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The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 13th day of January, 2015, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.

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, City Engineer Fier and City Attorney Jordan.  Public Works Director Dittbenner arrived at 5:19 p.m.



READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  1/6/15 Organizational Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve the 1/6/15 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items:

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      December Transit Report

         C.      Temporary On Sale Liquor License - Legion

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  Gambling Report – American Legion:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, 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.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  Resolution Authorizing a 2014 Fund Transfer:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3284-13-15, Resolution Authorizing a 2014 Fund Transfer.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Renewing the WSN Engineering Services Agreement for 2015:  Jeff Kuhn of WSN was present at the meeting.  Kuhn stated there is a 3-4% increase in the fees.   Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3285-13-15, Resolution Renewing the WSN Engineering Services Agreement for 2015.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS:  City Manager Newsletter:  Hill stated with regard to the Human Rights and Rental Housing Commissions these boards were created for a purpose and as of right now neither one of them are doing anything.  Hill stated nobody wants to meet for no reason and they should be looked at to make sure itís relevant to still have them.  Mayor Giese stated he just received an email last week about the McRoberts award and that members of the HRC felt that was pretty important. 

Hill stated there are very few cities that he knows of that have human rights commissions.  Giese suggested the commission not have a set date for meetings but if an issue comes up they be available to meet.  Miller agreed to continue with the commission but not to meet unless there is something to discuss.  Wohlers stated he would hate to see the HRC award disappear.

Stock stated the rental housing commission was a big deal when it first started but Melanie and the rental inspector do a good job at handling issues.  Hill agreed that the licensing program took care of the problems. 


OLD BUSINESS:  Wohlers asked if there would be bids let for the work done with the park legacy grant.  Hill stated it would be bid out.  The architect is putting together plans and specs and they will be brought back to the council for review.  Jeff Kuhn noted because of ADA and other requirements there may be a total gutting of the building. 


ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:40 p.m.

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