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MINUTES –MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING – FEBRUARY 12, 2013

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 12th day of February, 2013, 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 Wohlers, Solvie, Miller and Mayor Giese.  Council member Storck was absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch and City Attorney Jordan.

CITIZENíS COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:   None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  1/22/13 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 1/22/13 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

1/22/13 Condensed Version Minutes:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the 1/22/13 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items:

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      Gambling Reports

         C.      January Transit Report

         D.      Revenue & Expenditure Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  Gambling Report from American Legion:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, 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 Calling for a Public Hearing on a Project by Service Options for Seniors, Inc.:  Hill stated Service Options for Seniors is refinancing one of their properties, which is Skyview Plaza.  Hill noted the city was not able to take on the refinancing of the bonds because of the upcoming road project and the demolition of the old school.  Service Options for Senior instead opted to ask the City of Hancock to refinance the bonds.  Hill explained that because the property is in the city of Morris there is an IRS requirement that there be a public hearing.  The hearing will simply be held to inform the citizens of Morris that this refinancing is taking place on a facility in Morris.

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3140-2-13, Resolution Calling for a Public Hearing on a Project by Service Options for Seniors, Inc. and setting the public hearing for 5:20 p.m. on March 12, 2013.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a Mutual Aid Agreement with UMM:  Hill stated this agreement allows the city to work with UMM on law enforcement, utility personnel and borrowing equipment from time to time.  Hill recommended the council renew the mutual aid agreement for another 5 years.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3141-2-13, Resolution Approving a Mutual Aid Agreement with UMM.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS:  Application for a Bremer Grant:  Hill stated he is asking the council for a motion to pass approval of an application for a Bremer grant.  Hill explained the cityís public access system is very outdated.  Hill had an intern from the Center for Small Towns research what kind of equipment the city needed and he was able to find information on the Bremer grant.  This grant asks for   $21,000 to update the access channel.  The system would be a server based video playing scheduling system.  Hill stated ultimately the city would like a web based system where authorized/qualified users can drop their own videos into the server.   

Wohlers asked where the city would purchase the system.  Hill noted there is a specialized vendor that sells these systems.  Hill pointed out there is a lot of good information that can be put on the access channel from a lot of organizations, there just needs to be a better way of doing it.  The equipment would include software to convert DVD's to a video file. 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to authorize the grant application.  Motion carried.

City Manager Report:  Hill has talked to Mark Ruff, the cityís bond consultant, and he indicated the city doesnít need to wait on the state as far as the TIF districts go before demolition of the old school.  Hill has contacted Bolton & Menk to have them finalize the plans and specifications so at one of the upcoming meetings the council will be asked to authorize advertising for bids for demolition.  Hill stated because the city is doing a road project and the demolition, a bond issue can be done for both of them together which will save some money. 

The recent major snowfall was discussed.  It was the consensus that the city crew did a good job on snow removal.  Approximately 35 cars were towed.  Hill stated there is a very good notification system in place letting people know if there is a snow alert.

Considerable discussion was held on LGA.  Hill noted the CGMC is watching this very closely. 

With regard to the request for a possible sharing of services with transit and Rainbow Rider, Miller stated unless they would come up with something fabulous the cityís transit system is plenty busy.  Hill indicated he would be meeting with the manager of Rainbow Rider.   

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  CGMC in Brief:  This was informational for the council.

LGA Figures:  This was informational for the council.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:01 p.m.

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