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MINUTES            MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING       JULY 28, 2015

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 28th day of July, 2015, by Mayor Pro Tem Miller in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Pro Tem Miller added two more Resolutions Authorizing Fund Transfers to the agenda.

ROLL CALL:  Roll call was taken with the following members present:  Council member Wohlers, Solvie, Storck and Mayor Pro Tem Miller.  Mayor Giese was absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Police Chief Tiegs and City Attorney Jordan.

CITIZENS COMMENTS:  Elizabeth Wefel – Coalition of Greater MN Cities:  Wefel was present at the meeting to present her annual report from the Coalition of Greater MN Cities and discuss the past legislative session.  Wefel stated the main idea gathered from the session is that it failed to meet the expectations for Greater MN.  Greater MN does take the larger chunk of LGA but more money has been shifting to the metro area.  Wefel reviewed water quality regulations and some changes that have been made and others that are coming up.  The four major issues from the session that Wefel touched on were broadband, economic development, employer driven job training and annexation.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  7/14/15 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member     Storck moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the 7/14/15 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

7/14/15 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the 7/14/15 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

A.             Audit of City Bills

B.             American Legion Beer License Application

C.            7/15/15 Tourism Board Minutes

D.            Gambling Report

E.             Revenue & Expenditure Report

F.             Application for Exempt Permit – Humane Society

Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer:   Hill explained that the city sold the 1986 loader for $22,600 and received a contribution in lieu of park land for the elementary school property of $8,560 for a total of $31,160.  That money will be transferred from the general fund to the capital outlay fund.   

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3324-7-15, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer:  Hill stated the DENCO II project is complete and the grant monies of $170,000 from the MPCA and DEED grants can be returned to the capital outlay fund.    

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3325-7-15, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

First Reading of Ordinance No. 103, Amending the Morris City Code Chapter 3, Municipal Utilities – Rules and Regulations, Rates, Charges and Collections:  Hill stated the city is looking at putting a storm water utility in place.  There is a chapter in the city code that talks about utilities and this ordinance would allow for a storm water fee.  A couple of other changes that would be made with this ordinance are to update the fact that utility bills must remain in the property owners name and that meters are read by radio remote. 

Hill added that the city has new properties that have been annexed that do not have sewer and water, but since they are in the city limits the fee would apply.  Wohlers suggested a special rate for them until that time as water and sewer is available.  Hill indicated it would initially be a minimal flat fee for the storm sewer utility.    

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Miller, to adopt accept this as the first reading of Ordinance No. 103 and to set the public hearing and second reading for August 11th at 5:20 p.m. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer:  This resolution would transfer $29,755 to the PDT Park Legacy Grant Project. 

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3326-7-15, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer:  This resolution would transfer money from the 2013A GO Improvement Fund to the EDA TI District #15.  

Mayor Pro Tem Miller moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3327-7-15, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS:  City Manager Newsletter:  With regard to the upcoming project at PDT Park, Hill stated the engineers are close to having plans and specs completed.  The bids would be let in January with the work to start in May.  Hill indicated that the main shelter may be unusable next summer in order to get the project completed.    

Hill noted the sewer repair along Green River was completed.  There were no major problems and between City Engineer Fier and the city crew they did a nice job.

Miller asked if there was any progress on the Industrial Park.  Hill state the major concern is how to get utilities out there and what to use for funding.

Hill pointed out he would stay on top of the substandard housing issue and bring it back to the council in August.

Hill explained that Oregon Avenue is getting really bad and suggested it be milled and regraded until construction can begin next year.  It was the consensus of the council that this was a good idea.  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to mill and regrade Oregon Avenue from East 4th Street to South Street.

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Pro Tem Miller adjourned the meeting at 6:15 p.m.

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