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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 Krosschell.   

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added to the agenda an Application to Conduct Excluded Bingo from the Morris Lions.

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.

2/28/12 Condensed 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 Bills

         B.      Final Pay Estimate – Central Specialties

         C.      February Transit Report

         D.      Application for Exempt Permit

         E.       Raffle License Report

         F.       Fund Summary/Revenue & Expenditure Report

         G.      Application to Conduct Excluded Bingo - Morris Lions

Motion carried.

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.

ORDINANCES AND 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. 

Resolution Establishing 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.

Resolution 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 as follows”.

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 carried. 

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.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:50 p.m.

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