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MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING - DECEMBER 12, 2017
The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 12th day of December, 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, Fire Chief Dybdal, Police Chief Tiegs and City Attorney Jordan.

 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: None

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS: None

 

ADDITIONS TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese added to the agenda a donation from West Central Christian Homes and a Resolution Approving Agency Agreement with MN DOT for Federal Participation in Construction.

 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 11/28/17 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes: Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 11/28/17 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.

 

11/28/17 Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 11/28/17 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. Pay Estimate #4 - Magney Construction, WTP

C. November Transit Report

D. Raffle Report - Morris Senior Center

E. Gambling Report

F. Application for Exempt Permit - Stevens County Gobblers

Motion carried.

 

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Donation from West Central Christian Homes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to accept a $500 donation from West Central Christian Homes to the Morris Police Department. Motion carried.

 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Appointing the Morris Fire Department Chief and Other Officers: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3524-12-17, Resolution Appointing the Morris Fire Department Chief and Other Officers. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Authorizing Interfund Loan: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3525-12-17, Resolution Authorizing Interfund Loan, transferring $250,000 from the Capital Outlay Fund to the FAA Airport Parallel Taxiway Grant Fund. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING - DECEMBER 12, 2017

Resolution Approving Adjustments to the Agreement with Stevens County for City Attorney Services for 2017 and 2018: City Manager Hill recommended the fees for services for the City Attorney be adjusted to $40,000 in 2017 and $41,000 in 2018. Hill stated these adjustments were put in the budget but not reflected in the agreement. Hill noted this is a fair price for having an attorney available whenever the city needs one. City Attorney Jordan pointed out it is a flat fee for everything, including the assistant attorney and secretarial services.

 

Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3526-12-17, Resolution Approving Adjustments to the Agreement with Stevens County for City Attorney Services for 2017 and 2018. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Approving the Repurchase of Industrial Park Land from Steve and Cathy Backman:

Hill explained that Steve and Cathy Backman purchased land from the city in the Industrial Park for $57,750 and were going to build on it. Hill noted Backman's ended up purchasing the old Wilco building and expanding for a $1 million project. Hill indicated part of the agreement was that they couldn't sell the land so they are asking if the city would buy it back. Wohlers asked how the city would pay for the land. Hill stated the money would come out of capital outlay reserves.

 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3527-12-17, Resolution Approving the Repurchase of Industrial Park Land from Steve and Cathy Backman. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Approving a Building Lease with the Stevens County Historical Society for 2018 to 2022 and Beyond: Hill recommended the lease with the Historical Society be extended for five years and then automatically renewed after that. Hill indicated the city owns the building and takes care of things such as the heating, air conditioning and elevator.

 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3528-12-17, Resolution Approving a Building Lease with the Stevens County Historical Society for 2018 to 2022 and Beyond. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Approving Agency Agreement with MN DOT for Federal Participation in Construction:

Hill noted this is a housekeeping item from MNDOT. The city has received federal funding on a couple different projects, the most recent big one being Oregon Avenue. Hill stated in order to get the funding it has to go through the state and this agreement allows MN DOT to accept federal aid on the city's behalf.

 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3529-12-17, Resolution Approving Agency Agreement with MN DOT for Federal Participation in Construction. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: 2018 Licenses: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 2018 liquor licenses as submitted, pending insurance on those indicated. Motion carried.

 

 

MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING - DECEMBER 12, 2017

City Manager Report: Hill stated he would be presenting the union contract with the Police Department at the next meeting. As far as Hill knows the other two unions are filing for mediation.

 

Hill stated there is nothing binding about a mediator. Hill noted the County is going to mediation with all three of their groups. Hill indicated he has never sat down with the council to discuss how negotiations work and suggested having a worksession. It was the consensus of the council that a worksession would be a good idea. Hill pointed out it could be a closed session to talk about negotiation issues.

 

OTHER BUSINESS: None

 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None

 

BUDGET MEETING: City Manager Hill reviewed the 2017 levy, collectible in 2018. The preliminary levy showed an increase of 12.7%, which the majority of was from the new debt levy for the North Court area. The levy was able to be reduced to $1,516,510, for an overall increase of 8.7%.

 

The market value of property went up 4.1%. The 2018 market value is $252,938,300. Market value is the assessors estimated value of property in the City of Morris for tax purposes.

 

Hill explained the total budget increased 5.7% for a total of $10,307,920. Hill noted there was a drop in costs for health insurance. Hill stated the likelihood of getting more government aid is not very good. Hill pointed out there will be a new fire truck levy but a $50,000 bond payment will be going off and a $60,000 payment will be coming on. Hill stated he sees the future being pretty good for Morris unless there is a major cut in LGA. Hill indicated a 2.5% proposed increase in wages for the year amounts to about $40,000.

 

As far as the capital improvement fund nothing changed from the preliminary budget. Hill noted he will be meeting with Jeff Kuhn to take a look at the long range planning. There is money in the capital outlay fund to bring in some technology, such as tablets for the council. The library fund went down slightly due to insurance and heating issues. The liquor store has a 2018 projected net income of $69,425, and that includes a transfer of $102,263 to other funds.

 

Hill stated for the future LGA is flat with no talk of an increase. Union negotiations are continuing but should work out fine in the end. Hill noted there was a break in health insurance and hopefully it continues to be stable. The workforce is stable and the city is catching up on road projects.

 

Wohlers asked if there was any talk about paving the parking lot at Eagles ballpark. Hill stated the estimate to do that was $236,000. Miller noted work comp insurance was up and asked if rates had increased. Hill noted that it was just rates because claims have been doing fairly well.

 

There were no questions from citizens. Hill suggested the council set a worksession at the next meeting to go over union negotiations.

 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3530-12-17, Resolution Approving the Final 2016 Levy for Collection in 2017. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting, in favor, motion carried.

 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3531-12-17, Resolution Adopting the Final 2018 Budget for the City of Morris. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Gullickson asked how the budget is adjusted according to negotiations. Hill stated there is no binding arbitration to allow anyone else to determine what the city has to spend on wages. Hill noted he is fully confident that negotiations will be worked out. Hill indicated if for some reason something came up where the city had to spend more money a budget adjustment would have to be done.

 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3532-12-17, Resolution Increasing Sewer and Water Utility Rates for 2017. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3533-12-17, Resolution Setting the Annual Pension Benefit for the Morris Fire Relief Association. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:39 p.m.

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