regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m.
this 9th day of February, 2016, 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, Police Chief Tiegs and City Attorney Jordan.
Sheila Hemming, 20733 468th Avenue, was present at the council
meeting. Hemming respectfully requested that she be exempt from refuse
service as it is a financial hardship for her. City Manager Hill asked what
she currently did with her garbage and Hemming indicated she burns it. Hemming
felt she should be grandfathered in because of the annexation and she has a
completely different property with a barn and a pasture.
a person is not allowed to haul or burn their own garbage. Hill noted there
is no grandfather clause and this is where health and safety come into play.
City Attorney Jordan pointed out that Minnesota Statute 88.171 prevents burning
of any garbage in the state of Minnesota.
Melissa Yauk was at the meeting and reviewed information with the council on
which groups use the library, the reasons why they use the library and what
they do while they are there. Yauk noted the library is open 300 days a
year and of that the meeting room was used 228 days in 2015.
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 1/26/16 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes:
Council member Storck moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the
1/26/16 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve
the 1/26/16 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
License - Brick House
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Audit Information: Hill pointed out the
Auditors would be coming next week to conduct the audit.
Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Advertising
for Bids for the Oregon Avenue Improvement Project: Hill explained
that the project is at the point where plans and specs have been
completed. Jeff Kuhn of WSN was present at the meeting and stated the estimate
for the project is $2.9 million, which is down from the original estimate of
$3.1 million. Kuhn indicated the big change is that the state aid portion
has gone up while the federal amount has stayed the same with a cap of $1.2
million. Kuhn anticipated there would be a good bunch of contractors
interested in the work. Bids will be opened on March 8th at
10:00 a.m. at City Hall. After review and approval by the State, bids
would be brought to the council at their March 22nd meeting.
Kuhn stated work would start in the middle of May and be substantially
completed by the beginning of November.
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3369-2-16,
Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Advertising for
Bids for the Oregon Avenue Improvement Project. Upon a roll call vote
taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
for the Authorization to Execute MN DOT Airport Maintenance and Grant Contract: Hill explained this grant
contract is for 2016-2017 which will reimburse the city for $28,861 for each of
the two years.
member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3370-2-16,
Resolution for the Authorization to Execute MN DOT Airport Maintenance and
Grant Contract. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in
favor, motion carried.
Authorizing an Application for a PFA Drinking Water Revolving Loan for the
Water Treatment Plant:
Hill stated this is a technical item that has to be done as part of the funding
process. Hill indicated the resolution requires the city request a loan
for the full $13.9 million for the water plant, but that amount would be offset
by any grants or bonding money. The city is currently eligible for up to
a $3 million grant from the PFA and is hoping to get up to $11 million from the
State through the bonding bill.
Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3371-2-16,
Resolution Authorizing an Application for a PFA Drinking Water Revolving Loan
for the Water Treatment Plant. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: This was
informational for the council.
Top Exercise - April 27th : The council was reminded of the rescheduled date
for the table top exercise which is April 27th in Hancock.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:53 p.m.