MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING – AUGUST 23, 2011
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 23rd day of August, 2011, by Mayor Pro Tem Miller 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, Storck and Mayor
Pro Tem Miller. Mayor Giese and
Council member Carrington were absent.
Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell, Police
Chief Beauregard and City Engineer/Surveyor/Inspector Fier.
CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: Pacific
Avenue Improvement Project Hearing:
Mayor Pro Tem Miller opened the public hearing at 5:20 p.m. City Manager Hill stated about a dozen
notices were sent out for this hearing for the
improvements planned along Pacific Avenue.
Hill explained this is a federally funded project
which is why it is on the schedule for next year. The sanitary sewer and a little bit of
storm sewer are the only assessments.
The bid opening has been pushed back to next week and bid results will
be brought to the council at their next meeting, with work to begin next
City Engineer Fier stated with
regard to the storm sewer the frost has been throwing it out of the ground so
the main reason for the project is to try and take care of that storm sewer
once and for all. Fier explained
there will be 18” of rock underneath the storm sewer
pipe and they will insulate over the top to keep it in place. The storm sewer will also be put in at a
lower grade so it will gain depth so the frost won't penetrate as much. The sewer in that area has been televised
and is not in very good shape. The
water was done under a HUD project back in 1980 and 1981 with plastic pipe
being put in and there has never been any trouble with it. Fier noted most of the curb & gutter
looks satisfactory. The driveway
widths will remain the same, as will the street elevations.
Council member Storck
asked about the area by Casey’s.
Hill stated there is no local funding set aside to do any additional
work. In 2013 West 9th,
10th and 11th are scheduled to be done
so the block of storm sewer by Casey's could be thrown in with that project.
Council member Miller
asked about the length of project.
Fier estimated it would take about 12 weeks and indicated they would allow
access to the businesses along there the best they can.
Tom Lesmeister, owner of 223,
225 and 227 Pacific Avenue, asked if the road could be lowered a little bit. Lesmeister stated when the road
was done before it was raised 6” and none of the water runs to the curb and
gutter, it all runs to the lake.
Fier stated the engineers choose to keep the same elevation to save on curb
and gutter expense to property owners.
Lesmeister stated it is maddening because the puddles never go
away. Ron and Jane Kill indicated
it is the same way for their property.
Storck asked Lesmeister if would redo the slope of his
lot and pay for the curb and gutter if the road was lowered. Lesmeister stated he paid for the curb
and gutter once and has fought it ever since.
Hill stated the design for
the road is based on the current elevation. Fier indicated the city’s engineering
firm, WSN, could run it through their computer to see what the additional cost
would be. Fier added that if the
road were lowered a property may pay more for storm
sewer because it would go towards the road instead of towards the lake.
Hill indicated 100% of the
curb and gutter is paid by the property owner. In addition, because the current plans
and specs have gone through the state and federal government for approval it
would be difficult to change them.
Fier pointed out he believes the useful life of curb and gutter is
considered to be 40 years. Hill again stated that if the curb is changed someone has to pay
for it. Hill suggested helping
Lesmeister regrade his lot to redirect the water. Lesmeister stated the last
time a project was done it almost put him out of business because people
couldn't get in and out.
Joe Lembcke, 221 Pacific
Avenue, stated his biggest concern is when the project is going to start and
how long it's going to last.
Lembcke is concerned about ordering inventory and whether or not it can
get sold. Fier noted May 15th
is when the project is scheduled to start.
Fier noted they would do the best they could to help everyone out with
access to the businesses.
Fier stated once the bids
are received there will be more information available at the next meeting.
Mayor Pro Tem Miller
closed the public hearing at 5:40 p.m.
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 8/9/11 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Webster moved, seconded
by Storck, to approve the 8/9/11 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council member Storck moved, seconded by
Webster, to approve the 8/9/11 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Storck moved, seconded by Webster, to approve the consent
agenda with the following items:
A. Audit of City
B. Pay Estimate
C. Pay Estimate
– Breitbach – Sanitary Sewer Work
D. Pay Estimate
– F & S Concrete Paving, Inc.
Estimate – Mudpumpers Mudjacking
G. Gambling Reports
H. Street Dance
& Expenditure Report
Report from American Legion
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Approving and Authorizing Contracts and Policies
for SCDP Grant: Jodi DeCamp from the Stevens County HRA
was present at the meeting and stated they have applied for grant money on
behalf of the City of Morris and were awarded funding to rehabilitate 11 units
and to provide gap financing for approximately 5 units of new rental
construction. DeCamp pointed out
the City of Donnelly is a co-applicant for the grant. The HRA will be doing close to $220,000
of owner occupied rehab in the two cities.
As it stands right now they will be working on 7 homes in Morris and 4
in Donnelly. DeCamp noted if it
looks like it won't remain split between the cities with those numbers there is
a point down the road in the grant where the applicants can be from either
city. DeCamp indicated they received
20 pre-applications in Morris and 15 in Donnelly.
If this process goes well the
HRA can go back in and do a short application and apply for more funding. DeCamp also
noted they have applied to the Department of Health for some lead money and
received $31,000 to use in up to five projects. DeCamp noted her office does all the
administrative work, the city just needs to get the
money from DEED.
Council member Webster moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3030-8-11,
Resolution Approving and Authorizing Contracts and Policies for SCDP
Grant. Upon a roll call vote taken
and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
an Assistance to Firefighters Grant Application: Hill
explained this grant would allow the fire department to purchase a thermal
imaging camera system, foam educators, foam concentrate, a complete foam
trailer package with 660 gallons of foam, and training to operate the foam
trailer. The total cost of the
purchases is $69,188 with the federal share being $66,014 and the city share being
$3,474. This resolution would give authorization
to apply for the grant and put the matching amount into the budget for next
Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3031-8-11,
Resolution Authorizing an Assistance to Firefighters Grant Application. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
presenting voting in favor, motion carried.
the Acceptance of an FAA Grant for the Parallel Taxiway Project:
Hill indicated the city
has budgeted for the design of this project. The federal government is asking that the
city accept the grant and then TKDA would do the engineering. The plan is to do the actual
construction next year. Hill
explained the federal government allocates $150,000 to the city each year and
there is a reserve of about $600,000 so the funding allocation is already there,
it's just a matter of going through the grant process.
Council member Webster
moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3032-8-11,
Authorizing the Acceptance of an FAA Grant for the Parallel Taxiway Project. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Resolution Adopting an
Assessment for a Current Service: Council member Storck moved, seconded by
Webster, to adopt Resolution #3033-8-11, Resolution Adopting an Assessment for
a Current Service for a curb stop repair at 200 South Street. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Report: This was informational for the council.
NEW BUSINESS: Storck requested that the infields at Wells, Green River
and PDT Park be sprayed yet this fall.
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Coalition
of Greater MN Cities Information:
This was informational for the council.
being no further business, Mayor Pro Tem Miller adjourned the meeting at 6:10