MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING–JANUARY 25, 2011
The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called
to order at 5:15 p.m. this 25th day of January, 2011, by
Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
OATH OF OFFICE: Mayor Giese administered the Oath of
Office to Council member Webster.
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 and Finance Director Krosschell. Public Works Director Dittbenner arrived
at 5:30 p.m.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 1/11/11 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Storck, to approve the 1/11/11 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
1/11/11 Condensed Version Minutes: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Carrington, to approve the 1/8/11 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Webster, to approve the consent agenda with the following items:
Audit of City Bills
SCMC Administrative Report
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Gambling Report from American Legion
and Application for Temporary On Sale Liquor License: Council member Carrington moved,
seconded by Miller, to approve the gambling report from the American Legion and
an Application for a Temporary On Sale Liquor License for the American Legion
for an event to be held at the Morris Fire Hall on February 5, 2011. Upon a roll call vote taken and
all present voting in favor and Mayor Giese abstaining, motion carried.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Approving Plans and
Specifications and Authorizing Advertising for Bids for the East 8th
& 9th Street and Arizona Avenue Improvement Project: City Manager Hill stated bids would be
opened on March 17th and brought to the council the following
Jeff Kuhn of WSN was present at the meeting and stated $1,460,000
is the estimated cost for the project.
This does include the alternate for removing the lift station on
Columbia Avenue and redoing the force main from the Iowa Avenue lift station up
to the manhole on College Avenue. Kuhn
stated if after further research it looks like that doesn't need to be done, it
would be pulled out of the project in the spring.
Hill noted as far as he knows nothing has changed from last
year with regard to Riley Brothers.
Last yearís project got started too late so Hill recommended the city
move ahead with the advertisement for bids.
Storck asked if the lateness of last yearís project affected
the guarantee and Kuhn stated it did not.
Kuhn stated they hope to start the project in the middle of May and the
estimated completion date is October but chances are it will be done sooner
than that because it is a smaller project than last yearís.
Miller asked about the affects of this project given the
state's financial situation. Hill
explained he feels the city would be okay on this one, but the next one might
be interesting because there is no way to know what will happen with the legislature.
Kuhn stated upsizing of the force main would also allow the
city to handle any new development north of Highway 28 as well.
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Webster, to adopt
Resolution #2979-1-11, Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and
Authorizing Advertising for Bids for the East 8th & 9th
Street and Arizona Avenue Improvement Project. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: Reappointments to Boards &
Commissions: Mayor Giese made
reappointments to the Park Board and Rental Housing Commission as presented to
the council in a memo.
City Manager Report: Hill stated there is a lot of
legislation being introduced but most important is the tax bill establishing
cuts for aid. The proposed cuts are
above and beyond last yearís and the legislature is proposing it be frozen at
that level. Hill stated if this
legislation passes it would be very interesting doing budgets this year. Hill pointed out there is nothing the
city needs to do right now until itís put into law.
NEW BUSINESS: Miller asked if there were any excess
funds for the new meter system the city is looking at. Hill stated there are funds but the
revenue stream would ultimately support the new system. Hill indicated he has the specs needed
to bid this project out. Storck
asked if it was the right time to do this with the economy the way it is. Hill stated similar to the liquor store,
water service is a business and it takes in money to pay for it so state aid
doesnít really affect this.
Storck asked if the city really gets in
a crunch would it be necessary to transfer money from the utility fund like is
done with the liquor store. Hill
stated he doesn't see that happening.
OLD BUSINESS: There was discussion on the city
equipment, particularly the snow blower and when it was scheduled for
replacement. Storck complimented
the city crew on their hard work with all the snow removal.
Webster asked about the status of the cable access
channel. Hill indicated the current
system is up and running but both franchise agreements are going to be looked
at and language added about an upgraded system.
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:45 p.m.