ORR CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Orr City Council was held Monday, September 8, 2014, at the Orr City Hall.
Mayor Joel Astleford called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Present: Mayor Joel Astleford
Councilperson Ericka Cote
Councilperson Lloyd Scott
Councilperson Tom Kennebeck
Absent: Councilperson Bruce Black
Motion by Lloyd Scott, second by Ericka Cote, to approve the consent agenda consisting of: Minutes of Regular Council Meeting August 11, 2014 and Expenditures in the amount of $57,664.19. All in favor. One Absent MOTION CARRIED.
Motion by Tom Kennebeck, second by Lloyd Scott to approve Resolution 2014-6 Proposed Budget/FY15 and Tax Levy for Year 2014 collectible in Year 2015. All in favor. One Absent MOTION CARRIED
Mayor Joel Astleford read an email received from former Vince Shute Wildlife Bear Sanctuary President, Dennis Udovich, concerning rent of the Old City Hall office space. Motion by Tom Kennebeck, second by Lloyd Scott, to rent the Old City Hall Office space to the St. Louis County Assessors office for a five year lease starting December 1, 2014. All in favor. One Absent MOTION CARRIED.
Motion by Ericka Cote, second by Tom Kennebeck to approve additional keys to be made to the old Orr City Hall office and outside entrance. All in favor. One Absent. MOTION CARRIED
Motion by Tom Kennebeck, second by Lloyd Scott, to accept a donation of $20.00 to the Orr Library from Beth and Mel Wiemken. All in favor. One Absent. MOTION CARRIED
Motion by Ericka Cote, second by Lloyd Scott, to accept a donation of $50.00 to the Orr Ambulance from the Crane Lake Voyageurs Day. All in favor. One Absent MOTION CARRIED.
Motion by Lloyd Scott, second by Tom Kennebeck, to approve the correction of the Pay Equity Compliance report that will reflect wages from January 1, 2014 for the Deputy Clerk position to match that of the City Maintenance Assistant. All in favor. One Absent MOTION CARRIED
Motion by Tom Kennebeck, second by Lloyd Scott, to accept approval of the Ambulance Uniform Order.
All in favor. One Absent MOTION CARRIED
Library: A written report, submitted by Library volunteer Sharon Lammi stated that during August and the beginning of September they averaged 3 to 5 people, checking out 6 to 10 books and videos per day. The Wi-Fi has been used more each week by summer residents and resort guests. Eagle Scout Sam Maki assisted by Tom Kennebeck hung the shelving for the paperback books. Book donations have slowed down.
Airport: Airport manager Tim Lilya reported that he and City Clerk Louise Redmond will attend the Capital Improvement Plan Meeting for the Airport on September 17, 2014 in International Falls.
The airport purchased 4000 gallons of Jet A fuel and sold 1900 gallons. There are currently 2126 gallons of Jet A and 878 gallons of 100LL fuel ininvertory.
Manager Lilya stated that he had brought the Airport pick-up truck into Hibbing and had the computer reset to fix the low beams. If resetting the computer does not fix the problem, the computer will need to be replaced.
Orr Volunteer Fire Department: Chief Dallas Johnson reported that the older trucks are starting to nickel and dime the fire department and that the Tender truck and the big tanker truck will need replacing.
Chief Johnson also reported that 6 people have taken the firefighter training, four have been certified and two still need to take their written tests.
Water and Wastewater: Maintenance Supervisor Paul Koch reported that everything is going fine in the City. The Maintenance Crew is waiting for test results before they spread the bio solids.
Orr Municipal Liquor Store: Manager Chet Nieman reported that everything was going fine at the Liquor Store. Business has been steady.
Ambulance Department: Ericka Cote reported that the ambulance is working on its budget and new by-laws. The Ambulance department will be moving their lockers to the Leiding Town Hall where the new uniforms will be washed and kept.
Tourist Information Center: Clerk Louise Redmond reported that it has been a busy month at the Information Center. Everything is going well. We are seeing a lot of couples and not many families now that the schools have opened. The VN Park Rangers will be done on the 20th of September. The public as well as the City Staff have greatly appreciated their presence at the Information Center this summer.
Comments from Visitors and Comments from Council Members: No comments.
Motion by Tom Kennebeck, second by Ericka Cote, to adjourn the meeting. All in favor. One Absent. MOTION CARRIED.
Meeting adjourned at 7:50 PM.
Louise Redmond Joel R. Astleford
Oct. 23 - 1
ST. LOUIS COUNTY SCHOOLS ISD 2142
The regular meeting of the School Board of St. Louis County Schools Independent School District 2142 was held Monday, September 22, 2014, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at North Woods School.
Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion/second to approve the Agenda as presented. Motion carried.
Superintendent Sallee presented his report. 1) Met with Nett Lake Superintendent and Business Manager last Fri. Discussed tuition presently owing, and a proposal for a simple Tuition Agreement leaving statute references out. Will meet again this Fri. 2) Visited Tower-Soudan Elementary School last week. Very impressive; staff extremely passionate and outstanding at engaging kids in learning. Ranked #1 in the State of MN in progress made in standardized testing. Outstanding! 3) Attended MREA (MN Rural Education Assoc) Regional Meeting last week with Board Members Zupetz and Rantala. Over-all impression, we're doing a lot of things very well. All schools in the area are struggling with finding licensed teachers and with inequity in funding for Early Childhood for expansion of programs and space. 4) Study Session scheduled for Oct 30 at DO, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with agenda items to include test scores, Q Comp, bus barn for SR, football lights for NE Range, finances and Local Optional Revenue.
