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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 spring.    

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.

8/9/11 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Webster, to approve the 8/9/11 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Webster, to approve the consent agenda with the following items:

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      Pay Estimate #4-East 8th/9th/Arizona

         C.      Pay Estimate – Breitbach – Sanitary Sewer Work    

         D.      Pay Estimate – F & S Concrete Paving, Inc.

         E.       Pay Estimate – Mudpumpers Mudjacking

         F.       SCMC Administrative Report

         G.      Gambling Reports

         H.      Street Dance Permit

         I.       Revenue & Expenditure Report

         J.       Gambling Report from American Legion

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

 

ORDINANCES 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. 

Resolution Authorizing 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 year.

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.

Resolution Authorizing 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,

Resolution 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.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Pro Tem Miller adjourned the meeting at 6:10 p.m.

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