MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING –
JULY 10, 2012
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 10th day
of July, 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, Miller, Storck and Mayor
Giese. Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell,
Accountant Deb Raasch and Public Works Director Dittbenner. Council member
Carrington arrived at 5:20 p.m. City Attorney Jordan arrived at
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 6/26/12 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Storck moved, seconded by Webster, to
approve the 6/26/12 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Mayor Giese
moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 6/26/12 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Webster, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items:
of City Bills
Estimate #1 – East 2nd Street
Estimate – Pacific Avenue (Arch Pipe)
Estimate – F & S Concrete (Fire Hall)
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
Declaring a Vacancy in a City Council Position: This resolution would
declare a vacancy on the council due to the resignation of Twig Webster, as of
July 31, 2012. City Manager Hill stated once the council takes action to
declare the vacancy, the council has 30 days to appoint an eligible replacement.
Council member Miller felt
it would make sense to appoint someone that signs up to run in the November
election. Miller stated he would like to see someone on the council who
wants to be there and cares about the community. Hill stated whoever the
council decides on would be appointed until the next election which, is
November 6th. Mayor Giese noted he would rather not appoint
someone who is going to run, because he felt it was like prescreening the
was held on when to declare the vacancy and whether or not it should be filled
with someone who files for the election.
Mayor Giese indicated he
would like to make a decision at the next council meeting. Hill
encouraged those interested to write a letter to the Mayor indicating their
interest in the position. Mayor Giese has a letter from one interested individual
at this point.
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3086-7-12, Resolution
Declaring a Vacancy in a City Council Position. Upon a roll call vote
taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
the Publication of an EAW for the Old Elementary School: Hill explained the format is laid out by
the state of Minnesota for the steps needed prior to demolition of the old
elementary school. Publication of the Environmental Assessment Worksheet
in the Quality Board Monitor is a mandatory requirement when demolishing a
building on the National Historic Registry. There are no follow up plans
at this point, this is strictly for the demolition of the school.
Hill explained the EAW
will be published, a copy put on the cityís website and then mailed to
approximately 27 different state agencies. Hill noted after the 30 day
comment period ends he would be bringing another resolution to the council.
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Storck to adopt Resolution #3087-7-12, Resolution
Authorizing the Publication of an EAW for the Old Elementary School. Upon
a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor and Council member
Carrington abstaining, motion carried.
Judges for the State Primary Election August 14, 2012: Hill indicated it is getting very hard to
find election judges. This is something that will have to be looked at
long term. Hill stated Deputy Clerk Anderson does a very good job of
finding people, but the city needs a lot more people to start doing it.
Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Carrington, to adopt Resolution #3088-7-12,
Resolution Appointing Judges for the State Primary Election August 14,
2012. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion
CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City
Manager Report: This was informational for the council.
Council member Carrington
left the meeting at 5:50 p.m.
NEW BUSINESS: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by
Council member Webster, to change the date of the first meeting in August to
August 7th at 5:15 p.m. due to the primary election. Motion
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese
adjourned the meeting at 5:54 p.m.