MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
– APRIL 28, 2015
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 28th day
of April, 2015, 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 and Mayor
Giese. Council member Storck was absent. Also present was City
Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Police Chief Tiegs, Public Works
Director Dittbenner and City Attorney Jordan.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: Public Hearing and 2nd
Reading of Ordinance No. 102, An Ordinance Amending the City of Morris Zoning
Map to Rezone the Heartland Motor Property: City Manager Hill stated
the Planning Commission met last week and recommended approval of this zoning
change. Hill explained that Superior Industries is purchasing this
property and they would like it zoned heavy industrial, which is a continuation
of what their neighboring property is zoned.
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Solvie, to accept this as the second reading and adopt
Ordinance No. 102, An Ordinance Amending the City of Morris Zoning Map to
Rezone the Heartland Motor Property. Upon a roll call vote taken and all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 4/14/15 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie,
to approve the 4/14/15 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Minutes: Council member
Wohlers moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the 4/14/15
condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Solvie, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
of City Bills
Tourism Board Minutes
& Expenditure Report
Planning Commission Minutes
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
Report – American Legion: Council member Miller moved, seconded
by Solvie, 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.
Motion to Authorize
Sale of 1986 Loader: Council
member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to authorize the sale of the 1986 Cat
936 Loader. Motion carried.
Adopting the Stevens County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan: Council
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3304-4-15,
Resolution Adopting the Stevens County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
New Water Plant Development Engineering Activities: Kris Swanson of Bolton & Menk stated
they have been working on the water plant project over the past several
years. During that time they have worked on developing the project
further, including working with some area industries, specifically DENCO
II. They have also been heavily pursuing funding with special legislation
to allow greater grant possibilities for the city and also some other grant
opportunities through DEED.
Swanson indicated the
preliminary engineering will include the following major items:
availability for addition of DENCO II (maybe Donnelly)
water quality projections per DENCO IIís request
sludge disposal plan
application and funding coordination
II agreement preparation assistance
treatment plan design
Bolton & Menk
estimates the cost of this work to be $66,700. Swanson noted when the grants
and the low interest loans culminate this summer the framework will be done to
act on them.
Swanson pointed out they
are looking at the same location as the existing water plant but they will
start working with UMM about the possibility of obtaining some additional land
for a possible storage lagoon. Swanson stated the funding becomes
available in August or September and at that point they would ask the council
for authorization to design a plan over the next 6-9 months with construction starting
approximately a year from now. Swanson encouraged the council to talk
with their legislators and let them know the city needs extra funds to make
this project happen.
Hill noted water is getting
to be a really big issue. The city doesnít have a nitrate problem now but
if it ever does, this project could have an add-on to deal with that type of
problem. Hill added this project could have a regional effect in that it
is helping out an industry, the environment, our city and other cities. Hill
stated it will be money well spent.
Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Council member Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3305-4-15,
Resolution Approving New Water Plant Development Engineering Activities.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: Motion
to Approve Old Elementary School Preliminary Plat: Hill explained
there are two changes to the plat that was given to the council. The
first is that they are recommending it be called the Old Elementary School
Property, instead of District 769 School Property. Also, when they laid
it all out they didn't have enough land so the plat has been modified for some
additional land on the western lot line.
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the preliminary plat for the Old
Elementary School Property with the above mentioned changes.
City Manager Newsletter: This was informational for the council.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:02 p.m.