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MINUTES    –   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING   –   MAY 12, 2015

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 12th day of May, 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, Fire Chief Dybdal and City Engineer/Inspector Fier.  Public Works Director Dittbenner arrived at 5:20 p.m.

ADDITIONS TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added the following two items to the agenda:  1)Application to Conduct Excluded Bingo – Morris Lions 2)Resolution Authorizing Purchase of a Transit Bus.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES4/28/15 Organizational Meeting Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the 4/28/15 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

4/28/15 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 4/28/15 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      April Transit Report

         C.      Street Dance Permit

         D.      Application to Conduct Excluded Bingo – Morris Lions

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Amending the 2015 Budget for the City of Morris:  City Manager Hill stated there was a technical glitch in the formula in the excel spreadsheet which was showing the wrong number.  Hill stated there are no changes to the budget from what was presented, just that the totals were wrong. 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3306-5-15, Resolution Amending the 2015 Budget for the City of Morris.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving an Amendment to a Tower and Land Lease Agreement with Northern PCS Services, LLC, dba Sprint:  Hill stated that there is very good cell coverage in Morris and the surrounding area.  The council has already approved an adjustment for Verizon and Hill recommended the council approve this request for Sprint as well.    

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3307-5-15, Resolution Approving an Amendment to a Tower and Land Lease Agreement with Northern PCS Services, LLC, dba Sprint.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing the Purchase of a Transit Bus:  Hill explained that a new bus was in the budget.  Raasch noted that the city received the state contract the beginning of last week so they would like to get the bus approved and ordered.  The city gets a new bus every other year so the buses are 12 years old by the time the city sells them.  Raasch stated they are hoping to get a new one next year too because of the condition of one of the current buses. 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to adopt Resolution #3308-5-15, Resolution Authorizing the Purchase of a Transit Bus.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSCity Manager Newsletter:  This was informational for the council.

City Hall Summer Schedule:  City Manager Hill discussed with the council an option for city hall to be open longer Monday through Thursday and close early on Fridays during the summer months.  Hill explained that typically city hall is very quiet on Friday afternoons in the summer and this is a common practice in other cities. 

Mayor Giese stated other businesses don't have the opportunity to do this and believes the council would hear a lot of complaints.  Council member Storck stated he didn't see a problem with it as long as employees get their time in.  Miller suggested employees come in an hour early on Friday and leave an hour early.  Council member Wohlers stated he didn't see a problem with it.    Solvie suggested setting up a rotating schedule so that at least one person is in the office on Friday afternoons.  Solvie suggested doing that for a trial period of a few weeks and if there isn't much traffic on Friday afternoons then it could be proved to the citizens.

Hill indicated he wasn't going to ask the council for a vote and felt he had enough information to make a decision.

NEW BUSINESS:  None

OLD BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMSHonor and Remember Weekend Proclamation:  Mayor Giese proclaimed the weekend of May 22-25 as honor and remember weekend. 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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