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MINUTES   -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING   -   JANUARY 24, 2017

 

The regular 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.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

 

ROLL CALL:  Roll 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.

 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTSFiremen - 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. 

 

Wayne 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 non-member standpoint. 

 

Morford 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.

 

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

 

READING 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.

 

1/10/17 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 1/10/17 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

 

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

            A.         Audit of City Bills

            B.         12/22/16 Tree Board Minutes

            C.         12/20/16 Tourism Board Minutes

            D.         Gambling Reports

Motion carried.

 

 

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSGambling 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.

 

Consumption & 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 carried.

 

Appointments to Boards & Commissions:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to appoint the members to the boards and commissions as presented.  Motion carried.

 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution 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.  

 

Hill added 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.   

 

Hill 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

 

Council 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.

 

Resolution 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. 

 

Resolution Authorizing the Submission of the 2017 Pay Equity Report: (continued)  

Council 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. 

 

Resolution 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.

 

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

 

Schedule 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 carried. 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:  None

 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMSBuilding Permit List:  This was informational for the council.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:29 p.m.

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