MINUTES –MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING –
MARCH 12, 2013
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 12th day
of March, 2013, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
ROLL CALL: Roll call was taken with the following
members present: Council member Wohlers, Solvie, Miller, Storck and Mayor
Giese. Also present was City Manager Hill, Police Chief Beauregard and
City Attorney Jordan. Public Works Director Dittbenner arrived at 5:20
ADDITION TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese added to the agenda an
Application for Exempt Permit from Assumption Church.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 2/26/13 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck,
to approve the 2/26/13 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council
member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 2/26/13 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent agenda which included the
of City Bills
for Exempt Permit – Ducks Unlimited
for Exempt Permit – Assumption Church
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
to Human Rights Commission: Mayor Giese appointed Bethany Wolney and
Adiroopa Mukherejee to the Human Rights Commission.
Renewal of Consumption
& Display Permit:
Council member Storck moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the renewal of the
consumption & display permit for Crystal Lanes. The license runs from
April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City
Manager Report: City Manager Hill stated a walk through was held
at the old school and 36 contractors were there. Hill indicated he attended
a solid waste committee meeting at the county. Hill pointed out the county
owns the land that the landfill sits on but they have an agreement with Engebretsonís
to run the landfill. Troy Engebretson put together a handout for the
contractors. It is estimated there will be 30,000 cubic yards of material
coming out of the school site. Bids for the demolition will be opened
Thursday, March 21st.
Hill indicated the plan
holder list is extremely large for the West 9th, 10th and
11th Street project. Hill noted he would be making a
recommendation on the 26th about whether or not the city should go
ahead with the project, what should be assessed and what the city would bond
for. The bond issue will include the school building as well.
Hill noted the state
budget forecast came out and the deficit was cut in half so that is much better
news when trying to figure out numbers. LGA continues to be a big
Hill stated the city has
had a number of water main breaks, with the most recent being on North
Court. Hill noted as long as the city does normal maintenance insurance
companies will tend not to pay claims. Hill indicated this is another
reason why the city needs to continue to update utilities.
Hill stated Oregon Avenue
is the project for 2014. There are major problems with this street when
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: Miller asked about the status of hiring
since they are a man short at the city shop. Hill noted there has been an
issue trying to find water/wastewater guys and hopefully with graduation from
colleges coming up that will help. Hill noted another public works
employee is retiring the end of April so the city will be looking for two people.
Miller suggested that if
the city is going to do West 9th, 10th and 11th
Street the city crew not patch the areas that are going to be redone.
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:46 p.m.