MOUNTAIN IRON — The hiring process for the new Mountain Iron Public Library director if off to a good start.

City Administrator Craig Wainio said at Monday’s Mountain Iron City Council meeting that applications for the position have been “scored and ranked” and interviews will begin soon.

Someone should be in place by the beginning of October, he said.

The current library director and special events coordinator, Sally Yuccas, is retiring at the beginning of November.

In other business, the council:

• OK’d a progress payment of $102,875, with 5 percent retained, to Mesabi Bituminous Inc., for the Iron Range Tykes Learning Center site development. Wainio noted the city is “acting as a fiscal agent” and being reimbursed by the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board on the project.

• Accepted a quote of $91,124 from Insituform Technologies USA, the only bidder, for a downtown sanitary sewer improvement project being funded 50 percent by a community

development block grant.

• Accepted a bid of $47,639 from Bougalis & Sons Construction of Hibbing to repair a waterline leak on Mud Lake Road. The leak is in casing under the road and therefore city crew are unable to fix it, Wainio said. The repair was deferred at an earlier time because bids were too high, he said. “These numbers are much better.”

• Amended a city code for provisions regulating parking around the former Mountain Iron-Buhl high school in downtown. The provisions are no longer required now that the new school is open adjacent to Merritt Elementary.

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