MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
– MAY 26, 2015
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 26th day
of May, 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, Storck and
Mayor Giese. Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch,
Police Chief Tiegs, Public Works Director Dittbenner, Fire Chief Dybdal and
City Attorney Jordan.
CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 5/12/15 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Council member Storck, to approve the 5/12/15 regular meeting minutes.
Minutes: Council member
Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the 5/12/15
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 #6 – Par Piping
Tourism Board Minutes
for Exempt Permit – Assumption Church
& Expenditure Report
Planning Commission Minutes
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
Report – American Legion: Council member Miller moved, seconded
by Storck, 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 Approve Use
of Tourism Funds for PPD Fireworks Display: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the
use of $2,000 in tourism funds for the Prairie Pioneer Days fireworks
display. Motion carried.
Requesting a Variance from MN State Aid Rules: Hill explained
that there are two parts to the downtown project. The first is the paving
and overlay project and the second is the sidewalks, crossings and stoplights.
Hill noted the sidewalk work is being picked up by the state because of ADA requirements.
The city is allowed to use state aid funds for both parts. Hill explained
that when the city went to apply for reimbursement of the state funds the city
was told they couldn't be reimbursed because bids were already let and the city
missed the process deadlines. Hill stated Jeff Kuhn had checked with the
State to see if we could use state aid funds but he was not informed of the
deadlines. In order to get reimbursed the city needs to pass this resolution
to request a variance from the normal rules.
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Storck, to adopt Resolution #3309-5-15, Resolution
Requesting a Variance from MN State Aid Rules. Upon a roll call vote
taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Resolution Approving a
Conditional Use Permit for LP Properties of Morris, LLC: Hill stated the Planning Commission is
recommending approval of the conditional use permit without any
conditions. Hill noted that a storm water pond is being built big enough
for the whole property. Hill noted there is a slight change from the
preliminary plat for some additional feet to allow for future expansion and
additional parking and garages.
Wohlers asked if TIF would
be granted on a parcel by parcel basis as the property gets developed.
Hill stated yes, that is how it would work. Hill indicated that a request
for TIF might be coming to the council as early as the next meeting. Hill
stated to do these housing projects, the cost of building is almost prohibitive
without the TIF financing. Wohlers asked if TIF would be granted for the
future memory unit talked about in the plans. Hill doesn't anticipate
there will be any additional costs moving forward on this parcel that they
would want to use TIF for.
Hill stated there are no
businesses across the street that should be bothered by the development and everything
on this property will be housing. Council member Miller stated the
resident that attended the PC meeting was in favor of the development but just
had a concern about the water issues.
Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3310-5-15, Resolution
Approving a Conditional Use Permit for LP Properties of Morris, LLC. Upon
a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Resolution Approving a
Final Plat Titled "Old Elementary School Property": Hill stated the only change was the
adjusted boundary line, which would square off the parcel a little more.
The pond will be owned by that property owner but they will have to tap into
the city's storm sewer. Hill does not think it will be an issue. The
goal is to have everything be accessible to one of the side streets on the
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3311-5-15, Resolution
Approving a Final Plat Titled "Old Elementary School Property". Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Assessment for Current Services:
Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3312-5-15,
Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services. Upon a roll call
vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City
Manager Newsletter: Hill expressed that the Memorial Day celebration
was very nice. The city received a $2,500 Centerpoint Energy grant for
the fire department for some ventilation fans and a ladder safety
The stoplights are out at
5th and 7th Street and it will be approximately 90 days
before they will be put back in. Four way stop signs will be used for the
Hill noted Ted Storck is
back but has not agreed to meet with the service clubs as to playing the
chimes. Solvie wanted to point out that it is not the city council that has
stopped the chimes from being played. There is an individual that has
taken it into their own hands and are being selfish about playing them. Solvie
encouraged the service groups to talk to this individual because the city wants
them to be played; the city just wants it to be a little more neighborhood friendly.
The council agreed with Solvie's opinion of the chime situation.
Considerable discussion was
held on the energy HUB and how it could be used for updating rentals.
Morris Fire Department
- 125th Anniversary Celebration: Hill stated he was approached by the Fire Relief Association
and the people that are helping with the celebration. The city has to
watch very closely how it deals with taxpayer's money, but Hill feels $2,000
can be used to document the celebration and falls into the allowable
guidelines. The money would come out of unallocated contingency funds.
Giese noted he was
disappointed that the Tourism Board didn't participate in helping fund the
celebration. Wohlers, who serves on the Tourism Board, stated that while
they think it is a worthy cause they were concerned with setting a
precedence. Giese understood but stated this is not a normal business
having a celebration.
Council member Solvie
moved, seconded by Wohlers, to authorize $2,000 out of unallocated contingency
funds be spent to assist with funding for the 125th anniversary of
the Morris Fire Department. Motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: Green River: Giese asked what
can be done with Green River from Columbia to Eleanor. Hill explained
that all of that water comes from the north court, south court, east court and
brook street area because they have no underground storm sewer. Hill added
that when that project is done is two years this will not be an issue anymore.
Storck raised a concern
about discharging pumps into green river during the heavy rains last weekend.
Storck noted that people need to have their sump pumps routed outside and not
in the sanitary sewer.
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:22 p.m.