MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING -OCTOBER 13, 2015
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.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
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.
Mayor Giese added an Application for Exempt Permit from the Morris Fire Relief
Association to the agenda.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 9/22/15 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member
Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Mayor Giese, to approve the 9/22/15
regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Council member
Solvie, to approve the 9/22/15 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the consent agenda
which included the following items:
of City Bills
for Exempt Permit - Ducks Unlimited
& Expenditure Report
for Exempt Permit - Morris Fire Relief Association
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: None
Resolution 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.
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.
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.
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
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Report: This was
informational for the council.
Budget Worksession: Council member Storck moved, seconded by Mayor
Giese, to schedule a budget worksession for 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 29th.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:52 p.m.