MINUTES–MORRIS CITY COUNCIL-REGULAR MEETING–SEPTEMBER 27,
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 27th day
of September, 2011, 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 Carrington, Webster, Miller,
Storck and Mayor Giese. Also
present was City Manager Hill, Police Chief Beauregard, Public Works Director
Dittbenner and City Attorney Jordan.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 9/13/11 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Webster moved, seconded
by Miller, to approve the 9/13/11 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council member Carrington moved,
seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 9/13/11 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Webster, to approve the consent
agenda with the following items:
A. Audit of City
B. Pay Estimate
D. Gambling Reports
Tourism Board Minutes
G. Revenue &
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
COMMUNICATIONS: Gambling Report – American
Legion: Council member Storck
moved, seconded by Miller, to accept the gambling report from the American
Legion. Upon a roll call vote taken
and all present voting in favor and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the
Legion, motion carried.
RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Supporting a PDT River Association Shoreline
Project: Hill stated the high
water levels have severely washed out the area below the dam. The PDT River Association is willing to
take on a restoration project for this area. They are looking for support from the
city and authorization to come across city property to get to the area. This is not going to cost the city
anything and the association is going to be applying for a grant.
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3038-9-11,
Resolution Supporting a PDT River Association Shoreline Project. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
Resolution Approving an
Agency Agreement for the Pacific Avenue Improvement Project and Resolution
Accepting a Bid and Authorizing a Contract for the Pacific Avenue Improvement
Project: Hill stated there were three bidders on
the project with the low bid coming from Kuechle Underground of Kimball. Jeff Kuhn of WSN was present at the
meeting and stated this project consists of state and federal aid, along with some
local dollars. There is $400,000
from federal, $200,000 from state and a $160,000 local share with approximately
$80,000 of that for sanitary sewer and $80,000 for storm sewer. Kuhn noted the three bids the city
received were very competitive with both the low and second low bid from
Breitbach coming in under the estimate.
The timeframe is set to start next spring and to have it completed it
within a couple of months.
Miller asked if any quotes
have been given to property owners for an estimate of project costs. Hill stated the estimate is going to be
higher than what the running average is.
Kuhn stated based on his figures the cost was going to be slightly
higher than past projects so it's been city policy to do more of a running
average to bring that in line with past projects.
Storck asked if the
project included the big hump between Casey's and the Legion. Kuhn indicated it is not included
because of the state and federal funding and the fact
that an environmental assessment would have to have been done. Kuhn stated the state aid account could
be looked at to see if those monies could help out. Hill indicated it is city's plan to include that area in the 2013 project for the west
Carrington asked how the
water issues would affect property owners.
Kuhn stated it appears it was more just one landowner than the majority that
had issues and Fier is going to try and work with him to regrade his parking
Webster asked about access
to properties. Kuhn noted it sounds
like Harvest States is very receptive to letting people pass through. Hill stated Kuechle is very efficient so
this project should go pretty quickly with them.
Council member Storck moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution
#3039-9-11, Resolution Approving an Agency Agreement for the Pacific Avenue
Improvement Project. Upon a roll call
vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Council member Webster moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3040-9-11,
Resolution Accepting a Bid and Authorizing a Contract for the Pacific Avenue
Improvement Project. Upon a roll
call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGERíS REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Report: Hill stated the city is having major
problems with people breaking into the old school building and doing damage. Hill
pointed out the council needs to have a serious discussion about what to do
with that building.
Hill thanked Jim
Beauregard and his people for all their work this past weekend to handle the
gas problem. Hill stated the fire
hall was used as the emergency headquarters and he was amazed at how organized
company the city hired is in the process of changing out all the water meters
in town. It appears to be going
Worksession: Council member Miller moved,
seconded by Webster, to schedule a budget worksession on October 27th
beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
NEW BUSINESS: Mayor Giese appointed Vince Kehoe to the Airport
OLD BUSINESS: Webster asked for the council's opinion on the zoning
issue and the change from heavy industrial to light industrial and why it is
still being considered for the next Planning Commission meeting. Hill stated the initial reason for the
change was to make sure any new heavy industrial would not be in the downtown area
and that it would instead be in the Industrial Park. Miller added that there was concern
about noise, smells, traffic and trucks and that those businesses would be in a
like neighborhood instead of residential areas.
Hill indicated the Planning
Commission will pass their recommendation on to the city council and an
ordinance will have to be passed.
Hill noted if there is a true heavy industry that wants to move into
Morris it will depend on how much business they do with the railroad. Hill noted the major players with the railroad
are the grain elevators. The
basic theory is to put all heavy industrial is one spot.
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Notice
of Pay Equity Compliance: This
was informational for the council.
Tax Bill Information: This
was informational for the council.
being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:53 p.m.