Kim Johnson presented July Treasurer's Report.
Student presenters Brenna, Michael, and Emily explained the BOSS financial education program. Program sponsor Cook Area Credit Union CEO reported BOSS program won 1st place in Minnesota in a youth financial education award program, and has moved onto national competition. He also reported CACU is willing to work with other area credit unions to bring the program into other 2142 schools.
Student Council representatives Andrea and Michael presented a program outlining the many activities of the NW Student Council. Open membership to the Student Council has changed the culture and broadened what the kids can do.
Indian Ed Coordinator Lowana Greensky reported on several Indian Ed programs and initiatives, as well as on CGI. Test scores reveal the achievement gap between American Indian and white students has been closed. Focus now is on raising scores for everyone, and to assist with that, on providing CGI training for Title I and Special Ed teachers, similar to that provided to elementary and Math teachers. Likewise important to the sustainability of CGI will be training new teachers.
Motion/second to approve Consent Agenda items, and recognize and thank donors for their generous support of our schools: September 8, 2014 Regular School Board Meeting Minutes, Bill List Sep 5-18, 2014, Mesabi Range Community & Technical College Concurrent Enrollment Agreement and ALI Waiver, MSC Online Learning Program District Letter of Agreement, and Donations - South Ridge School $100 St. John's Lutheran Church, $100 Karppinen Construction, LLC, $100 Richard & Tevia Schneider; Cherry School $921.09 Target (Take Charge of Education), $64.68 Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Virginia, $50 Roger's Towing Service, North Woods School, $2,494.56 Target (Take Charge of Education), $1,000 Arrowhead Manufacturers & Fabricators Assn. Discussion initiated by Member Glowaski regarding payment to JCI in the amount of $40,283.35. Motion carried.
Motion/second to approve World's Best Workforce Strategic Plan. Superintendent Sallee explained this is a working document which will be re-visited regularly and changed from time-to-time as necessary to meet goals of legislatively-mandated WBWF. Motion carried.
Motion/second to approve Agreement to Establish, Implement and Operate Education Innovation Partners Cooperative Center No. 1. Superintendent Sallee explained the EIP is set up under the IRRRB and wrote/received a grant for $2 million from IRRRB. Districts participating in the EIP can write a grant, and get back the cost of the annual fee for participation in the EIP ($6,000 flat fee + $1 per pupil, so approx $8,000 for our district), plus more. The EIP places a heavy emphasis on technology and 2142 is in great shape in that regard. Motion carried.
Motion/second to approve the Payable 2015 proposed levy at maximum, with the final levy meeting scheduled for Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Motion carried.
Motion/second to approve the sale of the Tower-Soudan football field to the City of Tower for the purchase price of $1.00, utilizing agreement dated September 22, 2014 drafted by Superintendent Sallee outlining some protections for usage by ISD 2142. Motion carried.
Motion/second to offer Amanda Koivisto an Indian Home School Liaison position, 7 hrs/day M-F, effective September 29, 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year, subject to a passing background check, with terms and conditions of employment in accord with Master Agreement ISD 2142 and Teamsters Local 346 Teacher Aides. Motion carried.
Motion/second to offer Dianne Pareanteau an Instructional Aide (Paraprofessional) position, 6.5 hrs/day M,T,Th,F and 5.5 hrs/day W, effective September 22, 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year, subject to a passing background check, with terms and conditions of employment in accord with Master Agreement ISD 2142 and Teamsters Local 346 Teacher Aides. Motion carried.
Motion/second to offer Mary Carlson an Instructional Aide (Paraprofessional) position, 5.5 hrs/day on W following the Learning Readiness calendar, effective September 24, 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year, with terms and conditions of employment in accord with Master Agreement ISD 2142 and Teamsters Local 346 Teachers Aides. Motion carried.
Motion/second to offer Gloria Niebuhr a Cook Aide position, 4 hrs/day M-F, effective September 9, 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year, with terms and conditions of employment in accord with Master Agreement ISD 2142 and Teamsters Local 346 Food Service. Motion carried.
Motion/second to approve elimination of the Instructional Aide position at NW School held by David Lamwers 31.5 hrs/wk, effective September 24, 2014. Motion carried.
Motion/second to accept the resignation of Mary Persons, Instructional Aide at South Ridge School, effective August 28, 2014. Motion carried.
Motion/second to accept the resignation of Travis Kahlstorf, Bus Driver at South Ridge School, effective September 19, 2014. Motion carried.
Motion/second to approve unpaid Leave of Absence request of Virginia Davidson for the period 8/20/2014 to a date to be determined, but not later than 2/20/2015 in accordance with Article VIII, Section 4 of Master Agreement between ISD 2142 and International Union of Operating Engineers (Bus Drivers). Motion carried.
Motion/second to hire Bill Maxine as Assistant Football Coach at Cherry School for the 2014-2015 school year. Motion carried.
Motion by Rantala, second by Swanson, to hire Sue LaVigne (Hams) as Assistant Volleyball Coach at Northeast Range School, at stipend, for the 2014-2015 school year. Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m. Oct. 23 - 1