MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL- REGULAR
MEETING–FEBRUARY 28, 2012
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 28th
day of February, 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 arrived at 5:19 p.m. Also
present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell, Police Chief
Beauregard and City Attorney Jordan.
CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 2/14/12 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Webster, to
approve the 2/14/12 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Mayor Giese
moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 2/14/12 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Mayor Giese, to approve the consent agenda with the following items:
of City Bills
Summary/Revenue & Expenditure Report
Commission Minutes, 1/17/12
License Report – UMM Baseball Team
Board Minutes - 1/18/12
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
Approving an Agricultural Land Lease:
The current operator can
no longer farm the area around the airport so the city took bids to select a
new operator to lease the land. Hill stated he advertised for bids based
on the original lease and the city received five of them. There was discussion
at a recent staff meeting about whether or not the area around the runway could
be dug up for planting. It was determined that based on information from the
State of Minnesota and the power company that there cannot be any row crops farmed
within 500 feet of the runway. There are also a lot of restrictions on
what can and can't be done with the electrical equipment.
Hill stated he made the
assumption that the lease was correct but there are areas that are not supposed
to be farmed. There are also restrictions on mowing and the city probably
hasn’t been mowing as much as they should have, but at the same time it was hay
so it wasn’t a big deal.
Hill suggested the purpose
of the land should continue on as hay and that no one be allowed to do anything
other than that. Hill talked with the farmer that had the highest bid and
their intention was to farm the land and in doing so would be digging down 12
to 15 inches.
Hill asked that the
resolution be tabled until the next council meeting and he would have a
recommendation as to what should be done, noting that the best thing to do may
be to rebid it.
Council member Webster
moved, seconded by Carrington, to table the Resolution Approving an
Agricultural Land Lease. Motion carried.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City
Manager Report: Hill stated there was a question from last
meeting on the meter bid and why it was higher. Hill explained this was primarily
due to the commercial meters. The bigger meters that were replaced were
expensive and the quantity was different than originally thought.
Council member Storck
asked when the city would know if this project paid for itself. Finance
Director Krosschell stated it is too early to tell because city staff is still in
the transition period. City staff could start doing some comparisons after
a few more billing cycles. Council member Miller believes as the city proceeds
down the road it’s important to make sure the meters are accurate, whether
that’s through an audit or some other means.
Hill indicated nothing has
been done with the airport tug at this point. Hill stated the bottom line
is that a $3 million dollar airplane shouldn’t be moved with a tractor. Hill
pointed out the state of Minnesota would fund 50% of any piece of equipment.
Hill stated what he is looking at is that as an airport the city should have
something to move planes in and out. There has been discussion about
building another hangar eventually as there is a waiting list for planes that
want space at the airport. Hill noted city staff wouldn't be responsible for
moving the planes.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:53 p.m.