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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.



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:

A.             Audit of City Bills

B.             SCMC Administrative Report

C.             Gambling Reports

Motion carried.

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 Tuesday. 

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. 


ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:45 p.m.

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