MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING–SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 23rd day
of September, 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 members Wohlers, Solvie, Miller, Storck and
Mayor Giese. Also present were City Manager Hill, Police Chief Tiegs,
Finance Director Raasch, Fire Chief Dybdal and City Attorney Jordan.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: John Anderson of Elbow Lake was present and
asked that the City Council consider putting up more speed limit signs on East
7th Street coming off the Highway 59 Bypass. He received a
speeding ticket on that stretch of road and feels there should be more
signage. City Manager Hill indicated he will check into that.
Fire Chief Dybdal was
present and on behalf of the Morris Fire Department and Morris Fire Relief
Association, presented to the City Council a picture of the Morris Fire
Department members. The Morris Fire Department has been named the Fire
Department of the Year by the Minnesota State Fire Department Association.
Police Chief Tiegs
recognized several Morris Police Officers that have reached milestones within
the Department. He indicated Patrol Officer Brett Collins finished his
one year probationary period a week ago, Patrol Officer Travis Clark will
finish his one year probationary period next week, Patrol Officer Jared
Dittbenner will receive his 5-year pin at the next meeting, and Command
Specialist Shane Nelson completed 10 years with the City of Morris Police
Department. Police Chief Tiegs then presented School Resource Officer
Anita Liebl with her 15 year pin. Her 15 year anniversary date is 9/7/14.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: Public Hearing and 2nd
Reading of Ordinance No. 97, An Ordinance Setting the Salaries for the Mayor
and City Council: The public hearing was opened at 5:26 by Mayor
Giese. City Manager Hill indicated he has received no calls or comments
regarding this ordinance. Council member Miller pointed out that this
Ordinance increases the salaries of the Mayor and Council members as of January
1, 2015, but per diems have been eliminated. The hearing was closed at
5:27. Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Ordinance
No. 97, An Ordinance Setting the Salaries for the Mayor and City Council.
Upon a roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 9/9/14 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Council
member Storck, to approve the 9/9/14 regular meeting minutes. Motion
Version Minutes: Council
member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 9/9/14 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried unanimously.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Miller, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
of City Bills
Planning Commission Minutes
and Expenditure Report
Motion carried unanimously.
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
Report from the American Legion: Council member Miller moved,
seconded by Solvie, to approve the gambling report from the American Legion for
the month of July. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in
favor and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the Legion, motion carried.
Request for Payment
– Prairie Pioneer Days:
City Manager Hill explained the City makes up the difference between Prairie
Pioneer Days revenues and expenditures with lodging tax dollars. Mayor
Giese noted the income from vendor registrations and button sales was down,
resulting in a loss.
Council member Storck
asked why vendors are charged to have a booth at the park. Wohlers
responded it is pretty standards to charge vendors. Giese noted the
Prairie Pioneer Days committee is looking into that, but pointed out that if
vendors pay a fee, they are more likely to show up for the event. Solvie
suggested making the fee a deposit and if the vendors show up for the event,
they get their deposit back. Wohlers will visit with the Chamber Director
and Board regarding this.
Council member Solvie
moved, seconded by Storck, to approve the payment of $4,428.78 from lodging tax
money for Prairie Pioneer Days. Motion carried unanimously.
Appointing Judges for the State General Election November 4, 2014:
Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3261-9-14,
A Resolution Appointing Judges for the State General Election November 4,
2014. Upon a roll call vote and all voting in favor, motion carried
Setting a Public
Hearing for Ordinance No. 96, An Ordinance Vacating Certain Public Right of Way
and Roads in Rileyís Commercial Development Subdivision: City Manager Hill explained the City Council has
already held its first reading of this Ordinance. They now need to set
the 2nd reading and public hearing. The Planning Commission
has already held a public hearing on the vacation. Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Wohlers, to set the public hearing and 2nd
reading of Ordinance No. 96, An Ordinance Vacating Certain Public Right of Way
and Roads in Rileyís Commercial Development Subdivision for October 14th
at 5:20 p.m. Upon a roll call vote and all voting in favor, motion
the Morris Park Board to Plan for Updating Playground Equipment at Pomme de
Terre Park to Make It ADA Compliant:
City Manager Hill indicated one of the regulations of the Legacy Grant for
upgrades at the Pomme de Terre Park is that park equipment be compliant with
the Americans with Disabilities Act. Hill noted the playground equipment
at Pomme de Terre Park may not be compliant, but WSN, who is writing the Legacy
Grant Application, feels having a plan to make it compliant will suffice.
Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3262-9-14, A Resolution
Directing the Morris Park Board to Plan for Updating Playground Equipment at
Pomme de Terre Park to Make It ADA Compliant. Upon a roll call vote,
motion carried unanimously.
CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS
AND RECOMMENDATIONS: City
Manager Report: Hill indicated he attended a meeting with the FAA and
MNDOT Aviation and discussed the Capital Improvement Plan for the next
year. He noted plans for the parallel taxiway may be moved up from 2017
Hill reported he attended
the School Board meeting last night and County worksession today regarding tax
abatement on the Dripps property. The School Board voted to approve the
tax abatement. The County will hold their hearing October 1.
Council member Wohlers
asked if there is a date for the local candidate forum. Miller indicated
it is October 9th at 7 p.m. at the American Legion.
Worksession for 10/23/14:
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to set a budget
worksession for 10/23/14 at 5:15. Motion carried unanimously.
City Manager Salary Comparison: Mayor Giese asked if Hill gets a salary
adjustment yearly. Hill indicated he gets the same percentage increase as
the union members. Council member Storck indicated he does not feel that
is fair as 2% on Hillís salary is a lot more than other employees making less
money. Solvie indicated he feels itís fair and it reflects Hillís level
of responsibility and education.
NEW BUSINESS: None.
OLD BUSINESS: None.
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Legislative Candidate Forum –
10/16/14: This forum will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 16 at the
Morris American Legion.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese closed the meeting at 6:00 p.m.