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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.



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.

10/11/11 Condensed 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 Bills

         B.      Pay Estimate #6-East 8th/9th/Arizona

         C.      SCMC Administrative Report     

         D.      Gambling Reports

         E.       Raffle License Report

         F.       Revenue & Expenditure Report

         G.      Planning Commission Minutes, 9/20/11

Motion carried.

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.


ORDINANCES AND 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 dollars.

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 carried. 

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 change.   

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. 

Considerable discussion was held on the rezoning of the area near the railroad from heavy to light industrial.

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 council. 

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 neighborhood.

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.


ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:51 p.m.

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