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MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING - DECEMBER 26, 2017

 

The Regular Meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:16 p.m. this 26th day of December, 2017, in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center. In the absence of Mayor Giese and Mayor Pro Tem Miller, Council member Solvie opened the meeting.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

 

CALL OF THE ROLL: Roll call was taken with the following members present: Council members Wohlers, Solvie, and Gullickson. Mayor Giese arrived at 5:43 p.m. Council member Miller was absent. Also present were City Manager Hill, City Attorney Jordan and Finance Director Raasch.

 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: Cheryl Kuhn, Executive Director of the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission, was present. She introduced herself to the City Council and gave a brief background of herself. She reviewed the activities of the Commission in the past year, along with the purpose of the Commission.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS: None.

 

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 12/12/17 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the minutes of the 12/12/17 regular meeting. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

12/12/17 Condensed Version Minutes: Commissioner Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 12/12/17 condensed version minutes. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

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

Audit of City Bills

Pay Estimate #4 - Parallel Taxiway

Gambling Reports

Community Education Board Report

Expenditure/Revenue Reports

11/9/17 Tree Board Minutes

LMC Property/Casualty Dividend

With all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Donation to Fire Department from Horton Community Chest: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson to accept a $365.00 donation from the Horton Community Chest to the Morris Fire Department. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

 

MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING - DECEMBER 26, 2017

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Renewing the WSN Engineering Services Agreement for 2018: City Manager Hill indicated this agreement is renewed annually. The City has no major construction projects planned for 2018.

 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve Resolution #3534-12-17, A Resolution Renewing the WSN Engineering Services Agreement for 2018. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services: This resolution is for three water bills that have not been paid and will be assessed to the properties. Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3535-12-17, A Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Mayor Giese arrived at the meeting.

 

Resolution Approving a Labor Contract for the LELS Local No. 11 Police Union for the Period 2018 - 2020: This contract will cover 2018 - 2020 and will include a 2.5% wage increase per contract year. The current contract has wage steps that take 8 years from beginning to maximum. In the new contract, reaching the maximum is reduced from 8 years to 5 years.

 

The current contract has a benefit that reimburses the cost of earning a bachelor's degree in an area of study needed in law enforcement. The new contract caps the annual funding limit to $15,000 to be used by whoever applies first. The officer would need to stay with the City for 5 years or would need to reimburse the money to the City on a prorated basis. The new contract will reimburse an officer 10% of their cost for each year they work for the City up to a maximum of 10 years.

 

The new contract also brings the vacation schedule to the same as the non-union and AFSCME general unit employees, increases the clothing allowance to $850/year, clarifies that comp time can be cashed out 2 times a year, and provides ½ day of overtime pay plus ½ day of holiday pay for those employees required to work when Christmas Eve falls on a weekday and City Hall closes early.

 

Council member Gullickson asked if officers are paid more if they have more education. Hill indicated only if they are promoted to Sergeant.

 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3536-12-17, A Resolution Approving a Labor Contract for the LELS Local No. 11 Police Union for the Period 2018 to 2020. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Resolution Approving a Labor Policy for Non-Union Employees for the Period 2018 - 2020: Hill indicated the non-union employees include all department heads and confidential employees. Hill is recommending a few changes to the current policy including increasing wages 2.5% per year for each year of the 3-year policy, eliminating uniform allowance for all non-union employees except the Chief of Police, and changing the Christmas Eve policy so that if the City Council authorizes the City offices to close on Christmas Eve, then any non-union employees required to work on Christmas Eve will receive overtime pay for ½ day and holiday pay for ½ day. This would only apply to hourly employees and not salaried employees.

 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3537-12-17, A Resolution Approving a Labor Policy for Non-Union Employees for the Period 2018 to 2020. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

Franchise Fees for Mediacom and Federated Telephone: The City's current franchise agreements with Mediacom and Federated Telephone allow the City to set fees to a maximum of 5% of gross revenues. The current fee is set at 3%. Hill is recommending that the fee be increased to 5% of gross revenues in order to upgrade the public access system in Morris. Gullickson noted the cost of upgrading the access system is unknown at this time. Hill indicated he looked into one system that was $15,000 but he thinks there will be more software costs. Raising the fee to 5% should generate approximately $8,000 from each for a total of $16,000 per year.

 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3538-12-17, A Resolution Approving an Increase in Cable Franchise Fees for Mediacom and Federated Telephone. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

 

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: This was informational for the Council.

 

NEW BUSINESS: Council member Wohlers asked if anyone knew the Liquor Store was going to be open on Christmas Eve. Hill indicated it was advertised.

 

OLD BUSINESS: None.

 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Bolton & Menk Construction Progress Report: This was informational for the Council.

 

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese closed the meeting at 6:25.

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