MINUTES – MORRIS
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING – MARCH 22, 2011
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 22nd 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 Webster, Miller, Storck
and Mayor Giese. Council member
Carrington arrived at 5:20 p.m.
Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell, Police
Chief Beauregard, Public Works Director Dittbenner and City Attorney Glasrud.
CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 3/8/11 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Storck, to approve the 3/8/11 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Webster, to approve the 3/8/11 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Storck moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to
approve the consent agenda with the following items:
Audit of City
for Exempt Permit
Commission Minutes, 2/15/10
for an On Sale Liquor License and Dance Permits
for the Eagles
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
COMMUNICATIONS: Gambling Report – American
Legion: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to accept the
gambling report from the American Legion.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor and Mayor
Giese abstaining, motion carried.
Bottle Club License
– Crystal Lanes Entertainment Center: Council member Webster
moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the bottle club license for the Crystal
Lanes Entertainment Center. Motion
RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Accepting a Bid and Authorizing a Contract for the
East 8th, 9th and Arizona Avenue Improvement Project: Hill
indicated the city received a very good bid for the project, with Breitbach
Construction being the low bidder at $797,612.97. The engineers
estimate for the project was $1,120,623.25. This is the same contractor as the East
2nd Street project.
Council member Webster
recalled City Engineer Fier had some problems with some of the subcontractors
on East 2nd Street. Hill
stated Fier would watch over that. Storck
asked if the city had ever thought about hiring a sidekick for City Engineer
Fier if he needed one. Hill
indicated he wasn’t aware that there was a need for one.
Storck asked about the
flow of water west of Tom Hoffman's on East 2nd Street. Hill pointed out he wasn’t aware there
was an issue but Fier would look into that. The last lift of blacktop has yet to be
put on the road, along with the crown.
Council member Webster
moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #2987-3-11 Resolution Accepting
a Bid and Authorizing a Contract for the East 8th, 9th
and Arizona Avenue Improvement Project.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion
Resolution Accepting a
Proposal from SEH, Inc. to Conduct a Stormwater Utility Study:
Hill explained city staff
has been exploring the possibility of implementing a storm water utility. This utility would help pay for the cost
of storm water instead of assessing them out to the property owners.
Hill stated staff interviewed
WSN and SEH but believes SEH has more expertise in this area. The resolution would authorize a study to
look at how a system would be set up and what the costs would be. The charge would more than likely be part of the utility bills. Hill explained the problem for the city
is that it doesn’t have a funding source for major repairs to the main line
storm sewers. It also gets
confusing when property owners are assessed for areas that are not right in
front of where they live.
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Webster, to adopt Resolution #2988-3-11,
Resolution Accepting a Proposal from SEH, Inc. to Conduct a Stormwater Utility
Upon a roll call vote
taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: Zoning of the Orderly Annexation Area: Hill stated the Planning Commission has
gotten to a point where they are ready to hold a public hearing on the area
outside of the city limits and inside the Orderly Annexation Area. The public hearing is scheduled for
April 19th in the council chambers. Hill noted the commission invited the townships
to a previous meeting and one person showed up but he also met with a few other
township reps at city hall.
The area being zoned is strictly
the ½ mile area around the city limits. The notice for the public hearing is being
sent out to approximately 220 property owners in the orderly annexation area or
within 300 feet of the city limits.
Hill wanted to make it clear that this process does not annex any
additional property to the city or change any boundaries.
Webster questioned what is
referred to as “the hole” in city limits.
Hill stated it is Michaelson’s salvage yard and is township land that's
inside city limits. Hill indicated
it is his belief that you cannot zone somebody out of business and everything
that's currently being done is grandfathered in.
After the public hearing
the Planning Commission will be making a recommendation to the city council on
the zoning amendment.
Scheduling of Council
Meeting at High School: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Miller, to schedule the May 10th council meeting for 8:30
a.m. at the High School. Motion
City Manager Report: City
Manager Hill updated the council on local government aid and what is being
proposed in the legislature.
NEW BUSINESS: With regard to the golf course, Mayor Giese suggested
the council pass a resolution indicating their support for the project. Although the city cannot make a monetary
donation the council felt it was important to acknowledge the group of people
that have stepped forward to keep the golf course going. Hill indicated he would draw up a
resolution showing the council’s support.
Storck stated he thinks
the city should look into buying the county public health building for a city
hall. The council agreed it was
something worth looking into. City
Attorney Glasrud indicated he could arrange for a tour when the council was
ready to look at it.
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: 2010
Census Information: Webster
stated he was shocked at the statistic for vacant homes in the city, which was 10%. Hill indicated it is very important that
the census figure came in at 5,286 because if the number drops below 5,000 the
city loses its state aid money for highways.
being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:12 p.m.