MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING – JUNE 10, 2014
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 10th day
of June, 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,
Public Works Director Dittbenner, Police Chief Tiegs, and City Attorney
Jordan. City Engineer Fier arrived at 5:21 p.m.
ADDITION TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese added Partial Pay Estimate #5
for Ebert Construction to the agenda.
CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: Jim Henricks, 402 West 6th
Street, was present at the meeting and asked that the city take a look at the
potholes in the alley behind his house.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 5/27/14 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member
Storck, to approve the 5/27/14 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 5/27/14 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent agenda which included the
of City Bills
Pay Estimate #1 – F & S Concrete
Pay Estimate #1 – Mudpumpers Mudjacking
for Exempt Permit – Assumption Church
Pay Estimate #5 – Ebert Construction
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
8/12/14 Council Meeting Due to Election Day: Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Storck, to reschedule the August 12th, 2014
council meeting to Monday, August 11th at 5:15 p.m. due to the
primary election being held on the 12th. Motion carried.
Accepting Insurance Renewal Proposal:
Tom Quam of Bremer
Insurance was present at the meeting to review the city's insurance renewal
proposal for the July renewal.
The city's insurance
coverage is through the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust. Quam
explained the changes to the policy which include the addition of the new
airplane hangar, a slight increase in mobile property, an increase in the
liability insurance coverage because of a new rating system and a decrease in
the work comp renewal, mainly due to the modification going from 1.26 to
The expiring insurance
premium was $239,368 and a renewal premium of $237,703 with the above
changes. The city's LMCIT dividend was $16,326 for the city's property
and liability package policy.
Council member Storck
moved, seconded by Miller, to keep the work comp deductible at $2,500.
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3234-6-14, Resolution
Accepting Insurance Renewal Proposal. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City
Manager Report: City Manager Hill stated there was an emergency
library board meeting to discuss the water damage created by the people fixing
the roof. The water damage and asbestos has to be cleaned up and there is
an abatement team coming in to talk about what needs to be done. It will
take 5-7 days to abate the asbestos in the ceiling spray, the floor tiles
underneath the carpet and inside the wood trim panels. Hill added that
there is very little asbestos and people can be in the building because all the
disturbed asbestos was either sealed off or disposed of. Hill indicated
the roofer's insurance company should be picking up the tab but the city’s insurance
company has been in contact with them and they will be working that out.
Hill explained that the city
shop parking lot has basically been destroyed. City staff had planned to
mill and grade it and leave it but as it was milled it was determined that it needed
to be paved. It is the shop’s main work area and is used on a daily basis
for people dropping off grass clippings and using vending water. Hill
stated the estimate is $89,000 and he recommends going ahead with the paving
and taking the money out of the capital improvement fund or the capital outlay
Council member Storck
moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the paving of the city shop parking lot.
Hill reviewed the rural
water issue and stated that Riverview is in the process of getting permits for
a new feedlot south of Chokio where the water quality is really bad. The
city was asked if they would be interested in selling them well water from our
area. Hill explained he has talked to the city’s engineer and it is a
possibility. Hill noted the city has talked about what is going to happen
with the water treatment plant but the dairy doesn’t necessarily need treated
Hill indicated the city could
have the engineers do a study on whether or not the city would have the capacity
to do this but questioned who would pay for it. The dairy would be
responsible for building the water lines to come from the city’s well to
wherever they need them, which Hill estimates to be about 14 miles.
Hill stated if the city is going to have a partner in the treatment plant like
DENCO or Riverview the plant would need to be designed big enough to handle the
resources. These entities would possibly make a capital investment into
the system as well as be partners. Hill indicated he is not sure if there
is any benefit to the city and what it would do to the city’s aquifer.
It was the consensus of
the council that they would be interested in exploring this idea further,
provided that it did not affect the city’s aquifer. Hill suggested having
the dairy do a study and then come back with their findings.
TIF District: Council member Wohlers asked what the
chances would be of using TIF funds for Riley's commercial district. Hill
stated he talked with Mark Ruff and he does not think TIF can be used for that
development because nothing was removed from the property. Tax abatement
was mentioned but Hill stated if you do that everyone will want their taxes
abated. Giese stated he thinks the city did a tax abatement for Aaron
Carlson. Wohlers stated he feels it would help move that development
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:10 p.m.