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MINUTES  –  MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING  –  APRIL 23, 2013

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this         day of April, 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, Public Works Director Dittbenner and City Attorney Jordan. 

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added an Arbor Day proclamation to the agenda.

CITIZENíS COMMENTSAlicia Beattie – Composing Suggestions:  Beattie, a junior at UMM, stated she has significant experience starting a food composting program at UMM and feels there are really great opportunities within the City to promote composting. 

Beattie stated there is no existing language in the city code that says composting is allowed.  Beattie collected information from other community composting programs and drew up an ordinance for the City.  Beattie pointed out there is a substantial cost associated with incinerating waste at $68/ton with $27/ton to haul.  Beattie indicated Benson has a food-waste composting facility, although it is slightly more to process at $80/ton.  Beattie indicated it would be a definite cost savings to have a facility in Morris.

City Manager Hill noted the city code talks about garbage but there is no language that refers to composting.  The council thanked Beattie for her information and indicated they would take a look at the ordinance. 

PUBLIC HEARINGSPublic Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 94, An Ordinance Relating to Criminal History Background Checks for Applicants for City Employment and City Licenses:  Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:25 p.m.  There being no comments from the public, Mayor Giese brought the matter back to the council for action.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to accept this as the second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 94, An Ordinance Relating to Criminal History Background Checks for Applicants for City Employment and City Licenses.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES4/9/13 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 4/9/13 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

4/9/13 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 4/9/13 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      SCMC Administrative Report

         C.      Gambling Report

         D.      Revenue & Expenditure Report

         E.       Application for Exempt Permit – Courage Cottage

         F.       2/20/13 & 3/20/13 Tourism Board Minutes

         G.      3/20/13 Yellow Ribbon Network Minutes

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSRequest to Approve PPD Budget: Hill explained there is a 3% lodging tax charged to motels in Morris and that money goes into the tourism fund and is used for activities including PPD days.  The Tourism Board has requested that anything unfunded for PPD would be covered by the lodging tax in the amount of $3,965.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the expenditure from the lodging tax fund for Prairie Pioneer Days.  Motion carried.

Request to Approve Tourism Expenditure for Tote Bags:  Hill noted the Tourism Board has designed bags that can be given out with all sorts of city information.  Hill is asking that the money come out of the lodging tax/tourism money. 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the expenditure of $575 for tote bags.  Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Providing for the Issuance and Sale of G.O. Bonds, Series 2013A:  Brian Reilly of Ehlers and Associates was present at the meeting.  Reilly stated they went to market with a request for $2,955,000 for the bond budget.  Reilly indicated the bond amount was able to be reduced down to $2,860,000.

Reilly stated they received 5 bids with the winning bid from Piper Jaffray of Minneapolis with an interest rate of 1.7994%. The bond will reach final maturity in 2029.  The cityís rating was affirmed at an A1.  Reilly noted the things that factor into that rating include the economy, demographics, debt profile and the cityís financial management practices.  Reilly noted UMM is very significant to the cityís overall profile with itís strong job base.  Morris is also looked at favorably because it is the county seat.  The cityís general fund reserves are a big factor as well in the reflection of the A1 rating.   

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3153-4-13, Resolution Providing for the Issuance and Sale of $2,860,000 G.O. Bonds, Series 2013A, Pledging for the Security Thereof Special Assessments, Net Revenues, Tax Increments and Levying a Tax for the Payment Thereof.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Purchase of a Transit Bus:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3154-4-13, Resolution Authorizing Purchase of a Transit Bus.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSCity Manager Report:  This was informational for the council.

Arbor Day Proclamation:  Mayor Giese recognized Arbor Day as April 26, 2013, and May, 2013 as Arbor Month in the City of Morris.

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMSResignation of Cindy Perkins as Director of Community Ed:  Council member Solvie recognized what a great job Cindy Perkins has done for Community Ed.  It was the concensus of council and staff that Perkins has been a great asset to Community Ed and they wished her well on her retirement, which will take place September 1st

Recognition as a Tree City USA:  This is the 9th year the City of Morris has earned this national designation.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:06 p.m.

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