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
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.
Version Minutes: Council
member Carrington moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the
11/9/10 condensed version minutes.
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
Audit of City Bills
Commission Minutes, 10/19/10
& Expenditure Report
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
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.
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
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.
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
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:56 p.m.