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MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING –OCTOBER 11, 2011

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 11th day of October, 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, Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese.  Council member Webster was absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell, Police Chief Beauregard, Public Works Director Dittbenner and City Engineer/Surveyor/Inspector Fier and City Attorney Jordan. 

CITIZENíS COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  9/27/11 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to approve the 9/27/11 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

9/27/11 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Carrington moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 9/27/11 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items:

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      Pay Est. #1 – 2011 Street Improvements

         C.      September Transit Report

         D.      Planning Commission Minutes, 8/16/11

         E.       Temporary On Sale Liquor License - Eagles

         F.       Application for Exempt Permit – Ducks Unlimited

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  Resolution Approving a Water Tower Space Lease Agreement:  Hill explained this agreement is not quite up for renewal but Info-Link wanted to do a little work on the water tower with some improvements to technology.  Hill recommended the council renew the agreement with Info Link for three years plus two months at the rate of $170 a month.  This is for the same amount of space that they had, but they will be adding two antennae. 

Hill indicated there are four different organizations on the water tower which include KUMM, Verizon, Sprint and Info-link and the rental amounts vary.  It depends on who the company is, what their capabilities are and what their revenues streams are as to how the amounts are set. 

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3041-10-11, Resolution Approving a Water Tower Space Lease Agreement.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Declaring Costs to be Assessed, Terms for Repayment and Setting the Final Assessment Hearing for the East 8th, 9th and Arizona Avenue Improvement Project:   Hill stated this is a unique resolution in that two things were added to this project.  Hill noted at the public hearing City Engineer Fier would have the numbers for each property in each portion of the project.  The main project is the East 8th/9th/Arizona with the addition of the three parcels on East 6th Street for the reconstruction of sanitary sewer and the additional block of East 8th Street for reconstruction of the sanitary sewer.  City Manager Hill recommended the public hearing be set for Tuesday, November 8th, and the interest rate for assessments be set at 5%. 

City Engineer Fier stated the boulevards are being shaped up and getting roughed in before the weather turns.  The boulevards will then be reworked in the spring and seeded.  Fier noted one thing about the assessment for East 8th/9th & Arizona is that it includes five assessments which are sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water, curb & gutter and sidewalk.  There may additionally be some assessments for storm sewer outside the project area. 

Hill stated one of the interesting things about the project is how shallow the sewers were close to Columbia Avenue.  They were barely in the ground but when they were redone they were put at least six feet down in the boulevard and then nine feet down in the street.  Hill explained even though it was a smaller project and it started in May, the weather did not cooperate and there were many days they couldnít work because of rain.

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3042-10-11, Resolution Declaring Costs to be Assessed, Terms for Repayment and Setting the Final Assessment Hearing for the East 8th, 9th and Arizona Avenue Improvement Project.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS:  City Manager Report:  Hill noted the fire study is concluded and there will be a presentation to officials and firemen in Stevens County.  The playground equipment at PDT was moved to a new location south west of the splash park.  There were some major odor problems at the Senior Center and it was found that the bathroom stools were leaking into the floor boards.  The problem has since been fixed.

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:    None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None     

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:40 p.m.

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