MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR
MEETING - JANUARY 9, 2018
The regular meeting of the Morris
City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 9th day of
January, 2018, 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, Gullickson, Miller and Mayor
Giese. Council member Solvie was absent. Also present was City
Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Public Works Director Dittbenner and
City Attorney Jordan.
ADDITIONS TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese added two Temporary Liquor
License Applications to the agenda under the Consent Agenda.
OFFICIAL ACTS: Election of Mayor Pro Tem:
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to elect Council member
Solvie as Mayor Pro Tem for 2018. Motion carried.
Appointments to Boards
and Commissions: Mayor Giese
moved, seconded by Miller, to appoint the list of people as presented to the
various boards and commissions. Motion carried.
Ex-Officios: Mayor Giese
moved, seconded by Gullickson, to appoint Giese to the West Central Initiative
Board as Council member Miller's 2nd three-year term is up. Motion
carried. All other appointments shall remain the same.
Designation of Official
Newspaper: Mayor Giese
moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to designate the Stevens County
Times as the official newspaper of the Morris City Council. Motion carried.
CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF
MINUTES: 12/26/17 Regular
Meeting Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by
Gullickson, to approve the 12/26/17 regular meeting minutes. Motion
Version Minutes: Council
member Gullickson moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 12/26/17 condensed
version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by
Council member Miller, to approve the consent agenda which included the
of City Bills
On-Sale Liquor License - FOE Aerie #620 for 1/20/18
On-Sale Liquor License - American Legion for 1/3/18
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
Donation to Fire Department: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Gullickson, to accept the donation of $500 from West Central Christian Homes to
the Fire Department. Motion carried.
Adopting the 2018 Morris City Council Standing Rules: Council
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3539-1-18,
Resolution Adopting the 2018 Morris City Council Standing Rules. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
There was discussion about
having a 4/5 vote of the council to add an item to the agenda as is stated in
the rules. The council would follow through with that from now on instead
of just having Mayor Giese add an item to the agenda.
First Reading of
Ordinance No. 108: Hill explained
that the Human Rights Commission and Rental Housing Commission have not met for
a long time. Hill noted the rental commission was established when the
rental housing issue came up with the University, but there is a separate
ordinance that deals with the licensing program. Hill indicated the HRC is
a strange one for a city the size of Morris. Hill explained there was a
reason it got set up but the bottom line is that they haven't been meeting and
there are no issues to be discussed. Hill added that if an issue arises
it can be sent to the council or the state human rights commission.
The code also refers to the
Morris HRA, which has now been merged to become the Stevens County HRA so that
language will be updated. This ordinance would also include setting up
the City Council as the appeals board for the rental licensing program.
Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to accept this as the first reading of
Ordinance No. 108, An Ordinance Repealing City Code Sections 2.55, Housing and
Redevelopment Authority, 2.60, Human Rights Commission and 2.62, Rental Housing
Commission, and Amending City Code Section 4.32, Residential Rental Property
Registration and Licensing, setting the public hearing for 5:20 p.m. on January
23, 2018. With all voting in favor, motion carried.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
City Manager Report: This was informational for the council.
OTHER BUSINESS: Schedule Meeting for Closed Door Session:
City Attorney Jordan asked what the nature of the meeting was. Hill
indicated the meeting is being held to talk about union negotiations before the
upcoming mediation. Jordan advised that as the last thing on the next
agenda the council cite the statute that allows for a closed meeting. Jordan
explained that the statute requires that it be stated what the meeting is being
closed for before the session is actually closed. Jordan added that the meeting
also needs to be recorded. It was the consensus of the council to hold
the closed door session after the next council meeting on January 23rd.
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor
Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:50