MINUTES –MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING – FEBRUARY
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
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.
Version Minutes: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Solvie, to approve the 1/22/13 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to
approve the consent agenda which included the following items:
A. Audit of City
B. Gambling Reports
C. January Transit
D. Revenue &
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,
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
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
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.
being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:01 p.m.