MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING – JUNE 25, 2013
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 25th day of June, 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, Fire Chief Dybdal, Public Works Director
Dittbenner, City Attorney Jordan and Police Chief Beauregard. City Engineer/Surveyor/Inspector Fier
arrived at 5:20 p.m.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 6/11/13 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Storck moved, seconded by
Miller, to approve the 6/11/13 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded
by Solvie, to approve the 6/11/13 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor
Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the consent agenda
which included the following items:
A. Audit of City
C. Gambling Reports
D. Revenue &
for Exempt Permit – MN Deer Hunters
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Authorizing a Mutual Aid
Agreement for the Use of Fire Personnel and Equipment Within Stevens County: Council member Miller stated the city
has been working on this for a couple of years to protect the county as a
whole. Miller stated the guys
involved have put a lot of work into it and feels it is a great service. Fire Chief Dybdal stated this will improve customer service and allow for better response
time for residents of the county instead of having boundaries. Dybdal feels this will be a good
situation for everybody. Wohlers
indicated it will be nice to share resources with
regard to equipment and acquisition going forward.
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3165-6-13,
Resolution Authorizing a Mutual Aid Agreement for the Use of Fire Personnel and
Equipment within Stevens County.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion
the Resignation of Police Chief James Beauregard: Police
Chief Beauregard stated he has been asked to do some consulting work for the
state so as of July 31st he will be retiring and taking on that
challenge. Beauregard has worked
for the department for 30 years and wanted to personally thank the city for all
their support in the department's endeavors.
Beauregard explained he took
over as chief in 2001 and reviewed the commitments he made to the community at
Beauregard stated landlord/tenant
issues have dropped dramatically. Morris
has one of the lowest burglary rates in western MN. Beauregard stated this is due to the
departmentís work with businesses and a comprehensive patrol system. The juvenile crime rate is at 7%, which
is the lowest it's been in 40 years.
Beauregard noted he made sure he had open door policy and hopes that when he leaves people would say that is true. Time and effort has been spent to
professionalize the department, along with the individual officers. Beauregard indicated Morris is one of
the most highly educated departments in this area, having one of the top three
investigators in the state and also one of the top forensic investigators. Beauregard stated
he tried to police with compassion, empathy and commitment and hopes that people
will say that was fulfilled. Beauregard
thanked the council, and past council members, for all the time and commitment
given to himself and Morris police department over the
past 30 years.
The Council, City Manager
and City Attorney thanked Beauregard for all his hard work.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded
by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3166-6-13, Resolution Accepting
the Resignation of Police Chief James Beauregard. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: Hill commended everyone for all they did
to deal with the recent storm. The
power was out, several trees were down and there were many fire calls. Hill indicated there was a lot of damage
to trees and to houses with water and sewer back up. Hill noted one of the biggest reasons
for the sewer back up is that people's drainage is
going into the sanitary sewer from sump pumps, tiling and roof drains. Hill explained the city tries to fix
those issues every time
a construction project is done. Another part of it is that the sewer
system isn't built to the newest standard which is why updating the underground
infrastructure is critical. Hill
noted property owners do have options, which include getting a battery powered generator for their sump pump or putting in
a valve to prevent sewer back up. Hill
indicated the city needs to be
more forceful on the sump pump issue to the point where maybe every spring
someone needs to go out and make sure sumps have been switched over. Hill stated in this case the city's
insurance will not cover sewer backup because it's not the system that's
creating the problem, it's mother nature. Hill indicated people can file a claim
and an adjuster will come out and look but usually they won't cover it unless
the city has done something wrong.
City Manager Report: Hill
explained that three development proposals were received for the elementary
school property. Hill recommended the
EDA schedule a time at their next meeting to hold a closed meeting to determine
whether or not there are any issues with the proposals. Hill noted closed meetings like
this are not uncommon when you're negotiating deals.
Hill indicated the engineers
met with the contractor for the school demolition and a fence will be going up
by the end of the week. The abatement
of hazardous material is about 60% complete and they anticipate they will start
the demolition by the end of July.
NEW BUSINESS: Motion
to Approve $2,000 Contribution to PPD Fireworks: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Storck, to approve a contribution of $2,000 from the tourism fund to be added
to the $4,000 from the Eagles for the Prairie Pioneer Days fireworks celebration. Motion carried.
Appointment of Maggie
Buss to Tourism Board: Mayor Giese appointed Maggie Buss to the
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Fire
Department Bylaws: This was
informational for the council.
being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:06 p.m.