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MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING–FEBRUARY 25 , 2014

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 25th day of February, 2014, 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.  Public Works Director Dittbenner arrived at 5:30 p.m.

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added Pay Estimate #2 to Ebert Construction for the airport hangar to the agenda.

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS:  Eric Hattlestad, 301 East 2nd Street, asked the council to take note of the letter to the editor from last week’s paper.  The letter asked for public support of the transportation bill being proposed in this year's legislative session.  The bill would see to it that bridges, roads and vital infrastructure are funded for the next decade.  Hill noted the coalition has provided some information on this topic as well. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES2/11/14 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 2/11/14 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

2/11/14 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 2/11/14 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items:

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      Raffle Report

         C.      Planning Commission Minutes, 1/21/14

         D.      Revenue & Expenditure Report

         E.       Pay Estimate #2 – Ebert Construction – Airport Hangar

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSGambling Report from American Legion:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to accept the gambling report from the American Legion.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the Legion.  Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSFirst Reading of Ordinance No. 95 – NC District

Council member Wohlers expressed concern that if the city is going to use this as a template for other districts that everyone be comfortable with it.  Giese stated he feels this district would be appropriate for other areas of town that are similar.  Giese added that what he likes about this district is that it was not designed from the ground up, but taken from things that are already in place. 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to accept this as the first reading of Ordinance No. 95, An Ordinance Amending the City of Morris Code, Chapter 11, Land Use Regulations and the Zoning Map for the City of Morris and to set the second reading and public hearing for 5:20 p.m. on March 11, 2014.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Designating TKDA Engineering as the Airport Engineer:  Hill stated the city is required to solicit proposals for an airport engineer every five years.  Hill indicated TKDA and Bolton & Menk submitted their qualifications.  Hill is recommending the city go with TKDA since the city is already in the middle of a project with the hangar and they’ve done some work with the parallel taxiway project as well.

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3214-2-14, Resolution Designating TKDA Engineering as the Airport Engineer for the Morris Municipal Airport.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Calling for a Public Hearing on a Project by SFHS of Morris:  Steve Fenlon, representing Midwest Healthcare Capital, was present at the meeting.  Fenlon stated St. Francis is asking the city to act as a conduit for a $10 million healthcare bond.  Fenlon stated the city does not have the authority to guarantee the indebtedness for a corporation.  Fenlon indicated this action by the city is deeply appreciated and profoundly important for St. Francis.  This allows for a 33% reduction on annual interest expenses on a $10 million dollar note for St. Francis.    

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3215-2-14, Resolution Calling for a Public Hearing on a Project by St. Francis Health Services and to set the public hearing for 5:20 p.m. on March 25, 2014.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3216-2-14, Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Report:  This was informational for the council.

With regard to the sale of the school property to Riley Brothers Properties, Solvie indicated he is in favor of asking for more money.  Solvie stated it appraised at $20,000 an acre and feels the city should ask at least $15,000 an acre.  Miller agreed with Solvie. 

Hill pointed out they would be paying taxes on the 17 acres as soon as they buy it.  Hill noted he talked to them about the potential for purchasing some land in the industrial park.  Hill stated if it worked out funds to purchase the land would come from the capital outlay fund and maybe a little bit from liquor store reserves. 

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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