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MINUTES   -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL    -  REGULAR MEETING  -  APRIL 23, 2019

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 8:30 a.m. this 23rd day of April, 2019, by Mayor Giese in the Concert Hall at the Morris Area Schools. 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

ROLL CALL:  Roll call was taken with the following members present:  Council member Wohlers, Gullickson, Miller and Mayor Giese.  Council member Solvie arrived at 8:38 a.m.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Police Chief Welle and Green Corps Service Member Ben Erickson. 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: None

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  4/9/19 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 4/9/19 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

4/9/19 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 4/9/19 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.      3/20/19 Tree Board Minutes

         C.      Raffle License Report - Federated Church

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSAuthorization to Apply for an MPCA Level II Electric Charger Grant:  City Manager Hill stated the MPCA came out with a grant program where they will pay up to 75% of the cost of putting in a fleet electric charging station.  Hill indicated staff has noticed the inconsistency of the electricity on the back of the city hall building so it will be a good chance to put in a new charger.  There is also a Level II charger at Willie's.  Hill added the charger will be set up so the public can use it as well. 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to authorize applying for an MPCA Level II Electric Charger Grant up to $5,000 with a 25% local match.  Motion carried.

Authorization to Sell 2010 Impala:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to authorize the sale of the city's 2010 Impala.  Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSFirst Reading of Ordinance No. 112, An Ordinance Repealing and Replacing City Code Section 3.40 Rules and Regulations Relating to the Sanitary Sewer System:  Hill explained that for the most part the city already has a code in place to deal with water softeners and chloride.  Hill noted some minor things in the revision such as changing the name of the head of the Utility Department from Superintendent to the Director of Public Works.  The main part of the ordinance is for the future and what happens with water softeners.  The first reading is to alert the public that the council is making a change to the code.  The second step is the public hearing at the next meeting. 

Hill stated the issue the city has is that currently there are water softeners that use salt in the softening process and that salt goes into the sanitary sewer system, to the sewer ponds and then to the river.  This section regulates the sanitary sewer system.  Hill explained that it may not be necessary to get into every house and check who is complying.  Hill indicated the reason for that is if you are getting soft water delivered to your house, you are not going to want to run an old softener because that will be an additional expense.  Hill reviewed some options which include 1) bypassing the softener system; 2) unplugging the softener; or 3) changing it out to a new on demand softener.  With the new plant the hardness of the city water will be going from 45-47 grains down to 5.  Hill stated some have a time clock water softener which will automatically recharge at a set time and those are the ones that people are going to want to deal with.  Hill noted the city will know how effective things are based on the samples that will be taken.   

Hill added one other thing that came up is whether or not the city has the right to go into homes and inspect softeners.  Hill explained that the City Attorney reviewed this and put language in about needing to get a property owners permission to do inspections.  There is an administrative process that needs to be followed if a person refuses.  Hill stated he feels the majority of people would allow the city to come in and check a sump pump or softener. 

Wohlers asked, since the effective date of the ordinance is June 18th, if that is when citizens should make changes to their softeners.  Hill noted this ordinance would go into effect on that date, but there will still be an opportunity to give direction to the public to come into compliance with this.

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller to accept this as the first reading of Ordinance No. 112, An Ordinance Repealing and Replacing City Code Section 3.40 Rules and Regulations Relating to the Sanitary Sewer System and set the public hearing and second reading for 5:15 p.m. on May 14, 2019.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Revoking Portions of Municipal State Aid Routes 104 & 114:  Jeff Kuhn of WSN was present at the meeting.  Kuhn explained that annually the city has to certify their mileage to the State of MN.  This is being done now because recently the city's entire infrastructure has been recorded through the GIS system and there was a small portion of mileage being claimed that wasn't being maintained by the city.  Kuhn stated there is a portion of East 10th Street and West 7th Street, about 3/10ths of a mile, that will be revoked and 2/10ths of a mile will be re-designated where the city was short on several segments of road.   

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3621-4-19, Resolution Revoking Portions of Municipal State Aid Routes 104 & 114.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Accepting and Approving the 2018 Annual Financial Statements for the City of Morris:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3622-4-19, Resolution Accepting and Approving the 2018 Annual Financial Statements for the City of Morris.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

Resolution Adopting a Sustainable Purchasing Policy:  Hill indicated this policy doesn't require or demand, but encourages the city to look at purchasing things that fall into being more sustainable.  Hill noted as part of the Green Steps Cities Program the city has access to a lot of good information.  This policy gives the city some guidance on looking at the opportunities to purchase things that are better for the environment and natural resources. 

Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3623-4-19, Resolution Adopting a Sustainable Purchasing Policy.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a Lease Agreement with the FAA for Remote Communications Outlet Space at the Morris Municipal Airport:  Hill stated this is a routine agreement with the FAA for their lease of a small piece of property at the airport where a piece of communication equipment is placed.  Hill recommended the amount being charged remain the same.   

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3624-4-19, Resolution Approving a Lease Agreement with the FAA for Remote Communications Outlet Space at the Morris Municipal Airport.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services:  Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3625-4-19, Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services.  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.  

Hill informed the Council that the Park Board would like to tour the parks on May 8th.   

Hill suggested holding a worksession at some point to discuss how to handle alleys in the springtime.  There were some recent issues with garbage trucks and the late snowfall.  Hill stated the compost pile should also be discussed.  The public is bringing many things out to the compost pile and the recycling trailer that don't belong there.  Hill noted there has to be a better education process because people are abusing it.         

Council member Gullickson asked if landlords are still required to provide off street parking.  Hill believed that was still in effect.  Wohlers indicated providing off street parking should be part of the rental permitting process.  Solvie added that there should be enough parking spots for as many people as live in a house.  There was discussion about cars on the streets being plowed in with snow and Miller stated snow alerts need to be put in effect, that's why the city has the ability to call them.   

OTHER BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: WTP Construction Progress Report:  This was informational for the council. 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 9:33 a.m.

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