City of Ely Legal Notices

NOTICE
CITY OF ELY
Winter Rink Attendant Needed

The City of Ely is looking for an additional part-time winter Rink Attendant to work at the Ely Rec Center Ice Rink. Employment would be December – beginning of March, weather dependent. Must be able to work in cold conditions, shovel, operate a snow blower, flood the ice, and supervise rink users. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.

Rec Center hours are:
Monday – Friday 3pm – 8pm
Saturday 12pm – 8pm
Sunday 1pm – 6pm
Including over holiday breaks

If interested, please pick up an employment application at the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, 209 E Chapman Street, Ely, MN 55731 or online at www.ely.mn.us. Questions, please call 218-226-5474 or 218-235-3083.

Ely City Clerk/Treasurer
Harold R Langowski

Ely Echo
November 19, 2022
November 26, 2022

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PUBLIC HEARING & SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Ely will hold a Public Hearing and Special Council Meeting on December 6, 2022 at Ely City Hall, Council Chambers at 209 E Chapman St, Ely, Minnesota.

Public Hearing at 5:00pm to hear public comment regarding, Ordinance 363, rezoning PID 030-0230-0070, 030-0230-00086, 030-0230-00100, and 030-0230-00080 to Residential Transition (RT)

Public Hearing at 5:15pm to hear public comment regarding, Ordinance 365 Sale of Land Block 4, Lot 8 East Spaulding Plat

All interested parties may submit communication to the Clerk’s Office, 209 E Chapman St, Ely, MN, 55731, 218-365-3224 Ext 1, deputyclerk@ely.mn.us, or in person at the public hearing.

Ely Echo
November 19, 2022
November 26, 2022

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TRUTH IN TAXATION
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

CITY OF ELY
PROPOSED 2023 BUDGET AND PROPERTY TAX LEVY

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Ely will hold a public hearing on December 6, 2022 at 6:00pm at Ely City Hall Council Chambers, 209 E Chapman St., Ely MN on its budget and property tax levy it is proposing to collect to pay for the costs of services the City will provide in 2023.

All Ely city residents are invited to attend the public hearing of the City Council to express their opinions on the proposed 2023 budget and property tax levy.

If you have any questions please contact the Clerk’s office at 218-504-5140

Harold R. Langowski,
City Clerk/Treasurer
City of Ely

Ely Echo
November 19, 2022
November 26, 2022
December 3, 2022

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POLICY REGARDING
SNOW REMOVAL

City of Ely Public Works employees work on an on-call basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, including holidays and weekends. In general, after snow accumulation of three (3) inches, plowing begins.
Under City Ordinance, it is ILLEGAL:
--To deposit snow onto ANY street or alley
--To deposit snow on a sidewalk
--To deposit snow on a fire hydrant
--To ignore calendar parking ordinances
To aid in snow removal, law enforcement personnel will strictly enforce calendar parking and abandoned vehicle ordinances. They can impose fines for any or all of the illegal activities listed above and your vehicles may be towed.
If you hire a contractor to remove snow from your property, it is YOUR responsibility to inform them of Public Works Policy. YOU are responsible for their actions while they are working for you.
As a public service to residents and the business community, banks of snow left after plowing will be removed from the downtown area and public parking in a timely manner as budget and staffing allow.
In the interest of public safety and as a courtesy to pedestrians, we will make every effort to assist with snow removal from sidewalks as budget and staffing levels permit. We will be unable to clear sidewalks where parked cars, light poles, awnings or other obstructions limit access for our equipment. City Ordinance requires the property owner to clear snow and ice from public sidewalks at a minimum width of 3 feet 24 hours after the snow or ice has ceased to be deposited. Enforcement of this ordinance may include a fine and a fee for the City of Ely to remove the snow and ice.
Any items placed onto the City of Ely right-of-way must be removed immediately, so as not to impede our snow removal processes. The City of Ely is not responsible for any damage to any items illegally on the city right-of-way.
It is the City of Ely’s goal to remove snow in the safest most efficient manner possible, and your assistance is appreciated.
If you have any questions about snow removal, please contact the Public Works Department: Harold Langowski at 218-235-3083 or Mike Popesh at 218-235-3082

City of Ely
Harold R Langowski, Clerk/Treasurer

Ely Echo
November 19, 2022

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Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers
November 1, 2022 - Minutes

CALL TO ORDER
The regular meeting of the Ely City Council was called to order by Mayor Skraba at 5:34pm in the Council Chambers.
PRESENT: Council Members A.Forsman, Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Callen, Campbell, and Mayor Skraba
ABSENT: None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Debeltz/Campbell moved to approve the minutes from the October 18, Regular Council Meeting and October 28, 2022 Study Session. Motion Carried Unanimously.

