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MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING - SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

 

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 27th day of September, 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, Storck and Mayor Giese.  Council member Miller arrived at 5:16 p.m.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Police Chief Tiegs, Fire Chief Dybdal and Library Director Barber. 

 

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added the following item to the agenda:  Application for Exempt Permit Stevens County Ducks Unlimited.   

 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  None

 

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  9/13/16 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the 9/13/16 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

9/13/16 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 9/13/16 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

 

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

            A.         Audit of City Bills

            B.         Pay Estimate #3 Oregon Avenue

            C.         Revenue and Expenditure Report

            D.         5/17/16 Planning Commission Minutes

            E.         Application for Exempt Permit Ducks Unlimited

Motion carried.

 

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  Gambling Report from American Legion:  Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to accept the gambling report from the American Legion.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the Legion, motion carried.

 

Motion to Approve Donations for Wells Park Memorial Shelter:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to accept the donations from the Morris Lions and American Legion for the Wells Park Memorial Shelter.  Motion carried.

 

Appointment to Park Board:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to appoint Heidi Asmus to the Park Board.  Motion carried.

 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  Resolution Reserving the Right to Bond for a Special Assessment Project on Oregon Avenue:  City Manager Hill explained that this resolution would give the council the right to sell bonds for the city's portion of Oregon Avenue.  Hill noted the special assessment hearing would be held the end of October.  

 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3415-9-16, Resolution Reserving the Right to Bond for a Special Assessment Project on Oregon Avenue.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.   

 

Resolution Providing for the Sale of $2,980,000 G.O. Refunding Bonds:  Nick Anhut of Ehlers and Associates was present at the meeting to provide summary details for the upcoming bond sale.  Anhut stated they would receive bids and present the rates at the second meeting in October.  Anhut indicated there are many components of this financing which include $500,000 of new money for the Oregon Avenue project and a refinancing of the city's existing G.O. bonds Series 2007A, 2008A and 2009A.  Anhut pointed out it is a good time to refinance since this summer hit a low point in interest rates for municipal financing.  Anhut anticipated the rates on financing would hover in the 2% range, which would capture some substantial annual savings because many of the bonds are currently at 4%.  

 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3416-9-16, Resolution Providing for the Sale of $2,980,000 G.O. Refunding Bonds, Series 2016A.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Approving Crimes Against Children Multi-Agency Law Enforcement Joint Powers Agreement:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3417-9-16, Resolution Approving Crimes Against Children Multi-Agency Law Enforcement Joint Powers Agreement.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

 

Resolution Appointing the Building Inspector as the Zoning Administrator for the City:  Hill stated in looking at the zoning code for the city, Chapter 11, it only made sense that the person issuing the building permits also be the zoning administrator.  Hill noted the city has a highly certified building inspector on staff, Mike Jacobson, who is able to take over these duties.  Hill indicated Jacobson will attend the Planning Commission meetings and also take over the sign permits.  

 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3418-9-16, Resolution Appointing the Building Inspector as the Zoning Administrator for the City.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

 

Resolution Authorizing a Lease Purchase Agreement for 19 Firefighter SCBA Air Packs:  Hill recommended that the city council authorize the lease purchase of 19 MSA G1 Global SCBA firefighter air pack systems.  Hill explained that the city's current air packs will be obsolete as of the first of the year and it becomes an insurance liability if you use them.  Hill stated it affects the life and safety of the firefighters so it's nothing to screw around with.  Two quotes were received, one from MSA G1 Global for $98,064.26 and from Honeywell Titan for $84,778.

 

Resolution Authorizing a Lease Purchase Agreement for 19 Firefighter SCBA Air Packs: (continued)

Fire Chief Dybdal indicated the firemen tried them both but didn't like the Honeywell equipment as well.  Dybdal stated he likes the MSA Global because of their safety set up, rechargeable batteries and 15 year warranty.  Dybdal pointed out this is their most important piece of safety equipment besides their turn out gear.  Dybdal indicated they will ty and sell the old ones but they aren't going to be worth much.  The 19 air packs will cover all the front line trucks.

 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3419-9-16, Resolution Authorizing a Lease Purchase Agreement for 19 Firefighter SCBA Air Packs.   Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Approving the Preliminary 2016 Tax Levy for Collection in 2017:  Hill stated this budget had a lot of twists and turns.  Hill recommended the tax levy be set at $1,463,500 which is a 6.5% increase over last year.  This increase includes a 5% general levy increase and a 1.5% tax abatement for Dripps Automotive, which is offset by a corresponding increase in taxable value.  The market value for 2017 is $243,099,900.  The preliminary budget for 2017 is set at $10,141,675 which is an increase of 1.2% over last year.  The general fund budget of $3,828,794 went down by .07%. 

 

Hill noted some items of interest in this budget include a wage increase of 3%, no increase in health insurance rates but a slight increase in the deductible, no in house engineering expenses and the switch to a part-time airport manager.

 

The city will see revenues of $2,530,950 in LGA and taxes of $738,151.  The biggest expense in the budget is public safety of $1,222,519.  Hill noted there are no major equipment purchases scheduled for utilities and the only major vehicle purchase is for a law enforcement vehicle. 

 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3420-9-16, Resolution Approving the Preliminary 2016 Tax Levy for Collection in 2017.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Adopting the Preliminary 2017 Budget for the City of Morris:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3421-9-16, Resolution Adopting the Preliminary 2017 Budget for the City of Morris.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS:  City Manager Newsletter:  This was informational for the council. 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:  Wohlers stated he received a complaint from a valued constituent about the jake brake issue.  Solvie noted a lot of cities have jake brake signs.  Hill pointed out the city can put up all the signs it wants but you have to be out on the road to catch them.  Hill stated if

the city were to go by the state ordinance you have to have the equipment to monitor the level of noise if order to prove it in front of a judge.  Wohlers noted he believes a lot of people would be respectful if they saw the signs.  Police Chief Tiegs pointed out with the lack of ability to enforce it it's really not worth putting up a sign.  Tiegs indicated they might catch one or two

 

OTHER BUSINESS: (continued)

but they can't be sitting at every highway entrance to the city.  Solvie suggested people write down the name of the trucks if they can and make a phone call asking them not to do it.  Solvie stated people have to start doing a few things for themselves instead of expecting the police or someone else to handle it.   

 

Wohlers asked about the removal of trees because of Dutch Elm disease.  Hill stated city staff has identified areas where trees need to be replanted.  Hill encouraged people to call City Hall and get on the list if they would like a boulevard tree.   

 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:48 p.m.