MINUTES – MORRIS CITY
COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING
– AUGUST 11, 2015
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 11th day
of August, 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, Miller, Storck and Mayor
Giese. Council member Solvie was absent. Also present was City
Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch and Police Chief Tiegs.
CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: Water Issue: Kevin Kotts, 23
Brook Street, was present at the meeting and stated he has had water issues on this
end of town for quite a few years. Kotts lives at the corner of Brook
Street and Eleanor Avenue and has had water in his yard a number of times
during heavy rains. Kotts presented the council with photographs of the
area in question. Kotts explained that during a heavy rain Eleanor Avenue
turns into a river. Kotts pointed out there is no storm sewer in this
area so when it rains it backs up fast. Kotts stated it is his opinion that
there's more water than the undersized culverts can handle since there is a combination
of water coming down Eleanor and then from Green River as well. Kotts is
also concerned about trees along Green River that are loose because of erosion
from running water.
Hill noted that City
Engineer Fier surveyed and staked the area. Hill explained that one of
the stakes is where the property pin is and the other marks off a 15' platted alleyway,
of which part of Kotts' shed and rain garden sits on. Hill stated the
city is trying to find out if this alley has ever been vacated. Fier
stated the alley runs behind the first four houses on that end and the first
four houses on the other end coming off Columbia Avenue.
Hill stated Kotts'
property is in a bad spot but there is nowhere for the water to go during a
heavy rain. Hill stated the city could look at adding dykes but whatever water
is being kept out, other water is also being held in which doesn't help.
Hill suggested maybe the time has come to build a storm water holding pond
between South Columbia and Eleanor Avenue. Fier noted that this
development was built without underground storm sewers so all of the water from
the area flows on to Eleanor Avenue to get to the river.
Darron Carr, 201 Eleanor
Avenue, stated he lives on the east side of Eleanor and the ditch there is at
least 8 feet deep. Carr explained that in the creek by his property there
are a number of big rocks and trees which doesn't help the flow either. Carr
added that the water definitely tears up that stretch of road on Eleanor Avenue.
Considerable discussion was held on the issue. It was the consensus that
city staff would look further into the issue and hopefully the 2017 improvement
project would also alleviate some of the problem.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: 2nd Reading and Public
Hearing of Ordinance No. 103, An Ordinance Amending the Morris City Code
Chapter 3, Municipal Utilities – Rules and Regulations, Rates, Charges
and Collections: Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:43
There being no comments from
the public, Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:44 p.m. and brought the
matter back to the council for action.
Wohlers asked if the city
has always billed bi-monthly. Hill stated yes the city has and staff
looked at doing it monthly but because of the workload and cost of mailings
decided to continue with bi-monthly billing for now.
Storck asked about the
storm sewer utility fee. Hill noted a paragraph was added that will allow
the city to set a rate by resolution. This fee will help pay for non-construction
costs associated with all the requirements the city needs to follow for permitting
to discharge storm sewer into the PDT river. There will be many ongoing
administrative items such as monitoring of residents mowing grass clippings into
the street, silt fences and runoff at construction sites and additional water
sampling. Hill added that money is being spent on engineering right now
and there isn't a source to fund it.
Wohlers pointed out the state
is not going to let up on this so the city needs to stay ahead of the
game. Hill noted this utility fee will go into a fund to pay for the
stuff that isn't assessed. The council will have a chance to discuss the rate
before it is set.
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Wohlers, to accept this as the 2nd reading and
adopt Ordinance No. 103, An Ordinance Amending the Morris City Code Chapter 3,
Municipal Utilities – Rules and Regulations, Rates, Charges and
Collection. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor,
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 7/28/15 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Storck moved, seconded by
Council member Miller, to approve the 7/28/15 regular meeting minutes.
Version Minutes: Council
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 7/28/15 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Wohlers, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
of City Bills
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
to Enter Into an Agreement – Transit Grant: Hill stated usually
the city only gets a bus once every two years but the state is saying they have
money to get an additional bus this year. Hill indicated the funding for
transit comes from state and federal grants and the fares the riders are
Resolution to Enter
Into an Agreement – Transit Grant: (continued)
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3328-8-15, Resolution to Enter
Into an Agreement for Transit Services. Upon a roll call vote taken and
all present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City
Manager Newsletter: Hill stated the city received the preliminary
plat for the rest of the elementary school property. There may be a potential
new purchaser that's going to take control of the storm water pond. The
plat will be presented to the Planning Commission next week.
Hill indicated North Ridge
Drive has been put on the list for next year.
Hill stated there are a
number of property owners in Parkview Heights interested in city water and
sewer so the council may see that coming up in the next couple of months.
The residents would have to request it by petition to the city council.
Hill noted he has some ideas on how to fund that project.
Storck asked about the
storm water by the hospital and noted the city never had a problem before SCMC
tarred the parking lot. Fier indicated he is aware of the situation and
has looked at it to try and come up with some solutions. Hill added that new
information will be put in the code so that if a new parking lot is put in
drainage needs to be addressed.
NEW BUSINESS: Wohlers asked about the lack of stop signs
at businesses coming into town on Highway 9. A constituent had approached
him and said he had some close calls with accidents because of drivers not
stopping while exiting businesses. City Attorney Jordan explained that by
law you have a duty to stop while coming out of a parking lot. Hill indicated
he wasn't sure the city could regulate private parking lots but staff would
take a look at it.
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:10 p.m.