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MINUTES    -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING     -    AUGUST 8,2016

 

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 8th day of August, 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 arrived at 5:23 p.m.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch and Police Chief Tiegs.   

 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  Micah Zeltwanger was present at the meeting.  Zeltwanger stated he has talked with City Manager Hill about the potential to extend the runway at the Morris Municipal Airport.  Zeltwanger stated Keith Davison, chair of the Airport Advisory Committee, had stopped by his office.  Davison discussed the fact that Superior has a plane that is too large to land at the Morris Airport and he would do his best to help with an extension of the runway.  Zeltwanger noted they have a lot of customers that fly in and with a current runway of less than 5,000 feet they have to land in Alex or St. Cloud and get picked up by smaller planes or be driven out to Morris.   Zeltwanger indicated it doesn't work well for growing their business and they have hopes of expanding their business even more in the next 5 years. 

 

Hill stated that MN DOT Aviation is reaching out to airports to do a community needs session to find out what airports need.  The meeting will be held on October 17th from 10:00 to 2:00.  Hill pointed out this would be a good opportunity to talk with MN DOT, the FAA, the city's engineer, pilots and interested parties.  Hill noted there is an allocation each year to use towards projects but this is a much bigger project than anything that's ever been done, short of building the airport. 

 

Zeltwanger explained an additional 500 feet of runway, as has been discussed in the past, wouldn't get them the required length for the airplanes they are talking about bringing in and out.  Superior would need at least a 5,000 foot runway, or preferably 6,000 feet.  Zeltwanger acknowledged it is a potentially expensive project but wanted to make sure they would work together with the city on it.  

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  Alice Strand, Housing Specialist with Stevens County HRA, presented a proposed program concept for a small cities development program grant.  Strand stated they would prepare a comprehensive grant proposal on the city's behalf to submit to DEED for the purpose of obtaining or requesting funds for the small cities development program.  This grant would provide for commercial, rental and owner occupied housing rehabilitation.  Strand reviewed the targeted areas, most of which are on the west side of town.    

 

Melanie Fohl, Morris HRA Director, stated these rehabs have been done in different cities throughout  the county and it is cycling back to Morris this time.    

 

Strand pointed out there are several rentals in the community that would be in need of shingles, siding or windows.  There are certain requirements that need to be met for the owner occupied rehab such as income eligibility.  An owner would have to stay in the home 8 years after the rehab in order for the deferred loan to turn into a grant.  The commercial rehab would

PUBLIC HEARINGS: (continued)

consist of mainly the area behind main street and include improvements such as windows, doors, electrical and plumbing repairs. 

 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to acknowledge that there is a need for commercial, rental and owner occupied housing rehabilitation in Morris and to authorize the HRA to prepare and submit a proposal for the comprehensive grant to DEED.  Motion carried.

 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES7/26/16 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the 7/26/16 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

7/26/16 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 7/26/16 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

 

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.         July Transit Report

            C.         Application for On Sale Liquor - Assumption Church

            D.         Gambling Report - Morris Hockey

Motion carried.

 

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Updating the City of Morris Fee Schedule:  Hill explained he talked with Fire Chief Dybdal about the emergency response fees and the changes that need to be made to the fee schedule.  False alarms, carbon monoxide calls and fires that go beyond an hour were discussed.  Hill pointed out every time the dispatcher calls out the firemen the city has to pay them for a minimum of an hour. 

 

The response fee schedule was reviewed.  Hill noted it is against the law for the city to waive the fee if someone's insurance company won't pay for the charges.  These fees will also be included in the fire contracts next time they are renewed.  Hill also noted there is only one person that can call off the fire department and that is the Fire Chief or other fire department officer who is in charge. 

 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3405-8-16, Resolution Updating the City of Morris Fee Schedule.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

 

Resolution Approving a Master Subscriber Agreement for MN Court Data Services for Governmental Agencies 2016:  Police Chief Tiegs explained there are four different computer systems they have access to.  Tiegs stated this would combine all of the systems into one more controlled MN Government Access System.  An endorsement is needed from the City

Attorney saying the Police Department should have access to this information.  Tiegs noted they have had the training but can't officially sign up until a resolution is signed. 

 

 

Resolution Approving a Master Subscriber Agreement for MN Court Data Services for Governmental Agencies 2016

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3406-8-16, Resolution Approving a Master Subscriber Agreement for MN Court Data Services for Governmental Agencies 2016.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSCity Manager Report:  This was informational for the council.

 

Hill noted that in looking at the Green River reclaim project it was discovered that the sanitary sewer is very shallow.  The milling work would have to be done very carefully.  The city will be receiving bids on the reclaim project before the next meeting.   Hill stated he would wait to see what the bids come in at and go from there.    

 

Motion to Approve Parallel Parking:  Hill explained in looking at doing a reclaim on Green River Road there are requirements for parking in order to use state aid funds.  Hill stated angle parking needs to be designated on the parking lot by the tennis court at Green River.

 

Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the design for angle parking in the parking lot along Green River Road by the tennis courts.  Motion carried.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:  None

 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:05 p.m.

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