc. $2,405.00
SRNF May 22, 2014
CITY OF COLERAINE
SEC. 9.09. REGULATIONS RELATING TO FENCES
The regulations contained in this ordinance apply to all new or replacement fences, walls, or natural material improvements erected or installed from its effective date, but do not apply to the mere repair of existing fences. These regulations apply to fences and improvements in all Zoning Districts, including residential districts, planned development districts, commercial districts and industrial districts. Such improvements include but are not necessarily limited to fences, walls, hedges, trees and shrubs.
This ordinance does not apply to retaining walls, which are erected for a specific purpose, such as erosion control (confining dirt). For specific requirements regarding retaining walls, please refer to Coleraine’s zoning book – Sec. 9, pg. 81.
Intent and purpose.
It is the intent of these regulations to improve public safety and the welfare of persons using city sidewalks and streets through the maintenance of adequate visibility into and from private property and within public right of ways, particularly as related to the front yard spaces between the public sidewalks and any buildings on a lot. Furthermore, the regulations are designed to allow individual property owners the ability to provide adequate screening for privacy on their lots without undue negative impact on the interest of residents on abutting properties to secure adequate light and air. It is not the intent of these regulations to discourage creative and attractive fence designs, consistent with the stated intent and purpose of this ordinance. Finally, it is the intent of these regulations for fences to be used for decorative, yard screening and/or confinement purposes, and not to be used as structural support for any roof or wall for building enclosure.
a. All fences and improvements require a permit.
b. Fences must not be erected where they create a visual safety hazard, in the opinion of the Zoning Officer.
c. No fence in a residential or planned development district may contain barbed wire.
d. No fence may be charged with electric current, except within an agricultural district.
e. Fences must be maintained so as not to endanger life or property and any fence which, through lack of repair, type of construction or otherwise, imperils health, life or property or the well-being of a neighborhood, will be deemed a nuisance.
f. All fences must be located on the private property of the person, firm or business constructing the fence.
g. All fences must comply with all other requirements of law, this code, or local building code as it applies to fence installation and materials.
Location and Orientation.
Fences and improvements must sit on the property of the property owner installing the fence. It is the responsibility of the owner of the property in question to determine the location of property lines and easements. The City reserves the right to remove fences, trees and improvements from an easement area if required for utility installations, maintenance or emergency repairs. No fence, wall, hedge or other screening device is permitted to encroach on any public right-of-way. The finished side of the fence must face the exterior of the lot, and the posts/supports must face in toward the property on which the fence sits.
Fences, walls, hedges or improvements up to six (6) ft. in height above grade are permitted, except in front yards and on corner lots.
In all zoning districts, setbacks are determined after allowing for public sidewalks, curbs, driveways, buildings and/or other requirements. Note that the City’s legal right of way along a street extends beyond the street’s edge to include the curb and sidewalk.
Proximity to front yard: Fences and improvements must not be located closer than 2 feet from any public right-of-way. In addition, the fence height must not exceed 48 inches.
Proximity to alley right of way: Fences must not be located closer than 6 ft. to an alley, to allow for maintenance vehicles and snowplow access.
Proximity to abutting property lines: If two abutting property neighbors can agree in writing to place a fence or wall directly on the property line between them, then a written agreement must be filed on the land records for both abutting property neighbors at the City Clerk’s office. If no mutual agreement can be reached, the fence must be set back a minimum of 2 feet from the property line to allow for maintenance.
Front Yard/Corner lots: Fences and improvements must not be higher than 48 inches. In addition, no structures or trees or shrubs are permitted within 15 feet from any intersection of streets or public right of way. These guidelines are required to insure adequate visibility for preserving public safety and the welfare of persons who use city sidewalks and streets.
Construction and Materials.
Approved: All fences in residential districts must be constructed of stone, brick, finished wood, chain link or vinyl, and be capable of maintaining an upright position within 15 degrees. All posts must be dug a minimum of 3 feet in depth. Canvas material or privacy slats that are strictly intended and used for screening purposes on chain link types of fencing will be accepted provided the material is securely fastened as required to said type of fencing (canvas is installed on the interior side) and is properly maintained.
Prohibited: Barbed wire, razor wire, and electrical fences are prohibited in residential districts, planned development districts, and commercial districts. For purposes of this subdivision, any improvement as noted herein that is found to be unsafe, or a nuisance, is prohibited. Plywood boards, any sheeting consisting of wood, plastic/vinyl or metal, including any boards, panels or planks larger than 12 inches in width are prohibited.
Commercial and Industrial:
Fences in these districts are primarily erected for security measures. No barb wire is permitted on any fence at a height of less than seven feet above the ground. The fence is permitted to have “arms” projecting into the applicant’s property.
Fences, or improvements, must be maintained to retain their aesthetic quality, screening abilities, and function at all times. Exterior surfaces of all fences and walls must have either a painted, stained, decay resistance treatment, or a factory finish. Missing boards, rusting wire and posts, and peeling paint must be repaired or replaced with same quality material and workmanship at the owner’s expense immediately as they occur.
Snow fencing (no permit required) will be allowed only between November 1st and April 15th. However, in no case will snow fencing be allowed to encroach upon public right-of-way. Silt fencing (no permit required) will be temporarily allowed on construction sites only for erosion control. Note that snow and silt fencing must conform to above fencing location/orientation setbacks.
Permits and fees.
A zoning permit application is required for all fences and improvements. The application must include the name and address of the applicant and a site plan of the desired improvement. The site plan must include existing building or structural improvements as well as any easements. The application must also include information about material to be used for the fence or improvement, including post depths and finished height. The city zoning officer reserves the right to require additional information. Note that permit requirements for property owners are always subject to applicable minimum building line setbacks from property lines. The fee for a permit is fixed by resolution of the Council.
