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MINUTES   -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING   -   NOVEMBER 24, 2015

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 24th 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, Police Chief Tiegs, City Engineer/Surveyor/Inspector Fier, Public Works Director Dittbenner and City Attorney Jordan.

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added to the agenda a Resolution Approving a Master Tax-Exempt Lease Purchase Agreement for LED Lighting and a Resolution Approving the Sale of Industrial Park Land to Steve and Cathy Backman. 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  11/10/15 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member      Storck moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the 11/10/15 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

11/10/15 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 11/10/15 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

            A.         Audit of City Bills

            B.         Revenue & Expenditure Report

            C.         SCEIC Minutes

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSGambling Report - American Legion:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to accept the gambling report from the American Legion.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the Legion, motion carried.

Appointment to Tourism Board:  This was removed from the agenda to be brought back at a later date.

 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Approving a Tobacco-Free Parks Policy:  City Manager Hill stated the city has never had a tobacco free policy in place.  Hill explained he and Tony Reimers from Community Ed worked together to come up with a policy, which will also include the vapor/e-cigarettes.  The city will get new signs that include the e-cigarettes.  Hill noted in discussions with staff the issue of the campground came up.  City Attorney Jordan put some language in to make the campground exempt from the policy.   

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3345-11-15, Resolution Approving a Tobacco-Free Parks Policy. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Relating to Parking Restrictions on South Oregon Avenue:  Hill pointed out this is the last of the red tape from the federal and state funding.  Hill explained there is a small section on South Oregon just south of South Street.  The road narrows for 160' and then it widens.  The narrow portion has to have a parking restriction on one side.  Hill added that because this section is narrow the city will trade some special assessment costs with the owner of the house next to the narrow strip in return for some additional right of way to widen the road.  Hill explained that because that can't take place until construction starts, this has to be done in the meantime. 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3346-11-15, Resolution Relating to Parking Restrictions on South Oregon Avenue.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Accepting a Bid and Authorizing a Contract for the DENCO II Energy Efficiency Improvement Project:  Hill stated one bid was received from Par Piping and Fabrication of Granite Falls for $2,058,972.50.  Bolton & Menk has reviewed the bid and they are recommending the council accept it.  Hill indicated the city will not pay anything for the project; it will be paid for with the $750,000 DEED grant and the remainder by DENCO II.  Hill stated the bid is a little bit higher than what they expected but the DENCO II plant manager said the board approved the project.  Par Piping is the same company that did the last project. 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3347-11-15, Resolution Accepting a Bid and Authorizing a Contract for the DENCO II Energy Efficiency Improvement Project.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing the Pomme de Terre Water Service Line Project:  Hill stated that since the city is redoing the park building one of the things that came up was the well at PDT.  In order to do the reconstruction project there has to be a certain water flow that's coming out of the well and the city's was not producing enough.  The original solution was to put in a new well for about $20,000.  A second well also needed to be refurbished.  Hill pointed out city staff discussed the issue and it was suggested to run a 4" city water service line to the park.  This would allow fresh, treated water to be brought to the park and then when the new plant is built it will be soft water. 

Fier explained that the line would come from Riverside Addition at Riverview Drive and will be bored underneath the PDT River to the park.  The city crew will run the rest of the line into the park.  Fier stated it would be a very good thing for the park to get a 4" water line out there.  A manhole will be put in where it comes into the park which will allow for the capability of draining the whole line at the end of the season.  

Hill recommended that the funding come from city reserves and/or the liquor store reserves.  Hill stated the city should recoup some of the costs with the amount of time and labor that is currently put into filling the holding tank at the spray park.  It was the consensus of the council that this was a great project.

Miller asked about wastewater for a dump station at the park.  Fier stated he could certainly look into it but unless the city would look at pumps it has to have gravity flow and that is a lot more difficult with directional boring.  Fier noted there was talk about having a fire hydrant at the far end but because it is only a 4" service line there would not be a lot of water available out of the line. 

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3348-11-15, Resolution Authorizing the Pomme de Terre Water Service Line Project.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3349-11-15, Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a Master Tax-Exempt Lease Purchase Agreement for LED Lighting:  Hill stated this is the final financing purchase agreement for the LED lighting.  The city eliminated the library and water treatment plant from the project because of the possible expansion or renovation of these two properties.  The Community Center and some parking lot lights were added.   

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3350-11-15, Resolution Approving a Master Tax-Exempt Lease Purchase Agreement for LED Lighting.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving the Sale of Industrial Park Land to Steve and Cathy Backman

Hill noted the only issue that came up in talking to Steve Backman was an easement that is 60 feet wide and 500 feet long for a 54 feet storm sewer pipe.  Backman did not feel it was appropriate that he buy that piece of land so that is being excluded from what the city is going to charge him for the land.  The price for the land will be $10,500 an acre so the total price will be $57,750 on approximately 5.5 buildable acres.  Hill explained Backman plans to put up an 80 x 200 building and he also bought the existing Wilco building.  The purchase agreement gives Backman two years to do the project, with a right to repurchase the land by the city if nothing is done in that time.   

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3351-11-15, Resolution Approving the Sale of Industrial Park Land to Steve and Cathy Backman.  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.  Hill stated he would be drafting a letter to the downtown businesses with regard to snow removal and asking them what they think. 

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  Wohlers mentioned the loan funds from the SCEIC and how things were left the last time it was discussed.  Wohlers stated he doesn't want the city to lose its focus on main street.  Giese agreed that the city needs a viable main street.  Solvie stated he is worried about the county too but his purpose as a council member is to worry about the city.   

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:15 p.m.

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