Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers July 19, 2022

Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall,
Council Chambers
July 19, 2022

CALL TO ORDER:
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 Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, Campbell, and Mayor Skraba
ABSENT: A.Forsman

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Debeltz/Callen moved to approve the minutes from the July 05, 2022 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

ADDITIONS OR OMISSIONS TO AGENDA:
A. Additions 8.A Budget Committee
B. Additions 8.A Ambulance Joint Powers Board Meeting
C. Additions 9.B Fire Department Minutes and Quarter 2 Summary
D. Additions 10.G Correspondence from Greenwood Township Board hired McGrath Consulting Group, Inc to perform a comprehensive assessment of greater cooperative opportunities in providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) within Greenwood Township and surrounding area of St. Louis County, Minnesota.
E. Additions 13.A Consider the in kind request from the Chamber of Commerce for the 2022 Blueberry Arts Festival.
F. Additions 13.B Consider Change Order #3 for the Prospector ATV – Phase 6 Beaver River Crossing
Omerza/Debeltz moved to add the additions A-F. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

MAYOR’S REPORT:

CONSENT AGENDA:
Kess/Omerza moved to waive readings in entirety of all ordinances and resolutions on tonight’s agenda. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

REQUESTS TO APPEAR: None

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Standing/Special
Library Board: Minutes included in Council Packet

Projects Committee
Callen/Omerza moved to approve the recommendation from Projects Committee to approve the installation of a fence at 704 E Camp with an encroachment agreement stating that if the fence is required to be removed or relocated at a future date it will be at the homeowner’s expense. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

Callen/Campbell moved to approve the recommendation from Projects Committee to add the remaining gravel portion of Pattison Street and 12th Ave to the project list for paving in 2023.
Kess asked if this would include curb and gutter. Callen indicated it would just be pavement.
Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.
Callen/Debeltz moved to approve the recommendation from Projects Committee to approve construction of a storage garage at Steger’s Mukluks on Miner’s Drive manufacturing facility.
Langowski indicated that Planning and Zoning will have to do a Conditional Use Permit for this.
Mayor Skraba stated that the covenants should be looked at in the future; some of them don’t apply anymore.
Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

Callen/Campbell moved to approve the recommendation from Projects Committee to direct JPJ to develop a plan and cost estimates to resolve the sewer issues for Spirit of the Wilderness and Trembath Machine Shop. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

Airport Commission
Kess/Callen moved to approve the recommendation from Airport Commission to approve the quote from Carlson Company for $14,190 for the Maintenance Building Heating System. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

Tree Board: Minutes included in the Council Packet

Range Association of Municipalities & Schools: Minutes included in the Council Packet

Budget Committee
Kess/Omerza moved to approve the recommendation from Budget Committee to deny the ARPA funds request from Boundary Waters Care Center because the request does not fit the guidelines set forth.
Langowski indicated that they did not provide any specific reasons or costs in their letter. The group felt that there were other resources available to them that they may not have been available to the other non-profits.
Kess indicated that we have already exceeded the 1/3 amount allocated to non-profits from the ARPA funds that were allocated. Kess stated that we worked hard to reach out to the community organizations and feel this was fair.
Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

Kess/Callen moved to approve the recommendation from Budget Committee to approve up to $25,000 to get the Ely Fire Department Pumper Truck ready for city use.
Kess stated that the Fire Truck is at the manufacture in Rochester right now so it is a good time to get all the things done to it that are needed.
Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

Kess/Campbell moved to approve the recommendation from Budget Committee to purchase a Police Department Desk from Innovative Office Solutions for $7,689.49. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

Kess/Debeltz moved to approve the recommendation from Budget Committee to purchase seven Lilac Trees for $350 as long as the trees are planted with permission from any adjacent businesses.
Langowski indicated that Joe Edlund brought this request forward to try to help the trees on Sheridan St.
Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

Kess/Omerza moved to approve the recommendation from Budget Committee to approve the 2023 Budget Calendar as presented. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

Kess/Callen moved to approve the recommendation from Budget Committee to approve $150,000 towards the cost of the New Ambulance building from the Unrestricted Fund Balance. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

Kess/Campbell moved to approve the recommendation from Budget Committee to sell 16 old air packs to the MN Public Safety Group for $100 each and to dispose of old Fire Department items. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

