MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL- REGULAR MEETING–OCTOBER 25,
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 25th 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, Webster,
Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese.
Also present was City Manager Hill, Police Chief Beauregard, Fleet
Manager Searle and City Attorney Jordan.
City Engineer/Surveyor/Inspector Fier arrived at 5:19 p.m.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 10/11/11 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Storck moved, seconded by
Miller, to approve the 10/11/11 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council member Carrington moved,
seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 10/11/11 condensed version
minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor
Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the consent agenda
with the following items:
A. Audit of City
B. Pay Estimate
D. Gambling Reports
& Expenditure Report
Commission Minutes, 9/20/11
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 as an officer of the
Legion, motion carried.
RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Authorizing Execution of MN DOT Grant Agreement
for Airport Maintenance and Operation: Hill stated this agreement is in effect
for 2012 and 2013. This doesn't
have anything to do with any of the upcoming projects,
it is strictly for maintenance at the airport.
Webster asked if people who
use the airport pay anything or if they are guests? Hill noted people who have planes pay
hangar rent and the city makes a profit on the fuel system but people are not
charged to be at the airport. Hill
explained the primary funding source for the airport is federal and state
Council member Webster moved, seconded by Carrington, to adopt Resolution
#3043-10-11, Resolution Authorizing Execution of MN DOT Grant Agreement for
Airport Maintenance and Operation.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion
First Reading of
Ordinance No. 89, An Ordinance Updating a Zoning Map for the City of Morris and
Modifying Zoning Language: Hill stated this process has been a long
time coming. The Planning
Commission came up with a final list of things they would like to see changed
and those were incorporated into this ordinance. A notice was sent out to every property
owner in the city and about ten people had questions but nothing
controversial. The issue that caused
a major discussion was the recommendation from the Planning Commission to
change the zoning along the railroad property from Heavy Industrial to Light
Industrial. The only heavy
industrial right now is the concrete plant and the owner did object to that
The zoning maps were on
hand for the council to take a look at.
Hill indicated this has been a very thoughtful process to try and figure
out where things should go.
Council member Miller
asked City Manager Hill if he was contacted by New Horizons. Hill stated he talked to Bob Johnson and
New Horizons and grain elevators are allowed in either light or heavy
industrial as conditional uses.
Webster stated he agreed with
the owner of the concrete plant, Mr. Morrell, on the zoning of the narrow
corridor along the railroad and whether it should remain heavy industrial. Webster wondered why it should be
changed when what is there is not going to change. Hill stated that is one business ownerís
opinion and it is a very small piece of land so finding any business wanting to
come in and do anything would be tough. Hill stated he
believes it is a moot point and not a factor moving forward. The Planning Commission has said they don't
want to take the chance of having a heavy industry in this area. The city still has the option of
rezoning and doing a conditional use permit if needed.
was held on the rezoning of the area near the railroad from heavy to light
Miller believes it would
be nice for the city to have control over what can come in there. Miller stated he thinks the city needs
to protect themselves and look out for the residents
and ballparks that are there.
Council member Storck
moved, seconded by Miller, to accept this as the first reading of Ordinance No.
89, An Ordinance Updating a Zoning Map for the City of Morris and Modifying
Zoning Language and setting the second reading and public hearing for November
8, 2011. Upon a roll call vote
taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Report: This was informational for the
Hill pointed out the vandalism
at the old school is getting very bad and this is one of the things that needs to be discussed at the budget worksession. Hill noted something has to be done as it is a nuisance for the residents in that
Hill stated the school superintendent, Brian Giese and himself were asked to
participate in a tax forum working with Stevens Forward. It will be held next Tuesday night in
the council chambers.
NEW BUSINESS: Appointment of Laura Walton to Tourism Board: Mayor
Giese appointed Laura Walton to the Tourism Board.
OLD BUSINESS: Discussion was held on cars sitting in front of the elementary
school in the no parking zone when dropping off children.
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:51 p.m.