MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETING - JANUARY 26, 2016
meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 26th
day of January, 2016, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris
Senior Citizens/Community Center.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
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 and Police Chief Tiegs.
Police Chief Tiegs informed the council that Officer Dittbenner has been
promoted to the specialist investigator position. Tiegs presented
Dittbenner with his rank collar insignia because this is a corporal
position. Tiegs stated Dittbenner is being promoted after Jason Reed left
the department after being hired by the county. Tiegs added that
Dittbenner is a very good person to step into this position.
Mayor Giese added a Consumption & Display Permit for Crystal Lanes to the
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 1/12/16 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council
member Miller moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to approve
the 1/12/16 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 1/12/16
condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent
agenda which included the following items:
of City Bills
Tourism Board Minutes
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Appointment of Peter Bremer to Library Board:
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to appoint Peter Bremer
to the Library Board. Motion carried.
Liquor License - Bello Cucina: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Storck, to
approve the Sunday liquor license for Bello Cucina. Upon a roll call vote
taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Report - American Legion: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to accept the
gambling report from the American Legion. Upon a roll call vote being
taken and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the Legion. Motion
& Display Permit - Crystal Lanes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to
approve the consumption and display permit for Crystal Lanes Entertainment
Center. Motion carried.
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: Hill stated
that 38 bills were sent out to properties that did not clear their
sidewalks. Hill explained that under the new ordinance residents have two
days to shovel their sidewalks after a snowfall. On the third day city
staff goes out and checks to see if they have been cleared. A list is
then given to a private vendor who will clear the sidewalks. The property
owner is billed for the cost of the shoveling, a $25 administrative fee and
taxes. Hill indicated there have been several property owners challenging
whether or not the work was done on their
It was the
consensus of the council that this ordinance has to be enforced for safety
purposes. Hill stated this ordinance is different from other nuisance
ordinances in that it's the one time the city is not required to give notice
before taking action.
note, Hill informed the council there were 25 cars towed during this last snow
Meeting in Breck:
Hill stated he and Mayor Giese attended a meeting with local legislators in
Breckenridge. Hill indicated it is critical that LGA be the #1 priority
in this legislative session. The city needs to see more in LGA otherwise
Morris will struggle to maintain what it is currently doing.
Board of Review for 4/4/16: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Storck, to
schedule the Board of Review for April 4, 2016 at 5:15 p.m. Motion
from Coalition: This was informational for the council.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:55 p.m.