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

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 24th day of April, 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, and City Attorney Jordan. 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:   None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added two items to the agenda:  1)Arbor Day Proclamation and 2)Application for Exempt Permit from the Morris Fire Relief Association.

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  4/10/12 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 4/10/12 regular meeting minutes.   Motion carried.

4/10/12 Condensed Version Minutes:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 4/10/12 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      SCMC Administrative Report

         C.      Gambling Reports 

         D.      Application for Temporary On Sale Liquor License

         E.       Street Dance Permit – Eagles/Rock the GroundZ

         F.       Raffle License Report

         G.      3/20/12 Planning Commission Minutes

         H.      Revenue & Expenditure Report

         I.       Application for Exempt Permit – Morris Fire Relief Association

         J.       Arbor Day Proclamation

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:   Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfers:   Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3078-4-12, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfers.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS:  Liability Coverage Waiver Form: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Webster, to not waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability as established by M.S. 466.04.  Motion carried.

Tourism Board Recommendations & Information:  Hill indicated there are several recommendations from the Tourism Board which include approval of the Prairie Pioneer Days budget, acceptance of a tourism logo and a reimbursement request of $5,125.81 for the first quarter of 2012.  The budget that was passed was right around $20,000 for the year. 

Council member Webster moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the three recommendations from the Tourism Board as mentioned above.  Motion carried.

Schedule May 8th Council Meeting at MAHS:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Webster, to schedule the city council meeting on May 8th at 9:00 at the MAHS auditorium. 

City Manager Report:  Hill reported with the recent weather awareness alert there were some concerns about the sirens.  Hill stated the sirens arenít necessarily built to a level so that people can hear them in their house.  There are other systems in place that work really well to alert people of bad weather.  Hill noted there is a siren on the east side of town that isn't working that will either be fixed or replaced.  

Hill stated the legislature is working on a statewide fireworks law that would allow the sale of all fireworks for a period of time each year.  Council member Storck was not in favor of this and asked if the city could adopt its own ordinance to overrule it.  Hill pointed out people already go to other states to obtain fireworks so that probably wasnít something the city would look into.    

Considerable discussion was held on the status of the old elementary school.  Hill indicated he hopes to have it torn down sometime next year.  Storck suggested the council have a worksession to look into possibilities for the site.  Hill noted it could be done as part of the budget meetings.  Hill stated the building has to be out of the way before anything else can be done and itís going to take money from developers.  Storck was adamant that there was something the city should be doing to get this process moving.  Hill indicated the city is in the process of going through the environmental assessment worksheet to remove the school from the National Historic Register.  

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  None 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:55 p.m.

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