MINUTES- MORRIS CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING -NOVEMBER 10, 2015
regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m.
this 10th day of November, 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, Miller, Storck and Mayor Giese. Also present was City
Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch and Police Chief Tiegs.
Mayor Giese added to the agenda a Resolution of the City Approving an Amendment
to a Purchase Agreement for the HRA and an Application for a $5,000 Fire Grant.
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 10/27/15 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member
Storck moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the 10/27/15
regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Solvie,
to approve the 10/27/15 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent
agenda which included the following items:
of City Bills
SCEIC Meeting Minutes
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: None
Resolution Approving a Law Enforcement Center Rental Agreement for 2016-2020:
Hill stated this is a five year agreement, increasing $50 a month for the first
year and $10 a month for the next four years after that. Hill indicated
this seems reasonable for what the city is getting.
member Wohlers, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3343-11-15, Resolution
Approving a Law Enforcement Center Rental Agreement for 2016-2020. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
of the City Approving an Amendment to a Purchase Agreement for the HRA:
under the original purchase agreement for the old elementary school property,
the city maintained the right to repurchase any property that remained undeveloped
after five years. This has created an issue for the HRA when trying to
purchase two lots in the center of the parcel. Hill explained that the
HRA cannot obtain financing needed to build on the property with this
restriction in place.
this is the project the city really has to get done on this property. Hill
explained that the HRA project is important to the overall development of the
site because of the way the city used TIF to tear down the old elementary
school. Hill stated because money was used from existing TIF districts,
20% of the development on the site must be affordable housing. The
projects developed by the HRA will help meet this requirement.
of the HRA stated the area they are looking to purchase is in the middle of the
property, from East 5th Street across to East 7th
Street. Hill asked what happens if the HRA isn't able to do something
with the parcels. Fohl explained that there are all sorts of programs
that come out as time goes on. Fohl added that when you initially apply
for tax credits it's very competitive. For the first section the next
application will be submitted in June of 2016 and they won't be notified of
funding until February of 2017. Fohl pointed out they have to do market
and housing studies so she doesn't have details about what would specifically
be built and how many units. Fohl stated their mission is to provide
safe, affordable housing and that would always be the goal for the
Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3344-11-15,
Resolution of the City Approving an Amendment to a Purchase Agreement for the
HRA. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: This was
informational for the council.
member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to authorize the City Manager to apply
for a $5,000 grant for bunker gear for the Fire Department. Motion
noted at the budget worksession staff talked about hiring someone to sweep the
downtown sidewalks. This would allow for sidewalks to be swept and
the city plows to get the downtown streets cleared right away. Hill
indicated he didn't know whether or not businesses would be interested in
paying a fee to have this done. It was the consensus of the council to
get some feedback on the idea.
from Bolton & Menk - MS4 Permit Tasks: Hill stated the city is
not sure how it will deal with some of this because it is very comprehensive
and involved. Wohlers indicated it looked like a potential job
description for someone.
for Bids - DENCO II:
Hill noted that Bolton & Menk is watching over this for the city and once
the bids are opened they will bring it back to the council for approval. The
bid opening is November 18th at 10:00 a.m.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:55 p.m.