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MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING –JANUARY 10, 2012

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 10th day of January, 2012, 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 members Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese.  Council member Webster was absent.   Council member Carrington arrived at 5:17 p.m. Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell, City Engineer/Surveyor/Inspector Fier, Police Chief Beauregard, and City Attorney Jordan. 

OFFICIAL ACTS:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to appoint Council member Miller as Mayor Pro Tem.  Motion carried.

Appointment of Ex-Officios:  Mayor Giese appointed the council members to the following boards and commissions: 

                  Park Board – Webster

                  RFC Board – Carrington

                  Planning Commission – Miller

                  Human Rights Commission – Miller

                  SCEIC – Giese

                  Airport – Storck

                  Community Education – Carrington

                  Tourism Board – Giese

                  Chamber of Commerce – Webster

                  WCI – Miller

                  Rental Housing Commission - Storck

 

Appointment of Official Newspaper:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to appoint the Morris Sun Tribune as the official newspaper for the City of Morris.  Motion carried.

CITIZENíS COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  12/27/11 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 12/27/11 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

12/27/11 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Carrington moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 12/27/11 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      December Transit Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  Resolution Adopting the 2012 Morris City Council Standing Rules:   Council member Carrington moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3060-1-12, Resolution Adopting the 2012 Morris City Council Standing Rules.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Pertaining to an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the Old Elementary School Demolition:  Hill stated the EDA is the actual owner of the school property but according to the rules the city can be the owner and still be the responsible government unit to follow through with this assessment process.  The environmental assessment worksheet needs to be done because this building is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Hill explained the city needs to write a report that describes the project in detail and then it is distributed to a number of state and federal agencies for comment.   

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3061-1-12, Resolution Pertaining to an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the Old Elementary School Demolition.   Upon a roll call vote taken and Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese voting in favor, Council member Carrington abstaining and Council member Webster being absent, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Finance Director to Designate Depositories:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3062-1-12, Resolution Authorizing Finance Director to Designate Depositories.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS:  Appointment to Boards and Commissions:  Mayor Giese made the appointments as submitted, but noted that several vacancies exist so if anyone is interested in serving on a city board or commission they should contact City Hall.

City Manager Report:  Hill stated he is still waiting to hear from both AFSCME unions on contract settlements.   

Hill indicated based on the data coming off the new water meters the city is able to identify leaks, which will be a good thing for everyone if it can be caught right away. 

Hill noted the city will not be pursuing a grant for DENCO as it would not do them any good because of recent requirements put on the plant from the MPCA.   

Hill stated the new legislative session is coming up and it sounds like there is a surplus now so he doesnít envision them going into a session and taking away state aid.

NEW BUSINESS:  Storck suggested that during the meeting the staff from the audience use a microphone.  He has received complaints that when the meeting is being played on the access channel the people in the audience canít be heard.  Hill stated the city has a remote microphone or they could get a flat microphone to sit on the ceiling that will pick up people in the back.  It was the consensus of the council that if it isnít too expensive they would like to look into a flat microphone for the ceiling.    

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:42 p.m.

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