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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:37 pm

VIRGINIA — Mineview in the Sky will no longer be run by the City of Virginia and the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce.

The City Council on Tuesday approved a contract for Lori Beth Maki to manage the Shop at the Top at Mineview in the Sky as an independent contractor from May 1 to Sept. 30 of this year.

She will receive a $2,000 management fee from the city along with $2,500 in support from Mountain Iron.

Virginia will also cover telephone costs, which are estimated at $300, while Mineview is operational for the five months. In addition, the city will absorb the fixed costs of utilities, lease and property taxes.

The chamber will no longer make annual payments for Mineview’s operation. The chamber had been scheduled to pay $7,405 this year.

Virginia councilors at a Finance Committee meeting last week suggested that Maki contact the cities of Eveleth and Gilbert and the Iron Range Tourism Bureau for financial donations.

The Mineview is projected turn a $136.21 profit for the year, according to city officials.


In other action, the council:

• Authorized Park/Recreation Director John Bachman to hire a private contractor to unthaw the water line at the Greenhouse and to trickle the water to prevent further freezing.

• Authorized the city administrative staff, mayor and councilors to attend the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Legislative Action Day at the State Capitol next Tuesday.

• Authorized a travel request for Library Director Nancy Maxwell to attend the Minnesota Library Legislative Day March 4-5 in St. Paul.

• Authorized Bachman to submit an application to St. Louis County for the 2014 Public Event Center Recycling Bin grant.

• Approved Gwen Webb and Adam Metsa of the Fire Department to attend the Special Operation Training Association Conference March 30-April 1 in St. Cloud, Minn.

• Approved Chris Clark of the Fire Department to attend the Minnesota Chapter of International Arson Investigators Conference March 25-28 in St. Cloud.

• Approved Police Chief Dennis Benz to attend the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Conference March 30-April 3 in Rochester, Minn.

• Put in motion the process to fill a Park/Recreation Department utility position open because of a retirement.

• Approved putting up a stop sign for east and west traffic on 8th Avenue West at 4th Street South and 7th Street South.

• Approved sale of the Northland Building parking lot.

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