MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING – MARCH 13, 2012
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 13th day
of March, 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 Carrington, Webster, Miller,
Storck and Mayor Giese. Also
present was City Manager Hill, Police Chief Beauregard and Finance Director
ADDITION TO AGENDA: Mayor
Giese added to the agenda an Application to Conduct Excluded Bingo from the
CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 2/28/12 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Webster moved, seconded
by Storck, to approve the 2/28/12 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Webster, to approve the 2/28/12 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor
Giese moved, seconded by Council member Webster, to approve the consent agenda
which included the following items:
A. Audit of City
B. Final Pay
Estimate – Central Specialties
C. February Transit
D. Application for
Summary/Revenue & Expenditure Report
G. Application to
Conduct Excluded Bingo - Morris Lions
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
COMMUNICATIONS: Renewal of Consumption & Display
Permit: Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Webster, to approve the renewal of the consumption &
display permit for Crystal Lanes and Entertainment Center. Motion carried.
RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Establishing the West 9th
Street, 10th Street and 11th Street Improvement Project
and Ordering Engineering and Financing Feasibility Studies to be Prepared: Hill explained this resolution would
give authorization to have the city’s engineers begin their work to determine
the feasibility of doing this project and financing it. Hill noted it is a big project area so
it’s important that they start working on it right away. City staff is currently identifying curb
stops and shut offs.
the West 9th Street, 10th Street and 11th
Street Improvement Project and Ordering Engineering and Financing Feasibility
Studies to be Prepared
The area by Casey's General
Store is included too but that is more than likely just storm sewer.
Council member Webster
moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3067-3-12,
Resolution Establishing the West 9th Street, 10th Street
and 11th Street Improvement Project and Ordering Engineering and
Financial Feasibility Studies to be Prepared. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
Reestablishing Voting Precincts in the City of Morris: Hill
stated he reviewed this information with County Auditor Wiese who thought it
important to make sure it’s noted in the resolution that the city is not changing
the precinct boundaries. Hill
suggested adding to the first paragraph under NOW THEREFORE wording as
follows: “That the City hereby
reestablishes the boundaries of the voting precincts and polling places the same as they were before and described
The resolution also drops
the designation of wards in the city.
Wards are used to describe areas represented by a specific person but in
Morris everyone is elected at large and represents the whole community. However, people vote in separate
precincts depending on where they live.
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Carrington, to adopt Resolution #3068-3-12,
Resolution Reestablishing Voting Precincts in the City of Morris with the
change in language as referenced above.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion
CITY MANAGER’S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City
Manager Report: This was
informational for the council.
Hill stated he would bring
the budget resolution to the next meeting.
The Chamber has passed two resolutions to support the efforts at the
State Capital. With regard to the
airport land, the farmer that had the highest bid still wants to do the
deal. Hill stated he would like the
Airport Advisory Board to look at it and give a recommendation. There has been a funding change with the
FAA so the parallel taxiway that has been discussed would only be funded at
90%, instead of 95%, which is a substantial amount. Hill also wants the Airport Advisory
Board’s recommendation on this issue.
Webster stated he thinks
the increase in parking ticket fees is in order. Hill noted he would incorporate them
into the budget amendment.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Board
of Review Information: This was
informational for the council.
being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:50 p.m.