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MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING–NOVEMBER 23, 2010

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 23rd   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, Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese.  Council member Webster was absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell, Public Works Director Dittbenner, City Engineer/Surveyor/Inspector Fier and City Attorney Glasrud.

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  11/9/10 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to approve the 11/9/10 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

11/9/10 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Carrington moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the 11/9/10 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

11/8/10 Canvass Board Minutes:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 11/8/10 canvass board minutes.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the consent agenda with the following items:

A.             Audit of City Bills

B.             SCMC Administrative Report

C.            Gambling Reports

D.      Planning Commission Minutes, 10/19/10

         E.       Revenue & Expenditure Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  Resolution Approving a Space Rental Agreement with Stevens County for the LEC:  Hill explained this is the agreement for law enforcement moving into the new space at the courthouse, establishing rent at $15,000 per year for the Police Department.  Police Chief Beauregard stated they will begin moving the end of this month, with everything anticipated to be moved by January 11th.  The transition to the new radio system will take place by the end of April/early May. 

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #2959-11-10, Resolution Approving a Space Rental Agreement with Stevens County for the Law Enforcement Center.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing the Submission of an MPCA Beneficial Use of Wastewater Demonstration Grant:  Hill explained the MPCA has released an RFP for grant applications to use wastewater in ethanol production to reduce the use of ground water.  The grant is made available to production facilities within 1 ½ miles from city limits, of which there are only three in the state.  The grant is for predesign and design of a project to utilize wastewater. 

Hill explained that DENCO II has some issues with their operation and water.  The water in the Morris area is pretty hard and has to be treated before it goes into the ethanol plant.  The idea is to reroute the stormwater from the city system to a holding facility on the DENCO II property to use that water in lieu of taking water out of the ground.     

The legislation establishing the grant provides funding for predesign, design and construction with a 50/50 match.  A total of $75,000 is allowed, with $15,000 for predesign and $60,000 for design.  If it's determined it is too expensive to proceed after looking at a design plan, it stops there.

Todd Potas, Environmental Manager at DENCO II, was present at the meeting and stated overall this project would reduce their water usage, improve the quality of the water for the facility and reduce the flowage to the river.  With regard to discharge of the water, they are permitted to discharge 250,000 gallons per day but are doing about 150,000.  The water goes to the river through a series of wetlands.  DENCO II has an agreement with the city to discharge 60,000 gallons a day, and are currently using somewhere between 5,000 and 15,000 a day.  Storck expressed concern about the Green River sanitary sewer and if it could handle the discharge.

It was the consensus of the council to go ahead and submit the grant application if it would help DENCO reduce their water consumption. 

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #2960-11-10, Resolution Authorizing the Submission of an MPCA Beneficial Use of Wastewater Demonstration Grant.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER’S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS:  Tourism Board Recommendations:   1) Appointment of Pam Lent & Christine Mahoney to Tourism Board:  Mayor Giese appointed Pam Lent & Christine Mahoney to the Tourism Board.

2) Payment to Iceberg Web Design:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Carrington, to approve payment of $355.00 to Iceberg Web Design for work on the Chamber's website.  Motion carried.  

Approval of Certificate of Final Acceptance – Airport Crack Filling:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Storck, to approve the certificate of final acceptance for work on the airport runway.  Motion carried.

City Manager Report:   Hill noted he received a call from a business owner on Pacific Avenue concerned about what people in the area were doing.  Hill explained the engineers are gathering data to put in a request to the federal government for the Pacific Avenue project.  Hill stated he would be providing information as it comes through. 

The next council meeting will be a busy one with the hearing on East 2nd Street and the budget meeting at 6:00.  Hill indicated union contracts are still not done.

NEW BUSINESS:  Giese asked with the snow that's coming if it was being broadcast on access channel.  Beauregard stated all the information is on their website and they do try and stay away from snow alerts during holidays if at all possible. 

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:56 p.m.

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