Any deviation from the requirements of this ordinance requires a variance. If a modification or variance is requested, the variance will be considered in compliance with the zoning variance procedures, and fees for this variance will be set in accordance with the zoning variance fee schedule. The variance request process includes an application to be presented to the Coleraine Planning Commission as well as a public hearing, before action to approve or deny the variance will be decided.
Conformance and Penalties.
The City of Coleraine may notify the owner of the property in question of any fence or improvement found not to be in compliance with this ordinance, for the purpose of compliance, or for the purpose of removal by the owner of the property in question. When so directed, a notice of a violation shall be mailed to any person who is in violation of the provisions of the zoning code. The notice must state the nature of the violation and the penalty for the violation. If the person fails to comply with the applicable provisions of the zoning code indicated in the notice, a penalty fee will be assessed. The fee for a penalty is fixed by resolution of the Council.
Source: City of Coleraine Ordinance
/s/ Mike Antonovich, Mayor
5/12/14 /s/ Sandra Bluntach, City Clerk
SRNF May 22, 2014
City of Nashwauk
Mayor Hendricks called the meeting to order at 4:30 in the council chambers.
Members Present: Hendricks, Heyblom, Fragnito-Smith, Gangl, Bolf. Members absent: None.
*Motion by Bolf, seconded by Heyblom to accept the minutes of the April 8th 2014 council meeting and special meeting. Ayes all present—motion carried.
*Motion by Heyblom, seconded by Hendricks to approve all bills signed and file the claims report as official record. Ayes all present—motion carried.
The 4th of July committee updated that the car show will be July 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
*Motion by Gangl, seconded by Fragnito-Smith to approve the communications as read. Ayes all present—motion carried.
*Motion by Heyblom, seconded by Gangl to approve the consent agenda as follows:
1) Approve elective DWI & Traffic Law training, Maddern and Dasovich, Thursday, April 24th in Grand Rapids, plus wages.
2) Approve Pamela LaBine to attend the MCFOA Region II meeting in Mt Iron Friday, May 30th, Meeting fee $15.00, wages plus mileage.
3) Allow any Mayor or council to attend the Hwy 169 Cross Range Expressway meeting April 30th in Taconite, per diem and mileage.
4) Approve the Mayor or council to attend the Laurentian meeting on May 5th in Chisholm per diem and mileage.
5) Approve $750 donation for the Booster club to clean the food court on the 3rd and 4th of July.
Ayes all present—motion carried
Jim Wesanto was present to discuss the demolition of the Spur. Dimich said the court order says if it is attached to or is part of the structure, it can be torn down. Wesanto is storing items in the basement and has nowhere to store the items. Hendricks said there has been plenty of time to remove the items. He doesn’t want to be harsh about it but it’s the final hours and now you are trying to negotiate something. Gangl concurred—there has been plenty of time and if Wesanto had concerns he should have contacted the city when the discussion began on the demolition. Heyblom also agreed that the decision has been made and that he hopes that Wesanto will have enough respect for the council on their decision. Hendricks said he would open it up for someone to make a motion to honor Wesanto’s request to stop the project. No motion was made by the council to stop the demolition. Request denied. Continue with project.
*Motion by Bolf, seconded by Heyblom to approve Ole Olson’s contract for campground host and allow Mayor to sign. Ayes all present—motion carried.
*Motion by Gangl, seconded by Heyblom to approve resolution 14-006 for work comp coverage for elected officials. Aye all present—motion carried.
*Motion by Gangl, seconded by Fragnito-Smith to approve a $300 donation to the Second Wind Harmonica Band for July 3rd 2014. Ayes all present—motion carried.
*Motion by Gangl, seconded by Fragnito-Smith to approve the request from 4th of July Committee to spend $100 on advertising for craft show/flea market. Ayes all present—motion carried.
Discussion was held on the time of the band. Bolf requested they play till midnight, Vraa added that it makes things a lot easier if the band is over by 10:30. They will table this and discuss at the next meeting. Request was from 4th of July Committee to hire the band Genetics for $1,000 and play from 7-11 p.m.
Discuss citizen/council meet and greet meetings: Bolf listed the items that have been asked by the residents of Nashwauk. They were emailed to the council and there are some items that have been taken care of and others that the council will need to decide how to handle.
Bolf requested that the recreation center be open on the 5th of July for whoever wants to use the building.
*Motion by Heyblom, seconded by Fragnito-Smith to have the rec center open on July 5th. Ayes all present—motion carried.
*Motion by Bolf, seconded by Hendricks to allow the fire department to burn grass. Ayes all present—motion carried.
Place ad in paper for cleanup month for May.
*Motion by Bolf, seconded by Heyblom to adjourn the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Ayes all present—motion carried.
SRNF May 22, 2014
The City of Keewatin will be holding a Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM, in the council chambers. The Public Hearing is being held to discuss:
1. Wellhead Protection Plan
The regular council meeting will be held immediately following the Public Hearing.
Keewatin City Clerk
Special Meeting ● 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
To whom it may concern:
The Taconite City Council will hold a Special Meeting in the Council Chambers on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
The purpose of the Special Meeting is to:
● Review the plans and specifications for the 2013 Sanitary Sewer Project.
● Review the 2013 Financial Statement.
● Discuss the City’s progress regarding updating the Comprehensive Plan.
● Review other City business, as needed.
All interested persons are encouraged to attend. Any comments or questions for or against are welcomed.
Dated: May 12, 2014
By order of the City of Taconite
Lauri Camilli, Clerk