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
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 HEARINGS: Resolution 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
MINUTES: 3/11/14 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to
approve the 3/11/14 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
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
of City Bills
Commission Minutes, 2/18/14
& Expenditure Report
for Exempt Permit – AmVets
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
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.
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
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.
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.