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MINUTES   -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL    -  REGULAR MEETING  -  May 14, 2019

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 14th day of May 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, Solvie, Gullickson, Miller and Mayor Giese.    Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Public Works Director Dittbenner, Police Chief Welle and City Attorney Jordan.. 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: Public Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 112, An Ordinance Repealing and Replacing City Code Section 3.40 Rules and Regulations Relating to the Sanitary Sewer System: Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:17 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING Public Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 112, An Ordinance Repealing and Replacing City Code Section 3.40 Rules and Regulations Relating to the Sanitary Sewer System: Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:17 p.m.

City Manager Hill stated he did not receive any comments on the public hearing. Hill noted the two big items are the additions to regulate water softeners and the process for getting into homes. Hill indicated the plan is to not go in and check every property and make them disconnect them.

Mayor Giese stated he believes it’s a good way to do it, basically on the honor system, but the city will have to revisit the process if the numbers of what’s going into the system aren't down. Wohlers asked about the larger businesses such as the RFC and whether or not they have the most up to date equipment. Hill pointed out he talked to Bryan Hermann at UMM and they will make adjustments once they get the word that the plant is up and running.

Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:22 p.m.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to accept this as the second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 112, An Ordinance Repealing and Replacing City Code Section 3.40 Rules and Regulations Relating to the Sanitary Sewer System. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried..

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  4/23/19 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 4/23/19 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

4/23/19 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 4/23/19 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.

5/18/19 Condensed Minutes:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the 5/8/19 special meeting 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 #20 – Magney Construction

         C.      April Transit Report

         D.      Application for Temporary On Sale Liquor License – Morris Eagles

         E.      Application for Temporary Beer License – Assumption Catholic Church

         F.      Gambling Reports

         G.      Application for Exempt Permit – Assumption Catholic Church

         H.      Application for Exempt Permit –Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSNone

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Advertising for Bids for the 2019 Pavement Rehabilitation Project: Hill explained this is for the pavement rehabilitation at the airport. This is an FAA project with a total cost of $125,000. The federal share of the project will be 68.46% or $85,573; the state share is estimated at 19.41% or $24,262; with the city share of the project at 12.13% or $15,165. The bid opening is June 13th at 2:00 at the city hall conference room. 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3626-5-19, Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Authorizing Advertising for Bids for the 2019 Pavement Rehabilitation Project. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. .   

Resolution for the Authorization to Execute MN DOT Airport Maintenance and Operation Grant Contract for 2020 and 2021: Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3627-5-19, Resolution for the Authorization to Execute MN DOT Airport Maintenance and Operation Grant Contract for 2020 and 2021. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3628-5-19, 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 noted that the city was contacted by the State about getting an electric transit bus. The State would put in a grant on behalf of the city for two fully electric transit buses and two fast charging stations to be wired into the transit bus garage. Hill indicated there is no cost to the city and the State will pick up the local share.   

Hill pointed out the Industrial Park land sale should come before the council at the next meeting   

OTHER BUSINESS:  The Tree Planting for Arbor Day will be May 21st aat 5:00p.m.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None:   

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:46 p.m.

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