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MINUTES     -    MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING    -     JULY 12, 2016

 

The 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.

 

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 and Mayor Giese.  Council member Storck was absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Police Chief Tiegs and City Attorney Jordan.   

 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  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.   

 

City 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.    

 

Hill 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.   

 

Council 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 rain. 

 

Hill confirmed 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.    

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES6/28/16 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.

 

6/28/16 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 6/28/16 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

 

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added an item to the agenda:  Resolution Authorizing the Collateral Assignment of a TIF Note for East Point of Morris, LLC. 

 

 

 

 

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

            A.         Audit of City Bills

            B.         June Transit Report

            C.         Pay Estimate #3 & #4 for Kuhl Construction - PDT Park

            D.         Application for Exempt Permit - Assumption Church

Motion carried.

 

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSTemporary 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.

 

6/30/16 Tree Board Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to accept the 6/30/16 tree board minutes.  Motion carried.

 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution 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 being done.   

 

Council 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. 

 

Resolution 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.

 

Hill noted 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.   

 

Resolution 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. 

 

Council 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, motion carried.

Reschedule 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.

 

Resolution Authorizing the Collateral Assignment of a TIF Note for East Point of Morris, LLC:

Hill indicated 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.  

 

Council 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.

 

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSRequest 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 carried. 

 

Retirement:  Hill informed the council that Don Sack would be retiring the end of August after 41 years with the city.    

 

City Manager Report:  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.      

 

Council 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.    

 

OTHER BUSINESSDog 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 or congestion. 

 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:19 p.m.

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