MINUTES – MORRIS
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING – JUNE 12, 2012
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 12th day
of June, 2012, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior
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, Finance Director
Krosschell, Accountant Deb Raasch, Public Works Director Dittbenner, City Engineer/Surveyor/Inspector
Fier and City Attorney Jordan.
CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: Sarah Buchanan, a professor at UMM, Johanna
Luetmer, a student and intern at UMM and Rachel Engh, an intern at the Center
for Small Towns, were present at the meeting to discuss their idea for a Morris
Mural Initiative. Their idea is to paint murals on buildings at various
places across town.
The Initiative asked the
council for feedback on whether or not it would be something they would
endorse. Luetmer stated she felt this would be a great way to bridge a gap that
exists with the campus community and Morris' citizens, as citizens of all ages
could participate. Luetmer stated she felt people would remember Morris,
not only for the University, but for the town itself with the addition of the
Hill stated in a situation
like this, one of the things government can do is get out of the way. Hill
indicated this looks like a project that this group could certainly take and
run with. It was the consensus of the council that this was a great
idea. The group would continue to work on ideas and keep in touch with
Presentation of Grant
from Center Point Energy:
Dennis Schroeder of Center Point Energy was present at the meeting.
Schroeder presented a community partnership grant to the city for $2,500 for portable
rescue lights and two sets of turnout gear for the Fire Department.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 5/22/12 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Webster moved, seconded by Storck, to
approve the 5/22/12 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council
member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 5/22/12 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Miller, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
of City Bills
Pay Estimate – East 2nd Street
Estimate #8 – East 8th/9th/Arizona
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
Report from American Legion: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Carrington, to accept the gambling report from the American Legion. Upon
a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor and Mayor Giese
abstaining as an officer of the Legion, motion carried.
Council member Carrington
left the meeting at this point at 5:45 p.m.
Accepting Insurance Renewal Proposal: Tom Quam of Bremer Insurance
reviewed the city's insurance renewal proposal. The expiring premium was
$207,795 with a renewal premium of $223,594. The vast majority of the
increase was in the workers compensation insurance.
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3084-6-12, Resolution Accepting
Insurance Renewal Proposal. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present
voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City
Manager Hill stated the City received a letter of thanks from the City of
Sartell for the Fire Department’s assistance at a paper mill fire in their city.
Hill indicated the State of MN put out a mutual aid call for firefighters and
the City of Morris sent four firefighters up there for a day. Hill
explained the City will submit a bill but it is unknown whether or not it would
City Manager Report: This was informational for the
Budget Guidance: Hill explained he feels the city has to get
back to the reality that citizens have to pay for what they use. Hill noted
he is looking at percentage changes to the special assessment policy to include
a street pavement assessment and storm sewer assessment.
Hill plans to include a
financing package for the removal of the old elementary school into the 2013
Hill stated the tax levy
increase in the budget should not be more than 5% and would probably be closer
to the 3% mark.
Hill proposed that sewer
and water rates be increased by 3% for the coming year.
Council member Webster
moved, seconded by Storck, to approve the 2013 budget guidance as presented by
the City Manager. Motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: Hill indicated over 600 surveys have been
returned and he is tallying the answers. Hill noted that by far the three
things that are standing out is the condition of the roads, the appearance of
the city and snow plowing.
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: 2011 Population Estimates: The
State Demographer's estimate for the city's population for 2011 is 5,343.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:35 p.m.