MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING–FEBRUARY 22, 2011
The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called
to order at 5:15 p.m. this 22nd 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, Police
Chief Beauregard, Fleet Manager Searle and City Attorney Glasrud.
ADDITION TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese added two resolutions to the
agenda: Resolution Approving a
Labor Contract with the AFSCME Local 2022 General Unit and Public Works Unit.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: ATV Ordinance: Dennis Fuhrman was present at the
meeting to discuss whether or not Class 2 ATVís are permitted on city
streets. Fuhrman stated he thinks
there is a gray area as far of what you can and can't do. Fuhrman mentioned that the city has a
Class 2 ATV that is used to and from different parks and the University just
bought two new ones. Fuhrman noted
he has found two cities that allow the Class 2 ATVís and they are Ortonville
and Pine City. Furhman
questioned what these two cities are doing to make it work if the state is against
Glasrud stands by his interpretation of the law in that
Class 2 ATVís are not and cannot be permitted on city streets. Fuhrman stated when the first ordinance
was done back in 2008 these types of ATVís didnít really exist. Now with taxes and gas prices
increasing, Furhman stated it is a way for people to
save some money.
Mayor Giese stated he would like to look at the Ortonville
ordinance, as well as have City Attorney Glasrud look at it.
Miller stated if the city could make it work he would love to do it. Miller pointed out they are an expensive
item and he doesnít foresee there being 100 of them ripping up and down the
street. Storck agreed.
Hill commented that the one the city has been using will no longer be on the city streets, along with the Universityís,
although they have jurisdiction over some of their own land.
Webster asked if the city could try and get clarification
from the state. Beauregard stated he heard there has been
talk at the state level to get this cleared up because they understand there is
a conflict with the clarification of the law.
Considerable discussion was held on the Class 2 ATVís. The consensus of the council was to take
a look at the ordinance from Ortonville and have City Attorney Glasrud do the
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 2/8/11 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Webster moved, seconded
by Storck, to approve the 2/8/11 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
2/8/11 Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Council member Webster, to approve the 2/8/11 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
Raffle License Report
Application for Exempt Permit
Revenue & Expenditure Report
Planning Commission Minutes, 11/16/10
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Hill explained in the current public
works union there is language that allows a retiring employee to deposit
severance pay in the State of MN Post Retirement Health Savings Account. This language sunset on December 31,
2010 and there is one employee Lyle Miller who will be retiring at the end of
the month and would like to take advantage of this benefit. Hill indicated the union has reached a settlement which would take care of this but because the
retirement is taking place soon he is recommending the council authorize a
memorandum of understanding to allow this benefit.
Council member Miller moved,
seconded by Webster, to approve the Memorandum of Understanding with regard to depositing
sick leave severance pay into the post retirement health savings account. Motion carried.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Hill stated
the city has reached a settlement through a mediator with the two AFSCME unions. The key points are basically the same
for both unions, those being a contract period of one year, wages frozen at the
2010 level (although step increases remain) and health insurance (froze single coverage
and increased family coverage).
Hill stated what he is trying to do moving forward is have single policies
get one benefit and families get another.
Hill expected there would be some spirited conversations about this.
Resolution Approving a Labor Contract with the AFSCME Local
No. 2022 General Unit for 2011: Council member Webster moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #2983-2-11,
Resolution Approving a Labor Contract with the AFSCME Local No. 2022 General
Unit for 2011. Upon a roll call
vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Carrington, to adopt
Resolution #2984-2-11, Resolution Approving a Labor Contract with the AFSCME
Local No. 2022 Public Works Unit for 2011.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Webster complimented Hill for a good job on
negotiations. Hill stated this is a
big issue with trying to balance the budgets. Hill indicated the city is fortunate to
have very good employees that do a very good job. Hill stated itís been a long process but
it's a good process because of the people on both sides.
Resolution Approving State of MN Joint Powers Agreement
with the City on Behalf of Its City Attorney and Police Department: Police Chief Beauregard stated this is
the first step to move to the new all electronic system. Beauregard explained the State has been
pushing this for a number of years and the department will be transitioning
later on this year. The agreement
states that the police department will uphold their end of the bargain and not
put bad information into the electronic system. Beauregard stated there would be a cost to
buy into the system for such things as computers for squad cars. There is a three year
phase-in for the electronic record system.
Council member Miller moved,
seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #2985-2-11, Resolution Approving State
of MN Joint Powers Agreement with the City of Morris on Behalf of Its City
Attorney and Police Department.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion
CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Report: Hill noted with regard to the legislature
the governor proposed no cuts to LGA and was very adamant that he did not want
to see a shift of state burden to the middle class through property taxes.
Currently there is a variance authority problem through the
legislature and Hill recommended that no one apply for them because the city
can't grant them right now. The
state will have a committee hearing on the issue and if nothing happens the
planning commission may be pretty quiet.
The Planning Commission is preparing for a huge public
hearing for all property owners within ½ mile around the city limits to
discuss the rezoning of this area.
The meeting will be held in April at the high school.
Hill stated Jeff Miller is officially retiring from the fire
department and thanked him for all his years of service.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:10 p.m.