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
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 COMMENTS: Resolution 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
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
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 HEARINGS: Public 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
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
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
of City Bills
Estimate #1 - Kuhl Construction - PDT Park
Estimate #3 - Par Piping - DENCO
Planning Commission Minutes
Application - Morris Lions
On Sale Liquor License - Eagles
& Expenditure Report
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City
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
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 ITEMS: Community 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.