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

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this         day of May, 2013, by Mayor Pro Tem Miller in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.

ROLL CALL:  Roll call was taken with the following members present:  Council member Wohlers, Solvie, Storck and Mayor Pro Tem Miller.  Mayor Giese was absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill,  Fleet Manager Searle, Police Chief Beauregard, Fire Chief Dybdal and City Attorney Jordan.

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES7/9/13 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 7/9/13 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items:  Audit of City Bills, Pay Estimate #1 – Dore & Associates (School Demo), Gambling Report, Planning Commission Minutes, 5/21/13, Revenue/Expenditure Report and Gambling Report from American Legion. Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Authorizing Fund Transfers and Fund Closing:  Hill explained that this resolution transfers money from the 2005A G.O. Bond Fund, Liquor Store Fund and Capital Outlay Fund to the 2013A G.O. Bond Fund, Airport Hangar Project Fund, Airport Parallel Taxiway Fund and Oregon Avenue Storm Sewer Fund. 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3168-7-13, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfers and Fund Closing.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Appointing Sergeant Ross Tiegs as Interim Police Chief:  The Police Civil Service Commission is recommending that Tiegs be appointed as the interim police chief.  Hill concurs with the recommendation until a new police chief is appointed.

Miller highlighted that this in no way endorses Tiegs as Chief and the application process is open to everyone.  Storck asked if his pay would be increased.  Hill stated that it hadn't been discussed.  Storck felt Tiegs should get the same as Jim Beauregard because Finance Director Raasch got the same pay as Krosschell when he left. 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3169-7-13, Resolution Appointing Sergeant Ross Tiegs as Interim Police Chief.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

City Attorney Jordan gave the Oath of Office to Interim Police Chief Tiegs, whose duties shall take effect as of August 1st

Resolution Approving a Land Purchase Agreement with Calvin and Mary Sommer:

Hill stated that even though the construction of the parallel taxiway is on hold due to federal funding changes, this land from Sommerís will eventually be needed as additional buffer space.  There is a small portion of land that is needed from another land owner but an agreement has not been reached yet. Hill indicated staff is getting ready to do a grant agreement with the federal government and this can also be included in the same agreement.  The rate per acre is $10,600 for 10 acres, for a total of $106,000.  The federal government picks up 90% of the cost.   

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3170-7-13, Resolution Approving a Land Purchase Agreement with Calvin and Mary Sommer.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving an Animal Shelter Services Agreement with the Humane Society:  Hill stated currently pets that are picked up are going out to Cimaroc Kennels and they are really not set up to shelter these animals.  Hill noted that if an animal has a tag the police department will make every effort to return it to the owner.  Police Chief Beauregard stated the Humane Society has expanded their facilities and they have been inspected and are ready to go.    

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Miller, to adopt Resolution #3171-7-13, Resolution Approving an Animal Shelter Services Agreement with the Humane Society.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing the Execution of an Airport Maintenance and Operation Agreement for 2014 and 2015:  This is an agreement for requesting state aid for eligible costs incurred at the airport for 2014 and 2015. 

Mayor Pro Tem Miller moved, seconded by Solvie to adopt Resolution #, Resolution Authorizing the Execution of an Airport Maintenance and Operation Agreement for 2014 and 2015.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSCity Manager Report:  Hill pointed out that when all the smoke cleared from the legislative session there was a slight problem with the language when it came to how LGA was calculated.  It resulted in the city losing about $17,000 more in LGA than what was originally thought. 

Hill stated he met with MN DOT to talk about the land across from McDonalds and it looks like a new plat should be coming soon.

Hill informed the council that it sounds like there's going to be a disaster declaration for the whole state of Minnesota from the storm that came through in June.

OLD BUSINESS:  Miller stated he has been asked by several people to bring it to peopleís attention to be responsible for their pets and clean up after them. 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Pro Tem Miller adjourned the meeting at 6:12 p.m.

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