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MINUTES   –   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL   -   REGULAR MEETING   –   JULY 24, 2018

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 24th day of July, 2018, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.

 

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, Head Librarian Barber and Police Chief Tiegs.

 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  7/10/18 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 7/10/18 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

CONSENT AGENDA:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items:  Audit of City Bills, 6/20/18 Tree Board Minutes, 6/13/18 Library Board Minutes, 6/20/18 Tourism Meeting Minutes, Raffle License Report – SCMC Relay for Life, Revenue & Expenditure Report and Community Ed Information.

Motion carried.

 

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Application for Temporary On Sale Liquor License – American Legion:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the temporary on sale liquor license from the American Legion for the Stevens County Fair, August 9-12.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the Legion, motion carried. 

 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Authorizing Fund Transfer:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3566-7-18, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer, moving $208,959.29 from the Brook/Court/Eleanor Street Project Fund to the 2017 G.O. Improvement Bond Fund.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

 

Ordinance No. 110, An Ordinance Amending the City of Morris Zoning map to Rezone a Single and Two Family Residence (R) Lot to Highway Business (HB0 for Jerry’s U Save, Inc.:

City Manager explained that a major wind storm came through on July 4th and took out the Jerry’s U Save car wash and office building.  Hill indicated the owners have presented a plan to demo their existing building and rebuild on the other side of the road but they need the area rezoned from residential to highway business. 

 

Hill stated by Jerry’s U Save petitioning for the change it starts the rezoning process.   Hill recommended the council take action and the next step would be to have the Planning Commission hold a public hearing, which would be set for August 21st.  Hill pointed out that typically the city doesn't like to do spot zoning but this area is right next to highway business.  The second reading of the public hearing would be held on August 28th

 

Hill reviewed the plan and pointed out the area on the map.  Hill explained the preliminary plan has three areas on the parcel, a car wash, an office building closer to the highway and then a detailing area with a canopy and things to clean your car.  Hill noted they are also looking at

putting up a new gas station at the current location because they need more room for what they want to do.  Hill pointed out everyone within 350 feet will be given a mailed notice of what’s being proposed along with notice being published in the newspaper. 

 

Giese asked if they would have a detailed drawing of the property for the Planning Commission showing what’s going to be hard surface and what will be grass.  Hill noted they are not asking for a conditional use permit or a variance, they are simply asking for the lot to be rezoned and all the other rules and regulations for highway business would fall into play.  Hill stated changing the zoning doesn’t necessarily give the council the right to tell them how to build on their lot.  Hill indicated the city could certainly get a more detailed drawing and those questions will probably come up at the planning commission.     

 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to accept this as the first reading of Ordinance No. 110, An Ordinance Amending the City of Morris Zoning Map to Rezone a Single and Two Family Residence (R) Lot to Highway Business (HB) for Jerry’s U Save, Inc., and set the second reading and public hearing for August 28, 2018 at 5:20 p.m.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

 

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSMayor and City Council Pay:  Giese asked what other cities the size of Morris receive for compensation.  Hill stated he could do some research and find out.  Hill noted one thing that happened last time is that the council raised the pay and got rid of per diems.  Hill indicated the ordinance process to change the salaries could be started at the next meeting.   Solvie suggested it be scaled along with what employees are getting.  Giese added a 10% raise would be $500 for an average of 2% per year.  Wohlers asked what the attendance policy was for council members.   

 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to instruct City Manager Hill to bring a draft ordinance back to the next meeting with regard to Mayor and Council salaries.  Motion carried.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:04 p.m. 

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