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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 MINUTES9/10/13 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.

Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution 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 & RECOMMENDATIONSSchool 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.

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