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MINUTES- MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING- JUNE 13, 2017

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 13th day of June, 2017, 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, Gullickson, Miller and Mayor Giese.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Fire Chief Dybdal and City Attorney Jordan.   

 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTSRepresentative Jeff Backer:  This was moved to later in the meeting as Representative Backer was running a little late.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None

 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES5/23/17 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to approve the 5/23/17 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

5/23/17 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 5/23/17 condensed version 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.         May Transit Report

            C.         5/11/17 Tree Board Minutes

Motion carried.

 

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSApplication to Conduct Excluded Bingo Morris Lions:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the application to conduct excluded bingo from the Morris Lions at the Stevens County Fair, August 8-13.  Motion carried.

 

Application for Exempt Permit MN Deer Hunters:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the application for exempt permit from the MN Deer Hunters, PDT Chapter.  Motion carried.

 

Request for Additional Contribution from Tourism Board for Fireworks:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the contribution of $2,500 from the tourism funds to the fireworks for PPD.  Motion carried.

 

Accept Donation of $1,500 from Cargill for Fire Department UTV:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to accept a donation of $1,500 from Cargill for the Fire Department UTV.  Motion carried.

 

Sale of Stump Grinder to UMM - $1,500:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to authorize the sale of the old stump grinder to UMM for $1,500.  Motion carried.

 

MINUTES- MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING- JUNE 13, 2017

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Accepting Insurance Renewal Proposal:  Tom Quam of Bremer Insurance was present at the meeting to review the city's insurance renewal. 

The city's insurance coverage is through the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust.  The renewal premiums total $235,582, while the expiring premium was $214,905.  The city received a divided for the property and liability package of $50,006, which was the largest dividend the city has received. 

 

It was the consensus of the council to increase the scheduled property by $332,416 to the estimated replacement cost coverage limit for an additional premium of $339.

 

Quam explained the city's work comp experience mod increased from a .69 to a .84 for the coming year.  The work comp premium increased from $64,201 to $83,154.  It was the consensus of the council to continue with a 0 deductible on the work comp. 

 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller to adopt Resolution #3487-6-17, Resolution Accepting Insurance Renewal Proposal including the two above mentioned items.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  Jeff Backer was present at the meeting to update the council on what has been going on with the legislature.  Backer stated there was an increase in LGA.  Backer explained there is good news with the city's water treatment plant, and if all continues to go well the city should see funding anywhere from $11.2 million to $12.5 million with the new formula.    

 

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

 

OTHER BUSINESS:  None

 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS2016 Population Estimate:  This was informational for the council. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:21 p.m.

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