MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
MARCH 8, 2011
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 8th day of
March, 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 and City Attorney Glasrud.
Michael Haynes was present at the meeting and discussed the particulars
about the storefront renovation program and indicated seven businesses are
interested so far. The funds are
available to a property owner, not each individual business in a property. Haynes indicated the idea for this fund
is not to compete with banks or supplement financing but there is money in the
fund so why not stimulate it with a project like this. Haynes also provided information on the
history of the SCEIC.
ATV Ordinance: Dennis
Fuhrman was present at the meeting and stated he has talked to Bill Ingebritsen
and Torrey Westrom about the ATV ordinance and they are working on it together. City Attorney Glasrud stated with all
due respect to Ortonville, he doesnít believe you can do what they did with the
ATV regulations according to Chapter 169 of state statute. Mayor Giese indicated from his perspective
the council isnít going to look the other way and let this happen. Miller stated he would love to see clarification
from the state. Glasrud noted this
is just bad statute drafting and the legislature needs to figure out what their
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 2/22/11 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Storck, to approve the 2/22/11 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council member Webster moved, seconded
by Mayor Giese, to approve the 2/22/11 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
B. February Transit
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Authorizing Sewer Repairs
to be Assessed for Sharon Pederson at 407 West 5th Street: Hill stated Sharon Pederson, 407 West 5th
Street, has a sewer line that is currently not working to the point where she
almost can't use anything such as her dishwasher or washing machine. The sewer connects to a line in West 5th
Street but it is very expensive to dig in the highway.
There is a sewer line in the
alley behind the house that she can hook into. Pederson is asking for the councilís
help in getting it repaired.
Hill indicated without this
being corrected it is going to be impossible for her to stay in the house. Hill stated it is important that homes
in Morris have working sewer and water lines. If not, the properties continue to be
substandard and then the city has to step in and remove them.
Hill pointed out this is not
a normal use of an assessment. Pederson
is willing to pay for the repair but cannot afford the full amount. Hill recommended that the council allow
this as an assessment, with an interested rate of 5.23%, which is what the
property owners paid on East 2nd Street. Hill stated he doesnít believe this will set
precedence. Pederson received
quotes from a plumber and an excavator and the plan is to do the work in the
spring. It was the consensus of the
council that this was a great idea.
Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #2986-3-11,
Resolution Authorizing Sewer Repairs to be Assessed for Sharon Pederson at 407
West 5th Street. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Report: Hill discussed a number of things
currently going on with the legislature.
proposed variance bill would take away the authority of cities to regulate or place
conditions on variances. The
original language allowed for conditions pertaining to public safety, public
interest and health and welfare.
was introduced to take away City authority to regulate wells in city limits, meaning that a resident might be able to install a well rather
than use city services. Currently, the city allows well use for lawn watering
but not for consumption.
Hill stated he and DENCO II manager
Mick Miller will attend a committee meeting in St.
Paul on Thursday on a proposal to use stormwater in ethanol production.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Board
of Appeals Information: The
council was reminded of the Board of Appeals on Thursday, April 7th
at 5:15 p.m.
being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:43 p.m.