MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
–FEBRUARY 26, 2013
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 26th
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, Storck and Mayor
Giese. Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Fleet
Manager Searle, Public Works Director Dittbenner, Police Chief Beauregard and
City Attorney Jordan.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 2/12/13 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to
approve the 2/12/13 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 2/12/13 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Storck, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
of City Bills
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
Report from American Legion: Council member Miller moved,
seconded by Storck, to accept the gambling report from the American
Legion. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor,
Calling for a Public Hearing on a Project by Service Options for Seniors, Inc.:
Hill stated originally the City of Hancock was asked to sell the bonds for this
refinancing. The City of Hancock decided they wanted to use their bond
attorney and Service Options for Seniors wanted to use their own attorney so
they came back and asked Morris if they would consider selling the bonds.
The cityís bond attorney will still review the matter and S.O.S will pay for
Hill recommended the city help
them facilitate the bond sale. This resolution changes the public hearing
that was originally set when Hancock was going to sell the bonds. The
city of Morris will simply act as a conduit financing source.
Council member Wohlers
asked if there was land acquisition as part of this refinancing and if the city
should be concerned about the purpose for the land. Hill stated it sounds
like they are acquiring land and that could be discussed during the public
Council member Solvie
questioned why the bond attorney was an issue since Hancock and Morris use the
same attorney. Hill explained S.O.S. has their own bond attorney that
they have a working relationship with and it is very costly to pay another
attorney to gather all the necessary information. Hill stated the bond
issue was a sales ploy by Briggs & Morgan because they offered a discount
for the cityís bonds if S.O.S. would use them for their bond sale.
Hill stated doing this
bond issue would leave the city with $4 million worth of bonds for the school
demolition and the West side project and he does not anticipate going over that
limit. Council member Solvie stated he was uneasy about using up $6
million for this project when it is only February. Mayor Giese stated the
city is only looking at two bond issues for this year and doesnít believe they
will go over the $4 million. Hill stated he can assure the council that there
isn't going to be any other bond issue.
Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3142-2-13, Resolution
Calling for a Public Hearing on a Project by Service Options for Seniors, Inc.,
setting the hearing for 5:20 p.m. on March 26, 2013. Upon a roll call
vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Bids for Old Elementary School: Chuck DeWolf of Bolton & Menk was
present at the meeting. DeWolf stated the plan is to remove the entire school
building, footings and foundation. The site will be graded and shaped with
black dirt and seeded it so it will be an open area ready for
development. Bids will be opened at 10:00 on March 21st.
Giese asked if the plans and
specs included an estimate. DeWolf stated it looks like it will be right
in the one million dollar range. DeWolf suspects the contractor will do
their best to salvage as much material as they can. It is specified they
can only use 7th Street for hauling of material. Concerns were
raised about transporting of hazardous materials, truck traffic near daycares,
dust and noise and the fact that the area is on a school bus route. DeWolf
indicated most of those issues are addressed in the specifications and there
will be a preconstruction meeting where anything else can be reviewed.
Hill indicated blue prints
will be provided for interested contractors. They will be able to tour
the building as well. DeWolf stated they are looking at a completion date
by the end of July.
Hill pointed out the
bigger problem will be gawkers. Police Chief Beauregard stated they will work
with the contractor on safety and security will be a big issue for that site.
They will adjust their schedules so that area is being patrolled.
Council member Solvie
moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3143-2-13, Resolution
Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Advertising for Bids for the
Old Elementary School. 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. With
regard to the matter of plowing a township road, Hill noted the city doesnít
want to be taking care of a road that isnít theirs.
Sale of City Equipment: The city acquired a new grass rig for the
fire department and a police car so the fleet manager is requesting that some
old equipment be sold.
Council member Storck
moved, seconded by Miller, to authorize the sale of two 1986 Chev C-30 4 x 4
pickups and a 2006 Chevy Impala. Motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:04 p.m.