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MINUTES     –    MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING    –     APRIL 28, 2015

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 28th day of April, 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 and Mayor Giese.  Council member Storck was absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Police Chief Tiegs, Public Works Director Dittbenner and City Attorney Jordan.

CITIZENíS COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGSPublic Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 102, An Ordinance Amending the City of Morris Zoning Map to Rezone the Heartland Motor Property:  City Manager Hill stated the Planning Commission met last week and recommended approval of this zoning change.  Hill explained that Superior Industries is purchasing this property and they would like it zoned heavy industrial, which is a continuation of what their neighboring property is zoned.   

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to accept this as the second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 102, An Ordinance Amending the City of Morris Zoning Map to Rezone the Heartland Motor Property.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES4/14/15 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the 4/14/15 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

4/14/15 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the 4/14/15 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      Gambling Application

         C.      3/18/15 Tourism Board Minutes

         D.      2/12/15 SCEIC Minutes

         E.       3/12/15 SCEIC Minutes

         F.       Revenue & Expenditure Report

         G.      3/17/15 Planning Commission Minutes

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSGambling Report – American Legion:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, 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.

Motion to Authorize Sale of 1986 Loader:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to authorize the sale of the 1986 Cat 936 Loader.  Motion carried. 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Adopting the Stevens County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3304-4-15, Resolution Adopting the Stevens County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving New Water Plant Development Engineering Activities:  Kris Swanson of Bolton & Menk stated they have been working on the water plant project over the past several years.  During that time they have worked on developing the project further, including working with some area industries, specifically DENCO II.  They have also been heavily pursuing funding with special legislation to allow greater grant possibilities for the city and also some other grant opportunities through DEED. 

Swanson indicated the preliminary engineering will include the following major items:

*       Water availability for addition of DENCO II (maybe Donnelly)

*       Expanded water quality projections per DENCO IIís request

*       Lime sludge disposal plan

*       Grant application and funding coordination

*       DENCO II agreement preparation assistance

*       Preliminary treatment plan design

Bolton & Menk estimates the cost of this work to be $66,700.  Swanson noted when the grants and the low interest loans culminate this summer the framework will be done to act on them.

Swanson pointed out they are looking at the same location as the existing water plant but they will start working with UMM about the possibility of obtaining some additional land for a possible storage lagoon.  Swanson stated the funding becomes available in August or September and at that point they would ask the council for authorization to design a plan over the next 6-9 months with construction starting approximately a year from now.  Swanson encouraged the council to talk with their legislators and let them know the city needs extra funds to make this project happen. 

Hill noted water is getting to be a really big issue.  The city doesnít have a nitrate problem now but if it ever does, this project could have an add-on to deal with that type of problem.  Hill added this project could have a regional effect in that it is helping out an industry, the environment, our city and other cities.  Hill stated it will be money well spent. 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Council member Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3305-4-15, Resolution Approving New Water Plant Development Engineering Activities.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSMotion to Approve Old Elementary School Preliminary Plat:  Hill explained there are two changes to the plat that was given to the council.  The first is that they are recommending it be called the Old Elementary School Property, instead of District 769 School Property.  Also, when they laid it all out they didn't have enough land so the plat has been modified for some additional land on the western lot line.    

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the preliminary plat for the Old Elementary School Property with the above mentioned changes. 

City Manager Newsletter:  This was informational for the council.

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:02 p.m.

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