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MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING - JUNE 14, 2016

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 14th day of June, 2016, by Mayor Pro Tem Miller 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, Storck and Mayor Pro Tem Miller.  Mayor Giese was absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill and City Attorney Jordan.   

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Pro Tem Miller added the following items to the agenda:  Pay Estimate for Kuhl Construction - PDT Park, and Resolution Requesting that the Governor Call for a Special Legislative Session.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTSIntroduction of Elizabeth Kirchner, Assistant City Attorney:  City Attorney Jordan introduced the new assistant city attorney Elizabeth Kirchner. 

Recognition of Justin Howe - MN Firefighter of the Year:  Fire Chief Dybdal recognized Justin Howe for receiving the MN Firefighter of the Year Award.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES5/24/16 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 5/24/16 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

5/24/16 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 5/24/16 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      Pay Estimate - Kuhl Construction - PDT Park

         C.      May Transit Report

         D.      Street Dance Permit - Met Lounge

         E.       Application for Exempt Permit - Deer Hunters

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSGambling Application - American Legion:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Miller, to accept the gambling report from the American Legion.  Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services:

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3390-6-16, Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Purchase of a Transit Bus:  Hill stated the cost of the new bus is $74,000 and the city needs to come up with the 20% local share, which is in the budget. 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Miller, to adopt Resolution #3391-6-16, Resolution Authorizing Purchase of a Transit Bus.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Agency Agreement #1002149, As Amended, with MN DOT:  Hill stated this agreement for Oregon Avenue was already approved but because of language on the second page that refers to the actual amount of the bid it needed to be amended.  The bids came in at $1.6 million and the agreement breaks out what the federal, state and local share are going to be.    

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3392-6-16, Resolution Authorizing Agency Agreement #1002149, As Amended, with MN DOT.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a Water Tower Space Lease Agreement with Info Link Wireless, Inc.:  Hill pointed out to the council that this agreement is retroactive to January 1, 2015.  Hill stated Info Link is a small fish in a big market, competing against companies like Sprint and Verizon for space on the water tower.  Hill explained that in the beginning they helped provide wireless internet to the local market and because of that, they were allowed to be on the water tower for a cheaper cost per month.  Hill proposed that the current lease be increased from $170 a month to $200, with an increase of $10 a month for every year after that.    

Mayor Pro Tem Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3393-6-16, Resolution Approving a Water Tower Space Lease Agreement with Info Link Wireless, Inc.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Requesting that the Governor Call for a Special Legislative Session:  Hill explained that this resolution was suggested by a lobbyist that's working on the water treatment plant for the city.  Hill stated every bill that's written has had the language and the money in it that the city needs.  The bid from Rice Lake Construction is good until the 28th of June.  Hill stated the contractor might be willing to extend that date but they don't want to commit to it right now.  Hill noted that if the city doesn't get the funding, the bids would be rejected and the city would have to wait until year.  It was the consensus of the council that this was a good move and a way to emphasize that Morris needs something done right away.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3394-6-16, Resolution Requesting that the Governor Call for a Special Legislative Session.  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.    

OTHER BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMSRUSC Kinship:  The RUSC Kinship program has proposed a patio paver fundraiser in which people would have the opportunity to buy a paver that will become part of a new patio at PDT Park.  The patio was originally taken out of this year's park project because of funding.  This is a way to get the project done and help the Kinship program raise some funds. 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Pro Tem Miller adjourned the meeting at 5:58 p.m.

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