MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
– OCTOBER 8, 2013
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 8th day of
October, 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, Storck and Mayor Giese.
Council member Miller was absent. Also present was City Manager Hill,
Police Chief Tiegs, Finance Director Raasch and City Attorney Jordan.
CITIZENíS COMMENTS: Oath of Office: City Attorney
Jordan administered the Oath of Office to new police officer Travis
Promotion of Officer
Reed to Sergeant: Police
Chief Tiegs presented Officer Reed for promotion to Sergeant for the Morris
Police Department. Badges were presented to Officer Reed.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 9/24/13 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Storck moved, seconded by Wohlers, to
approve the 9/24/13 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Version Minutes: Mayor Giese
moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the 9/24/13 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Storck, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
of City Bills
Estimate #5 – West 9th/10th/11th Street
Estimate #4 – Dore & Associates
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with the LELS Local No. 11 Police Union:
Hill explained that there was a police officer that left employment with the
City and when the time came to pay out severance, there was a problem with the
language in the police union contract. The sick pay severance
language in that contract did not match the language for all other employees.
The police union filed a grievance and argued that the sick leave should be
paid as a severance benefit because it was mentioned in the employee handbook.
Hill stated because it was not mentioned in the union contract the city was not
able to make the payment. After meeting with a mediator it was the conclusion that
the language should be the changed to match the rest of the city contracts.
This proposed memorandum of understanding establishes the language to allow
payment of the sick pay severance and goes retroactive to July 1, 2013.
Mayor Giese stated that as
long as he has been on the council theyíve tried to maintain fairness, whether
someone is in the union or not. Solvie stated he agreed with the change
but asked if there was any action going forward where the city would have the
same understanding if the roles were reversed. Solvie stated when dealing
with contracts and unions he just wanted to put it out there so that the
council can refer back to how things were handled.
Hill stated there would be
an updated employee handbook because there are things in there that donít follow
the city code, with discipline being one of them. Hill stated this item
just fell through the cracks and it should have been that way in the first
place but there was no legal authority to change it.
Council member Storck
moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3188-10-13, Resolution
Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with the LELS Local No. 11 Police
Union. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor,
Resolution Setting a
Public Hearing to Consider a Public Facility Plan for a DENCO II MPCA Grant
Project: Hill stated as part
of the MPCA and DEED grants for DENCO II, the city is required to hold a public
hearing on their Facility Plan. It is then submitted to MPCA and they
officially approve it and move on to the plans and specs.
Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt Resolution #3189-10-13, Resolution
Setting a Public Hearing to Consider a Public Facility Plan for a DENCO II MPCA
Grant Project and set the public hearing for 5:20 p.m. on October 22,
2013. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
& RECOMMENDATIONS: City
Manager Report: City Manager Hill introduced Tony Reimers, the new
Community Education Director.
Hill explained with regard
to the West side project they lost about 3 days because of the rain. Hill
noted pavement assessments would be added to this assessment and will be
presented at the first meeting in November.
The city wound up getting
75% of its costs reimbursed from FEMA related to the June wind storm.
Police Chief Tiegs stated
the new squad car for 2014 will be purchased from Heartland. Tiegs recommendation
will be for two cars since one was recently totaled. That information
will be presented with the final budget.
NEW BUSINESS: Schedule Budget Worksession:
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to schedule a budget
worksession for 5:15 on October 24th. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese asked if the
Fire Relief Association could be invited to a meeting for a few minutes and
present what they do. Hill suggested the council attend the annual Relief
Association meeting that they are invited to.
OLD BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:57 p.m.