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
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
MINUTES: 6/10/14 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to
approve the 6/10/14 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
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
of City Bills
Pay Estimate #2 – Mudpumpers Mudjacking
Pay Estimate #2 – F & S Concrete
On Sale Liquor License
& Expenditure Report
for On Sale Liquor License
Dance Permit Request – Met Lounge
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
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
Council member Storck
moved, seconded by Wohlers, to terminate the lease between the City of Morris
and Rainbow Rider. Motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Community 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.