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The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 12th day of March, 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, Police Chief Beauregard and City Attorney Jordan.  Public Works Director Dittbenner arrived at 5:20 p.m.

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added to the agenda an Application for Exempt Permit from Assumption Church.



READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES2/26/13 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 2/26/13 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

2/26/13 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 2/26/13 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      February Transit Report

         C.      Gambling Reports

         D.      Application for Exempt Permit – Ducks Unlimited

         E.       Application for Exempt Permit – Assumption Church        

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSAppointments to Human Rights Commission:  Mayor Giese appointed Bethany Wolney and Adiroopa Mukherejee to the Human Rights Commission.

Renewal of Consumption & Display Permit:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the renewal of the consumption & display permit for Crystal Lanes.  The license runs from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.  Motion carried.


CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSCity Manager Report:   City Manager Hill stated a walk through was held at the old school and 36 contractors were there.  Hill indicated he attended a solid waste committee meeting at the county.  Hill pointed out the county owns the land that the landfill sits on but they have an agreement with Engebretsonís to run the landfill.  Troy Engebretson put together a handout for the contractors.  It is estimated there will be 30,000 cubic yards of material coming out of the school site.  Bids for the demolition will be opened Thursday, March 21st.

Hill indicated the plan holder list is extremely large for the West 9th, 10th and 11th Street project.  Hill noted he would be making a recommendation on the 26th about whether or not the city should go ahead with the project, what should be assessed and what the city would bond for.  The bond issue will include the school building as well. 

Hill noted the state budget forecast came out and the deficit was cut in half so that is much better news when trying to figure out numbers.  LGA continues to be a big discussion. 

Hill stated the city has had a number of water main breaks, with the most recent being on North Court.  Hill noted as long as the city does normal maintenance insurance companies will tend not to pay claims.  Hill indicated this is another reason why the city needs to continue to update utilities. 

Hill stated Oregon Avenue is the project for 2014.  There are major problems with this street when it rains. 


OLD BUSINESS:  Miller asked about the status of hiring since they are a man short at the city shop.  Hill noted there has been an issue trying to find water/wastewater guys and hopefully with graduation from colleges coming up that will help.  Hill noted another public works employee is retiring the end of April so the city will be looking for two people. 

Miller suggested that if the city is going to do West 9th, 10th and 11th Street the city crew not patch the areas that are going to be redone.    


ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:46 p.m.

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