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MINUTES–MORRIS 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 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   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.

RECONVENE COUNCIL 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 License. 

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.

9/25/12 Condensed 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 Bills

         B.      Pay Estimate #2 – 2012 MSA & Local Street Improvements

         C.      SCMC Administrative Report

         D.      Raffle License Report – Miss Midwest

         E.       Gambling Reports

         F.       Application for Exempt Permit – Ducks Unlimited

         G.      Revenue & Expenditure Report

         H.      8/15/12 Tourism Board Minutes

         I.       Street Dance Request – Morris High School Student Council

         J.       Application for Temporary On Sale Liquor License – Prairie Renaissance

                  Cultural Alliance

Motion carried.

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, motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND 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 copy. 

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 carried. 

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.

Resolution Declaring 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.   

Budget Worksession:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to hold a budget worksession at 5:15 on October 30th.  Motion carried.

Elementary School 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

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:55 p.m.

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