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MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING - AUGUST 22, 2017

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 22nd day of August, 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 Solvie, Gullickson, Miller and Mayor Giese. Council member Wohlers was absent. Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Head Librarian Barber and Police Chief Tiegs.

 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: None

 

PUBLIC HEARING: None

 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 8/8/17 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 8/8/17 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.

 

8/8/17 Condensed Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 8/8/17 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.

 

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

A. Audit of City Bills

B. 7/20/17 Tree Board Minutes

C. 7/19/17 Tourism Board Minutes

Motion carried.

 

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Gambling Report - American Legion:

Council member Solvie 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 Sell 2007 Transit Bus: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the sale of the 2007 Ford Eldorado transit bus. Motion carried.

 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution for the Authorization to Execute MN DOT Airport Maintenance and Operation Grant Contract for 2018 and 2019: Hill stated this is the annual amount of money the city gets from MN DOT for maintenance at the airport.

 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3500-8-17, Resolution for the Authorization to Execute MN DOT Airport Maintenance and Operation Grant Contract for 2018 and 2019. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a New 2nd Amendment to the Land Lease with UMM for the Water Plant:

Hill explained the council had passed a resolution approving a 2nd amendment to the land lease but it didn't recognize the funding source for the water treatment plant project. This resolution would approve a new 2nd amendment.

 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3501-8-17, Resolution Approving a New 2nd Amendment to the Land Lease with UMM for the Water Plant. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Approving the Morris Area Community Ed Director 2017-2018 Contract: Hill stated this is the first time the city has been asked to approve this. Hill noted Tony Reimers does a very good job and is easy to work with. Hill pointed out the city doesn't pay into the director's salary but does provide a pot of money to Community Education each year.

 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3502-8-17, Resolution Approving the Morris Area Community Ed Director 2017-2018 Contract. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services: Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3503-8-17, Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services for a fire call at 506 West 11th Street. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: Dog Park - PDT Park: Hill explained this issue has come up over the years but the sticking point has always been trying to find a place. The Park Board has recommended establishing a dog park in the PDT Park on the river side of the road where the dam is. The Women of Today have offered to take on fundraising for this project. Hill reviewed the diagram of the proposed area. Hill stated he has also talked with the city's insurance company and they have provided the city with a sample sign. Hill noted there is no money allocated for it this year and as of now no money is being requested for next year's budget.

 

Council member Miller indicated he is not a big fan of fencing off areas but this would be away from the normal flow of where people are. Miller noted if they can come up with the funds it makes sense. Gullickson asked if any trees would need to be taken down. Hill stated no trees would need to be taken down but noted a lot of them in that area are ash trees.

 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to authorize the use of an area by the PDT dam for a dog park. Motion carried.

 

Tax Forfeited Property: Hill stated the city has been dealing with the house at 8 East 4th Street for a long time. Hill explained the city received a letter from the county asking if the city had any interest in acquiring this property. Hill recommended the council pass a motion directing the City Manager to inform the County that the city is not interested in the property. Hill pointed out the special assessments for road work can be reassessed but none of the snow removal and mowing charges that have accumulated.

 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to direct City Manager Hill to inform the County that the City is not interested in acquiring the property located at 8 East 4th Street. Motion carried.

 

City Manager Newsletter: Water rates were discussed. Hill stated any costs accrued prior to construction of the new plant will come out of the loan. The rest of the costs will be split 80% grant and 20% loan.

 

Vending water rates were discussed. City Manager Hill and Finance Director Raasch agreed the system in place is a bookkeeping nightmare. Hill questioned how much time and effort the city wants to put into selling water to people outside the city. Hill stated if the city can find an easier system for the vending water he will bring it back to the council.

 

Miller asked about Green River after the recent rains and stated water was flowing up and over the road. Miller questioned if there were smaller trees in the water bed impeding the flow and if so, they should be taken out. Jay Fier pointed out the pipe that will be put in under Eleanor Avenue is going to be quite a bit bigger.

 

Hill stated he is working on the budget and will be doing a comparison between 2018 and 2019.

 

OTHER BUSINESS: None

 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Law Enforcement Appreciation Picnic: This event is being held at East Side Park on Tuesday, August 29th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

 

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:10 p.m.

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