MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING – APRIL 8, 2014
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 8:34 a.m. this 8th day of
April, 2014, by Mayor Giese in the auditorium at the Morris Area High
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
ROLL CALL: Roll call was taken with the following
members present: Council member Wohlers, Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese.
Council member Solvie was absent. Also present was City Manager
Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Public Works Director Dittbenner, Fleet
Manager Searle and City Attorney Jordan.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: Michael Haynes, SCEIC, Employment Data
Update: Haynes, Executive Director of the SCEIC, was present at the
meeting and reviewed the jobs and wages report for Stevens County. Haynes
also showed a map of the United States which showed the Gini Index numbers by
county. According to this report Stevens County is an extremely wealthy
county. The unemployment rate in Stevens County is at 4%, with the
national average between 7-9%.
The MN Department of
Employment and Economic Development has identified Stevens County as a regional
center for jobs in manufacturing, finance, business services, education and
Haynes explained the
population projections indicate Stevens County will be faced with a dramatic
population loss of up to 30% over the next 46 years. A big threat to this
is the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota. Haynes encouraged kids to
return to the area after college.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 3/25/14 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to
approve the 3/25/14 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Mayor Giese
moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the 3/25/14 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
4/1/14 Board of Review: Council member Storck moved, seconded by
Miller, to approve the 4/1/14 Board of Review minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by
Council member Storck, to approve the consent agenda which included the
of City Bills
for Exempt Permit - SCMC
Report – Post Prom
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
COMMUNICATIONS: Motion to
Authorize DNR Fire Grant: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by
Miller, to authorize applying for a DNR Fire Grant to be used for bunker
gear. Motion carried.
Motion to Approve Sale
of 07 Chevy Impala: Council
member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the sale of the 2007 Chevy
Impala. Motion carried.
Approving an Animal Shelter Services Agreement with the Stevens Community
Humane Society: Hill recommended the council approve this with minor
changes to the agreement dealing with immunizations and duration of how long dogs
are kept. Hill encouraged all dog owners to get their dogs licensed.
The annual fee is only $5.00 per dog.
Council member Miller,
seconded by Wohlers to adopt Resolution #3220-4-14, Resolution Approving an
Animal Shelter Services Agreement with the Stevens Community Humane
Society. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor,
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City
Manager Report: This was informational for the council.
Hill stated there have
been some meetings about selling water and one nearby community has approached
the city. DENCO II also has major water issues. City staff will be
sitting down with Bolton & Menk to discuss these things as the city looks
towards building a new water treatment plant. Water conservation rates
will also be discussed. Hill noted itís possible that residents could be
penalized for over using the water system.
Subsurface Sewage Treatment System (SSTS) Ordinance: Hill noted that the city doesnít have a separate
ordinance for this but the county will govern it.
Alley Restrictions: Public Works Director Dittbenner stated the
heavy garbage trucks are hard on the alleys when the frost is coming out of the
ground. City staff is looking into alley restrictions. Hill doesnít
believe this has ever been done in Morris. Dittbenner indicated he has
talked with Engebretsonís and they are willing to give it a try. This is
something that would probably be started next year.
NEW BUSINESS: Proclamation in Observance of Letter
Carriers' Food Drive Day: Mayor Giese proclaimed Saturday, May 10th
as Letter Carriers' Food Drive Day in the City of Morris.
Mayor's Day of Recognition
for National Service: Mayor
Giese had proclaimed April 1st as National Service Recognition Day.
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 9:43 a.m.