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MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING – MARCH 11, 2014

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 11th day of March, 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,  Finance Director Raasch, Police Chief Tiegs, Fire Chief Dybdal and City Attorney Jordan.

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS:  Eric Hattlestad, 301 East 2nd, was present at the meeting to once again encourage the city to support transportation legislation.  

Sid Wilcox, 210 Montana Avenue, thanked the council and planning commission for admitting they made a mistake on their ordinance and tried to straighten it out.  Wilcox indicated the ordinance is a long ways from what they wanted but it's better than nothing.  Wilcox stated the ordinance is still restrictive to the point where it's almost impossible for them to operate their businesses, but it's better.

Wilcox also asked that the council take into consideration term limits on the planning commission.  Wilcox stated 2/3 of the members all fall under one employer or are directly involved with one employer and it seems one sided.  Wilcox feels that when this new ordinance was being negotiated the commission refused to bring the dance studio into it because she was a personal friend and worked with the members.  Wilcox indicated he tried to give three names of people interested in serving on the commission and the names wouldn't even be accepted.  Wilcox feels all potential members should be brought in and interviewed and they should have to run for office too.  Wilcox’s point of view is that whatever the commission brings to the council the council rubber stamps it and doesn’t even look it over. Wilcox stated the Planning Commission has way too much power. 

PUBLIC HEARINGSPublic Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 95 – NC Zoning District:  Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:21 p.m.

City Manager Hill provided the council with an updated zoning map.  Hill stated he did not receive any information from the public about the ordinance.   

There being no comments from the public, Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:24 p.m. and brought the matter back to the council for action.

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Ordinance No. 95, An Ordinance Amending the City of Morris Code, Chapter 11 Land Use Regulations (Zoning) and the Zoning Map for the City of Morris.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES2/25/14 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 2/25/14 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

2/25/14 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 2/25/14 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      February Transit Report

         C.      Renewal of Consumption & Display Permit – Crystal Lanes

         D.      Application for Exempt Permit

         E.       Gambling Report

         F.       Revenue & Expenditure Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  None

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

Schedule Council Meeting at High School:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to schedule the April 8th council meeting for 8:30 a.m. at the high school auditorium.  Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESSProclamation in Observance of National Donate Life Month:  Mayor Giese read the proclamation and proclaimed the month of April as National Donate Life Month.

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:40 p.m.

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