ADDITIONS OR OMMISSIONS TO AGENDA:
A. Additions 8.A Ely Utilities Commission
B. Additions 9.E.iii Schedule Public Hearing for Ordinance No. 362 November 15th at 5:00pm
C. Additions 13.F. Temporary On-Sale Liquor License for the Ely Folk School for an event at Semer’s Park on December 10, 2022.
Omerza/Debeltz moved to add the additions A-C to the agenda. Motion Carried Unanimously.

MAYORS REPORT
Mayor Skraba indicated that he attended the Housing Summit that was put on by RAMS, along with Council Member Campbell, and HRA Director Joe Hiller.
Kess indicated that it was a good benefit for Angela and Joe to receive a lot of good information today on other projects that have been done around the state.

CONSENT AGENDA
A. Motion to waive readings in entirety of all ordinances and resolutions on tonight’s agenda.
B. Truth in Taxation Meeting on December 6, 2022 at 6:00pm in the Council Chambers.
C. Special Council Meeting to Canvas the General Election Results on November 15, 2022 at 5:15pm.
Callen/Omerza moved to approve the consent agenda items A-C. Motion Carried Unanimously.

REQUESTS TO APPEAR: None

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Standing/Special
Planning and Zoning Commission
Campbell/Omerza moved to approve the recommendation from Planning and Zoning Commission to rezone PIN 030-0230-0070, 030-0230-00086, and 030-0230-00100 be rezoned to Residential Transition (RT) from Commercial-1 and 030-0230-00080 be rezoned to Residential Transition (RT) from Residential-1. Rezoning to RT Zone would allow for the intended development as a resort property.
Langowski explained that these are the Voyageur North – TNS Adventure Properties on the east end of town.
Motion Carried Unanimously.

Heritage Preservation Commission: Minutes included in Council Packet

Telecommunications Advisory Board
Debeltz/Campbell moved to approve the recommendation from TAB to approve the purchase of Adobe Creative Cloud Software.
Langowski indicated that this will be a monthly subscription at $55 plus tax per month.
Motion Carried Unanimously

Employee Relation Committee
Langowski indicated that we are working through the contract negotiations with LELS and AFSCME.

Ambulance Joint Powers Board
Langowski we have invoiced all the entities per the discussion and motion at this meeting, and we will be getting the Ely Ambulance Service their $50,000 check.

Housing & Redevelopment Authority: Minutes included in the Council Packet

Ely Utilities Commission
A.Forsman/Omerza moved to approve the recommendation from EUC to get clarification on the exclusions listed in the proposal from InControl and an overall estimate on the cost of the project. Motion Carried Unanimously

A.Forsman/Kess moved to approve the recommendation from EUC to pay the September bills for $935,797.30. Motion Carried Unanimously

A.Forsman/Debeltz moved to approve the recommendation from EUC to pay Rice Lake Construction Group for Pay App #7 for the WWTF Improvements Project for $590,391.75
Kess asked for the progress of the project. Langowski indicated that we are approximately 40% completed, we are waiting on a lot of supply delays, but we should be completed by Spring.
Motion Carried Unanimously

A.Forsman/Campbell moved to approve the recommendation from EUC to pay Mick Shusta for services at the WWTF for $500.00. Motion Carried Unanimously

A.Forsman/Omerza moved to approve the Recommendation from EUC to pay Anthony Gornik for installation of 35 LCR Units for $1750.00. Motion Carried Unanimously

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS
Clerk-Treasurer
Langowski indicated that early voting is going on and the election next Tuesday.

Fire Chief:
Chief Marshall discussed the recent fire calls for the fire department. Chief Marshall, Assistant Chief Zobitz, Captain Callen attended the MN Fire Chief Conference in Duluth. The delivery of the new ladder truck was received in Duluth at the same time. Halloween was last night and the fire department had a steady flow of Trick and Treaters.

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

Police Chief
Chief Houde indicated that Calendar Parking is now in effect, and there are a couple new areas in town that will have calendar parking – Pattison Street from 9th and 10th and the avenues will now have calendar parking since they have curb.

