MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING – MAY 28, 2013
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 28th day
of May, 2013, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior
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,
Fire Chief Dybdal, and Police Chief Beauregard. Public Works Director
Dittbenner arrived at 5:25 p.m.
ADDITION TO AGENGA: Mayor Giese added to the agenda a Resolution
Authorizing Advertising for Bids for a New Airport Hangar.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: Cemetery Association: Bob Stevenson
was present at the meeting representing the two cemetery boards. Stevenson
stated that Summit Cemetery has a little bit of space left but Calvary is
really short on space. Stevenson said they are requesting some of the
school property, which is the only avenue they have left as far as land. Stevenson
indicated they would put a buffer in against the remaining property.
Jay Dietz noted that
Calvary is in a little tougher situation. They have done all they can
with the University and they are bordered by either the University or Summit.
Dietz indicated both cemeteries have closed what roadways they could to
maximize space. Dietz stated he has a dual interest because he also runs
the funeral home and needs to find a respectable place to bury the dead. Dietz
confirmed that they have had a wonderful relationship with the city and the
city has always kept the area clean. Dietz understands the property is in
high demand by a number of people. Dietz noted the board did discuss this
issue with the city in 2005 when Ed Larson was City Manager. At that time
the city was very receptive to the idea but had just acquired the school
property and agreed to put it on hold.
Miller asked for a rough
idea of when they thought the cemetery would be filled up. Dietz estimated
that Calvary would be out of space in 10 years. Stevenson guessed that
Summit would have room for about 1,000 more plots, depending on cremations.
Council member Storck stated
back in the old days cemeteries were always built out in the country. Storck
noted historically towns get bigger and cemeteries get land locked. The
cemetery association is looking for the city to give them 4.92 acres of the 17
acre school property. Storck agreed that the cemeteries need more room
but now the process has been started to sell the land. Storck suggested
if it is sold as one piece of land maybe the developer would be interested in
helping out. Storck doesnít think that the city could give the land away.
Dietz reiterated that
after meeting with Ed Larson the agreement was that it was in the city's hands
to come back to them and that they wanted to be invited to a council
meeting. Dietz stated they should have been more forward but felt they had
taken the necessary steps.
Storck suggested the
association put what they are looking for in the form of a proposal and it
would be looked at with the others. Mayor Giese stated the city has
already released an RFP to developers for the whole 17 acre property and they
are due by June 20th.
Wohlers asked if the
various groups that worked on the design of the school property incorporated a
cemetery. Hill noted there was one design that incorporated a cemetery on
the corner. Hill pointed out there are interested developers that want to
build an assisted living facility and they will not build next to a
Council member Solvie suggested
that if they went out of town they could expand infinitely. Potentially
the cemeteries would be land locked on the school property in another 30 or 40
years. Solvie expressed his concern about the buffer and how much it may devalue
the other property. Solvie did agree that more property for the
cemeteries was needed.
Stevenson indicated they could
go outside of city limits or they would certainly give the whole works over to
Storck stated he doesnít
think the city should be asked to donate the land when there's people from all
over the county that get buried there.
Hill concluded that the
city is not out of the clear as far as tearing down the school. Hill
explained if TIF doesn't cover all the cost of demolition then the city
taxpayers have to take on the burden of tearing it down and the only thing of
value is the land. The city needs to make some money off this land in
order to recoup the costs. The city is looking at this as a business deal
so taxpayers don't have to pay additional taxes for it. Hill stated the
city has to look at all the options and he has talked to at least 8 developers
that are interested. A plus for the property is that all 17 acres are
surrounded by utilities. Hill noted the association could get farmland at
a much cheaper price than this land is valued at.
School Property - Kelly
Nichols: Nichols was present
at the meeting to inquire about a bid packet for the property. Nichols
owns several rental properties in town and was wondering what the city was
looking for with regard to the property. Hill stated there was not a bid
packet but anyone interested should tell the city what they want to do, how
much they want to pay and whether or not a person would need any assistance
from the city. Hill noted TIF can be used to help with the development of
the property. The zoning regulations will guide the development of the
property. Hill pointed out covenants are a private thing that the city
does not enforce.
Nichols asked if an offer
could be made on any piece of the property because obviously some parts are
more valuable those others. Hill indicated that was a possibility. Hill
indicated it could be that there's 3-4 proposals that work or it could be that
one person wants it all.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 5/14/13 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Storck moved, seconded by Solvie, to
approve the 5/14/13 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Mayor Giese
moved, seconded by Council member Giese, to approve the 4/9/13 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Miller, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
of City Bills
& Expenditure Report
Tourism Board Minutes
to Conduct Excluded Bingo
Planning Commission Minutes
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
Approving Agreements for Transfer of Entitlements for Federal Airport Funding
from Various Airports to the City of Morris: Hill explained that the
Morris Airport gets an allocation of funding of $150,000 each year that can be
built up for four years, or a maximum of $600,000. Over the past few
years the city has given away about $385,000. Money can be transferred in
or out from other airports and the city was able to pick up enough extra funds
from other airports to do the airport hangar. This resolution authorizes
the cityís agreement with the other airports.
Council member Storck
moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3157-5-13, Resolution Approving
Agreements for Transfer of Entitlements for Federal Airport Funding from
Various Airports to the City of Morris. Upon a roll call vote taken and
all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Municipal State Aid Route 115:
Hill explained the city would like to take .48 miles of existing state aid and
replace it with State Aid Highway on Oregon Avenue from East 7th
Street to South Street. The issue has been presented to MN DOT and they
have no problems with it. Hill explained that this would allow the city
to access funding from both the Federal and State government for the Oregon
Avenue project next year.
Council member Storck
moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3158-5-13, Resolution
Establishing Municipal State Aid Route 115. Upon a roll call vote taken
and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Municipal State Aid Route 114:
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3159-5-13,
Resolution Revoking Municipal State Aid Route 114. Upon a roll call vote
taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Municipal State Aid Route 113:
Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution
#3160-5-13, Resolution Revoking Municipal State Aid Route 113. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Advertising for Bids for a New Airport Hangar: Hill explained the total hangar project cost is estimated at
$845,800. It will be a 90 x 110 hangar. The city will receive
$638,000 from the FAA with a local contribution of $63,800. The payback
for the local share will come from hangar rent for approximately $12,000 a year.
The money being transferred from the entitlements from other airports will make
up the difference.
Wohlers asked if the city
was in line with other airports as far as hangar rent. Hill indicated
there is a study being done right now and Morris is probably a little
Council member Storck
moved, seconded by Mayor Giese to adopt Resolution #3161-5-13, Resolution
Authorizing Advertising for Bids for a New Airport Hangar. Upon a roll
call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: Purchases
– Changes in Budget: Hill indicated he builds contingency money
into the budget and he would like to see some of that spent for a shortfall on
a donation to the spray park and an additional light bulb change out at one of
the fields at Chizek since the vendor would already be in town to do another
field. It was the consensus of the council that these were acceptable
Giese asked if anyone had talked
about a new press box at Chizek. Hill stated the Park Board is looking at
it for next year. It will be in place for the American Legion state
tournament in 2015.
City Manager Report: This was informational for the council.
It was questioned who was
paying the light bill at the old School because it appears the lights are being
left on all the time.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:34 p.m.