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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 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, 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 MINUTES5/27/14 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 5/27/14 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

5/27/14 Condensed 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 following items:

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      Partial Pay Estimate #1 – F & S Concrete

         C.      Partial Pay Estimate #1 – Mudpumpers Mudjacking

         D.      May Transit Report

         E.       Application for Exempt Permit – Assumption Church

         F.       Partial Pay Estimate #5 – Ebert Construction

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSReschedule 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.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution 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 .91. 

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.  Motion carried.

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 & RECOMMENDATIONSCity 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 fund.

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 water. 

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 along. 

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.

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