A.Forsman/Kess moved to approve tabling of invoices #48849 & #49413 from Washke Auto Plaza until the issues with the screen in the car is fixed Motion Carried Unanimously

City Attorney
Debeltz/Omerza moved to approve the Note and Mortgage for the Residential Rehab Loan for Doug Scheibe for $7,000 to install subfloor drainage system and discharge system with backup capacity. Motion Carried Unanimously

Omerza/A.Forsman moved to approve the County Deed relative to Annexation.
Attorney Klun indicated that this is relative to the annexation on the south side of Ely. In the Annexation agreement that the council had approved there are a series of transactions that need to take place, some of which we receive property from the Township, some we give property to the county. This is one of those items that needs to be completed. This is to transfer property to St Louis County. This deed along with the 1st reading of the ordinance will move this along, and will transfer property near Lucky Boy to the county.
Motion Carried Unanimously

A.Forsman/Debeltz moved to approve the 1st Reading of Ordinance No. 362, 2nd Series An Ordinance of the City of Ely, Minnesota, Adding Chapter 20, Section 20.2.61 Sales of Land City Code of the City of Ely and to Schedule a Public Hearing for Ordinance No. 362 on November 15th at 5:00pm.
A.Forsman asked for clarity that this is part of the property that is adjacent to the old dump.
Langowski indicated that we are going back a couple years on this. This is the old dump location and the tax forfeited property that is adjacent to it, we worked to acquire that from the county, the county is trading us for property that is south of the golf course near Lucky Boy. The annexation is a much larger scope with property towards West Shagawa Road, and near Lucky Boy that we are trading with the Township.
Roll Called: Council Members A.Forsman – Yes, Kess- Yes, Debeltz – Yes, Omerza – Yes, Callen – Yes, Campbell – Yes and Mayor Skraba – Yes.

City Engineer

COMMUNICATIONS: Matter of Information
A. ARDC Nominations for St Louis County Communities Under 10,000 ARDC Representative
B. Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital October 2022 Newsletter
C. Correspondence from League of Minnesota Cities regarding rate increase for the regional safety group training meetings.
D. Kawashiwi Ranger District Open House on November 10, 2022 from 3pm-8pm.

CLAIMS FOR PAYMENT:
Debeltz/Callen moved to approve the City and EUC claims for November 1, 2022 for $127,625.75. Motion Carried Unanimously

Campbell/Omerza moved to approve Invoice #83186 to AE2S for the WWTF Improvements Project for $25,500.63. Motion Carried Unanimously

Debeltz/Omerza moved to approve the Pay Estimate #7 for the WWTF Improvements Project to Rice Lake Construction Group for $590,391.75. Motion Carried Unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS: None

NEW BUSINESS
Omerza/Kess moved to approve the Purchase Agreement between City of Ely and the State of Minnesota, Department of Administration for the real property located at 760 Miners Drive East contingent upon final agreement with the Ely Area Community Foundation.
Attorney Klun indicated that this is in regard to the purchase of the Revenue Building, we are the 3rd party facilitating this transaction because we are a government entity, the foundation cannot purchase the property from the State of Minnesota they need a 3rd party government entity to make the transfer through. We would purchase the building for $1,025,000.00 from the Department of Administration on December 8th, then the same day we will have a piggy back transaction with the Ely Area Community Foundation. No proceeds will run through the city accounts, the money for this transaction will be coming from a donation that is facilitated through the Foundation, that donation would go directly to the title company, and the title company would transfer directly to the state. We will have another purchase agreement at the next meeting regarding the sale between the City of Ely and the Ely Area Community Foundation, but it is not ready yet. Our largest goal here is to facilitate child care needs which is part of the project, and that is something the city has an active interest in.
Langowski indicated that per the budget meeting there was an agreement on what services the city would provide for a short term basis, which include keeping the boiler operating until the building is occupied; we are defining that language in the purchase agreement to meet exactly what was discussed and approved by the council in a previous meeting.
Omerza indicated that Planning and Zoning has been discussing the future zoning of the property and the area of the Business Park.
Motion Carried Unanimously

