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MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING–DECEMBER 28, 2010

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:25 p.m. this 28th    day of December, 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 and Mayor Giese.  Council members Storck and Webster were absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell, Public Works Director Dittbenner and Fleet Manager Searle.

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS:  Wayne Morford of RFC – Walking Paths:  Morford was present at the meeting to inform the council of a health fair being held on January 21st and also to discuss the RFC’s plan to create active living maps.  These maps are part of the west central wellness program and can include things like walking & biking trails, parks or historical points of interest.  Morford stated the RFC would be applying for $1,500 in funds for printing of the maps.  Morford asked for someone from the city to provide input as to the location of the walking & biking trails. Hill indicated he would be willing to help out.

It was the consensus of the council and city staff that this would be a valuable tool and oftentimes requests are made for this type of information. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  12/14/10 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Carrington, to approve the 12/14/10 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

12/14/10 Condensed Version Minutes:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the 12/14/10 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

A.             Audit of City Bills

B.             SCMC Administrative Report

C.            Gambling Reports

D.      Raffle Report

         E.       Revenue & Expenditure Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  Gambling Report from American Legion:  Council member Carrington moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the gambling report from the American Legion.   With Carrington and Miller voting in favor and Mayor Giese abstaining, motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  Resolution Approving a Purchase of Services Agreement with Glasrud and Economou, P.A.:  Hill indicated the only change to this agreement is the addition of language with regard to conflict of interest in representation of clients. 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Carrington, to adopt Resolution #2967-12-10, Resolution Approving a Purchase of Services Agreement with Glasrud and Economou, P.A.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a Labor Contract for the LELS Local No. 11 Union for 2011:  Hill explained one additional change to the agreement which was an increase in the amount of vacation carry over from 31 to 35 days.  The contract represents a change in insurance with the single contribution being frozen at $855 and the family contribution increasing to $966.  Hill noted this has been an area of contention with the other AFSCME unions.  Hill stated, according to a survey he conducted, this is more in line with what other cities are doing.  This is a one year contract with a freeze on wages.  Hill stated it is his intention to freeze wages for 2012 too.   

Council member Carrington moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #2968-12-10, Resolution Approving a Labor Contract for the LELS Local No. 11 Union for 2011.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a Non-Union Labor Policy for 2011:  Hill asked that this item be tabled until the next city council meeting on January 11th as there are a couple of issues that need to be resolved.   

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Carrington, to table Resolution Approving a Non-Union Labor Policy for 2011.  Motion carried.

Resolution Setting a Public Hearing for the Consideration of a DEED Grant:  Hill stated the purpose of this resolution is to set a public hearing to consider a grant application to DEED.  Hill indicated he has been working with the County HRA and this grant would allow for the removal of substandard housing and make property available for additional housing. 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #2969-12-10, Resolution Setting a Public Hearing for the Consideration of a DEED Grant, with the hearing to be held on January 11th at 5:20 p.m.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER’S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS:  2011 Licenses:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Carrington, to approve the 2011 licenses as submitted.  Motion carried.

City Manager Report:  This was informational the council.

Reminder for 1/4/11 Organizational Meeting:  This was informational for the council.

NEW BUSINESS:  Miller asked about snow removal on the sidewalks.  Public Works Director Dittbenner indicated approximately 21 letters were sent out after the first snowfall but it has been hard to keep up without much of a break in between snowfalls.

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:02 p.m.

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