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MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING - FEBRUARY 13, 2018

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 13th day of February, 2018, 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 Public Works Director Dittbenner.

 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: None

 

ADDITION TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to add to the agenda a Resolution Authorizing the Submittal of an HRA SCDP Grant Application for the City of Morris. Motion carried.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS: Public Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 109, An Ordinance Repealing and Replacing City Code Section 2.74, Public Improvements: Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:17 p.m. City Manager Hill stated he received no calls or questions on the ordinance.

 

There being no one from the public present for the hearing, Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:17 p.m. and brought the matter back to the council for action.

 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Ordinance No. 109, An Ordinance Repealing and Replacing City Code Section 2.74, Public Improvements. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 1/23/18 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the 1/23/18 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.

 

1/23/18 Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 1/23/18 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. January Transit Report

C. Application for Exempt Permit - Pheasants Forever

D. Gambling Reports

Motion carried.

 

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Consumption and Display Permit - Crystal Lanes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the consumption and display permit for Crystal Lanes. Motion carried.

Request for Continued Support to WCI: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve continued support to the West Central Initiative of $2,000 a year for 5 years beginning in 2018. Motion carried.

 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Authorizing Interfund Loan: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3540-2-18, Resolution Authorizing Interfund Loan. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Authorizing the Submittal of an HRA SCDP Grant Application for City of Morris:

Melanie Fohl of the Stevens County HRA was present at the meeting. Fohl stated in November she presented a preliminary proposal for a Small Cities Development Program Grant and if DEED found the city to be competitive they would be invited to do the full application.

 

Fohl stated the original application included commercial rehab, rental rehab and owner rehab. Fohl noted the grading from DEED came back that the City was a marginal applicant because the commercial property was not substandard enough, and the target areas for homeowner rehab were too large. Fohl pointed out DEED has an intense desire to see an impact in a smaller neighborhood area.

 

Fohl explained that the recommendations from DEED for the full application were to remove commercial rehab and shrink the target areas for rental and owner rehab. Also, to confirm the interest for homeowner rehab because the initial interest was not that strong. Fohl noted the owner rehab interest is very low at 13%. There is a strong interest for rental rehab at 62%. Fohl stated her recommendation is to submit an application for rental rehab property only in the targeted areas. The application is due February 22nd. Fohl stated they would be notified in June if the grant is awarded and they are allowed 30 months to do the applications, complete the rehab and close out the grant.

 

Fohl added that the HRA applies for this grant on the city's behalf, but the decision is the council's as to how they want to proceed.

 

Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3541-2-18, Resolution Authorizing the Submittal of an HRA SCDP Grant Application for the City of Morris. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: Morris Model - LCCMR Potential Grant Opportunity: Hill reviewed a potential grant opportunity to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on MN Resources, which would provide project development and oversight assistance. Hill stated Mike Reese would be willing to put the grant application together on behalf of the Morris Model. There is no commitment from the city for any funding or ongoing support of a position.

 

It was the consensus of the council that it would be a wonderful opportunity to fund some potential projects with grant money.

 

City Manager Newsletter: This was informational for the council.

OTHER BUSINESS: Shared Commission: Council member Solvie discussed the joint city/county shop issue and where things are at. Solvie stated it has been a little slow going to get some numbers and things figured out. Solvie stated the county is going to obtain some drawings, for an approximate cost of $16,500. These drawings would include two sets of plans, one for the county alone and one for a shared facility. Solvie stated it is not going to cost the city anything at this point to get a closer look at costs. Solvie estimated it would cost the city $500,000-$600,000 for a joint facility and the city would have to look at 2019 for funding.

 

Wohlers noted one thing that came out of the discussions was the need for a shared wash bay. Wohlers suggested maybe in return the city would work with the county on water rates. Wohlers indicated it is a difficult situation because right now the current shop is meeting the city's needs and there isn't $500,000-$600,000 sitting around. Wohlers stated the city will have to make a decision one way or the other relatively soon. Hill added that there at least needs to be a discussion about having a joint project to get water out to a new shop.

 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None

 

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:02 p.m.

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