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MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING - APRIL 12, 2016

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 8:30 a.m. this 12th day of April, 2016, by Mayor Giese in the Auditorium of the Morris Area High School.

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, Police Chief Tiegs, Finance Director Raasch and City Attorney Jordan.

ADDITION TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese added a DNR Grant Application from the Fire Department to the agenda.

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: Library information - National Library Week: Melissa Yauk was present at the meeting to review National Library Week. Yauk read a Proclamation for library week.

PUBLIC HEARINGS: None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 3/22/16 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 3/22/16 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.

3/22/16 Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 3/22/16 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.

4/4/16 Board of Review Minutes: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the 4/4/16 Board of Review 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. March Transit Report

C. Raffle License Report - Federated Church

D. 2/17/16 Tourism Board Minutes

E. Gambling Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Arbor Month Proclamation 2016: Mayor Giese proclaimed May as Arbor Month in the city of Morris.

DNR Grant Application: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Storck, to approve the $5,000 grant application for personal protective equipment for the Fire Department. Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Establishing the North, South and East Court, Brook Street and Eleanor Avenue Improvement Project and Ordering Feasibility Studies: City Manager Hill explained that when this area was built there was no storm sewer drainage which has caused the roads to become very broken up. Another issue is how heavy rains are handled along Green River. This resolution would establish the project and order a feasibility study. Hill stated assessment estimates would be presented at a hearing later on this year in October. Hill noted an appraisal company will also do an appraisal for property values. Hill recommended the council establish this project as the 2017 construction project.

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3378-4-16, Resolution Establishing the North, South and East Court, Brook Street and Eleanor Avenue Improvement Project and Ordering Feasibility Studies. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Advertising for the Bids for the Parallel Taxiway Project: Hill noted that this project has been a long time in the making. This is a $2.8 million dollar project with the federal government paying 90% of that and the state kicking in 5%. Hill noted there was some talk that the state wouldn’t participate and he informed Dan Boerner from the state that if that was the case the city would drop the project. This resolution would authorize advertising for bids for the project. The bid would be good for up to four months which would allow the city to have grant agreements in place by that time from the federal and state government. Hill pointed out based on the estimates the city’s local share is $142,000. Hill recommended the council move forward but the city will have the opportunity to not accept the bid or award the contract depending on what happens with the funding sources.

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3379-4-16, Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Advertising for Bids for the Parallel Taxiway Project. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3380-4-16, Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services for a utility bill for the Guggisberg Family Trust. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

First Reading of Ordinance No. 105, An Ordinance Amending the Morris City Code - Various Chapters and Sections 2016A: Hill recommended four changes with this ordinance. This would be the first reading with the second reading being held at the next meeting on April 26th.

The issues include:

  • allow rabbits as pets in town
  • establish an administrative fee for violating the weed and grass rules, similar to removing snow and ice
  • adding carbon monoxide calls as incidents that may be billed for and establish that the fire billing rates will be set in a Resolution instead of in the ordinance.
  • cars that may or may not be licensed with current tabs or collector plates and are not in running order and don't have all of their parts.

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to accept this as the first reading and schedule a second reading and public hearing for Ordinance No. 105, An Ordinance Amending the Morris City Code - Various Chapters and Sections 2016A for 5:20 p.m. on April 26, 2016. Motion carried.

Someplace Safe Proclamation: Mayor Giese read the Someplace Safe Proclamation.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: This was informational for the council.

Hancock Table Top Haz-Mat Exercise and Morris Live Haz-Mat Exercise: Hill reminded the council of the table top haz-mat exercise on April 27th in Hancock and the live haz-mat exercise on June 29th in Morris.

OTHER BUSINESS: None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Arbor Day Foundation - Tree City USA: The City of Morris was designated as a Tree City USA for 2016.

CGMC Information: This was informational for the council.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 9:30 a.m.

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