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MINUTES   -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING   -   SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 26th day of September, 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, Finance Director Raasch, Police Chief Tiegs and City Attorney Jordan. 

 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  None

 

PUBLIC HEARINGJessica Kirwin - Comprehensive SCDP Grant Proposal for the HRA:  Jessica Kirwin of the Stevens County HRA was present at the meeting.  Kirwin stated Bob Staples is their new office person who will be heading up this program.  Kirwin stated this resolution would authorize the HRA to submit a proposal to DEED to request grant funds from the Small Cities Development Program.  Kirwin noted there would be three types of rehabilitation including commercial, rental and owner occupied housing.  Kirwin reviewed the guidelines and a map of the targeted areas.  Kirwin explained the boundaries are based on recommendations from DEED from the last application.  The total of the grant application would be $1,000,000 between the three areas.

 

Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:31 p.m. and brought the matter back to the council for action.

 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3515-9-17, Resolution Authorizing the HRA to Submit a Grant Proposal to DEED for Commercial and Housing Rehabilitation.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

 

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added to the agenda an Application for Exempt Permit from Stevens County Ducks Unlimited. 

 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  9/12/17 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 9/12/17 meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

9/12/17 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 9/12/17 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

 

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

            A.         Audit of City Bills

            B.         5/16/17 Planning Commission Minutes

            C.         Community Ed Information

            D.         Raffle License Report

            E.         8/10/17 Tree Board Minutes

            F.         Application for Exempt Permit - Ducks Unlimited

Motion carried.

MINUTES   -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING   -   SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSGambling Report - 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.

 

Appointment to Library Board:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Gullickson, to appoint Windy Roberts to the Library Board.  Motion carried.

 

Prairie Pioneer Days Report:  Hill stated the Chamber is asking for an additional $6,994 to make up the difference for the concert expense from Prairie Pioneer Days.  Hill noted this, along with the $7,085 the city is already contributing, would come out of the lodging tax money that the Tourism Board helps watch over.   

 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve using $14,079 from lodging tax money to pay for the shortfall for Prairie Pioneer Days.  Motion carried.

 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Approving the Preliminary 2017 Tax Levy for Collection in 2018:  Hill reviewed the process for presenting and reviewing the preliminary budget.  Hill stated the 2017 levy is $1,572,321, which is a 12.7% increase.  This includes 7.7% of new debt for the Eleanor/Brook/North Court project and 5% general.  The 2018 market value of property is $252,938,300 which is a 4.1% increase over last year.  The total budget for 2018 including all funds is $10,366,160, a 6.3% increase over last year's budget of $9,749,354. 

 

Hill reviewed a breakdown of revenues and expenses, with the largest expense being wages.  Hill stated he doesn't see LGA being adjusted much for next year.  Hill explained the focus of the budget is to concentrate on a budget that will provide for the future and to continue to focus on road maintenance and capital equipment.  Hill noted there are no major projects on the table at this point.  The fire truck will come onto the levy next year.

 

Hill indicated the budget includes a 3% increase in wages but that is not locked in as union contracts aren't settled for next year. Hill stated he is watching it closely and it appears that the wage settlements across the state for cities the size of Morris are 2-2.5%.  Insurance premiums are up 14% so the city will be switching to Medica.   

 

Some other highlights of the budget include an increase of utility rates by 3%, money for laptops/tablets for the council and the inclusion of funds for IT services through Lakes Country Services Cooperative. 

 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3516-9-17, Resolution Approving the Preliminary 2017 Tax Levy for Collection in 2018.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Adopting the Preliminary 2018 Budget for the City of Morris:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3517-9-17, Resolution Adopting the Preliminary 2018 Budget for the City of Morris, and setting the final budget hearing for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12th.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.   

MINUTES   -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING   -   SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

Resolution Declaring Costs to be Assessed, Terms for Repayment and Setting the Final Assessment Hearing for the North, South and East Court, Brook Street and Eleanor Avenue Improvement Project:  Jeff Kuhn of WSN was present at the meeting.  Kuhn stated the original estimate was $15,000 per lot for all of the services including street and curb and gutter but the average cost came in between $11,000-$12,000 per lot.  Hill stated a detailed notice of costs will be sent to each property owner.  This project will have a 15 year assessment term at an interest rate of 5%.  The public hearing will be held on October 24th at 5:20 p.m.

 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3518-9-17, Resolution Declaring Costs to be Assessed, Terms for Repayment and Setting the Final Assessment Hearing for the North, South and East Court, Brook Street and Eleanor Avenue Improvement Project, setting the public hearing for 5:20 p.m. on October 24th.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3519-9-17, Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services for a fire call to a car accident. 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.  Noise at the library was discussed. 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to schedule a budget worksession for 5:00 on Thursday, October 26th.  Motion carried

 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:47 p.m.

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