MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING – JUNE 11, 2013
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 11th day
of June, 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, Finance Director Raasch, Police
Chief Beauregard and City Attorney Jordan.
ADDITION TO AGENDA: Quote from Keeprs: Mayor Giese
added a quote from Keeprs to the agenda.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 5/28/13 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to
approve the 5/28/13 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Council
member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 5/28/13 condensed version
minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Miller, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
of City Bills
Estimate #1 – West 9th/10th/11th Street
for Temporary On Sale Liquor License – Morris Eagles
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
Report from American Legion: Council member Storck moved, seconded by
Wohlers, 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.
Accepting Insurance Renewal Proposal: Tom Quam of Bremer Insurance
was present at the meeting and reviewed the city's insurance renewal proposal
with the League of MN Cities Insurance Trust. The expiring premium was
$223,594, with a renewal premium of $238,656.
Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3162-6-13,
Resolution Accepting Insurance Renewal Proposal. Upon a roll call vote
taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Municipal State Aid Route 115:
Hill explained that when everything got sent into the state for the Oregon
Avenue project they rejected two blocks on Oregon Avenue between East 7th
and 6th and 6th and 5th because it is a one
way street. The state wonít allow it unless there is a road somewhere
else that goes the opposite direction. These two resolutions make that
Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3163-6-13, Resolution
Establishing Municipal State Aid Route 115. Upon a roll call vote taken
and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Municipal State Aid Route:
Council member Storck moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to adopt
Resolution #3164-6-13, Resolution Establishing Municipal State Aid Route (the
State will assign a #). Upon a roll call vote taken and all present
voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: Ottertail
Outdoor Lighting Maintenance Agreement: This agreement allows
Ottertail to do maintenance on the lights that the city owns. Council
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to accept the Ottertail Outdoor
Lighting Maintenance Agreement. Motion carried.
Budget Guidance: Hill stated this year the city saw a
favorable outcome at the legislature with the additional LGA and the sales tax
exemption. The goal is to make sure the general fund and library fund
levies have a 0% increase. Hill stated wages are settled for next year
with a 2% increase. LGA is going to be $170,670 more for the next
year. The sales tax exemption could add up to an additional $80,000 for
the city. Hill stated he hopes to find enough savings in the general fund
to offset the debt service levy.
With regard to health
insurance costs, Hill indicated that Obama care might have an impact on the
city with possibly having to provide health insurance for employees that are
less than 40 hours a week. There are some questions as to what it means
as far as health insurance, which doesn't necessarily mean the city pays for
Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 2014 budget guidance.
City Manager Report: Hill stated it is a very busy time right
now for the city. The demolition company for the old school is
stockpiling dirt in the parking lot from the West side project to use as fill
dirt. Concerns were raised that there should be fencing around the
Wohlers asked about
subcontracting out the school project. Hill stated typically these
contractors will hire subs. Wohlers expressed concern that it would hold
up the project. Hill indicated it has to be done by September 30th
or the company will be penalized. The city's engineer is looking over the
project. Hill indicated they have to do it the right way or they don't
get paid, that's why there is a bond for the whole cost of the project.
East 4th Street from
Columbia down to College was torn up as part of the reclaim process.
Wohlers asked where the
consolidation of services was at with the fire department. Hill explained
right now they are in the process of researching the documents that are needed.
Considerable discussion was held on how the joint services may
Quote from Keeprs: Police Chief Beauregard asked for a
modification to the 2013 budget under the capital outlay for the purchase of
new glock handguns. Beauregard stated they typically change out their
guns every 8 to 9 years and these are due to be replaced. Beauregard
explained one of the reasons he is doing it now instead of next year is that on
their last shoot they had two failures with their springs. One of the guns
was able to be repaired and the other is out of service. In addition, two
of the night sights are failing. Beauregard stated to overhaul the guns
would cost $113 each when to buy new would be $149 with trade in.
Beauregard stated the money is available in the capital outlay fund as they had
money set aside for vests that ended up being paid for with state and federal
Council member Solvie
moved, seconded by Storck, to approve the quote from Keeprs for the purchase of
new glock handguns for a total of $1,788 with trade in. Motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Single Sort Recycling Information:
This was informational for the council.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:30 p.m.