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MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL- REGULAR MEETING–JANUARY 24, 2012

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 24th          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 member Webster, Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese.  Council member Carrington was absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell, Police Chief Beauregard, Fleet Manager Searle and City Attorney Jordan.  Public Works Director Dittbenner arrived at 5:25 p.m. 

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added an Application for Exempt Permit to the agenda from Stevens County Pheasants Forever. 

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS:  Rani Bezanson was present at the meeting and explained to the council that she is working on obtaining her gold award for Girl Scouts, which is the highest award that a girl scout can receive.  The project that she has chosen to do is called Rani’s Roses Against Racism.  Bezanson designed a rose to represent all the different colors of people and presented it to Mayor Giese.  

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  1/10/12 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 1/10/12 regular meeting minutes.   Motion carried.

1/10/12 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 1/10/12 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Webster, to approve the consent agenda with the following items:

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      SCMC Administrative Report

         C.      Gambling Reports 

         D.      Revenue & Expenditure Report

         E.       Application for Exempt Permit – Pheasants Forever

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Community Education Information:  This was informational for the council. 

Temporary On Sale Liquor Application:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Webster, to approve the temporary on sale liquor license from the American Legion for the Fireman’s Steak Fry to be held at the Morris Fire Hall on February 4, 2012.  Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:   Resolution Authorizing an Agency Agreement with MN DOT:  City Manager Hill stated this is a general agency agreement with MN DOT which is not specific to any one project.  Hill explained if any kind of federal money comes up that the city needs to deal with, this agreement will already be in place. 

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Webster, to adopt Resolution #3063-1-12, Resolution Authorizing an Agency Agreement with MN DOT.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a Labor Contract with the AFSCME Union Local 2022 Public Works Unit for the Period 2012-2014:  Hill indicated he did come to an agreement with both of the AFSCME unions.  The agreement is basically the same as the law enforcement and non-union employees.  The wage adjustment will be 1½%, 2% and 2% over the three years of the agreement.   

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3064-1-12, Resolution Approving a Labor Contract with the AFSCME Union Local 2022 Public Works Unit for the Period 2012-2014.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a Labor Contract with the AFSCME Union Local 2022 General Unit for the Period 2012-2014:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Webster, to adopt Resolution #3065-1-12, Resolution Approving a Labor Contract with the AFSCME Union Local 2022 General Unit for the Period 2012-2014.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER’S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS:  Appointments to Boards:   Mayor Giese appointed Tracy Peterson to the Human Rights Commission and Esther Jordan to the Library Board.

Schedule Board of Review for April 3, 2012:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to schedule the Board of Review for April 3rd at 5:15 p.m.  Motion carried.

City Manager Report:  This was informational for the council.  Hill pointed out a vacancy exists on the Planning Commission. 

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  None 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  Webster commented on the SCMC administrative report and the opportunities that the University is looking into to offer a nursing program at the Morris campus.

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

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