MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING –JANUARY 10,
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.
Council member Storck moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to appoint Council
member Miller as Mayor Pro Tem.
Appointment of Ex-Officios: Mayor Giese appointed the council
members to the following boards and commissions:
Board – Webster
Board – Carrington
Commission – Miller
Rights Commission – Miller
Education – Carrington
Board – Giese
of Commerce – Webster
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.
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
PETITIONS, REQUESTS 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:42 p.m.