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MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING - MARCH 10, 2020

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 10th day of March, 2020, 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 members Wohlers, Solvie, Gullickson, Miller and Mayor Giese.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Police Chief Welle, City Attorney Jordan and Sustainability Program Coordinator Sandeep Kotala.

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to remove item E under Ordinances & Resolutions, Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services as the bill has been paid.  Motion carried.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES2/25/20 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 2/25/20 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

2/25/20 Condensed Version:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 2/25/20 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

A. Audit of City Bills

B. Final Pay Estimate - 2018 Reclaim Project

C. Final Pay Estimate - 2019 Reclaim Project

D.  February Transit Report

E. Gambling Report

F. Application for Exempt Permit - Ducks Unlimited

G.  1/21/20 Planning Commission Minutes

H.  12/18/19 Tree Board Minutes

I.  1/15/20 Tree Board Minutes

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Accepting Bid for the 2020 Improvement Project:  City Manager Hill stated three bids were received for the project.  The low bid came from Riley Bros. Construction for $499,276.10, and the other two were Central Specialties for $561,153.30 and Mark Lee Excavating for $578,667.50.  Hill explained this bid includes the street projects, Chizek ballpark parking lot area, East Side Park pavilion area and the sidewalks on California Avenue and Green River Park.  Hill noted the project would be paid for out of the Capital Improvement Fund.

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3684-3-20 Resolution Accepting Bid for the 2020 Improvement Project.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving 2020 Professional Services Agreement with TKDA for the Morris Airport:  

Council member Solvie, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3685-3-20, Resolution Approving 2020 Professional Services Agreement with TKDA for the Morris Airport.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Professional Services from TKDA Engineering for Land Acquisition for the Runway 14-32 Extension Project at the Morris Municipal Airport:  Marcus Watson of TKDA was present at the meeting to walk through the land acquisition agreement.  Watson stated the first item to be completed is to acquire about 18 acres of land on three parcels.  This would include negotiations, survey, title work and review for federal funding for an estimated cost of $44,926.  The cost of the services will be reimbursed 90% with federal funds, 5% with state funds and 5% local share. 

Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3686-3-20, Resolution Authorizing Professional Services from TKDA Engineering for Land Acquisition for the runway 14-43 Extension Project at the Morris Municipal Airport.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Professional Services from TKDA Engineering for Phase 1 Design for the Runway 14-32 Extension Project at the Morris Municipal Airport:  Watson stated the other piece that is required to move forward is to have phase 1 design work prepared for grading and drainage.  The estimated cost is $125,000 so an independent fee statement needs to be obtained from another engineering firm for comparison.  Hill noted the city may reach out to KLJ as was done for the parallel taxiway.  Hill stated this project is also 90% funded by the federal government, 5% by the state and 5% local, which is going to be shared by Superior. 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3687-3-20, Resolution Authorizing Professional Services from TKDA Engineering for Phase 1 Design for the Runway 14-32 Extension Project at the Morris Municipal Airport.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter:  This was informational for the council.

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to not remove the 6th Street railroad crossing as proposed by Burlington Northern.  Motion carried.

OTHER BUSINESS:  Council member Wohlers asked what process was being used to select tree trimmers for the city.  Wohlers indicated he was approached by an individual who didn't feel he was getting a fair chance at doing business for the city.  Hill encouraged the individual to get in touch with either himself or Public Works Director Dittbenner. 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:03 p.m.

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