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
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
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
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 HEARINGS: Public 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
MINUTES: 2/25/14 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to
approve the 2/25/14 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
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
of City Bills
of Consumption & Display Permit – Crystal Lanes
for Exempt Permit
& Expenditure Report
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City
Manager Report: This was informational for the 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
NEW BUSINESS: Proclamation 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.