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MINUTES   -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL    -  REGULAR MEETING  -  AUGUST 13, 2019

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 13th day of August, 2019, 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, City Attorney Jordan and Police Chief Welle.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  7/23/19 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 7/23/19 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

7/23/19 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 7/23/19 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

8/1/19 Special Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 8/1/19 special meeting minutes.  Motion carried. 

CONSENT AGENDA:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items:

            A.         Audit of City Bills

            B.         Pay Estimate #23 - Magney Construction

            C.         Pay Estimate #1 - 2019 Street Reclaims

            D.         Final Pay Estimate - Eleanor/Brook/Court

            E.         July Transit Report

            F.         Gambling Report

            G.         9/18/18 Planning Commission Minutes

Motion carried.

The spray park was discussed and how much maintenance it requires.  Gullickson asked if something should be included in the budget each year for the spray park.     

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSPrairie Pioneer Days Budget:  Hill explained the city has taken over responsibility for the fireworks because instead of the firemen shooting them off it is going to be the pyrotechnic company.  Hill indicated he is meeting with them next week to find a site.  The budget includes $3,000 for fireworks.  Hill stated $2,500 is also included for games and $1,500 for advertising.   

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve $7,000 of funding from the Lodging Tax Fund to be used for advertising, games and fireworks for Prairie Pioneer Days.  Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  Resolution Approving an Airport Master Plan:  Marcus Watson from TKDA was present at the meeting.  Watson presented the findings for the airport master plan for city council consideration.  Watson stated the plan is a comprehensive study of the airport describing development plans to meet future aviation demand and stretches out 20 years.  It is a cost effective framework to satisfy aviation demand. 

Watson indicated they investigated aviation activity and based on growth in the airport, they predict an increase in aircraft from the current 18 to 24 by 2036.  The airport sees takeoffs and landings of about 20 per day.  Watson pointed out it is a good mix of recreational, cargo, local businesses and crop spraying. 

Watson reviewed the short term facility needs which include extending the runway from 4,000 feet to 4,899 feet.  This is the least impactful alternative, while still meeting the needs of the airport.  Watson recommended the major needs of the master plan which include an extension of the runway to 5,4000 feet, expand hangar area and construct supporting infrastructure and maintain other existing infrastructure.  Watson asked that the council adopt the master plan, and they would then submit the airport layout plan and continue to work on the environmental assessment for short term actions. 

Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3643-8-19, Resolution Approving an Airport Master Plan.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

Resolution Authorizing a Supplemental Request for the Airport Environmental Assessment Contract:  Watson noted that back in March the city council authorized work on the environmental assessment at the airport.  Watson indicated one thing that has come up is that in order to take advantage of federal funds, the soil borings that would support the design of the runway could be added to the assessment.  The total cost would be $6,600 and by doing it now would allow the project to keep on a good timeline and avoid getting into the winter months which would increase the costs.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution

#3644-8-19, Resolution Authorizing a Supplemental Request for the Airport Environmental Assessment Contract.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing an ADA Crosswalk Survey and Report:  Hill explained that a new requirement under the municipal state aid highway system is that the city provides a survey of all city roads to determine the status of ADA crosswalk accessibility.  Hill noted this part has to be completed in order to continue to receive state aid funding.  In addition, WSN has identified a need to do an ADA accessibility survey and report for all City property, buildings and facilities.  Hill added that there is no specific requirement to go in and fix or redo the item.  The cost of the survey and report is $25,010. 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3645-8-19, Resolution Authorizing an ADA Crosswalk Survey and Report.  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. 

OTHER BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:12 p.m.

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