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MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL -  REGULAR MEETING -  MARCH 27, 2012

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 27th 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, Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese.  Council member Webster arrived at 5:24 p.m.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell, Police Chief Beauregard, Public Works Director Dittbenner, Fleet Manager Searle and City Attorney Jordan. 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  An MPIRG group from UMM presented a resolution to the council asking for support to call for an amendment to the Constitution to abolish corporate personhood and the doctrine of money as speech and return democracy, elections and communities to America’s people.  Mayor Giese thanked them for coming and indicated the council would review the resolution.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added two items to the agenda:  1)Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing the Advertising for Bids for the 2012 Street Improvement Project; 2)Purchase of Jetter Truck.

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  2/28/12 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 2/28/12 regular meeting minutes.   Motion carried.

2/28/12 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Webster moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 2/28/12 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      SCMC Administrative Report

         C.      Gambling Reports 

         D.      2/21/12 Planning Commission Minutes

         E.       Application for Exempt Permit - 7/15/12

         F.       Application for Exempt Permit - 9/27/12

         G.      Tourism Board Minutes - 3/21/12

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  Gambling Report from American Legion:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Carrington, to accept the gambling report from the American Legion.  Upon a roll all vote taken and all present voting in favor and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the Legion, motion carried.

Appointment of Josh Kurpiers to the Planning Commission:  Mayor Giese appointed Josh Kurpiers to the Planning Commission.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:   Resolution Approving an Airport Ag Land Lease with MTM Farms, LLC:   Hill explained the Airport Advisory Board met and looked over this issue and recommends that the city move ahead with the land lease with MTM Farms, LLC.  The city is restricting tillage to no more than 6”.  Mike Schneider of MTM Farms, LLC, was present at the meeting and stated there is some concern about the depth of the wiring so they will err on the side of caution and adhere to the 6”.

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3069-3-12, Resolution Approving an Airport Ag Land Lease with MTM Farms, LLC.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing the Advertising for Bids for the 2012 Street Improvement Project:  Hill noted Jeff Kuhn of WSN has everything ready to go for this project so the city can now bid it out.  WSN has estimated the cost of the project to be $233,466.00 for the State Aid highway roads and $159,548.00 for the regular franchise work.  The bid opening is set for May 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall.  It was noted that Riley Brothers Construction would now be able to bid this project. 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3070-3-12, Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing the Advertising for Bids for the 2012 Street Improvement Project.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER’S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS:  Fire Department Grants:  Hill reviewed several grants the fire department is working on.  The first is a FEMA grant which would be used for major purchases.  Hill indicated the city did budget for the local match to this grant, if received.  The DNR grant would be used to pay for a portion of smaller pieces of equipment.  The grant from Center Point Energy would be used to offset a stabilization kit that the city budgeted for. 

Council member Webster moved, seconded by Miller, to authorize the Fire Department to apply for the three above mentioned grants.  Motion carried.

Airport Advisory Board Recommendation – Parallel Taxiway:  Hill asked that the council      officially put the parallel taxiway project on hold.  Hill stated that FAA funding was reduced from 95 to 90%, which increased the city’s contribution from $65,000 to $130,000.  Hill pointed out that runway length if a bigger issue for pilots than the parallel taxiway.  Hill recommended that the work that has already been started, such as design and land acquisition, be finished as far as it can be.  This way the plan will be there if the city needs it or if more federal funding becomes available to pay more of the local share.    

Council member Webster asked if any of the work that has already been done would apply to extending the runway.  Hill did not believe it would apply because there are very different regulations.  Hill noted the FAA looks at how many planes go in and out of the airport in order to justify a runway extension.  Superior has customers that fly into Alexandria instead of Morris because of the runway. 

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to authorize putting the parallel taxiway project on hold, but to complete the work that has been started as much as possible.  Motion carried.

Purchase of Jetter Truck:  Hill stated Public Works Director Dittbenner and Fleet Manager Searle have found a refurbished 1995 MacQueen Vactor for the city to purchase.  Currently, the city uses two pieces of equipment, a jetter and a vac, to do what this one piece of equipment could do.  Hill noted $80,000 was in this year’s budget for the purchase.  The total cost, with trade in of the city’s 1993 Ford vactor, is $85,485.  Hill stated the bottom line is that the city is required to clean sewers and this is the best investment to maintain the city’s infrastructure.  Public Works Director Dittbenner indicated the city crew cleans approximately 1/3 of the town every three years. 

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to authorize approval of the purchase of a 1995 Vactor from MacQueen Equipment for a total $85,485.60 with trade in.   Motion carried.

City Manager Report:   This was informational for the council.

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  Storck asked about the status of the old school.  Hill indicated the environmental assessment worksheet has to be finished before anything else can be done.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:09 p.m.

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