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

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this         25th 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. 

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added an Application for Exempt Permit for the AmVets to the agenda. 

CITIZENíS COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGSResolution Approving the Issuance and Sale of a Health Care Facilities Revenue Note for St. Francis Health Services:  Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:16 p.m.

Steve Fenlon, representing St. Francis Health Services, stated the City acts with complete immunity for this bond sale, it merely issues the note as a conduit.  Fenlon acknowledged this is an enormous favor and kind gesture to St. Francis.

There being no comments from the public, Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:20 p.m. and brought the matter back to the council for action.

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3217-3-14, Resolution Approving the Issuance and Sale of a Health Care Facilities Revenue Note, Series 2014, for St. Francis Health Services of Morris, Inc. and Authorizing the Execution of Documents Relating Thereto.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES3/11/14 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 3/11/14 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

3/11/14 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 3/11/14 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      Planning Commission Minutes, 2/18/14

         C.      Revenue & Expenditure Report

         D.      Application for Exempt Permit – AmVets

Motion carried.

Council member Storck asked if the city would be going around the first week of April to make sure sump pump hoses have been turned over.  Hill indicated that would be looked at this spring.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSGambling Report from American Legion:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, 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 RESOLUTIONSResolution Approving a Conditional Use Permit for the Morris Community Church:  Hill explained the city received a request from Morris Community Church to move in to the old Legacy Living building and open up a church, which is an allowed use with a conditional use permit.  The Planning Commission met and held a public hearing and they recommended the CUP be granted, with the one condition being that the church maintain off street parking, either through an agreement or purchase.  Hill concurs with the Planning Commissionís recommendation. 

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3218-3-14, Resolution Approving a Conditional Use Permit for the Morris Community Church.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfers:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3219-3-14, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfers.  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.

Hill explained the government has changed their rules and the city may now be able to consolidate their revolving loan funds with the SCEIC so everything can be in one place. Hill noted there are some potential projects coming up and it might be better to have the funds all in one place.  Giese asked about the storefront loan money and if that could be administered by them as well.  Hill indicated those are things that would need to be talked about and he would find out answers and bring a recommendation back to the council. 

With regard to the elementary school property, Miller stated the council is making the decision but questioned if they should be part of the agreement process.  Hill noted the biggest issue is the price and the rest is standard purchase agreement items, plus TIF stipulations.  Miller indicated he was trying to clarify the proper sequence of what was going to happen because itís not every day the city sells 17.5 acres. 

Hill noted he went out to the Industrial Park with Joe Riley to look at some land the city may be able to purchase from Rileyís.    

Local Board of Appeal Information:  This was informational for the council.

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:04 p.m.

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