– MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
JULY 14, 2015
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 14th day
of July, 2015, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior
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, City
Attorney Jordan and Police Chief Tiegs.
CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 6/23/15 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by
Council member Storck, to approve the 6/23/15 regular meeting minutes.
Version Minutes: Council
member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 6/23/15 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Storck, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
of City Bills
& S Concrete – Pay Estimate #1
for Exempt Permit – Deer Hunters Assn.
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
and Training for Boards of Appeal and Equalization: This was
informational for the council.
Authorizing the Submission of a Point Source Implementation Grant Application:
Hill stated language was written into the legislature this year to allow the
city to use sewer fund money for a water treatment plant. This resolution
would authorize the city to make application for $3 million for that grant
source. The city is also still moving forward with the capital budget
request and all that paperwork has been submitted and there will be a committee
visit sometime within the next month.
Hill stated that this
would be a solution for DENCO, the city of Morris and the City of Alberta as
well. Hill stated just because the city has well capacity doesn't mean it
has treatment capacity.
Hill suspected that if the
city receives the grants they will coordinate the two.
Council member Miller moved,
seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3322-7-15, Resolution Authorizing the
Submission of a Point Source Implementation Grant Application. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
the City Manager/Zoning Administrator to Give Notice of Substandard Properties: Hill explained that the city has
received several complaints about two houses owned by Barry Bjornson. He
has dug out a large hole and opened up the basement in each house. Hill
stated there is a building permit for one and an application for a permit for
the other but it hasn't been issued because the building official has some
concerns about the process of how it has to be done.
Hill indicated he talked
to the owner last week and it does not seem like he has a clue as to how much
work needs to be done. Hill stated the one property is sold on a contract
for deed with Mike Sax and the other is sold outright to him. Sax is
aware of what the city is doing and he's not any happier about it than the city
is. This resolution would direct the city to give Bjornson a 30 day notice
to correct the deficiencies at these properties.
Hill pointed out a snow
fence was put up by the city to protect the area and Bjornson will be billed
for that. Storck feels Bjornson will never get this done in 30 days and
wants the resolution passed by the council. Hill noted that more than
likely the building inspector will condemn the properties. Hill stated
it's the worst he's ever seen of somebody trying to fix a house.
Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3323-7-15, Resolution Directing
the City Manager/Zoning Administrator to Give Notice of Substandard
Properties. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor,
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: 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 5:45 p.m.