MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL- REGULAR
MEETING–NOVEMBER 22, 2011
The regular meeting
of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 22nd
day of November, 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 was taken with the following members present: Council member Webster, Miller, Storck and Mayor
Giese. Council member Carrington
was absent. Also present was City
Manager Hill, City Engineer/Surveyor/Inspector Fier, Finance Director
Krosschell and Police Chief Beauregard.
Public Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 89, An
Ordinance Updating a Zoning Map for the City of Morris and Modifying Zoning
Language: Mayor Giese opened
the public hearing at 5:16 p.m.
City Manager Hill explained this is a second reading of the
ordinance. The Planning Commission
had a public hearing on this matter as well and nothing has changed from the
last time the council met.
stated he owns three buildings along Pacific Avenue and he is dead set against
the rezoning of his property out of heavy industrial. City Manager Hill stated the bottom line
is that all businesses are grandfathered in. Lesmeister is concerned about the future
and if he wanted to tear one of his buildings down and rebuild that he wouldnít
be able to do that. Lesmeister does
not believe it is in his best interest to change the zoning.
Hill explained with
this change the Planning Commission is trying to avoid having heavy industry in
the downtown area. Hill stated what
would be allowed would depend on what type of business Lesmeister would change to. Lesmeister stated he does not want to
give up his right to do what he wants on his property. Hill stated the way it is now a person canít do whatever they want on their property anyway. A change in operation, depending on what
it is, would still require a conditional use permit.
Lesmeister if all of his buildings were destroyed by a tornado would he want to
build in the same little spot?
Lesmeister stated he wouldn't be able to afford land anywhere else. Lesmeister believes he has a lot more
flexibility being zoned heavy industrial.
Lesmeister stated he doesnít know what heís going to be doing five years
from now and the city is taking away his options.
Miller noted there
are residential houses just north of where the shop is and if everyone did what
they wanted it may infringe on some of the
neighborhood. Miller stated he is
confident the Planning Commission and City Council would work with Lesmeister,
within reason, to do what he needed to do.
Lesmeister stated the problem is there is no way to know who's going to
be on the council in the future.
There was a question
as to which item of the ordinance this related to and it was determined it was
1(h) but it should read ďChange the lots from West 5th Street south
to County Road 22 on the west side
of Pacific Avenue from Heavy Industrial (I2) to Highway Business (HB)Ē.
Hill reiterated that
what Lesmeister is doing is grandfathered in and it doesnít matter if itís heavy
industrial or highway business, he would still have to come back to the city to
get authorization if the scope of the business changed. The Planning Commission works on these issues
to take into consideration such things as noise, dust and traffic control.
there is already dust and noise issues with the
elevator. Hill agreed and the city
has specifically dealt with the elevator on those issues. Hill indicated worse care scenario is
that if something happened and Lesmeister needed to relocate, the city would
try and help him.
Webster asked if
Lesmeister decided he could manufacture a piece of equipment that could feed
another company but needed to upgrade his current operation, could he petition
the Planning Commission and City Council to allow that. Hill stated that is always an option to
come and ask for a change.
On other note, Hill
stated he received an email from the president of the fair board association
and learned that the city does not have the authority to zone fair
Mayor Giese closed
the public hearing at 5:54 and brought the matter back to the council for
Miller moved, seconded by Webster, to accept this as
the second reading and approve Ordinance No. 89, An Ordinance Updating a Zoning
Map for the City of Morris and Modifying Zoning Language with the change in
Item 1(h) from West 4th Street to County Road 22. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
Public Hearing and 2nd
Reading of Ordinance No. 90, An Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No. 81, An
Ordinance Regulating the Use of Golf Carts and All Terrain Vehicles on City
Streets and Amending the Morris City Code: Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at
Giese stated there
was one question last time about whether or not the permit is for the vehicle
or the person driving. Beauregard
stated it is the person that needs to be permitted according to state law. The State wants to control who is
driving and that they have a valid driverís license and are physically capable
of driving. This ordinance would
grant a permit for three years for the same $25 fee. Beauregard noted his department inspects
the vehicle and they have to have insurance, a rearview mirror and a slow
moving sign on the back.
Mayor Giese closed
the public hearing at 5:59 p.m. and brought the matter back to the council for
Webster moved, seconded by Miller, to accept this as the second reading and
adopt Ordinance No. 90, An Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No. 81, An Ordinance
Regulating the Use of Golf Carts and All Terrain Vehicles on City Streets and
Amending the Morris City Code, Section 8.21, Golf Carts and All-Terrain
Vehicles. Upon a roll call vote
taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
READING AND APPROVAL
OF MINUTES: 11/8/11 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Webster moved, seconded
by Storck, to approve the 10/11/11 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Webster,
to approve the 11/8/11 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese removed the pay estimate from Central
Specialties from the agenda.
Mayor Giese removed
the Audit of City bills from the consent agenda. Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Miller, to authorize payment of the City bills dated November 22,
2011. Upon a roll call vote taken
and all present voting in favor and Council member Storck abstaining, motion
Webster moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the consent agenda with the
& Expenditure Report
AND COMMUNICATIONS: None
REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Report: This was informational for the
Hill noted with
regard to health insurance the rates have come in substantially lower. There will be an insurance committee
meeting and then Hill will be sitting down with the unions to talk about a
contribution adjustment so the council may see a change to the final budget in
– Radio Equipment Purchase from Stevens County:
City Manager Hill asked the council to authorize spending $4,000 for the
purchase of some of the old radios and the repeater system from the county. This is all brand new equipment that was
used for less than two years. The
county has recently converted to the new 800 MHz radio system
for law enforcement and fire, but the Cityís public works and transit will
remain on the old radio system.
Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to authorize payment
of $4,000 to from the capital outlay fund to Stevens County for their old
radios and repeater system. Motion
Assessment Worksheet for Old Elementary School:
Hill asked the council to authorize him to work on an environmental
assessment worksheet for the old elementary school and in December he will be
coming back to council with a recommendation that the city apply for a DEED
grant. If the city receives a grant
Hill has looked into funding for the local share in the form of either a
general obligation bond or a tax increment bond. It was the consensus of everyone that something
has to be done with that building.
Hill stated one
concern with receiving a DEED grant is that the building is on the National
Historic Registry but research has been done and the conclusion is that nothing
can be done with the building. The
environmental worksheet has to be done first which puts everybody that is
concerned with that designation on notice that the city is thinking about doing
something with the building.
Hill noted the
underground tank issue at that site has already been taken care of but there is
also the issue of the asbestos.
Council member Storck
moved, seconded by Webster, to allow City Manager Hill
to work on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the old elementary school.
Water Meter Project:
Hill stated there are only 80 water meters in town
that need to be replaced.
Ferguson Waterworks will be putting together a door hangar that will
give those customers two more weeks to make an appointment. If they donít make an appointment, their
water will be shut off and it will cost homeowner $25 to have it turned back on. This is the last step in trying to get
them to comply. They have found a
couple locations where there has been an illegal hookup of plumbing before the
meter and those people will be notified that they need to make that change.
NEW BUSINESS: Beauregard gave an update on the new safe routes
to school signs by the school, noting that on the first day there were 63 cars
going 35 miles and hour and faster and by the third day that number dropped to
7. These signs
were paid for by a Safe Routes to School grant.
There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at