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MINUTES– MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING–FEBRUARY 8, 2011

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 8th day of February, 2011, 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, Webster, Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell, Fleet Manager Searle, Fire Chief Storck, Police Chief Beauregard, Public Works Director Dittbenner and City Attorney Glasrud.

CITIZENíS COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  1/25/11 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 1/25/11 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

1/25/11 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Webster moved, seconded by Carrington, to approve the 1/25/11 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Webster, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items:

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      January Transit Report

         C.      Application for Exempt Permit

         D.      Revenue & Expenditure Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  Resolution Approving a Bylaw Change and Setting the Annual Pension Benefit for the Morris Fire Relief:  Hill stated this resolution would provide for a change in the annual pension benefit for the firemen from $1,500 to $1,700 per year.  Hill explained the annual report from the relief association shows they    are able to fully fund this benefit so he is asking that the council suspend its contribution to the relief association for 2011.  Hill suggested meeting with representatives from the relief association on an annual basis to talk about what the benefit is and what is going to be done moving forward.  Hill stated with the financial crisis the city is in right now, it canít afford to make the $21,750 contribution in 2011.     

The resolution also provides for a change to the bylaws, which would defer pension payouts until members reach 50 years of age.    

Joel Krusemark of the Fire Relief Association stated they like to have the money in the fund prior to increasing the benefit, and they do at this time.  Krusemark stated they were pleased with the agreement and felt it was something they could work with. 

Council member Carrington asked what the $21,750 contribution from the city did each year.  Hill pointed out the key to him is the benefit and when you look at how much money the relief association has that will dictate what kind of benefit the fund can support.  Hill indicated right now they have enough money to support the benefit and the city is really strapped for funds.  Council member Storck asked where the $21,750 contribution would go if itís not given to the relief association.  Hill stated it would help to balance the budget. 

    

Carrington asked if the association was being penalized by taking the full amount from the city all out at once.  Hill stated any money contributed by the city at this point is for future benefits because the money isnít needed for the current or recommended benefit.     

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Webster, to adopt Resolution #2980-2-11, Resolution Approving a Bylaw Change and Setting the Annual Pension Benefit for the Morris Fire Relief Association Membership at $1,700 Per Year.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Designating an Identify Theft Prevention Program Manager:  Hill explained this is actually a federal regulation that the city needs to comply with and allows for the city to designate a manager that will put together a program and implement it.  This plan would identify possible ways for identify theft within the city. 

Council member Webster moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #2981-2-11, Resolution Designating an Identity Theft Prevention Program Manager.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Supporting DENCO II Use of Stormwater and Legislation to Change Language for a Beneficial Use Grant:  Hill stated the council previously passed a resolution to try and apply for a grant to study the use of stormwater in the production of ethanol but state law said it could only be used for sanitary sewer wastewater.  Hill indicated he is asking the council to give approval to let DENCO use storm water for ethanol production.  Hill has also talked to Torrey Westrom and Bill Ingebritsen about offering legislation to allow for language in the grant to include storm water along with sanitary sewer water. 

Hill explained there would be a study done to determine how it would work and it would be paid for through a grant, DENCO and the city.  Hill noted another issue is that eventually the city knows it will have to start permitting storm sewer water.  DENCO would build a pond to store the excess storm water and the discharge of the byproduct should be cleaner.  This could potentially help the Green River storm water problem.   Hill stated he thinks this is a positive thing all around when you look at the environment. 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #2982-2-11, Resolution Supporting DENCO II to Use Stormwater and Legislation to Change Language for a Beneficial Use Grant.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS:  Board Appointments:  Mayor Giese appointed Jeff Lamberty and Marshall Hoffman to the Community Ed Advisory Council. 

City Manager Report:  This was informational for the council.

NEW BUSINESS:  Off Road Vehicles:  Mayor Giese asked if the specialized vehicle permit ordinance could be reviewed after a question was raised about Class 2 ATVís.  Police Chief Beauregard stated it would have to go to City Attorney Glasrud for review because it has to do with weight and traffic safety laws and the interpretation of those laws.  Glasrud stated he would review the ordinance.

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  LGA Figures:  This was informational for the council.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:52 p.m.

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