MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING - DECEMBER 27, 2016
meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 27th
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, Police Chief Tiegs, Fire Chief Dybdal and Finance Director
Mayor Giese added the following items to the agenda: 1)2017 Licenses;
2)Donation to Morris Police Department from West Central Christian Homes
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 12/13/16 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member
Miller moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 12/13/16
regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 12/13/16
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
& Expenditure Report
for Exempt Permit
Tree Board Minutes
Tourism Board Minutes
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: 2017 Licenses: Council member Storck moved,
seconded by Miller, to approve the 2017 licenses as submitted. Motion
to Police Department:
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to accept a donation of
$500 to the Morris Police Department from West Central Christian Homes.
Motion carried. Police Chief Tiegs stated this has been an annual
donation and they typically ear mark it for some type of training for the
Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer: Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3444-12-16, Resolution
Authorizing Fund Transfer, moving $50,000 from the Oregon Avenue Storm Sewer
Project to the Brook/Court Streets Improvement Project. Upon a roll call
vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Authorizing Fund Transfers and Fund Closing: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3445-12-16, Resolution Authorizing Fund
Transfers and Fund Closing. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present
voting in favor, motion carried.
Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Advertising for Bids for the
Water Treatment Facility: City Manager Hill stated since the special session did not
happen the city needs to rebid the water treatment plant project. The
original bid was contingent on funding. Bids would be opened in
February. Hill noted there was some discussion about whether to have one
basin vs. two and in the end it was decided two was definitely needed.
Hill noted there were some adjustments to the specifications with the
elimination of the garage and modification of the clarifier process. The
project is again contingent on funding and the bid will be left open for 90
days. The project is still eligible for $11.5 million in funding.
Hill noted it does not cost the city anything to rebid.
indicated that running the plant will cost more, with an estimate of around $300,000
a year. The increase will come from water rates. This includes
additional staff time and more chemical. Hill noted soft water will
be coming from the plant so there will be cost savings to customers in salt,
water and a little energy as well. Hill stated part of this process will
be regulating water softeners because the water hardness will be going from 45
grains of hardness to 5.
discussion was held on the specifications for the plant. Hill noted it is his understanding
that the City of Morris project is still the main project that is being talked
about at the legislature.
member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3446-12-16,
Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Advertising for
Bids for the Water Treatment Plant. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
Authorizing a Contract with Dayta Marketing for a Social Media Marketing
tourism is funded by dollars from franchise fees. Hill indicated the
recommendation from the tourism board is to use some of these funds and
authorize a 3-month trial contract with DAYTA Marketing in the amount of $5,342
for a marketing campaign. Hill noted their proposal is clear and concise
as to exactly what they'll be doing.
member Wohlers, who is also a member of the Tourism Board, stated the board
looked at quite a few different options and Dayta was the one they kept going
back to. Miller pointed out there is money sitting in the account that
isn't doing anything so why not use it to try and help promote
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3447-12-16,
Resolution Authorizing a Contract with Dayta Marketing for a Social Media
Marketing Campaign. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in
favor, motion carried.
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: Hill stated after the last meeting
he checked prices for having a lighted crossing sign on East 8th
Street. The price would be $4,110. Hill noted there is a lighted
crossing one block away and doesn't believe the redundancy is
necessary. Hill recommended that it be left as is as it may actually cause more
traffic problems. The council agreed. Hill pointed out the lights
at the University are different because they have a bunch of people crossing
every day on East 2nd Street.
ITEMS: ISO Public Protection
Classification Program: Hill explained that everyone pays insurance on their property
and the rates depend on a lot of things including how good the fire department
is. Hill noted the fire department did a lot of work on this ISO rating.
Dybdal stated the rate was changed from a 6/9 to a 05/5X so the lower the
number the better the insurance rating. Dybdal indicated it was a lot of
work but definitely worth it to help bring the rates down. Dybdal noted
they look at several things including dispatch, response time and how much
water can be moved. Dybdal stated their average response time is 4
minutes and ISO was really impressed with that. The new rates will go
into effect April 1st.
Property/Casualty Dividend: Hill stated the city received a great dividend of $50,000 from
the League of MN Cities.
and staff recognized Council member Storck for his years of service on the
council. Storck stated the biggest issues he was happy to have worked on
was good snow removal, franchise fees and annexation. Storck noted he is
very happy the city is keeping the streets up.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:03 p.m.