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MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING -OCTOBER 13, 2015

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 13th day of October, 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, Storck and Mayor Giese.  Council member Miller was absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch and Police Chief Tiegs.

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added an Application for Exempt Permit from the Morris Fire Relief Association to the agenda. 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTSIntroduction and Presentation - Mayor Wilfried Roos and Guido Wallraven, Saerbeck, Germany:  Mayor Wilfried was unable to make the trip over from Germany.  Guido Wallraven, Technical Advisor from Saerbeck, was present at the meeting.  Wallraven presented a video on projects that they have been doing in Saerbeck, Germany for renewable energy. 

PUBLIC HEARINGSResolution Approving the Issuance and Sale of a Health Care Facilities Revenue Note:  Steve Fenlon of Midwest Healthcare Capital was present at the meeting.  Fenlon stated that his firm has been engaged by St. Francis to put together a refinancing for projects in Chisholm, Zumbrota and Duluth.  Fenlon noted the City acts with immunity and has no obligation to pay back the debt.  The $10 million note is held by Bremer Bank in Morris.  Fenlon indicated this refinancing is critical and important for St. Francis as it reduces their interest expense by a full third.

Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:23 p.m.  There being no comments from the public, Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:24 p.m. and brought the matter back to the council for action.

Hill noted he did not receive any comments on the public hearing.  The city's bond attorney from Briggs and Morgan made a couple suggestions and they were incorporated into the final document.

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3337-10-15, Resolution Approving the Issuance and Sale of a Health Care Facilities Revenue Note (Viewcrest Health Center Project). Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

2nd Reading and Public Hearing of Ordinance No. 104, An Ordinance Amending the Morris City Code Chapter 5, Alcoholic Beverages Licensing and Regulations:  This ordinance makes a change to allow for liquor to be sold at 11:00 a.m. vs. 12:00 noon on Sundays. 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to accept this as the 2nd reading and adopt Ordinance No. 104, An Ordinance Amending the Morris City Code Chapter 5, Alcoholic Beverages Licensing and Regulations.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES9/22/15 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Mayor Giese, to approve the 9/22/15 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

9/22/15 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the 9/22/15 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

            A.         Audit of City Bills

            B.         September Transit Report

            C.         Application for Exempt Permit - Ducks Unlimited

            D.         Revenue & Expenditure Report

            E.         Application for Exempt Permit - Morris Fire Relief Association

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Approving a Climate Protection Partnership Agreement:  Hill indicated Brian Hermann and Troy Goodnough from the University were present at the meeting.  Hill explained there has been a contingency from Minnesota, including people from the energy industry, high ranking people from the legislature and people from the University, that have been talking about energy with Germany for a number of years now.  This coming Friday there will be an official signing of an agreement to work together.  Hill indicated Saerbeck, Germany is leading the way and this will allow the city to collaborate on things and see what the future is going to look like for Morris. 

Mayor Giese, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3338-10-15, Resolution Approving a Climate Protection Partnership Agreement.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

Resolution Approving an Environmental Access Agreement with the University of MN:  Hill stated the city has started the engineering process for designing the water treatment plant but it will be on property that is leased from the UMM.  The process includes soil borings so the city needs to enter into this agreement to go on University property.  Hill added that because the new water plant will be on the site of the University how it looks is important.  Brian Hermann indicated there is usually a $600 fee to do this and they were able to get that waived for the city.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3339-10-15, Resolution Approving an Environmental Access Agreement with the University of MN.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSCity Manager Report:  This was informational for the council.

NEW BUSINESS:  Schedule Budget Worksession:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to schedule a budget worksession for 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 29th.  

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None     

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:52 p.m.

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