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.
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:
of City Bills
License Report - Federated Church
Tourism Board Minutes
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
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.
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
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 9:30 a.m.