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
MINUTES: 2/11/14 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to
approve the 2/11/14 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
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:
of City Bills
Commission Minutes, 1/21/14
& Expenditure Report
Estimate #2 – Ebert Construction – Airport Hangar
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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
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.