MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING - JUNE 26, 2012
A quorum was not present until
Council member Webster arrived at 5:25 p.m. so the council began with the
CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: Presentation by Gary Johnson on
Emerald Ash Borer Study: Gary Johnson, from the Urban and Community
Forestry Project Team at the University of Minnesota, was present at the
meeting to review the Morris Community Tree Report. Johnson noted that
the city has 8,776 privately owned and 2,542 publicly owned trees. The
percentage of all the trees that are ash is a little over 27%. On public
property, 46% of the trees are ash and 22% on private property.
Johnson indicated ash,
maples and spruce are the three most common trees in Morris and most communities
across Minnesota. Many of these trees are large and are the canopy of
Morris. Johnson noted the trees provide shade, shelter from the winter
wind and contribute to the overall quality of life in Morris so it important to
Johnson stated no one
knows how long it will take before the emerald ash borer will be in Morris but
it is coming. Johnson pointed out people come to Morris to vacation and tend
to bring firewood with them and that is how the EAB spreads. Johnson
noted the Asian long horn beetle is another impending threat.
Johnson indicated after
this study the City has a better idea how vulnerable Morris is to the
EAB. Johnson suggested the city make plans to diversify the kinds of
trees that are being planted. Johnson also stated that the city has some
really good, healthy looking ash trees that are worthy of some chemical
controls. Johnson pointed out the gravel bed the city has is an excellent
way to plant a variety of trees and it allows for an autumn plant, which is normally
less harsh on the trees.
CALL OF THE ROLL: The regular meeting of the Morris City
Council was called to order at 5:47 p.m. this 26th 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 Webster, Storck and Mayor Giese.
Council members Carrington and Miller were absent. Also present was City
Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell, Accountant Deb Raasch, Public Works
Director Dittbenner and Police Chief Beauregard.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 6/12/12 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Storck moved, seconded by Webster, to
approve the 6/12/12 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Mayor Giese
moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 6/12/12 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Webster, to approve the consent agenda with the following items:
of City Bills
Commission Minutes, 5/15/12
for Exempt Permit
& Expenditure Report
ADDITION TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese added to the agenda a
Resolution Choosing to Continue to Participate in the State Performance
Measurement Program for 2012.
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
Report from American Legion: Council member Storck moved, seconded by
Webster, 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.
Choosing to Participate in the State Performance Measurement Program for 2012:
Hill explained that the City chose to participate in the Performance
Measurement Program and identified ten key performance questions that were sent
out in a survey. Of the 1,670 surveys that were sent, 634 (38%) were
returned. Hill indicated the issue that came up as having the least
support from the public was the condition of the city
Council member Webster
moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3085-6-12, Resolution Choosing
to Continue to Participate in the State Performance Measurement Program for
2012. 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
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: Council member Webster asked about the
status of the water bill for Service Options for Seniors. City Manager
Hill explained that when the building was constructed a gallons meter was put in
but it was being billed as a cubic foot meter. Hill noted nobody knew it
was a gallons meter because the plumber put the meter in, not the city. Hill
stated over the course of a number of years S.O.S. was overbilled to the tune
of almost $70,000. Hill pointed out a letter has been sent to S.O.S. and
the city is waiting to hear back about how they want to proceed.
Hill stated the new meter
system is incredible and helped to catch this problem. The city is still
doing every other month billing but now offers on line bill pay. Now the city
can take a look at whether or not it wants to go to monthly billing, which Hill
stated he is in favor of. Customers can opt out of having paper bills
sent as well.
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: David F. Day Fishing Tournament:
Hill indicated as part of the Yellow Ribbon Community committee he would be giving
the council updates from time to time about these types of activities.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:17 p.m.