MINUTES – MORRIS CITY
COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING – APRIL 14, 2015
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 8:35 a.m. this 14th day
of April, 2015, by Mayor Giese in the Auditorium of the Morris Area High
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 and Police
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
Organizational Meeting Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded
by Council member Miller, to approve the 3/24/15 regular meeting minutes.
Version Minutes: Council
member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 3/24/15 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
4/1/15 Board of Review: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Mayor Giese, to approve the 4/1/15 Board of Review Minutes. Motion
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Storck, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
of City Bills
License Report – Federated Church
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
COMMUNICATIONS: Motion to
Approve Applying for Fire Assistance Grant: Council member
Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to authorize the Fire Department to apply
for a fire assistance grant for purchasing bunker boots and firefighting
helmets, etc. This would be a $5,000 matching grant. Motion
Approving a 5-Year Contract for Assessing Services for 2016-2020:
Mayor Giese explained that the city contracts with the county for assessing
services. Hill indicated the county has talked with Don Gieselman about
him assessing at least one more year. In doing another contract with the
county, Judy Thorstad suggested a five year contract instead of doing one every
two years. Hill noted they agreed on a price and he is recommending the
city go ahead with a five year contract at $32,000 a year. Hill pointed
out that the State is starting to crack down on certifications for assessors so
it may become more costly to keep certified assessors on board due to some
additional education that's required.
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3302-4-15, Resolution Approving
a 5-Year Contract for Assessing Services for 2016-2020. Upon a roll call
vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Resolution of the City
for Annexation of Area Designated for Orderly Annexation: Hill explained that this annexation is for
13 acres south of the current Industrial Park. The council previously
took some action to get this process started. Notice was given to Darnen
Township and the city must pay Darnen Township to compensate for lost taxes on
a five year scale. Hill noted as the property is developed businesses
will start paying taxes. The city is in negotiations with one potential
business that would like to relocate to this property. This resolution
would declare this property part of the city limits which will change the city
Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3303-4-15, Resolution
of the City for Annexation of Area Designated for Orderly Annexation.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City
Manager Newsletter: This was informational for the council.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Arbor Day Foundation – Tree City
USA: Morris was recognized as a 2014 Tree City USA.
MN Council of Airports
Award: The city received a
Business Development/Non-Aeronautical 2014 award for the new hangar.
Emerald Ash Borer
Statistics: This was
informational for the council and showed a map of Minnesota counties that have
Jim Greenwaldt asked the
council what they see as potential problems for the city. Mayor Giese noted
that funding is always an issue because the city relies heavily on local
government aid. Also roads and water breaks. Storck stated snow
removal. Wohlers added employment opportunities. Solvie
stated affordable housing and Miller stated public safety such as police and
the fire department.
Hill pointed out that
right now the city has more jobs than people and there is a shortage of market
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 9:25 a.m.