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MINUTES    -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING   -   FEBRUARY 24, 2015

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 24th day of February, 2015, 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, Public Works Director Dittbenner, Fleet Manager Searle, Police Chief Tiegs, and City Attorney Jordan. 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES2/10/15 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 2/10/15 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

2/10/15 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 2/10/15 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.      Pay Estimate - Par Piping

         C.      Raffle License Report

         D.      Library Board Minutes, 1/14/15

         E.       Tourism Board Minutes, 1/21/15

         F.       Planning Commission Minutes, 12/16/14

         G.      Gambling Reports

Motion carried.

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added to the agenda a Resolution Supporting Dedicated State Funding for City Streets and a Meeting Notice under City Manager Reports. 

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSMotion to Approve Change Order - DENCO II:  City Manager Hill explained this is a change order reducing the amount of the contract because of the deletion of some electrical schematics.  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to accept the change order from Par Piping for DENCO II.  Motion carried.

Gambling Report - American Legion:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to accept the gambling report 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.

 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Approving a Conditional Use Permit for Wilco Precision, Inc.:  Hill stated the council is familiar with this issue and the only concern raised by a neighbor was about the potential noise.  Hill indicated he does not feel noise would be an issue.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3290-2-15, Resolution Approving a Conditional Use Permit for Wilco Precision, Inc.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a Cooperative Construction Agreement with the State of MN Department of Transportation:  Hill explained this is for the downtown project and the majority of this is for stoplights.  The city will pay $186,000 out of state aid highway funds. 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3291-2-15, Resolution Approving a Cooperative Construction Agreement with the State of MN Department of Transportation.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing the Assignment of City of Morris Investment Fund (MIF) Loans to the SCEIC:  Hill stated the only thing that hadn't yet been transferred was the outstanding loans. This resolution would authorize the council, and later in the meeting the EDA, to assign these loans to the SCEIC.

Michael Haynes indicated the city has two loans and EDA has six.  This will be an agreement between the SCEIC and the city to assume those loans and then an agreement with the EDA to assume the others.  Haynes noted once that is complete the responsibility and the resources will have been fully transferred to the SCEIC. 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3292-2-15, Resolution Authorizing the Assignment of City of Morris Investment Fund (MIF) Loans to the SCEIC.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Supporting Dedicated State Funding for City Streets:  Hill explained that he received this from the League stating that legislation could be introduced that would dedicate funds for cities to use on streets.  This resolution would support that legislation.  The Coalition is also watching this issue.    

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3293-2-15, Resolution Supporting Dedicated State Funding for City Streets.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSAnnexation of Recently Acquired Industrial Park Property:  Hill stated there was an agreement from 1978 with all the townships to allow these areas to be set up for annexation.  Then there were some amendments done in 2005 that established some new rules.  Hill stated the city has the authority to annex and if the city owns the property the first step is a 30 day notice to the township.  After that the council would need to pass a resolution and file it with the state.  Hill noted part of the 2005 agreement is that the city has to pay five years' worth of taxes to the township on a prorated schedule.

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to allow City Manager Hill to send a notice to Darnen township about the city's intent to annex land in the Industrial Park.  Motion carried.  After 30 days a resolution will be brought back to the council to annex the area. 

City Manager Newsletter:  Hill stated some decisions will have to be made with regard to the 1986 loader.  Fleet Manager Searle indicated it would cost about $12,000 to fix it.  It was the consensus of the council to pursue leasing something with the option to buy once the city finds out if it will get any airport money to put towards a loader.    

The remainder of this was informational for the council.

Meeting:  Hill reminded the council of an emergency management meeting on Wednesday night to discuss a training that was held at Camp Ripley.    

NEW BUSINESS:  None

Council member Storck left the meeting at this point.

OLD BUSINESSChristus House Lighting:  Wohlers asked about this as it was mentioned in the December planning commission minutes.  Hill stated he sent them a letter stating that their sign is in violation of the city code and it needs to be shut off.  Residential properties are allowed one identification sign.  They have two signs and one is illuminated.  Hill noted they also never got a permit to put up the sign.  Hill stated there is a question as to what the city wants to allow for signs in residential neighborhoods. 

Wohlers also asked about putting up business signs along with the new Morris signs.  Wohlers noted something similar like what is found along the freeway directing people to businesses in town.  Hill stated he could talk to the MN DOT sign guy about this.   

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:01 p.m.

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