MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING – MAY 14, 2013
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 9:00 a.m. this 14th day
of May, 2013, by Mayor Giese in the auditorium of the Morris Area High School.
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, Sergeant
Ross Tiegs, City Engineer/Surveyor/Inspector Fier, Fleet Manager Searle and
City Attorney Jordan.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 4/23/13 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to
approve the 4/23/13 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council
member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 4/23/13 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 and Mayor Giese abstaining
as an officer of the Legion, motion carried.
Approving an Engineering Services Agreement with TKDA Engineering for the
Construction of an Airport Hangar: City Manager Hill stated this is
the first step in building a hangar from the construction standpoint. The
city is seeing a tremendous increase in the amount of air traffic at the
airport. Superior Industries has purchased three airplanes including a
big King Air 350 that's taking up quite a bit of space in the existing
hangar. The city was originally going to do a parallel taxiway but
decided that a hangar project was more important, plus there were some federal
funding changes that took place. Hill is asking the council to authorize
entering into an engineering services agreement with TKDA. The estimated cost
of the project is $700,000 with the state share at $14,000 and the federal
share at $609,000. The cityís share is $77,000. Hill explained that
because this is an airport hangar the city will lease it out and that's how the
local share gets paid back.
Resolution Approving an
Engineering Services Agreement with TKDA Engineering for the Construction of an
Airport Hangar: (continued)
The hangar will be 95 x
110 to allow for the wing expanse for the biggest plane. The new hangar
will be located east of the two long green hangars. Hill noted the Airport
Advisory Board has been talking about building two hangars but there is a 75
foot setback from the highway right of way which will severely limit the amount
of space there is to build hangars. There is, however, enough interest in
hangar space to fill two new hangars.
Miller asked if there could
be additional doors added to the hangar. Hill stated it is common for
planes to be moved around and this hangar will have a larger door. The
problem with adding another door is that the whole area around the door would
have to be paved. Hill noted Superior Industries did buy a $36,000 tug to
move their plane.
Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3155-5-13, Resolution
Approving an Engineering Services Agreement with TKDA Engineering for the
Construction of an Airport Hangar. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
the Oregon Avenue Storm Sewer Improvement Project and Ordering Feasibility
Studies: Hill stated this is
the project for next year on the capital improvement plan. The Oregon
Avenue storm sewer improvement project will be to rebuild the storm sewer along
Oregon Avenue from East 4th south to Elm Street. Hill
indicated one of the issues that came up during staff discussions is whether or
not the storm sewer is sized right going all the way out to the PDT river, so
along with an engineering feasibility study staff is asking for a hydraulic
study. Hill pointed out at some point in the future MPCA is probably
going to be monitoring the discharge of storm sewer. Also, Green River
road isn't the best and there are two intersections that don't match up. Hill
asked the council to establish this project and then order the feasibility
study, including a hydraulic study.
Hill stated this will
eliminate the water backing up into the 4th Street/Oregon Avenue
area during a heavy rain. Hill explained that one added twist is that the
federal government is looking at making additional transportation funds of
about $1.5 million available and the city will hopefully incorporate that into
the project. The end result could be that the city gets a new storm sewer
system, the needs of the new storm sewer discharge regulations are met and
Green River Road is fixed, along with correcting two intersection
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3156-5-13, Resolution
Establishing the Oregon Avenue Storm Sewer Improvement Project and Ordering
Feasibility Studies. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting
in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: Motion
to Apply for Fire Assistance Matching Grant: Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Miller, to authorize applying for a DNR grant for turnout
gear for the Fire Department. Motion carried. Hill noted the local
match would be $2,500 and there was money in the budget for this.
Maintenance – 2013:
Hill stated that the roads in the city took a beating this winter so staff has
talked about adding some additional road maintenance for 2013 to include some
reclaiming maintenance. Hill reviewed the additional road work as
follows: East 4th Street will be done as a reclaim, Montana
Avenue from East 7th to East 1st and East 1st
from Atlantic Avenue to Columbia Avenue. The bike path on the west side
of the river will also be done.
Hill explained that this
will be paid for by transferring some additional reserves from the capital
outlay fund and transferring some money from liquor store reserves.
Wohlers stated the city
has gotten by lucky with the mild winters years before and agreed that this
winter took a toll and that it makes sense to do these projects. Hill
noted there are some roads that are going to need a
mill/overlay/sealcoat. Hill stated if the city is able to catch up on
maintenance it will be easier to keep the roads in better shape moving
Hill noted the legislature
will be done on Monday and it looks like they're going to give the city additional
money in LGA for next year and maybe the year after. A lot of road work can
be done with this additional money.
Mayor Giese stated it
makes sense to do the projects if the funds are available. Giese
indicated the last thing he wants to do is raise taxes because something was
moved ahead of schedule.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded
by Council member Storck, to go ahead with the additional road work if the
funding is available. Motion carried.
City Manager Report: This was informational for the council.
Hill explained with regard
to the request to remove items from the old school, the city can't allow people
to go in because of advertising requirements. Also, a contract was signed
with the demolition company and they took official responsibility for the
building so now it's theirs to take down. The supervisor for that company
said they aren't going to let anyone in the building.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: Miller welcomed City Engineer Fier back to
work. Miller asked if Fier had a chance to look at the water situation for
the Morris Coop. Hill noted the engineer's did an estimate of what it
would cost to run water and sewer out there and he has talked to the Coop
Manager. Hill indicated it comes down to who would pay for it. The
estimated cost is around $300,000 to run it up highway 9. Hill stated it
was back in the hands of the Coop manager as to what he wanted to do
Fier explained that there
is currently water across highway 28. Fier stated what makes this project
more expensive is that it would have to be run down the state right of
way. There are also state permitting requirements and driveways that have
to be crossed, so there are all kinds of regulations that wouldn't normally be
in place. Miller stated ideally the area across from McDonalds would eventually
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 9:50 a.m.