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MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING - MARCH 22, 2016

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 22nd day of March, 2016, 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 and City Attorney Jordan.

ADDITION TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese added to the agenda an Application for Exempt Permit from SCMC.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: None

PUBLIC HEARINGS: None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 3/8/16 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 3/8/16 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.

3/8/16 Condensed Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 3/8/16 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.

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

A. Audit of City Bills

B. Application for Exempt Permit - SCMC

C. Application for Exempt Permit - Am Vets

D. Expenditure/Revenue Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Gambling Report - American Legion: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to accept the gambling report from the American Legion. Upon a roll call vote taken and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the Legion. Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Accepting a Bid and Authorizing a Contract for the 2016 Oregon Avenue Improvement Project: City Manager Hill stated it wasn't necessary to have another public hearing at this time but a letter would be sent to all affected property owners updating them on the project. Hill noted approval has not yet been given to the project by the state so a contingency has been written into the resolution. Hill noted the low bid came from Riley Brothers Construction for $1,641,556. The overall project estimate including everything was originally $2.8 million but now that is down to approximately $2.2 million.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3376-3-16, Resolution Accepting a Bid and Authorizing a Contract for the 2016 Oregon Avenue Improvement Project. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Accepting a Bid and Awarding a Contract for the Pomme de Terre Park Project:

Hill indicated there was originally a problem with the bid specs and them not including wage rate information so the project was rebid. The same two original companies bid again but this time Kuhl Construction of Alexandria came in with the low bid of $151,250. Hill indicated this will only require an $8,495 additional contribution from the city instead of the $28,645 with the last bid. The end date of the project is toward the end of July into August but it won't affect the big picnic shelter.

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3377-3-16, Resolution Accepting a Bid and Awarding a Contract for the PDT Park Project. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: This was informational for the council. Hill reviewed his trip last week to meet with legislators to talk about LGA and the water treatment plant.

With regard to the new water plant, Council member Wohlers asked if the increase in water costs would be the same for a business as a residential customer. Hill noted it would all depend on their usage but they would see the same increases. Hill indicated City of Alberta residents would also see more of an increase in their water bills.

Council member Solvie stated he was asked if the city would achieve the same goal for water if everyone in town had a computerized water softener and a new plant wasn't built. Hill stated it would help but the city still wouldn't meet the discharge requirements.

Hill stated the question came up as to whether or not the city considered a reverse osmosis system. Hill noted that would not work well on an industrial scale. It is also more expensive to remove salt from the water than it is to provide softened water through the lime softening process.

OTHER BUSINESS: None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: CGMC in Brief: This was informational for the council.

Board of Review Reminder: This was informational for the council.

Council Meeting at High School on 4/12/16 at 8:30 a.m.: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to hold the April 12th council meeting at the High School at 8:30 a.m.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:01 p.m.

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