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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 School. 

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 Chief Tiegs.

CITIZENíS COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES3/24/15 Organizational Meeting Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the 3/24/15 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

3/24/15 Condensed 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 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.      March Transit Report

         C.      Raffle License Report – Federated Church

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSMotion 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 carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution 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 limit boundaries. 

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 & RECOMMENDATIONSCity Manager Newsletter:  This was informational for the council.

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMSArbor 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 EAB. 

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 rate housing. 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 9:25 a.m.

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