MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING - SEPTEMBER 13,2016
The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m.
this 13th day of September, 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, Storck and Mayor Giese. Also present was City
Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Police Chief Tiegs, Fire Chief Dybdal
and City Attorney Jordan.
Mayor Giese added to the agenda a Resolution Authorizing Execution of MN DOT
Grant Agreement for Airport Improvement Excluding Land Acquisition.
McGinnis: Barb McGinnis, 552 East 5th Street, was present
at the meeting. McGinnis stated she has owned her home since 1963 and
asked the council to take a minute and think about having a 55 foot tall
building 100 feet from your front door and how it will affect their
neighborhood. McGinnis indicated that last summer the newspaper reported
that City Manager Hill stated this building would be 30-36 units.
McGinnis stated the numbers reported at the time of the groundbreaking were double
asked that the council address some things left out of the permitting process
such as lighting and landscaping. McGinnis requested there be tree
screening and low level dark sky lighting. McGinnis asked if the council is
prepared to assume the cost of planting large evergreen trees along one-third
of that block.
stated that apartment manager, Mike Stoebe, told her daughter that there are
plans for a three story apartment building on the corner of East 5th
and Columbia. The council or City Manager Hill was not aware of anything
in the works at this time. McGinnis requested that the council enforce
the city code because this project is too big and important of a development to
the city and neighborhood to ignore the intentions of the city code.
Siefert - Coalition of Greater MN Cities: Marty Siefert, Government Relations with Flaherty
and Hood representing the Coalition of Greater MN Cities, was present at the
meeting to give a report on the 2016 legislative session. Siefert stated
the 2016 session had a lot of unfinished business. Siefert indicated the
Coalition goals for the session were to return LGA to the 2002 funding level,
to pass greater MN economic development programs, to come up with a comprehensive
transportation package and see funding for water and wastewater infrastructure.
explained at the end of the session LGA went up 3.85% to $539.4M, which is
still $25.58M short of the 2002 LGA level. Of those funds, Greater MN got
56.3% of new money and the metro got 43.7%
stated that the City of Morris was used as a poster child to illustrate how
dire it is to have funding for clean water programs. Siefert noted that
the city of Morris was one of the few cities that qualified for both the
drinking water loan fund and the point source implementation program but the
bonding bill crashed in the end. Siefert indicated the good news is that
the table is set and Morris is ready if the bonding bill passes in the next
Siefert - Coalition of Greater MN Cities: (continued)
Manager Hill stated Siefert is very well respected on both sides of the aisle
and the Morris project got a lot of attention because of him. Council
member Solvie asked how soon the bonding bill could be passed in the next
session. Siefert indicated it could be right after they convene, which is
the first week in January. Siefert noted they believe the bonding bill is
very good and would like to see it passed quickly but that depends on the
election between now and then.
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 8/23/16 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes:
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the
8/23/16 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Storck, to approve
the 8/23/16 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent
agenda which included the following items:
of City Bills
Tourism Board Minutes
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Motion to Approve Final PPD Report: Council member
Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the final PPD report with the
city picking up the remaining balance of $3,784. Motion carried.
to Approve Donations for Wells Park Memorial Shelter: Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Miller, to accept the donations as presented for the Wells
Park Memorial Shelter. Motion carried.
AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution
Approving a School Resource Officer Agreement for the 2016-2017 School Year:
Police Chief Tiegs stated there is not much change other than a difference in a
couple of working days. Tiegs noted the contract is for 66% time but
Officer Liebl would be at the school 5 days a week.
member Solvie asked if having a school resource officer was required.
Tiegs indicated it is not but Superintendent Lahn is in favor of it and wanted
to see the school get back to the 66% time officer as both the police
department and school find it beneficial. Tiegs noted they don't deal
with as many criminal juvenile issues with having an officer at the
school. Tiegs also stated by having an officer at the school it helps with
communication and allows the exchange of information that wouldn't take place
otherwise with some of the data practices issues. Tiegs added there are
no mandates in the state at this point requiring an officer but more and more
communities are going to a program of some sort.
Approving a School Resource Officer Agreement for the 2016-2017 School Year: (continued)
Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3412-9-16,
Resolution Approving a School Resource Officer Agreement for the 2016-2017
School Year. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor,
Authorizing Execution of a MN DOT Grant Agreement for Airport Improvement
Excluding Land Acquisition: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt
Resolution #3413-9-16, Resolution Authorizing Execution of a MN DOT Grant
Agreement for Airport Improvement Excluding Land Acquisition. Upon a roll
call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Authorizing Fund Transfer: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt
Resolution #3414, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer, moving $183,228 from
the capital outlay fund to the FAA Airport Parallel Taxiway Grant Fund.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Report: Hill stated the
city received a request for information about a potential liquor license.
Hill noted in looking into the request it was discovered that service clubs and
restaurants that serve alcohol are not included in the 7 licenses the city is
allowed by state statute. Hill indicated the city does not have a license
application at this time but he wanted to give the council a heads up. Hill
noted that no one else can have an off sale establishment besides the
city. Wohlers questioned how many people had been turned down over
the years thinking the city could only have 7 licenses. Hill stated he
wasn't aware of anyone that had submitted an application and been turned
member Storck stated he had been approached about the city of Morris having too
many police officers. Police Chief Tiegs stated there are different
specialists and many other officers that handle a variety of duties.
Tiegs pointed out statistically Morris is below the state average as to how
many officers you should have based on population.
ITEMS: Council member Wohlers asked about status of the apartment
complex being put up because he missed the last meeting. Hill stated that
no one has ever done a landscaping plan but the Planning Commission is going to
have a discussion on codes in general. Hill noted dark sky compliant
lighting is part of the project and as far as screening goes the code does not
address it. Hill added that there was nothing in the Planning Commission
minutes where they were approving landscape plans for apartment
that there was ample opportunity to participate in the discussion of this
property. Solvie stated he sympathized with the residents but part
of the responsibility as a citizen of the community is to engage in things that
are impacting their residential neighborhood. Solvie encouraged residents
for future projects to engage before the fact. Hill pointed out there was
a public hearing held by the Planning Commission for the plat of that parcel of
land and notice was given to all property owners within 350 feet.
that things are going to change and it's not going to be like it was for those residents.
Miller stated it is all part of dealing with a college community and the growth
the Morris deals with as part of it, which is a good thing.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:33 p.m.