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
CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 2/10/15 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council
member Storck, to approve the 2/10/15 regular meeting minutes. Motion
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
of City Bills
Estimate - Par Piping
Board Minutes, 1/14/15
Board Minutes, 1/21/15
Commission Minutes, 12/16/14
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
COMMUNICATIONS: Motion 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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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,
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
& RECOMMENDATIONS: Annexation
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
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
NEW BUSINESS: None
Council member Storck left
the meeting at this point.
OLD BUSINESS: Christus 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.