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MINUTES- MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING -NOVEMBER 10, 2015

The 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.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

ROLL CALL:  Roll 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.

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  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.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES10/27/15 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the 10/27/15 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

10/27/15 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the 10/27/15 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

            A.         Audit of City Bills

            B.         October Transit Report

            C.         9/15/15 SCEIC Meeting Minutes

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution 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.   

Council 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. 

Resolution of the City Approving an Amendment to a Purchase Agreement for the HRA:

Hill noted 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. 

Hill stated 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.    

Melanie Fohl 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 community. 

Mayor 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 carried.

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

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 carried.

NEW BUSINESS:  Giese 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. 

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMSMemo 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.

Advertisement 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.

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