MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING - DECEMBER 13, 2016
regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m.
this 13th day of December, 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, Fire Chief Dybdal, Police Chief Tiegs,
Public Works Director Dittbenner and City Attorney Jordan.
Bishop - Morris Model Team: Sophie Bishop, a senior at UMM, was
present at the meeting and stated she has been working on this model effort for
two years. Bishop explained that the Morris model is a community wide
effort to make Morris better prepared for the changing weather. Bishop
reviewed Minnesota's changing weather and the Morris Model. Bishop noted
other cities around the state such as St. Paul, Bemidji, Falcon Heights and St.
Louis Park are making their own extreme weather preparedness plans.
Bishop reviewed the resilience goals with the council. Bishop stated
Minnesota is one of the top 5 fastest warming states with an average increase
in temperature of 1.4 degrees over the last century. The rise in
temperature is most noticeable during the winter months. Bishop stated
the changing weather will likely increase the number of extreme weather events
such as thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes.
Bezanson was present at the meeting and stated the sidewalks in town are
deteriorating and they are critically important to getting people moving and
keeping them safe. Bezanson indicated she has found that it is safer to
walk in the street because the sidewalks around her neighborhood are so bad and
that just isn't right.
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 11/22/16 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes:
Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the
11/22/16 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve
the 11/22/16 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
Report - Morris Senior Center
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: None
Resolution Amending a Water Purchase Agreement: City Manager Hill
explained this is the second amendment to the purchase agreement with the City
of Alberta to purchase treated water from Morris. Hill explained that Alberta
has paid a buy-in amount in the past and this time it would be $38,400 to be
paid in the second half of 2017. This would allow Alberta to purchase up
to 10,500,000 gallons of water per year.
member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3437-12-16,
Resolution Amending a Water Purchase Agreement. Upon a roll call vote taken
and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Appointing the Morris Fire Department Chief and Other Officers: Council member Storck
moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3438-12-16, Resolution
Appointing the Morris Fire Department Chief and Other Officers. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Renewing the WSN Engineering Services Agreement for 2017: Hill noted this is an
annual agreement with WSN and there are no big changes. Hill stated he is
happy with the work they are doing and is not aware of any
member Miller questioned how much was spent on engineering compared to hiring
it done rather than having it done in house. Hill indicated he would get
member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3439-12-16,
Resolution Renewing the WSN Engineering Services Agreement for 2017. Upon
a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: 2017 Licenses: Council member
Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 2017 liquor licenses as
submitted, pending insurance on those indicated. Motion carried.
Hill explained he was asked by UMM about splitting the cost of lighted crossing
signs on East 2nd Street by UMM. It was the consensus of the
council that this was a good idea. The signs will be by the RFC and
another one further up the hill where people come across by the parking
Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to partner with the University
for the lighted crossing signs. Motion carried.
pictures were taken and 34 sidewalk letters were sent out. Wohlers asked
if the money from the fines should be put into a separate fund to repair sidewalks.
Solvie stated it is not the city's responsibility to fix sidewalks. Hill indicated
this is the only process where the city is authorized to issue a fine
immediately. Considerable discussion was held on the improvement of
City Manager Hill reviewed the 2016 levy, collectible in 2017. Hill stated
the 1.5% adjustment is the tax abatement levy for Dripps. Hill reviewed
the breakdown of the property tax levy. The 2016 levy is $1,395,105.
value of property went up 4.19%. The 2017 market value is
$243,099,900. Market value is the assessors estimated value of property
in the City of Morris for tax purposes.
explained some of the basics of the budget which included a 3% wage increase
and good health insurance rates with Blue Cross. Hill stated with the turnover
of employees it wound up reducing the group health insurance rates for both
single and family. Building permits were up for 2016 but were budgeted conservatively
for next year. The airport manager is now a part time position. The
consulting engineer now gets paid out of whatever project the city is
doing. There is also no election next year.
city budget for 2017 is $9,749,354, which is a decrease of 2.8% over the 2016
budget. The general fund budget is $3,853,256. The capital
improvement fund saw an increase of 24.3% to $408,208. Hill suggested
having WSN do a street study to see where the city should do seal coats and
overlays in the future. Hill stated there are no big infrastructure
projects popping up on the horizon right now after 2017.
fund budget saw an increase of 27.9%, which includes $80,000 for the heating
system repair. The 2017 library budget is $418,893. The stormwater
administration budget is new and is budgeted for the administrative requirement
of the city's stormwater permit. This is set at $55,000 for next
year. The lodging tax of 3% is for marketing and promoting Morris as a
tourist destination and is budgeted to bring in $38,000 in 2017.
utility fund is budgeted at $1,189,300 which includes a rate increase of 3%.
Hill indicated the liquor store fund is doing very well and this year an
additional $30,000 in transfers was made for public improvements. The 2017
projected revenues are $2,176,050 with projected expenses of $2,114,022.
stated in looking towards the future LGA is very concerning, as there hasn't
been an increase since 2014. There will be union negotiations and no clue
what will happen with health insurance. Hill added that the work force is
stable and the city will continue to invest in capital equipment.
no questions from citizens.
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3440-12-16,
Resolution Approving the Final 2016 Levy for Collection in 2017. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting, in favor, motion carried.
member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3441-12-16,
Resolution Adopting the Final 2017 Budget for the City of Morris. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
member Solvie moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3442-12-16,
Resolution Increasing Sewer and Water Utility Rates for 2017. Upon a roll
call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3443-12-16,
Resolution Setting the Annual Pension Benefit for the Morris Fire Relief
Association. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor,
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:46 p.m.