MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING - JANUARY 24, 2017
meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 24th
day of January, 2017, 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, Gullickson, Miller and Mayor Giese. Also present was
City Manager Hill, Police Chief Tiegs, Finance Director Raasch, Fire Chief
Dybdal, Public Works Director Dittbenner and City Attorney Jordan.
- Demo of Air Packs: Fire Chief Dybdal and Training Officer Howe were
present at the meeting to demonstrate the new air packs. Dybdal pointed
out the difference between the old and new equipment. Dybdal stated the new
equipment has a 15 year warranty and 68% of the fire departments in the state
of Minnesota use the MSA equipment. Dybdal noted this is a very good step
for the department.
Morford - RFC Needs Assessment: Morford was present at the meeting to discuss plans
to develop a master plan for the RFC as they are approaching their 20 year
anniversary. Morford discussed a needs assessment and indicated that the
Center for Small Towns would be conducting a community survey in March.
The survey would identify needs and prioritize them both from a member and
stated that financially the RFC has six years left of a $400,000 mortgage,
paying approximately $21,000 a year. Morford noted they want to be ready
with their ideas if UMM does some PE center upgrades. Morford noted UMM
is trying to get some bonding money from the legislature. UMM would also
like to try and fund a future outdoor field house. Morford noted that
baseball and softball teams would have access to that facility and free up
space in the RFC for other activities and programs.
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 1/10/17 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member
Miller moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to approve the 1/10/17
regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 1/10/17
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
Tree Board Minutes
Tourism Board Minutes
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Gambling Report from American Legion: Council
member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, 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.
& Display Permit - Crystal Lanes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by
Gullickson, to approve the consumption & display permit for Crystal Lanes
Entertainment Center from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Motion
to Boards & Commissions: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to
appoint the members to the boards and commissions as presented. Motion
Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Advertising
for Bids for the North, South and East Court, Brook Street and Eleanor Avenue
Improvement Project: City Manager Hill stated this resolution would
set the bid opening for the project. Hill indicated WSN has been working
with Public Works Director Dittbenner going over the specifications. Hill
noted the culverts on Eleanor Avenue and Skyview Lane are going to be enlarged
and widened. Hill explained that Green River itself is very overgrown
with trees and it is in the specifications to clean it out and reshape it so
the water flows better.
that there are certain areas in this neighborhood where water pools so storm
sewer with catch basins will be put in these areas. The city will need to
obtain an easement to get in there and do the work.
explained that the biggest part with this project will be the phasing
plan. There are no alleys so it is set up for nine phases. Hill
noted the contractor will need to adhere to the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. working hours
so people can get in and out. The project would more than likely start on
Eleanor Avenue, then Brook Street and North, East and South Court. The
plan for 36' wide streets will remain. Hill indicated that Jeff Kuhn of
WSN is putting together an application for state aid money for the culverts
along Green River. The bid opening for the project is set for March 9th.
member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3451-1-17,
Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Advertising for
Bids for the North, South and East Court, Brook Street and Eleanor Avenue
Improvement Project. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting
in favor, motion carried.
Authorizing the Submission of the 2017 Pay Equity Report: Hill stated that the
pay equity report is a requirement by the State of MN that has to be done every
three years. Hill noted it makes cities look at their pay scales to see
if there are any issues with regard to female dominated positions vs. male
dominated positions and their pay. The report takes into consideration
part-time employees but not the fire department.
Authorizing the Submission of the 2017 Pay Equity Report: (continued)
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3452-1-17,
Resolution Authorizing the Submission of the 2017 Pay Equity Report. Upon
a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Authorizing 2016 Fund Transfer: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member
Miller to adopt Resolution #3453-1-17, Resolution Authorizing 2016 Fund
Transfer, transferring $150,000 from the capital outlay fund to the capital
improvement fund. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in
favor, motion carried.
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: This was
informational for the council.
Board of Review for 4/3/17: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to
schedule the board of review for 5:15 p.m. on April 3, 2017. Motion
Permit List: This was informational for the council.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:29 p.m.