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MINUTES– MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING–NOVEMBER 9, 2010

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 9th day of November, 2010, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

ROLL CALL:  Roll call was taken with the following members present:  Council member   Carrington, Webster, Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell, Fleet Manager Searle, Public Works Director Dittbenner and City Attorney Glasrud.

ADDITIONS TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added the following to the agenda:

1.    Resolution Approving a Language Assistance Plan for Morris Transit

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  10/26/10 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to approve the 10/26/10 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

10/26/10 Condensed Version:  Council member Webster moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 10/26/10 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA:  Mayor Giese removed the Audit of City Bills from the consent agenda.  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Webster, to authorize payment of the City bills dated November 9, 2010.  Upon a roll call vote taken and three voting in favor and two abstaining, motion carried.

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Carrington, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items:

         A.      Pay Estimate #5 – East 2nd Street

         B.      October Transit Report

         C.      Application to Conduct Off Site Gambling

         D.      Gambling Application

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  Resolution Declaring Costs to be Assessed, Terms for Repayment and Setting the Final Assessment Hearing for the East 2nd Street Improvement Project:   City Manager Hill explained because of the timing on this project and the necessity to publish notice of the hearing it will be held on December 14th, instead of the last meeting in November.  Hill stated he talked with the County Auditor and they are okay with the hearing being held in December.

This is a 15 year assessment and property owners have 30 days from the adoption of the resolution on December 14th to pay without interest.  After the council takes action, a second notice will be sent out telling people when payments are due and payable.  The language used in the resolution and notices is required by law but it is confusing.  The interest rate on the assessments is 5.23%, which is 2% above what the bonds are sold for. Considerable discussion was held on the language for the year in which the payments are due.   

Hill indicated the University had sent a letter stating they would pay up to $250,000 towards their costs and their portion ended up being around $247,000 so they will be sending a check.

Council member Webster moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #2956-11-10, Resolution Declaring Costs to be Assessed, Terms for Repayment and Setting the Final Assessment Hearing for the East 2nd Street Improvement Project for December 14, 2010, at 5:20 p.m.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Adopting Assessments for Current Services:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #2957-11-10, Resolution Adopting Assessments for Current Services.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a Language Assistance Plan for Morris Transit:  Hill stated this has to do with federal requirements for transit grant dollars and makes sure that the city is taking reasonable steps to provide access to its transit services for LEP (Limited English Proficient) persons.  Krosschell stated the city is in very good shape and Transit Coordinator Heinrich has gone a good job of identifying resources and putting things in place for LEP customers.

Council member Carrington moved, seconded by Webster, to adopt Resolution #2958-11-10, Resolution Approving a Language Assistance Plan for Morris Transit.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

CITY MANAGER’S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS:  City Manager Report:    Hill pointed out with regard to election judges it got down to the wire.  Hill indicated Deputy Clerk Anderson does a very good job but has a hard time finding people to work.  The absentee ballot process was very time consuming but overall the election process went well.  

With regard to union negotiations, no agreements have been reached with any of the unions.  Hill indicated the key sticking point is health insurance costs and there’s only so much money to go around.  Hill stated he would see if it could be worked out within the next few weeks.  Hill stated the city has to make sure they’re providing a fair benefit for employees while at the same time watching out for what costs are and how much money is available.    

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:42 p.m.

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