MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING -
JULY 12, 2016
regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m.
this 12th day of July, 2016, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers
of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
call was taken with the following members present: Council member
Wohlers, Solvie, Miller and Mayor Giese. Council member Storck was
absent. Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch,
Police Chief Tiegs and City Attorney Jordan.
Kevin Kotts was present at the meeting to address ongoing water issues in his
backyard during heavy rains. Kotts stated during the last heavy rain the
water didn't get to his house but it flooded his shed and ruined his
lawnmower. Kotts asked what the council was thinking of doing in
terms of a solution and some type of time frame.
Manager Hill explained the area is being looked at as part of the engineering
study for the project next year. Storm sewer will be put in and the
engineers will look at how the connection is taking place on Green River.
Hill noted there are trees all over and part of the solution might be to clean
them out. Another solution may be a storm water holding pond system.
stated because this is a special assessment project there will be a public
hearing this fall. At that time residents in the project area can come
and ask questions and find out the estimated cost of the project. Kotts
indicated his concern is that the same volume of water will still be coming
into Green River via pipe.
member Miller acknowledged that Kotts was upset and that he had been to the
council before but these things don't happen overnight. Kotts stated
there has been a lot of work done upstream which he feels results in more or
quicker water and the culverts back up after an inch and a half of hard
that the engineers would be made aware of the situation and look for a solution
as to how to get the water to go through better.
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 6/28/16 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes:
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the
6/28/16 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve
the 6/28/16 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese added an item to the agenda: Resolution Authorizing the
Collateral Assignment of a TIF Note for East Point of Morris, LLC.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent
agenda which included the following items:
of City Bills
Estimate #3 & #4 for Kuhl Construction - PDT Park
for Exempt Permit - Assumption Church
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Temporary On Sale Liquor License - American Legion:
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the temporary on
sale liquor license for the American Legion for the beer gardens at the Stevens
County Fair. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor
and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the Legion, motion carried.
Tree Board Minutes:
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to accept the 6/30/16 tree
board minutes. Motion carried.
Resolution Authorizing Participation in the Green Step City Program:
Hill explained that the city is already doing a lot of the requirements for a
Green Step City but are now applying for the recognition. The city has
supported or participated in different initiatives including but not limited to
converting the downtown street lights to LED, a solar energy study, a green
dorm at UMM and the wind turbines. Hill noted this program doesn't cost
the city anything, it's just a matter of keeping track of everything that's
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3399-7-16,
Resolution Authorizing Participation in the Green Step City Program. Upon
a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Appointing Election Judges for the August 9th Primary Election: Mayor Giese moved, seconded
by Council member Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3400-7-16, Resolution Appointing
Election Judges for the August 9th Primary Election. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
that the city may have to look at increasing wages for judges. Hill
explained that Deputy Clerk Anderson does a great job but it is getting harder
and harder to find judges.
Calling for a Hearing on a Small Cities Development Program Grant: Hill stated this resolution
calls for a public hearing on a Small Cities Development Program Grant. This
grant would request funds for commercial and housing rehabilitation in targeted
areas within the city. Hill indicated the HRA would review the targeted areas
during the public hearing. Hill suggested changing the
meeting date for the first meeting in August to the 8th instead of
the 9th due to the primary election.
member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3401-7-16,
Resolution Setting a Public Hearing for a Comprehensive SCDP Grant Proposal for
the HRA and setting the hearing for the council's first meeting in
August. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor,
August 9th Meeting: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to
reschedule the August 9th council meeting to Monday, August 8th,
due to the primary election. Motion carried.
Authorizing the Collateral Assignment of a TIF Note for East Point of Morris,
the city has approved a development agreement for the TIF project at the new
apartment complex. The bank that East Point is working with is asking for
a collateral agreement. Hill stated this basically means they want
verification from the city stating that the TIF funds will be disbursed once
the allowable expenses have been incurred and receipted.
member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3402-7-16,
Resolution Authorizing the Collateral Assignment of a TIF Note for East Point
of Morris, LLC. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in
favor, motion carried.
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: Request for Tourism Funds: Council
member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to authorize additional funds of $2,651.60
from the Tourism Fund to the Chamber for work on a tourism video. Motion
Retirement: Hill informed the council
that Don Sack would be retiring the end of August after 41 years with the
Hill gave an overview of his recent trip to Germany where he visited five
different communities. Hill stated one thing that stood out is the pride
that people have in their homes and yards with no garbage laying around.
Hill reviewed a list of potential goals he came up with for the city after the
trip to Germany.
member Wohlers asked about the splash park and if the building that houses the
pump could be cooled somehow. Hill noted there is a fan but they are
looking into what they can do. Hill pointed out the splash park was
poorly designed and is very labor intensive. Hill stated key employees can't be
spending all their time there to try and keep this park feature going.
Park: Wohlers stated he heard some comments over the Prairie Pioneer
Day weekend about the possibility of a dog park. Hill explained the biggest
concern is that there is no place for it. Hill noted the issue has been
talked about and originally the area next to the dam was discussed. Solvie
noted it would need to be someplace where it wouldn't matter if there's noise
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:19 p.m.