MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL
- REGULAR MEETING - AUGUST 13, 2019
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.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
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.
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.
Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 7/23/19
condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Special Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve
the 8/1/19 special meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to approve the
consent agenda which included the following items:
of City Bills
Estimate #23 - Magney Construction
Estimate #1 - 2019 Street Reclaims
Pay Estimate - Eleanor/Brook/Court
Planning Commission Minutes
park was discussed and how much maintenance it requires. Gullickson asked
if something should be included in the budget each year for the spray
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Prairie 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Authorizing a Supplemental Request for the Airport Environmental Assessment
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.
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution
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.
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.
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.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:12 p.m.