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MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING – AUGUST 28, 2018

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 28th day of August, 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, Transit Director Heinrich, Public Works Director Dittbenner, Fire Chief Dybdal and Police Chief Tiegs.

ADDITION TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to add to the agenda a Resolution Calling for a Public Hearing on the Proposed Modification to the Project Plan and the Proposed Establishment of TIF District No. 16. Motion carried.

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: WSB Engineering – Five Year Transit System Plans: Lee Nichols and Tom Cruikshank of WSB Engineering were present at the meeting to review a five-year transit system plan. Nichols stated they were selected by MN DOT to take a look at the five-year plans being developed for all 30 rural transit providers. Nichols pointed out this past year the Morris transit provided over 62,000 rides which is incredible for a community the size of Morris. Nichols indicated the trend in ridership shows the transit system is well used so the city is making a good investment.

Council member Miller asked if anyone is using an electric bus. Nichols indicated some larger systems are looking at electric buses but manufacturers aren’t making small buses that run on electric power right now. Cruikshank stated because of the sustainable community initiatives in Morris it would be a great place to demonstrate a hybrid bus when it becomes available.

PUBLIC HEARING: Public Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 110, An Ordinance Amending the City of Morris Zoning Map: City Manager Hill noted the Planning Commission held a public hearing on this zoning change. The area in question is on Columbia Avenue, across the street from the current Jerry’s U-Save location. The lot is currently zoned single and two family residence and it is being proposed to change it to highway business. Hill noted this is actually taxed commercial, even though it is residential property. Hill pointed out the Planning Commission recommended this zoning be changed. Hill did not receive any comments about the proposed change.

Pete Hentges was present at the meeting and stated they outgrew the carwash they had and this new one will allow for all sizes of trucks, pickups and cars. Hentges noted they kept the neighborhood in mind when thinking about noise and they feel the new car wash will be a lot quieter than the old one. Jerry Hentges was also present at the meeting and stated they will have LED lights which will be directed down rather than out. Jerry indicated they have offered to do a fence or something for the neighbors. They are unable to plant trees because of an easement with Ottertail Power.

Giese opened the public hearing at 5:41 p.m. There being no comments from the public, Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:41 p.m.

Public Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 110, An Ordinance Amending the City of Morris Zoning Map: (continued)

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Ordinance No. 110, An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Map of the City to Rezone a Single and Two Family Residence (R)

Lot to Highway Business (HB) for Jerry's U Save, Inc. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Public Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 111, An Ordinance Setting the Salaries for the Mayor and City Council: Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:47 p.m. There being no comments from the public, Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:47 p.m.

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Ordinance No. 111, An Ordinance Setting the Salaries for the Mayor and City Council. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 8/13/18 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 8/13/18 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.

8/13/18 Condensed Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 7/10/18 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. 6/19/18 Planning Commission Minutes

C. 7/18/18 Tree Board Minutes

D. 7/18/18 Tourism Meeting Minutes

E. Gambling Reports

F. Revenue & Expenditure Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Appointment to Canvassing Board for the General Election: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to appoint Council member Wohlers to the canvassing board of the county for the general election. Motion carried.

Motion Authorizing Applying for a Grant for Turnout Gear Dryer for the Fire Department: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to authorize applying for a grant for a turnout gear dryer for the Fire Department. Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution of Authorization to Execute MN DOT Grant Agreement for Airport Improvement Excluding Land Acquisition No. 1031951: Hill explained that the city made an application for a grant to do the design work on the airport apron and the reconstruction of the taxiway. The cost of the design is $73,500. The federal share is $50,157 and the state share is $14,497.46. Hill indicated $8,845 would need to be put into the city’s capital outlay budget for next year. Next year another grant would be done for the taxiway reconstruction and the following two years would be the apron reconstruction.

Resolution of Authorization to Execute MN DOT Grant Agreement for Airport Improvement Excluding Land Acquisition No. 1031951: (continued)

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3569-8-18, Resolution of Authorization to Execute MN DOT Grant Agreement for Airport Improvement Excluding Land Acquisition No. 1031951. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Calling for a Public Hearing on the Proposed Establishment of TIF District No. 16:

Hill stated that John Timmerman was present at the meeting and he is the owner of the new 4-plex that is going up along Iowa Avenue. Hill explained that Timmerman owns all the property along there and he has consolidated it into one big parcel of property. Hill noted after building the first 4-plex Timmerman is asking the council to consider establishing a TIF district for more houses for his project. The resolution tonight asks for the council to set a public hearing for October 9th.

Hill explained that the city has consultants through Ehlers and Associates that do the financial consulting and Briggs and Morgan do the legal work. Hill noted initiating the process for a TIF district requires that a developer deposit money to pay for those costs up front which Timmerman has done. A check for $11,000 was given to the city to include $8,000 for potential costs of the financial work and $3,000 for the potential costs of all the legal work.

Hill added that the EDA also has to make a recommendation to the city council which will be done at the September 25th meeting. The Planning Commission will take a look to make sure that this falls into place with the comprehensive plan of the city.

Timmerman stated he has a plan for potentially 4 more buildings. Wohlers asked about sidewalks in that area, especially with the polling location now being at the armory. Hill stated the city could take a look at that issue. Considerable discussion was held about whether or not the area would have sidewalks and where they would be put.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3570-8-18, Resolution Calling for a Public Hearing by the City Council on the Proposed Modification to the Project Plan of the Morris Economic Development Project and the Proposed Establishment of Tax Increment Financing District No. 16 Therein and the Adoption of the Tax Increment Financing Plan. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: This was informational for the council. Hill asked for the council’s opinion on changing the legal age for buying tobacco. The state sets the age but cities can set it stricter if they want to. Council member Solvie indicated he would like to leave it as is. Solvie stated he feels it would give an unfair advantage to people around the area and he doesn’t think it should be 21 anyway. It was the consensus of the council to leave it as is.

OTHER BUSINESS: Hill noted is was the tourism board’s recommendation to discontinue their contract with Dayta marketing. Hill pointed out mistakes were being made and no company should be posting things without them being reviewed first.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: MPD Media Reports: These were informational for the council.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

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