MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING - DECEMBER 8, 2015
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 8th day of
December, 2015, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior
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, Fire Chief Dybdal and City Attorney Jordan.
ADDITIONS TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese added the following items to
the agenda: 1)Donation from West Central Christian Homes 2)Resolution
Appointing the Morris Fire Department Chief and Other Officers and 3)Letter
from the Stevens County Sheriff's Office.
CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 11/24/15 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member
Storck, to approve the 11/24/15 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 11/24/15 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Miller, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
of City Bills
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
to Tourism Board: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member
Wohlers, to appoint Melissa Vangsness and Natasha Mortenson to the Tourism
Board. Motion carried.
Donation from West
Central Christian Homes:
Council member Storck moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to accept the $500
donation to the Police Department from West Central Christian Homes.
Authorizing Advertising for Bids for PDT Park Legacy Grant Project:
Hill explained there are two main parts to the project, one of which is to
retrofit the concession building into a campground building that would have
showers, etc. This area would be connected to the main picnic shelter
through a system of patios and canopies. The second part would be the remodeling
of the picnic shelter. Hill noted the kitchen area in the picnic shelter
is in pretty good shape but costs did go way up. The bid will be
advertised as two separate pieces. The Legacy Fund Grant is around
$120,000 with a cost share by the city. Bids would be opened on December
29th with substantial completion of the interior by April 1st
and the outside work by June 1st. The 2016 budget has $57,500
set aside for this project.
Council member Storck
moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3352-12-15, Resolution
Authorizing Advertising for Bids for PDT Park Legacy Grant Project. Upon
a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
the Morris Fire Department Chief and Other Officers: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by
Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3353-12-15, Resolution Appointing the Morris Fire
Department Chief and Other Officers. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: 2016
Licenses: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to accept
the 2016 licenses as presented, pending insurance as noted. Motion
City Manager Newsletter: Hill stated he sent a letter to main street
businesses asking if they are interested in a consolidated snow removal
program. The city provided a short survey and return envelope. Hill
noted he would bring the responses back at the next meeting.
With regard to feedback on
the storm water fee letter that was sent out, Hill stated he received one call
from a property owner that didn't know they were annexed into the city. Another
person asked for a copy of the letter from MPCA detailing what the city has to
do. Hill noted he didn't know if there was one specific letter but more
of a series of things. Staff will find the information and post it on the
The council questioned
changing the direction of Green River Road to coincide with the Oregon Avenue
Project. Hill stated for next year it would be a reclaim of that stretch
of road from Columbia to Elm Street. Hill explained the direction could
be changed when there is a complete reconstruction of the road.
Snow removal in the
downtown area was discussed.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Correspondence from Stevens County
Sheriff's Office: Dona Greiner invited the council to attend and
participate in an upcoming Table Top Exercise for the train derailment disaster
exercise coming up next June.
BUDGET MEETING: Budget & Levy Presentation:
Hill reviewed the budget adjustments for 2015. Hill explained that going
forward in 2016 the city will charge out City Engineer Fier's time. Typically
Fier's time is assessed to the road projects going on each summer but for the
last two years the city hasn't had a major project.
The 2015 levy is $1,374,733,
while the 2014 levy was $1,288,529, which is a 6.7% increase. Hill
pointed out this is an increase of the levy, not the overall budget.
The market value is the
assessor's estimated value of property in the City for tax purposes. For 2016
the market value is $233,327,700, which is a 1.8% over 2015. The 2016 tax
capacity is $2,508,471, or a 1.7% increase.
With regard to health
insurance, Hill stated he thinks the city is going to get slammed next
year. Health partners had a huge rate increase and the city should know
in January what the rates for December 1st of next year will
be. Wages are increased by 2.5% for next year. The general fund levy
includes $21,778 for the loader lease levy.
The total 2016 budget is $10,026,116.
The adjusted total city budget for 2015 is $10,375,617.
This is a total budget
decrease of 1.14%. The 2016 general fund budget is $3,853,916. The
capital improvement fund
budget is $328,519. Hill explained this is up a little bit higher because
Green River Road is going to be fixed, along with a little bit on East 3rd
street, North Ridge Drive and some things at the airport.
The library fund budget is
$328,749. New for 2016 is the stormwater administration budget of
$55,000. This is budgeted for the administrative requirement of the
city's stormwater permit.
The lodging tax budget is
$38,000. Hill stated with the new hotel there will be more money available
for the tourism board to market Morris. The city will be adding a bond issue in
2016 for the Oregon Avenue project. This will be a smaller bond issue because
of the addition of state and federal funds on the project.
The public utility fund has
2016 projected revenues of $1,154,957. The liquor store fund has projected
net revenue of $66,856 after transfers. The central garage fund has projected
revenues of $141,700, expenses of $136,064, with a projected net income of
Hill added that for the
future the city will continue to depend on state aid, but the state aid future
is more secure with a projected surplus for the next budget. Union
negotiations are completed to 2017. Health insurance will be a critical
issue going into 2017. Hill noted the city has to continue to invest in
capital equipment and infrastructure.
Hill stated that one of
the best things that came out of 2015 was the downtown project and the
investment that was spurred because of it.
Citizen's Questions: No citizens other than city staff were
the Final 2015 Tax Levy for Collection in 2016: Council member Storck moved,
seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3354-12-15, Resolution Approving the
Final 2015 Tax Levy for Collection in 2016. Upon a roll call vote taken
and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Resolution Adopting the
Final 2016 Budget and Approving an Adjusted 2015 City Budget: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3355-12-15, Resolution Adopting the Final
2016 Budget for the City of Morris. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
Sewer and Water Utility Rates for 2016:
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3356-12-15,
Resolution Increasing Sewer and Water Utility Rates for 2016. Upon a roll
call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Resolution Setting the
Annual Pension Benefit for the Morris Fire Relief Association: Council member Storck moved, seconded by
Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3357-12-15, Resolution Setting the Annual Pension
Benefit for the Morris Fire Relief Association. Upon a roll call vote
taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:41 p.m.