Letter of Intent to Purchase Lot 8 Block 4 East Spaulding Plat for $15,000 from Mark Wilson.
Langowski indicated that this was part of the 1st phase of the Spaulding Lots that were for sale. This lot is on Pioneer Road on the right hand side and the second lot in. This lot does have some issues, there was a large swale dug through it years ago, and it needs a significant amount of grading to make it buildable. Mark Wilson owns the lot adjoining where he will be building a home next summer, and his intent is to then build another home on this lot as well. We have 2 lots left in that original development and this lot needs a considerable amount of excavating to make it buildable. Langowski indicated that we would have to do an ordinance change, since the prices on these lots are in ordinance. The original price for this lot is at $19,700 and Wilson is offering to pay $15,000.
A.Forsman asked if we could get the realtor that is working on the third phase of the Spaulding area to get some verification or agreement that this offer is fair.
Langowski indicated that he will be meeting with the realtor tomorrow and will have him take a look at this lot, and then if appropriate we can propose the 1st reading of the ordinance change at the next meeting.

Kess/Debeltz moved to approve the Residential Rehab Loan for Sandra Thom and Jay Pohlman for $10,000 to change furnace from fuel oil to propane, replace doors, replace garage door and insulate attic space pending proper paperwork and fees, and to direct Attorney Klun to work with the applicant and to proceed with the loan processing. Motion Carried Unanimously

A.Forsman/Kess moved to approve the Residential Rehab Loan for Mary Lou Korpela for $6745.74 for the Demolition of the trailer at 1815 E Chapman St. pending proper paperwork and fees, and to direct Attorney Klun to work with the applicant and to proceed with the loan processing. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Debeltz/Callen moved to accept the low quote from C&C Winger, Inc of $ 26,475.00 for the Miner’s Memorial Construction of a concrete foundation and installation of ADA sidewalks at the Pioneer Mine head frame site. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Omerza/A.Forsman moved to approve the Temporary On-Sale Liquor License for the Ely Folk School for an event at Semer’s Park on December 10, 2022. Motion Carried Unanimously.

OPEN FORUM: None

ADJOURN:
Debeltz/Omerza moved to adjourn the council meeting at 6:23pm. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Casey Velcheff
Deputy Clerk

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ORDINANCE NO. 363, 2nd Series

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ELY, MINNESOTA, ADDING TO THE ELY CITY CODE, CHAPTER 20, SECTION 20.1.29, ENTITLED ZONING MAP AMENDMENT

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ELY DOES HEREBY ORDAIN:

SECTION 1. A new Section shall be added to Chapter 20 as Section 20.1.29, of the Ely City Code to read as follows:

Section 20.1.29 Zoning Map Amendment. The zoning classification of parcels of land located in the City of Ely, County of St. Louis, State of Minnesota, which have the following legal descriptions:

The West 150’ of Lot 1, Block 2, ROBIN GARDENS, St. Louis County, Minnesota

AND

All of Lot Three(3), Block Two(2), PLAT OF ROBIN GARDENS, EXCEPT that part which lies Southerly of a line run parallel with and distant 60 feet Northerly of Line 1, described below: Line 1: Beginning at a point on the west line of Section 35, Township 63, Range 12, distant 349.63 feet South of the Northwest corner thereof; thence run Easterly at an angle of 88deg25’22” from said west section line (measured from north to east) for 1400 feet and there terminating.

AND

Lot 4, Block 2, ROBIN GARDENS, St. Louis County, Minnesota

are hereby changed from the current zoned classification of Residential Transition (RT) to Commercial 1 (C1).

Lot 2, EXCEPT the Easterly 88.8 feet thereof, of Block 2, ROBIN GARDENS, St. Louis County, Minnesota

are hereby changed from the current zoned classification of Residential 1 (R1) to Residential Transition (RT)

SECTION 2. Effective Date: Pursuant to Section 3.08 of the Charter of the City of Ely, Minnesota, the adoption of this Ordinance is effective immediately after final adoption and publication.

First Reading: November 15, 2022

Publication Date: November 19, 2022
Newspaper: Ely Echo

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ORDINANCE NO.364, 2nd Series
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ELY, MINNESOTA,
ADDING CHAPTER 20, SECTION 20.2.62 SALES OF LAND CITY CODE OF THE CITY OF ELY

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ELY DOES HEREBY ORDAIN:
SECTION 1. Chapter 20, Section 2, of the City Code of the City of Ely, Minnesota is amended to read as follows:
SEC. 20.2.62. AUTHORIZING SALE OF REAL PROPERTY TO ELY AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. The Council of the City of Ely is hereby authorized to transfer, for the price of One Dollar and 00/100 Cents ($1.00) and the Mayor and Clerk-Treasurer are hereby authorized to execute all documents and perform all acts necessary for the transfer to Ely Area Community Foundation subject to execution of a purchase agreement, subject to Buyer paying all costs associated with the City’s acquiring and transfering property, and subject to easements of record on the real property legally described as follows:
East 80’ of Lot Two(2) and all of Lots Three (3) and Four (4), Block Two (2), Ely Business Park, according to the Plat thereof on file and of record in the Office of Register of Deeds, St. Louis County, Minnesota.

