Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

July 5, 2022

Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers
July 5, 2022

The regular meeting of the Ely City Council was called to order by Mayor Skraba at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers
PRESENT: Council members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, Campbell, and Mayor Skraba

Debeltz/Callen moved to approve the minutes from the June 21, 2022 Public Hearing Ordinance 358, June 21, 2022 Public Hearing Ordinance 357 and 359, and June 21, 2022 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried Unanimously.


Mayor Skraba discussed the 4th of July Events and gave praise to the Ely Events Committee for putting together activities. The Rock the Park event was a big hit.

Debeltz/Campbell moved to waive readings in entirety of all ordinances and resolutions on tonight’s agenda. Motion Carried Unanimously.


Planning & Zoning
Campbell/Kess moved to approve the recommendation from Planning and Zoning to sell the parcel 030-0030-02340 to Daniel Krings to build a garage and to go through the Variance process with the Board of Adjustment.
Langowski indicated that this individual owns the property down the road from this property on Lakeview Ave. Langowski indicated that this lot is only 34X107 and would be too small to build a house on, but could be suitable for a garage. The sale of property is by ordinance and would require 2 readings, we would have to establish price, and we can bring this to projects next Monday to see how we will establish price, then through Planning and Zoning he would need to get a variance or conditional use permit.
Motion Carried Unanimously.

Ambulance Joint Powers Board:
Mayor Skraba stated that there was a meeting this afternoon with the Joint Powers Board, discussion was had on everyone paying for their share of the new ambulance building up front, Ely, Morse and Fall Lake will each contribute approximately $150,000 and Winton will contribute around $10,000. Mayor Skraba stated the Joint Powers would enter into an agreement that the Joint Powers would own the building and as owners we would have to set up a checking account, EIN Number, and someone from the Joint Powers would have to act as the Fiscal Agent. The Joint Powers Board was discussing as to who would take on the role of the Fiscal Agent, Mayor Skraba indicated he would bring it to the council to see if the City of Ely would be interested. We need to decide if we want to buy this building and if we do, we need to take $150,000 out of reserves to pay for it, and we would own the building with the Town of Morse, Fall Lake Township, and Winton. Mayor Skraba indicated that they want to close on the building on August 1st and they need to know if we are in.

A.Forsman/Omerza moved to enter into an agreement with the Ambulance Joint Powers Board for the purchase of the property at 205 N Central Ave and to continue to move forward with the process.
Langowski indicated that we have a budget meeting before the next council meeting to be able to transfer the funds from the reserve funds to operating funds.
Motion Carried Unanimously.

Debeltz/A.Forsman moved for the City of Ely to look into taking on the fiscal agent roll to set up a checking account etc for the Ambulance Joint Powers Board
A.Forsman appreciates the extra time the city staff will have to put into this.
Mayor Skraba discussed checking to see if the city can be the fiscal agent per our Auditors and City Attorney.
A.Forsman asked if Klun Law Firm is the attorney for Town of Morse, Fall Lake or the Hospital.
Attorney Klun indicated that she is just the attorney for the City of Ely.
A.Forsman stated that August 1st seems like a quick date to be able to close, but whatever means we can do to have a workable closing date we will do.
Attorney Klun indicated that a lot of times what happens with these joint powers boards, is the city has Klun Law Firm help move these forward, by helping moving things in the right direction. Helping to get the entity established where it can fiscally run, in terms of capitalization, then the ambulance can operate with a lease or whatever terms we come up with to operate on its own.
A.Forsman indicated that the Hospital Foundation should also take some responsibility on this also; it is in their mission to provide continuation of healthcare in our community.
Omerza asked if we are going to capture any of our costs by doing the paperwork behind this or are we just going to do it.
Mayor Skraba stated we are going to look into it. Langowski stated we will look into what it will take to run, is it going to take 10 hours or 100 hours to do this. We will look at the Ambulance Joint Powers Agreement tomorrow to see what that says, when they formed and the details of the agreement and go from there as to what it will take.
Motion Carried Unanimously

Debeltz/Campbell move to approve the bid for the demolitions of 237 W Sheridan St, 1815 E Chapman St, and 1945 E Harvey St to GMen for $34,321.
Langowski indicated that we have an application to the IRRRB for the residential demolition program with we will receive $3 per sq. foot for these demolitions.
Motion Carried Unanimously.

Fire Chief
Chief Marshall discussed the recent calls for the fire department. Chief Marshall stated that the ambulance response times have improved with the ambulance staying at the new ambulance building.
Chief Marshall discussed the 4th of July events. The Rock the Park event was a big hit, the Ely Fire Relief Association sold the beverages at the event. The Fire Relief Association controls the pension fund for the Firefighters, provides support for the community via scholarships and donations and they also work with the city and fire department to help purchase some equipment. The Fire Department participated in the 4th Parade and had a couple trucks at the Fireworks for fire suppression just in case.
Blasting for the school project will begin on July 7th and go through August 26th.
Chief Marshall indicated that Assistant Chief Zobitz and himself put together a grant with the MN DNR for some equipment needs, most of which is Wildland gear and equipment, for about $9200. The grant would fund half of the expense, and this might be a way the Fire Relief would pay for the other half of the expense.

Library Director
Library Director Heinrich discussed the current programing at the Library which can be found on the Library website.

Police Chief
Chief Houde stated that interviewing for new Police Officers is this week.

City Attorney
Debeltz/Callen moved to approve the Mortgage Satisfaction for EBA Enterprises Inc recorded on September 9, 2018 as Document No. 1002424.0. Motion Carried Unanimously.
Attorney Klun stated that this is a good example as to the way we are operating the loan program, this business closed and we got our money back by having a mortgage on the property, once the building sold we got our loan money back that was past due.

Omerza/Debeltz moved to approve the Purchase Agreement for Lot 6, Block 1 East Spaulding First Addition to Larry and Penny Reedy. Motion Carried Unanimously.
Attorney Klun stated that this is the first lot in the Sibley Court area that has sold, closing will be in August.

City Engineer

COMMUNICATIONS: Matter of Information
2022 Annual Budget for the Arrowhead Library System

Campbell/Callen moved to approve the City and EUC claims for July 05, 2022 for $1,124,912.84. Motion Carried Unanimously.


Kess/Campbell moved to approve Resolution 2022-020 Resolution Appointing Election Judges for the 2022 Primary Elections. Roll Called: Council Member A.Forsman – Yes, Kess-Yes, Debeltz-Yes, Omerza-Yes, Callen-Yes, Campbell –Yes, Mayor Skraba- Yes. Motion Carried Unanimously.

A.Forsman/Omerza moved to approve Resolution 2022-021 Resolution Authorizing Short Term Residential Rental Property and Combination with Long Term Inspection Points Checklist in the City of Ely. Roll Called: Council Member A.Forsman – Yes, Kess-Yes, Debeltz-Yes, Omerza-Yes, Callen-Yes, Campbell –Yes, Mayor Skraba- Yes. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Debeltz/Callen moved to approve Resolution 2022-022 Resolution Supporting Grant Application to the MN DNR Snowmobile Trails Assistance Program. Roll Called: Council Member A.Forsman – Yes, Kess-Yes, Debeltz-Yes, Omerza-Yes, Callen-Yes, Campbell –Yes, Mayor Skraba- Yes. Motion Carried Unanimously.


Mayor Skraba adjourned the meeting at 6:15pm without objection.

Casey Velcheff
Deputy Clerk

Deputy Clerk