Ambulance Joint Powers Board Meeting
Mayor Skraba indicated that in the minutes it indicates that “Skraba said the city could take on the day to day management of the building. He will check with city staff.” Skraba stated that he did not make that statement; his comment was that the joint power board itself should be dealing with the building management and not the ambulance service. The Ambulance service should not have anything to do with the building the joint powers should have everything to do with the building since they are the ones purchasing it.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:
Clerk-Treasurer: No Report

Fire Chief
Chief Marshall discussed the recent calls for the fire department. They have also received 2 new applications for new members of the fire department, if they are approved the fire department would be at 34 members. Tonight the Ely, Babbitt and Morse Fire departments are having a joint training at the Morse Fire Hall.
Fire Department Meeting Minutes and Quarter 2 Summary – Chief Marshall indicated in Quarter 2 of 2022 they had 60 medical calls, 11 fire calls, and 16 Other(meetings, trainings, etc)
Chief Marshall stated that the Ely Igloo Club is moving out of the Old City Garage and the Fire Department would like to use those 3 heated stalls once they move out.
Campbell/Omerza moved to allow the fire department to utilize the 3 heated stalls in the Old City Garage once the Ely Igloo Club moves out. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

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

Police Chief
Omerza/Debeltz moved to offer Conditional job offers for the open Patrolman Positions to Daniel Mooers and Ryan Mahoney, pending passing background investigation, psychological and medical examination.
Chief Houde indicated that he hopes to have these individuals start in September or October. Assistant Chief Lorenz will be doing the background checks which will save the department some money rather than outsourcing the background checks.
Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.
Chief Houde reminded everyone that Blueberry Art Festival is next week and to be patient with driving around town, and parking may be harder to come by this year with the construction at the school.

Assistant Chief Lorenz indicated that the Police Department received a grant for 3 AED’s to put in each squad car. This is completely funded through a grant that was given to the University of Minnesota Medical School. Lorenz went to the training for them and they are very easy to use, he will be teaching our officers how to use them.

City Attorney
Omerza/Callen moved to approve the Mortgage Satisfaction for EBA Enterprises Inc recorded on April 11, 2016 as Document No. 969610.0. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.
Attorney Klun indicated that this was approved at the last meeting, but the document number was incorrect.

Campbell/Omerza moved to approve the Mortgage Satisfaction for Douglas P. Scheibe recorded on October 11, 2018 as Document No. 01342432. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

City Engineer

A. Department of Commerce $1.5 Million grant to the City of Ely for the Ely Regional Trailhead Facility through the Federal EDA.
Langowski stated that this will match the $1.5 Million bonding we received last year from the state. We are working on going through the EDA process.
Mayor Skraba thanked Senators Smith and Klobuchar for helping to get us this money.
B. $245,000 EPA Community Grant for the Water Supply Improvements for School Campus Project
C. Thank you from Ely Memorial High School Class of 2022
D. Ely Community Resources Quarterly Progress Report Quarter 2 April 1 – June 30, 2022.
E. Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital – The Pulse EBCH Member Update July 2022
F. Thank you from the Ely Events Committee regarding the 4th of July Activities
G. Correspondence from Greenwood Township Board hired McGrath Consulting Group, Inc to perform a comprehensive assessment of greater cooperative opportunities in providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) within Greenwood Township and surrounding area of St. Louis County, Minnesota.

CLAIMS FOR PAYMENT:
A. City and EUC claims for July 19, 2022 - $362,829.33
B. Pay Estimate #6 for the 2020 Connector Taxiway for $47,814.36 to TNT Aggregates, LLC
Debeltz/Omerza moved to approve the Claims for Payment items A and B. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

OLD BUSINESS:
Ely Ambulance Joint Powers $150,000 for the Ambulance Garage Building – Discussed under the Budget Committee

NEW BUSINESS:
A. Debeltz/Campbell moved to approve the in kind request from the Chamber of Commerce for the 2022 Blueberry Arts Festival. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

B. Callen/Omerza moved to approve the Change Order #3 for the Prospector ATV – Phase 6 Beaver River Crossing. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

OPEN FORUM: None

ADJOURN:
Omerza/Debeltz moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:18pm. Motion Carried 6-0-1 with A.Forsman Absent.

Casey Velcheff
Deputy Clerk

Ely Echo August 6, 2022