SECTION 2. Effective Date: Pursuant to Section 3.08 of the Charter of the City of Ely, Minnesota, the adoption of this Ordinance is effective immediately after final adoption and publication.

First Reading: November 15, 2022

Publication Date: November 19, 2022
Newspaper: Ely Echo

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ORDINANCE NO. 365, 2nd Series

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ELY, MINNESOTA, AMENDING THE ELY CITY CODE, CHAPTER 20, SECTION 20.2.33, SALE OF LAND LOCATED IN THE EAST SPAULDING PLAT

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ELY DOES HEREBY ORDAIN:

SECTION 1. Chapter 20 as Section 20.2.33, of the Ely City Code shall be amended to read as follows:

SEC. 20.2.33. SALE OF LAND LOCATED IN THE EAST SPAULDING PLAT. The Council of the City of Ely is hereby authorized to sell land located in the East Spaulding Plat, on terms and conditions acceptable to the City Council and the Mayor and Clerk are hereby authorized to execute all documents and do all things necessary to effect the sale of that certain real estate described as follows, to wit:

Block Lot Total Price
2 8 $15,000.00
2 9 $18,000.00
2 10 $18,000.00
2 11 $18,000.00
2 12 $20,000.00
2 13 $18,000.00
2 14 $18,000.00
2 15 $15,000.00

3 1 $15,000.00
3 2 $15,000.00
3 3 $15,000.00
3 4 $15,000.00
4 1 $10,000.00
4 2 $19,800.00
4 3 $19,800.00
4 4 $19,800.00
4 5 $19,700.00
4 6 $19,700.00
4 7 $19,700.00
4 8 $19,700.00 $15,000.00
4 9 $19,700.00

Following are the terms and conditions of the sales of the above-referenced parcels:

1. There will be no access from Pioneer Road.
2. There will be three years from installation of utilities to build.
3. Buyer is to pay all legal fees, permits and water and sewer access fees.
4. Earnest Money of $500.00 will be required to hold the lot for the buyers.
5. One residential unit per lot, except for Lot 1, Block 4 which is deemed unbuildable as single residential lot.
6. All developed lots shall connect to the City electrical grid.

SECTION 2. Effective Date: Pursuant to Section 3.08 of the Charter of the City of Ely, Minnesota, the adoption of this Ordinance is effective immediately after final adoption and publication.

First Reading: November 15, 2022

Publication Date: November 19, 2022
Newspaper: Ely Echo

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PUBLIC HEARING & SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Ely will hold a Public Hearing and Special Council Meeting on November 29, 2022 at Ely City Hall, Council Chambers at 209 E Chapman St, Ely, Minnesota.

Public Hearing at 5:00pm to hear public comment regarding, Ordinance 364, the Sale of Land at 760 E Miners Drive, Ely, MN 55731

Special Council Meeting at 5:15pm for the 2nd reading of Ordinance 364 Sale of Land.

All interested parties may submit communication to the Clerk’s Office, 209 E Chapman St, Ely, MN, 55731, 218-365-3224 Ext 1, deputyclerk@ely.mn.us, or in person at the public hearing.

Ely Echo
November 19, 2022
November 26, 2022

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PUBLIC HEARING & SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Ely will hold a Public Hearing and Special Council Meeting on December 6, 2022 at Ely City Hall, Council Chambers at 209 E Chapman St, Ely, Minnesota.

Public Hearing at 5:00pm to hear public comment regarding, Ordinance 363, rezoning PID 030-0230-0070, 030-0230-00086, 030-0230-00100, and 030-0230-00080 to Residential Transition (RT)

Public Hearing at 5:15pm to hear public comment regarding, Ordinance 365 Sale of Land Block 4, Lot 8 East Spaulding Plat

All interested parties may submit communication to the Clerk’s Office, 209 E Chapman St, Ely, MN, 55731, 218-365-3224 Ext 1, deputyclerk@ely.mn.us, or in person at the public hearing.

Ely Echo
November 19, 2022
November 26, 2022

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