CITY COUNCIL-REGULAR MEETING- SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 25th day of September,
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 Wilcox, Miller, Storck and Mayor
Giese. Council member Carrington
arrived at 5:16. Also present was
City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Public Works Director Dittbenner
and City Engineer/Surveyor/Inspector Fier.
RECESS COUNCIL MEETING: Mayor
Giese recessed the council meeting at 5:16 to hold an EDA meeting.
MEETING: Mayor Giese reconvened the council
meeting at 5:25 p.m.
ADDITIONS TO AGENDA: Mayor
Giese added two items to the agenda:
1)Street dance permit for the Morris High
School Student Council; 2)Application for Temporary On Sale Liquor
CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 9/25/12 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Storck moved, seconded by
Miller, to approve the 9/25/12 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council member Carrington moved, seconded
by Mayor Giese, to approve the 9/25/12 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member
Wilcox, to approve the consent agenda with the following items:
A. Audit of City
B. Pay Estimate #2
– 2012 MSA & Local Street Improvements
D. Raffle License
Report – Miss Midwest
for Exempt Permit – Ducks Unlimited
G. Revenue &
H. 8/15/12 Tourism
Dance Request – Morris High School Student Council
for Temporary On Sale Liquor License – Prairie Renaissance
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
COMMUNICATIONS: Gambling Report from American Legion: Council member Storck moved, seconded by
Wilcox, 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,
RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Implementing the Federal Transit Administration
Regulations on Controlled Substance Use and Alcohol Misuse: Hill stated
this approves a zero tolerance policy with regard to drugs and alcohol. Hill explained in the past if an
employee tested positive they would have to see a counselor and follow all the
rules laid out to meet the program objectives. Hill indicated when staff looked at the
federal policy it made sense that the city should be following the stricter
policy. This is not a union issue, itís a transportation issue. Finance Director Raasch stated they felt
it should be changed because transit employees are driving people around and
safety is number one.
Mayor Giese asked if
employees receive a copy of the policy.
Hill stated they do and they have to sign off that they received a
Council member Carrington moved, seconded by Wilcox, to adopt Resolution #3106-9-12, Resolution
Implementing the Federal Transit Administration Regulations on Controlled
Substance Use and Alcohol Misuse.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion
Resolution Calling for
a Public Hearing on a Modification to the Project Plan for the Morris Economic
Development Project: Hill asked that the council proceed with
what the EDA recommended, which was to call for a public hearing on the
modification to TIF Districts 4 and 8 and the creation of District 15. Currently, TIF District 4 is the Garden
Lots and District 8 is Skyview Plaza.
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3107-9-12, Resolution Calling
for a Public Hearing on a Modification to the Project Plan for the Morris
Economic Development Project, A Modification to TIF District No. 4, A
Modification to District No. 8, and the Proposed Establishment of TIF District
No. 15, and set the public hearing for November 27, 2012. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
the Morris Floral Greenhouses Substandard and Authorizing Their Demolition: Hill
stated this is the end of the line as far as what can be done when there is a
place that needs cleaning up. The greenhouses
have collapsed and everything is starting to grow over. Hill doesnít believe the property owners
have any way of dealing with it. Hill
noted he has sent them a letter and told them it would be brought before the
council. Hill suggested using the
city crew for the work if the council agrees to the demolition.
Giese asked exactly what is meant by cleaning it up. Hill explained the greenhouse portion
would be torn out but none of the other buildings would be touched. The concrete beds would also be pulled
out. Hill noted the city would keep
track of its time and equipment and bill the property owner.
Giese asked if anything was
usable or reusable. Hill does not
believe so. Council member Miller stated
it is overdue and it isnít like the problem just popped up this month. Giese suggested Hill meet face to face with
the property owner and explain the situation. Storck asked if this would create a
hardship for the owner and Hill indicated it would go on his taxes.
Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3108-9-12,
Resolution Declaring the Morris Floral Greenhouses Substandard and Authorizing
Their Demolition. Upon a roll call
vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Report: This was informational for the
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor
Giese, to hold a budget worksession at 5:15 on October 30th. Motion carried.
Property: Hill stated there are some trees that
need to be removed on the property and city staff has talked about doing some
of the work to save costs. The
other issue is the fence on the property that needs to come out. Hill suggested advertising to see if anyone
wants to buy the fence. Hill
indicated there are two developers that are interested in the property and it
needs to be ready to go.
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to authorize advertising for sale
the fence on the old elementary school property. Motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS: Speed
on Columbia Avenue: Wilcox commented
on the letter to the editor with regard to the speed of vehicles along Columbia
Avenue between Jerryís and Green River Road. Wilcox noted it is a real concern and
something she believes the city needs to attend to.
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:55 p.m.