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

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 24th   day of July, 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, Webster, Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Krosschell, Accountant Deb Raasch and City Attorney Jordan. 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  Tom McSparron, a Donor Services Officer from the West Central Initiative, was present at the meeting to discuss the activities that have taken place in our region.  McSparron also asked that as the council begins their budget process they consider continuing the support of the WCI with $2,000 a year for five years.  The council expressed their appreciation for all the Initiative has done for this community.

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS:  Mayor Giese presented Finance Director Krosschell with a farewell plaque of appreciation for all he has done during his tenure with the city.

Mayor Giese presented Council member Webster with a farewell plaque of appreciation for his years of service on the Morris City Council. 

ADDITIONS TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added to the agenda an Application for Exempt Permit from the Humane Society and an appointment to the Library Board.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  7/10/12 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Webster moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 7/10/12 regular meeting minutes.   Motion carried.

7/10/12 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Council member Carrington, to approve the 7/10/12 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.      Pay Estimate #9 – East 8th/9th/Arizona

         C.      Gambling Reports

         D.      6/19/12 Planning Commission Minutes

         E.       Revenue & Expenditure Report

         F.       Application for Exempt Permit – Stevens Community Humane Society

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSGambling Report from American Legion:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, 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.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:   Resolution Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with AFSCME Union Local 2022, Public Works:  City Manager Hill stated this issue came up because there is a Public Works employee retiring at the end of August.  Hill explained that when union contracts were renewed a sunset clause with regard to deposits of unused comp, vacation and sick leave into an HSA account was not updated to reflect the new contract term.  It was an oversight and not the intention of either party.  This memorandum of understanding would extend that clause until the end of the contract.   

Council member Carrington moved, seconded by Webster, to adopt Resolution #3089-7-12, Resolution Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with AFSCME Union Local 2022, Public Works.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSCity Manager Report:  This was informational for the council.   

NEW BUSINESSAppointment of Interim Council Member:  Mayor Giese stated there are three individuals that have given written interest in the vacant council position.  All three mentioned that they may be filing for election in the fall.  Giese stated he has some major concerns appointing someone that's going to run for election because he does feel like the council is prescreening or endorsing a candidate.

Council member Miller stated when he last talked to City Manager Hill there was only one letter of interest and he was going to suggest the council move forward with that person.  Miller stated now that there are three, in fairness to all of them he doesnít have a problem appointing someone else. 

Giese mentioned that he talked to former Mayor Carol Wilcox and she would be willing to take the position until November and would not run for reelection.  Miller stated he felt it was an excellent appointment for the council to make.

Council member Storck stated he felt Jim Henricks should be considered since he has shown an interest and has been attending the meetings, but in all fairness to everyone it would be okay to have Carol fill the vacancy for now.  Webster stated he felt it was right not to endorse one of the possible candidates. 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to appoint Carol Wilcox as the interim council member to fill the vacancy until the election in November.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Mayor Giese thanked the three individuals who expressed interest and encouraged them to file for election.  Miller reminded the public that there are three positions available in the election, two four-year seats and one two-year term.

Hill pointed out that the temporary appointment is until the next election, so whoever wins in November will take over that seat immediately after the election. 

Appointment to Library Board:  Mayor Giese appointed Gail Hockert to the Library Board to fill the unexpired term of Ruth Roquitte which goes until January, 2015.

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS2012 LMC Legislators Distinction:  This was informational for the council.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:52 p.m.

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