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MINUTES     –    MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING    –     MARCH 24, 2015

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

ADDITIONS TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added the following items to the agenda: 1)An Application for Exempt Permit from the AmVets and 2)Resolution Approving a DEED Special Appropriation Grant Program Contract for DENCO II, LLC.

CITIZENíS COMMENTSResolution Accepting and Approving the 2014 Financial Statements for the City of Morris:  Jamie Faye, from the cityís auditing firm of Eide Bailey, was present at the meeting and reviewed the city's executive summary for 2014.  The city received a clean unmodified audit opinion, which is what the city wants and has received in the past.  Total expenditures for the city were   $4,275,066 and revenues of $4,087,982.  Some of the changes for the year include the capital outlay fund being higher than budgeted, a roof replacement at the library and some upgrades at Eagles ballfield.  At the end of the year the city had a fund balance of $3.1 million. 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3294-3-15, Resolution Accepting and Approving the 2014 Financial Statements for the City of Morris.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Presentation of Plaque:  Mayor Giese presented a plaque to Officer Ross Tiegs for 30 years with the Morris Police Department. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES3/10/15 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member   Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the 3/10/15 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

3/10/15 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 3/10/15 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items:

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      State Gambling Reports

         C.      Revenue/Expenditure Report

         D.      2/17/15 Planning Commission Minutes

         E.       Application for Exempt Permit - AmVets

Motion carried.

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to accept the gambling report from the American Legion.  Upon a roll call vote being taken and all present voting in favor and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the Legion, motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSConsumption and Display Permit Application:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the consumption and display permit application from Crystal Lanes Entertainment Center.  Motion carried.

Acceptance of Cargill Donation:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to accept a $1,000 donation from Cargill for the fire department to purchase grain bin rescue tubes. 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Authorizing Fund Transfer.:  This transfer takes money from the capital outlay fund and puts it into the Oregon Avenue project fund. 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3295-3-15, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfers:  This resolution amends the 2015 budget and includes transfers of funds for various purposes including debt service payments, TIF fund, general fund, operating fund and central garage capital purchases.

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3296-3-15, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfers.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

First Reading of Ordinance No. 102, An Ordinance Amending the City of Morris Zoning Map to Rezone the Heartland Motor Property:  Hill explained that this is in anticipation of the sale of the Heartland Motor property to Superior Industries.  All the other land right next to it is zoned Heavy Industrial (I2) and they would like to see this changed as well from Highway Business to I2.  Hill is asking the council to set the second reading for the council meeting on April 28th after the planning commission holds their public hearing.

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to set the second reading and public hearing of Ordinance No. 102 for April 28th.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

Resolution Revoking Municipal State Aid Route 105 & 106:  Jeff Kuhn of WSN showed the council a map which highlighted the routes.  These resolutions would transfer the state aid mileage from California Avenue and Elm Street to Oregon Avenue and Elm Street in order for the project to be eligible for federal funding.  Kuhn stated there is the potential for there to be some additional state aid dollars on the Oregon Avenue project. 

Hill stated in looking at where the major roads were it was talked about having Oregon Avenue as more of a through road for better traffic flow. 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3297-3-15, Resolution Revoking Municipal State Aid Route 105 & 106.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Establishing Municipal State Aid Route 115 & XXX:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3298-3-15, Resolution Establishing Municipal State Aid Route 115 & XXX.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Supporting a Change Request for the Federal Functional Road Classification Map for the City of Morris:  Kuhn stated this resolution revises the map to make the above mentioned changes.      

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3300-3-15, Resolution Supporting a Change Request for the Federal Functional Road Classification Map for the City of Morris.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3299-3-15, Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a DEED Special Appropriation Grant Program Contract for DENCO II, LLC:

Hill stated this grant will assist in providing improvements for DENCO II by reducing the amount of energy they use in the plant.  This grant will be run through DEED for $712,500 with a match from DENCO II.  Hill explained the city will end up having an owner/use agreement for some of the equipment.   

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3301-3-15, Resolution Approving a DEED Special Appropriation Grant Program Contract for DENCO II, LLC.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSCity Manager Newsletter:  This was informational for the council.

Meeting at MAHS:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to schedule the meeting on April 14th at the MAHS at 8:30 a.m.

NEW BUSINESSArbor Month Proclamation 2015:  Mayor Giese proclaimed May as Arbor Month in the City of Morris.

Council member Solvie asked if some work could be done to the intersection of Skyview Lane and Brook Street.  Dittbenner explained the area is in need of more catch basins but in the meantime the city crew could fix the potholes.

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  These were informational for the council. 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

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