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MINUTES    -    MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING    -    JUNE 27, 2017

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 27th 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, Public Works Director Dittbenner, Fire Chief Dybdal and City Attorney Jordan. 

 

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese added to the agenda a Resolution Accepting a Bid for the 2017 Reclaim Project and requests from the Tourism Board. 

 

CITIZEN�S COMMENTS:  None

 

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  6/13/17 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 6/13/17 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

6/13/17 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 6/13/17 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.         Community Ed Information

            C.         Gambling Reports

Motion carried.

 

Council member Solvie acknowledged what a great job Community Ed Director Reimers is doing. 

 

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSGambling Report from the American Legion:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, 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.

 

Requests from Tourism Board:  City Manager Hill stated the board is working on a new brochure and would like funds of up to $600.  Council member Wohlers indicated the current brochure is outdated and they felt $600 was in order to work on a new one.  The board would also like authorization for additional funds for PPD including the Circus Manduhai for $750 and radio advertising of $1,183.

 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the additional costs for the Tourism Board including $600 for a new brochure, $750 for Circus Manduhai and $1,183 for radio advertising.  Motion carried. 

 

MINUTES    -    MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING    -    JUNE 27, 2017

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution to Enter Into an Agreement for Transportation Services:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3488-6-17, Resolution to Enter Into an Agreement for Transportation Services.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

 

Resolution Accepting a Bid for the 2017 Reclaim Project:  Hill stated the low bidder for this project was Riley Brothers for $421,543.10.  There are two parts to the bid which include $160,749.80 for MSA and $260,793.30 for local streets.  Hill stated this should be a good project and the city is starting to get caught up on some of the different roads. 

 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3489-6-17, Resolution Accepting a Bid for the 2017 Reclaim Project.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSBudget Guidance for 2018:  Hill reviewed some of the highlights for the upcoming budget.  There is a small increase in LGA, which is offset by the increase in work comp insurance.  Union contracts are up for renewal and Hill is anticipating a 2-3% in wages and possibly only a one year contract.  Hill noted health insurance is going up and the city may have to switch companies again.  There will be a debt service levy increase for the 2017 improvement bond.  Hill indicated the city probably won�t have another big project anytime soon and there will probably just be smaller projects moving forward.   The Fire Department also has some equipment needs with replacement of the fire pumper/rescue truck.   

 

Council member Solvie asked if since the county is putting up a new garage if they have contacted the city about combining garages.  Solvie stated maybe this is the time to look at upgrading and sharing services.  Hill pointed out the city garage is not on the agenda right now to be replaced.  Solvie reiterated that he thinks the discussion needs to be had.  Hill indicated it would cost half a million dollars to do anything.  Solvie noted the city may look back and realize that $500,000 might have been cheap.  Solvie indicated he believes it warrants a discussion with the county to see how much it would cost instead of all of a sudden having to make a decision someday.   

 

Wohlers indicated there was probably some merit in taking a look at shared services and it would be a good idea to get together with the county commissioners.  Solvie suggested a member of the council and one of the commissioners sit down with City Manager Hill and County Coordinator Young to take a look at shared services, including the police department.  Solvie indicated the city is looking at a freeze in LGA and raising the levy, so why not take a look at what the city and county are doubling up on. 

 

Considerable discussion was held about the potential for shared services/buildings with the county.   

 

Solvie suggested that it be added to the budget guidance that the city take a look at opportunities to work with other organizations like the county and state to try and cooperate and share costs. 

 

MINUTES    -    MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING    -    JUNE 27, 2017

Budget Guidance for 2018: (continued)

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the budget guidance with the additional item of looking at opportunities to work with the county and state on shared costs.  Motion carried.

 

City Manager Newsletter:  Hill informed the council of an issue with stop signs along Oregon Avenue.  Currently there are a lot of stop signs and drivers tend to avoid that road.  Hill stated because Oregon Avenue is a State and Federal Aid road the signs should be changed.  The State is getting ready to do a traffic count and having stop signs every block doesn�t make sense.  The proposal is to take out the stop signs on 4th Street, 3rd Street and 1st Street.  Police Chief Tiegs stated it makes since when you look at the fact that it's a state aid road, and to keep in the state's good graces it's a logical move.  Tiegs noted it will be a matter of educating people and reminding them they have to start looking from the other direction. 

 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to make the adjustments to the signage along Oregon Avenue.  Motion carried. 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:  Council member Wohlers asked about the selling of liquor on Sundays since July 1st is approaching.  Finance Director Raasch stated she felt the city would increase its expenses, not their profits, and it wouldn�t be a smart business move.  Giese suggested the liquor store manager track what people have to say and if it turns out to be a decrease in profits the city could take a look at that.  Wohlers pointed out as a former business owner in town he knows there's not a lot of traffic in Morris on a Sunday.  Miller stated he could see being open if Morris was a resort community.  It was the consensus of the council to not have the liquor store be open on Sundays at this time.

 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:07 p.m.

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