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MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING – Febrary 12, 2019

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 12th day of February, 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, Finance Director Raasch and Interim Police Chief Welle.

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: None

PUBLIC HEARING: None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 1/22/19 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes: Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 1/22/19 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.

1/22/19 Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 1/22/19 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. Pay Estimate #17 – Magney Construction

C. January Transit Report

D. Application for Exempt Permit – MN Deer Hunters Assn.

E. Raffle License Report

F. Gambling Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Authorizing Execution of an Amended and Restated Development Agreement: Nick Anhut of Ehlers and Associates was present at the meeting to discuss the additional TIF for LP Properties. Anhut stated the first resolution would amend the agreement that was made a few years ago. The original TIF agreement for $525,000 was for 25 years to support repurposing of the old school site. The expansion would include 10 units. Anhut noted the second resolution would provide for $50,000 in TIF for the $1 million investment for the expansion. Anhut indicated the owners anticipate their cash flow will be able to handle these payments.

Hill pointed out the 10 units are a memory care unit, of which there is a real need for and not a lot available. Miller expressed concern about finding the help to work in the facilities, which is a problem for the whole area.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3601-2-19, Resolution Authorizing Execution of an Amended and Restated Development Agreement. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Execution of a Development Agreement: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3602-2-19, Resolution Authorizing Execution of a Development Agreement. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Providing for the Issuance and Sale of a $510,000 G.O. Capital Note: Anhut explained that the proposed financing is for the fire truck and acquisition of. Anhut indicated a request for financing proposals was put out to several local banking entities asking them to provide fixed rate financing over the next 10 years. Anhut indicated the proposed issuance will be a capital note. The city received three bids with a low bid from Bremer Bank with a 3.35% fixed rate. Dakota Bank submitted a bid for 3.85 % and Riverwood for 4.4%. Anhut noted it comes to a $29,000 difference in interest costs from the low bid to the high bid. The closing is anticipated for February 28th with the total payment over the 10 years being just over $603,000. The average annual payment on the note would be $60,300. Anhut recommended the city award the bid to Bremer.

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3603-2-19, Resolution Providing for the Issuance and Sale of a $510,000 G.O. Capital Note, Series 2019A and Levying a Tax for the Payment Thereof. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3604-2-19, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer, moving $500,000 from the general fund to the capital outlay fund. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: Hill explained that the marketing person for the Tourism Board is leaving and the Chamber has decided not to fill the position. Hill noted the city will take on the marketing for tourism for the time being. Hill stated one option would be to find a marketing company but for now he will coordinate the Tourism Board.

Hill noted in looking at an ordinance for water softeners it was discovered that what the city already has deals with what is going on. Hill indicated the ordinance will be tweaked and some definitions added but the current code allows the ability to take a look at properties and what is being put into the sewer. Considerable discussion was held on making sure the city works with the local softener companies and what types of softeners will be allowed. It was suggested to have an informational booth at the local home show to discuss the new plant and softeners.

Hill pointed out work has begun on the 2020 census and it is critical that every single person that lives in the county be accounted for.

OTHER BUSINESS: Schedule Board of Review for April 1st: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to schedule the Board of Review for April 1st at 5:15 p.m.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:58 p.m.

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