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MINUTES  – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING – JANUARY 8, 2013

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 8th day of January, 2013, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

OATH OF OFFICE:  City Attorney Jordan administered the oath of office to Council members Storck and Wohlers.

ROLL CALL:  Roll call was taken with the following members present:  Council member Wohlers, Solvie, Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Fleet Manager Searle, Public Works Director Dittbenner and City Attorney Jordan.

OFFICIAL ACTSElection of Mayor Pro Tem:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Solvie, to elect Miller as Mayor Pro Tem for 2013.  Motion carried.

Appointment of Ex-Officios:  Mayor Giese made the following appointments to the various boards and commissions:

         Park Board – Miller

         RFC – Solvie

         Planning Commission – Miller

         Human Rights Commission – Wohlers

         SCEIC – Giese

         Airport – Storck

         Community Ed – Solvie

         Tourism – Giese

         Chamber – Wohlers

         WCI – EDD – Miller

         Rental - Storck

Designation of Official Newspaper:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to designate the Morris Sun Tribune as the official newspaper of the City of Morris.  Motion carried.

CITIZENíS COMMENTSPresentation of Thomas B. McRoberts Human Rights Award:  Becki Jordan of the Human Rights Commission and Eugene Pasche, who nominated Bill, presented Bill Rickmeyer with the Thomas B. McRoberts HRC Award for 2012.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:   Public Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 92, An Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No. 42, An Ordinance Amending Section 4.31 of the Morris City Code Regarding Rental Registration Licensing and Inspections:  Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:28 p.m. 

There being no comments from the public, Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:29 p.m. and brought the matter back to the council for action.

Public Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 92, An Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No. 42, An Ordinance Amending Section 4.31 of the Morris City Code Regarding Rental Registration Licensing and Inspections

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to accept this as the second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 92, An Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No. 42, An Ordinance Amending Section 4.31 of the Morris City Code of 1997 Regarding Licensing and Inspections of Residential Rental Property Adopted November 12, 2002.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Public Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 93, An Ordinance Regarding Licensing and Inspections of Residential Rental Property:  Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:30 p.m.

Melanie Fohl reviewed the major changes in the ordinance.  The word fire was removed from the ordinance.  Fohl stated in a discussion a few years back with the fire marshal he recommended it be removed unless all of the fire codes were going to be enforced.  Fohl stated she would be meeting with the new fire chief to go over things that are able to be enforced.  The rental inspector will also take a short training to make sure he's informed about those issues.

The second change is with regard to who is exempt from the rental ordinance, for example a professor who is on sabbatical or someone in the military.  As long as it's less than a year, these situations would be exempt.

Fohl indicated other things were cleaned up that were simply part of the administrative process.   The Rental Housing Commission will now handle appeals.

Fohl explained that the ordinance also removes the building standards that were defined.  All reference is made to the state building code because that's what state law requires. 

Hill noted that the ordinance also also requires that Contracts for Deed be filed and recognized as a sale when it comes to rental housing licensing requirements.  Fohl stated that this does happen and she usually finds out because a tenant comes in with a problem. 

Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:38 p.m. and brought the matter back to the council for action. 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to accept this as the second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 93, An Ordinance Regarding Licensing and Inspections of Residential Rental Property.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

ADDITIONS TO AGENA:  Mayor Giese added to the agenda a final Pay Estimate for Pacific Avenue and the sale of two Toro mowers.

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES12/27/12 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to approve the 12/27/12 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

12/27/12 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 12/27/12 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items:

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      December Transit Report

         C.      Final Pay Estimate to Kuechle Underground for Pacific Avenue

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Approving Fees for the Rental Housing Licensing Program:  Fohl informed the council that a failure to register fee was added for $250 and an interim requested inspection went from $45 to $50.  The registration fees themselves have not increased since 2004. 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3134-1-13, Resolution Approving Fees for the Rental Housing Licensing Program.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Renewing the WSN Engineering Services Agreement for 2013:  Hill stated WSN is doing the engineering for the cityís road projects.  The fees increased slightly from last year.

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3135-1-13 Resolution Renewing the WSN Engineering Services Agreement for 2013.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a Master Partnership Agreement with MN DOT:  Hill explained that this agreement with the State of MN authorizes the city to cooperatively work with MN DOT when needed.  Hill noted at this point it probably isn't anything more than maintenance on some roads but the agreement is in place in case anything else comes up. 

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3136-1-13, Resolution Approving a Master Partnership Agreement with MN DOT.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Adopting the 2013 Morris City Council Standing Rules: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3137-1-13, Resolution Adopting the 2013 Morris City Council Standing Rules.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Finance Director to Designate Depositories:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3138-1-13, Resolution Authorizing Finance Director to Designate Depositories.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSAppointments to Boards and Commissions:  Mayor Giese made the appointments as presented to the council.

Contribution to West Central Initiative:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to authorize paying $2,000 a year for 5 years to the West Central Initiative Fund, pending the city having the funds to make that happen.  Motion carried.  It was the consensus of the council that these are dollars well spent.

City Manager Report:  This was informational for the council. 

Sale of City Property – 2 Toro Mowers:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to authorize the sale of the cityís 1991 Toro Groundmaster and 1994 Toro Groundmaster lawn mowers.  Motion carried.   

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  Council member Storck asked about the old school.  Hill indicated he hopes to bid the demolition within the next two months. 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:10 p.m.

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