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MINUTES   –   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING  –  JUNE 24, 2014

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 24th 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, Police Chief Tiegs, and City Attorney Jordan. 

ADDITIONS TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added the following items to the agenda:  Street Dance Permit from Met Lounge, Termination of Lease for Rainbow Rider and Letter for Ryan Mogard.

CITIZENíS COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES6/10/14 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to approve the 6/10/14 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

6/10/14 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 6/10/14 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.      Partial Pay Estimate #2 – Mudpumpers Mudjacking

         C.      Partial Pay Estimate #2 – F & S Concrete

         D.      Temporary On Sale Liquor License

         E.       Revenue & Expenditure Report

         F.       Application for On Sale Liquor License

         G.      Gambling Reports

         H.      Street Dance Permit Request – Met Lounge

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSGambling Reports from American Legion:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to accept the gambling reports 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.

Appointment of Julie Evink to the Tourism Board:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to appoint Julie Evink to the Tourism Board. 

Termination of Lease with Rainbow Rider:  City Manager Hill is recommending terminating the lease with Rainbow Rider.  Hill explained that one of the city buses has to sit outside while Rainbow Riderís bus sits inside.  There is only room for six buses in the garage and that is what the city has.  Hill noted as funding becomes shorter and shorter for transit systems it's going to be important that the life of the buses is extended out as far as it can be.  Finance Director Raasch stated that when the lease was originally done the city only had five buses.   

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to terminate the lease between the City of Morris and Rainbow Rider.  Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  None

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS2015 Budget Guidance:  Hill stated there are not a lot of changes from last yearís budget.  The biggest change is that last year the city had extra LGA to help balance the budget.  Some of that additional funding was used for one time spending in the capital outlay fund with the idea that it would be brought back this year to balance out the budget.  For next year the legislature provided a little bit more than last year so there is about $80,000 to help balance other costs that might go up moving forward.  Hill stated his goal is to freeze the levy again with a 0% increase.  There is no bond issue this year.

Hill pointed out the Oregon Avenue project would be presented later this year.  The Mayor and City Council salaries haven't changed for some time and it needs to be done during an election year.  Hill noted he could do some research as to what other cities pay for council members.  Hill noted the city will be negotiating wages and he sees an increase somewhere in the 1-2% range.  There is no election next year.  The city renewed for health insurance in December last year but have no idea what the rates or policies are going to look like. 

Hill pointed out that as far as increases in the expense items, the city is probably looking at 1-2%.  Fuel is a big issue.  Hill stated he wants to keep the capital outlay around the $200,000 level so there is enough money to buy equipment. 

With regard to the police department there will be a part time secretary instead of a full time position.  They are also looking at bringing back the Community Service Officer.  That person would patrol the parks and possibly do additional things like keep on top of junk, vehicles or other public nuisances.   

Hill stated one thing the city needs to do is to review its water and sewer rates to make sure the city is operating its business the right way to cover all the costs.  Hill noted the city also has to implement a conservation rate due to a law that was passed that makes it a requirement that the city have a rate structure in place that conserves water.  Hill indicated at the next meeting he would be bringing a proposal for a rate study from Bolton & Menk.  The city also needs to look at what rates would look like if other people were brought onto the system. 

Council member Miller asked about the time frame for a new fire truck.  Hill stated he would be sitting down with the department to see what their needs are but would look at doing a certificate of debt depending on how big the purchase is. 

Wohlers asked if the water request from Riverview Dairy would have any bearing on the cityís budget.  Hill noted the council would talk about that at the next meeting along with the rate study.  Riverview is willing to do a hydrological study for the aquifer.  A rate study would probably take 4-6 weeks.  The city is looking at doing something to the water plant in 2016. 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to accept the budget guidance as submitted.  Motion carried.

City Manager Report:  The Fire Department was nominated and received the department of the year award from the state.  Hill stated they do a fantastic job and are very deserving of the award. 

The city is looking for a wastewater operator.  Hill pointed out not many people have the qualifications and certifications to come in and do the job so candidates are very hard to find.

Miller asked about the possibility of an additional airport hangar.  Hill noted there were a couple ideas for location presented to the airport commission.  There are some height restrictions with regard to air space.  Itís possible some of the owners may build the hangar and the city would own it.  Hill indicated an airport layout plan may be needed and they're not cheap. 

Hill explained there is a county commissioner on the airport advisory board and at the last meeting the question was brought up as to why, when the county has nothing to do with the airport.  It was suggested to look at financial support from the county for the airport as it is a very important asset for the county as well as the city. 

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMSCommunity Ed Information:  This was informational for the council. 

Letter for Ryan Mogard:  The council received a letter from Jon and Chlene Anderson commenting on Ryan Mogardís assistance with a water problem they had.  Hill noted Mogard went above and beyond what he needed to do and they certainly appreciated it.   

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:50 p.m.

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