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MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING - MAY 24, 2016

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 24th day of May, 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 Public Works Director Dittbenner. 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTSResolution Accepting Insurance Renewal Proposal:  Tom Quam of Bremer Insurance was present at the meeting to discuss the city's renewal.  The city's insurance coverage is through the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust.  The renewal premiums total $214,905, while the expiring premium was $215,267.  The city received a divided for the property liability package of $30,123.  Quam explained that the League went to a new rating system which accounts for the decrease in premium.  Quam stated the new Welcome to Morris signs are valued at $76,250.  Quam indicated the likelihood of loss isn't great but if the city wanted to include these signs for coverage it would cost $642.  Hill stated he didn't think it was necessary to insure the signs.  Council member Wohlers asked if the coverage included vandalism.  Quam stated it did but was subject to a $500 deductible.  It was the consensus that it wasn't worth the money to insure the signs.

The city's work comp modification went from .65 to .69.  Quam recommended the city remain with a 0 deductible again on the work comp. 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3385-5-16, Resolution Accepting Insurance Renewal Proposal and to continue with a zero deductible on the work comp insurance and to waive the extra insurance on the Welcome to Morris Signs.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Kris Swanson - Bolton & Menk:  Hill pointed out that the bonding bill did not pass on Sunday night.  Hill noted that the Speaker of the House is going to be in Morris this coming Thursday at 11:00 to talk to people about what happened in the legislature and specifically the city's water plant project.  Hill indicated the city needs this special session to get the bonding bill passed.  The water treatment plant bid is held open until June 28th but the city is losing time getting the project going.  

Swanson apologized that the bids came in over his estimate.  Swanson stated most of the increase was due to piping and plumbing inside the plant.  Swanson noted the plant got larger as value was added to the project.  Swanson stated he felt the things that were added were good engineering decisions, but he failed to update the costs for that.  Swanson indicated funding is still an unknown at this time but noted there would not be additional engineering fees associated with a higher bid. 

Giese asked how much the city could expect if the bill is passed in a special session.  Swanson stated based on how the PSIG and the Water Infrastructure Fund have worked in the past, the city could see a grant package of anywhere from $10 to $12 million for the project, if the bonding bill passes.  Swanson explained what the PFA wants to do is pay the project costs down until water rates are about 1.2% of the median household, or about $45-$50 a month for water.  Swanson stated the MPCA, Department of Health has said that if you can afford a cell phone, you can afford drinking water.   

No action was needed on the update; the city will continue to wait on the legislature.

PUBLIC HEARINGSPublic Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 106, An Ordinance Amending the Morris City Code - Chapter 11 Land Use Regulation:  Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:50 p.m.  There being no comments from the public, Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:50 p.m. and brought the matter back to the council for action.

Hill explained the Planning Commission held a public hearing on this issue and no one showed up.  Hill stated he has not heard any objection to the proposed ordinance.  Hill recommended the council adopt the ordinance which would allow commercial and private storage buildings as a permitted use in a Light Industrial zone.

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Ordinance No. 106, An Ordinance Amending the Morris City Code - Chapter 11 Land Use Regulation, Section 11.40 - Light Industrial District.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 5/10/16 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 5/10/16 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

5/10/16 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 5/10/16 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      Pay Estimate #1 - Kuhl Construction - PDT Park

         C.      Pay Estimate #3 - Par Piping - DENCO

         D.      4/19/16 Planning Commission Minutes

         E.       Gambling Application - Morris Lions

         F.       Temporary On Sale Liquor License - Eagles

         G.      Revenue & Expenditure Report

         H.      Gambling Reports

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSGambling Report - American Legion:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers 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.

Appointment to Planning Commission:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to appoint Dennis Wulf to the Planning Commission to fill the vacancy left by Dale Livingston.  Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Accepting Bid for Parallel Taxiway:  Hill stated two bids were received and they have been reviewed and are correct.  The low bid was from Riley Brother's for $2,615,008.  This includes construction of a parallel taxiway and rehabilitation of the taxiway and parking lot.  The other bid was from Central Specialties for $4,765,979.  Hill pointed out the total cost, including engineering, is $2,877,010.  Hill noted this project is contingent upon approval of state and federal funding which could take anywhere from 2-4 months.  The local share of $149,731 will be paid out of the capital outlay fund. 

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3386-5-16, Resolution Accepting Bid for Parallel Taxiway.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Solvie to adopt Resolution #3387-5-16, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer, transferring funds from the liquor store fund to the PDT Park Legacy Grant Project.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfers:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3388-5-16, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfers.  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 Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3389-5-16, Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSCity Manager Newsletter:  This was informational for the council.  Hill noted the city will see about $30,000 more in LGA for 2017.  Hill indicated City Engineer Fier's last day is June 3rd and he has talked with WSN about having an inspector for the Oregon Avenue project.  

OTHER BUSINESS:  Wohlers stated he received a call from a valued constituent asking about the city's ordinance on the mobile sign by the Town & Country parking lot.  It is a big billboard mounted on a trailer.  Hill noted he would look into it. 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMSCommunity Ed Information:  This was informational for the council.

Park Board Tour - June 8:  The Park Board Tour is June 8th at 5:15 at City Hall.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:12 p.m.

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