- MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING - MARCH 8,
regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m.
this 8th day of March, 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, Storck and Mayor Giese. Council member Miller arrived at
5:16 p.m. Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Police
Chief Tiegs and City Attorney Jordan.
information: Melissa Yauk, Head Librarian, was present at the meeting
to discuss the library's collection materials. Yauk reviewed all the
different materials that are available for people to check out, including
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 2/23/16 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes:
Council member Storck moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the
2/23/16 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the
2/23/16 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the consent
agenda which included the following items:
of City Bills
for Exempt Permit - Ducks Unlimited
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Application for Exempt Permit - Pheasants Forever:
Council member Storck moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the application for
exempt permit for the Stevens County Pheasants Forever. Motion carried.
Resolution Requesting Advanced Municipal State Aid Street Funding:
Hill stated bids were opened in the morning for the Oregon Avenue
project. The engineer's estimate was $2.2 million and the unofficial low
bid was from Riley Brothers for $1,641,000. The other two bidders were
Kuechle Underground and Breitbach Construction. This resolution authorizes
a request for advance funding from the state aid system for $600,000 for the
project. The project will have a total of a little over $1 million of
state aid funding.
member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3374-3-16,
Resolution Requesting Advanced Municipal State Aid Street Funding. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Advertising for Bids for the
Water Treatment Facility: Kris Swanson of Bolton & Menk was present at the
meeting. Swanson stated the proposed new plant will be 4-5 times larger
than the existing one. Swanson reviewed the plans for the layout of the
plant. The existing facility would be demolished.
explained one of the features of the plant is a reclaim tank which will bring
back about 85% of the water for drinking water purposes. This saves on
water, ultimately reduces sanitary water flow and reduces energy. Swanson
stated they believe it is worthwhile to try and rehabilitate well #7 and they
will also drill another well because of the increased water usage with DENCO
coming onto the system.
out the exterior look of the building was requested by the University.
Brick features and a high pitch steel roof have been
incorporated into the design. The roof has a 20 year warranty and is a precast
concrete structure which is needed for hanging the pipes. Swanson stated
there does not need to be a fence around the structure of the University is not
in favor of having one.
the hardness of the city water will be reduced from 40 down to 5 grains of
hardness. Swanson noted it will depend on personal preference whether or
not someone wants to continue with a water softener. Swanson stated this
plant will produce a lime sludge. The city will contract with someone to
haul off the sludge at an approximate cost of $40,000 a year. If the city
is able to find a local farmer who is interested in it, that cost could be
explained that currently water rates average $26 a month and that would
increase to $53 per month. Those numbers are based on a $14 million plant
with $3 million in grants. Customers will recoup savings on salt and wear
and tear to appliances.
stated the important thing to get across to the legislature is that the city is
being required to build a water treatment plant due to MPCA regulations.
Swanson noted they have recommended the city add another employee. It is
estimated the plant will cost $500,000 a year to run which includes $400,000
for chemicals, $60,000 for an operator, sludge disposal and heating and
indicated there would be an adjustment period once the new plant is up and
running because of changes in the water chemistry and flushing the pipes out.
The city will need to implement an aggressive schedule for flushing to try and Swanson
anticipates the process will take 1-3 months to clean up.
stated this resolution would give approval to the plans and specifications.
The bid opening is scheduled for April 14th and the project needs to
be certified by June 30th for funding. Swanson anticipates a
construction period of 18 months.
the city needs to negotiate a new agreement with the city of Alberta. The
old agreement didn't take into consideration building a brand new plant and
softening water. Hill stated the same thing needs to be done with
DENCO. The plant was sized bigger because of this additional customer
coming on but the city needs to be guaranteed some type of payment to put that
extra water capacity onto the system. Hill noted DENCO is aware of that
and they are looking at some type of cash infusion up front.
stated there is a local group lobbying for the water treatment plant and
hopefully they can get the state to put extra money into this project. Hill
explained it is in the best interest of every citizen and business person in Morris
and Alberta to contact their legislature for funding, because whatever isn't
funded the tax payers will be paying for.
member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3375-3-16,
Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Advertising for
Bids for the Water Treatment Facility. 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.
in Brief: This was informational for the council.
of Review Information:
This was informational for the council.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:32 p.m.