MINUTES– MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING–SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 24th
day of September, 2013, by Mayor Giese 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, Miller, Storck and Mayor
Giese. Also present was City Manager Hill, Police Chief
Tiegs, Finance Director Raasch and City Attorney Jordan.
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 9/10/13 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to
approve the 9/10/13 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Miller, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
items: Audit of City Bills, SCMC Administrative Report, Gambling
Report, Temporary On Sale Liquor License – Eagles, Application for Exempt
Permit – UMM, Application for Exempt Permit – Ducks Unlimited, Planning
Commission Minutes, 8/20/13 and Revenue & Expenditure Report.
Authorizing Fund Transfer and Closing of Funds: This resolution
authorizes a transfer of funds from the Pacific Avenue Project to the Oregon
Avenue storm sewer project.
Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3187-9-13, Resolution
Authorizing Fund Transfer and Closing of Funds. Upon a roll call vote
taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: School
Property Update: City Manager Hill stated he talked with John Riley
and right now they are working with INH Companies but are not prepared to make
a presentation yet. Hill noted they are talking with the University about
their housing needs. Hill anticipates they should be ready to make a
presentation within the next month. Hill indicated INH is a property
management company that has done different projects all over the state.
Motion to Amend Legal
Services Agreement: Council
member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to approve the amendment to agreement
authorizing the Stevens County Attorney's Office to Provide City Legal
Services. The rate has increased from $36,000 to $37,000 for 2014.
Motion to Gift
Cornerstone to Historical Society:
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to gift the cornerstone from
the old elementary school to the historical society. Motion carried.
City Manager Report: Hill stated the zoning change that was
requested by the city council was brought to the Planning Commission and they
will hold a public hearing on October 15th. Hill pointed out
the Planning Commission talked about a different solution and may eventually
recommend the area be changed to Residential Commercial.
Council member Wohlers
asked about the possibility of a new water treatment plant. Hill stated
this is something that would be a couple years down the line. It would probably
be funded through a combination of grant money, money from the legislature and
a low interest loan from the Rural Water Association. The loan would be
paid back through utility rates. A project like this could cost $8-$9
million dollars. Ultimately with this project the city would have softer
water. Also, Hill noted there are some very strict requirements from the MPCA
as far as what can be discharged into the river.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:05 p.m.