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MINUTES   -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING   -   JANUARY 23, 2018

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 23rd 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, Solvie, Gullickson, Miller and Mayor Giese.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Police Chief Tiegs, Finance Director Raasch, Public Works Director Dittbenner and City Attorney Jordan.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARINGPublic Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 108, An Ordinance Repealing City Code Section 2.55, HRA, 2.60 Human Rights Commission and 2.62, Rental Housing Commission, and Amending City Code Section 4.32:  City Manager Hill stated he did not receive any calls about the public hearing. 

Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:16 p.m.  There being no comments from the public, Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:16 p.m. and brought the matter back to the council for action.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to adopt 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 and Licensing.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  1/9/18 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the 1/9/18 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

1/9/18 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 1/9/18 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

         A.      Audit of City Bills

         B.      12/20/17 Tourism Board Minutes

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSAppointment to Tourism Board:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to appoint Babe Taylor to another three year term on the Tourism Board.  Motion carried.  It was noted by Tourism Board ex-officio Wohlers that Taylor indicated he only wanted to serve one year of the term.  A replacement would be addressed at that time.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSFirst Reading of Ordinance No. 109, An Ordinance Repealing and Replacing City Code Section 2.74, Public Improvements:  Hill explained that this ordinance incorporates the standards for how the city does things from building roads to how the city assesses for things.  Hill noted that the standard road width has changed from 40-44 feet down to 36-38 feet.  Hill explained reasonable language with regard to sidewalks was added.  Hill pointed out that a paragraph was added towards the end which addresses situations like the Evink issue.  Hill added that the City Council always reserves the right to adjust things the way they want. 

Hill reviewed several items from the new ordinance. 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to accept this as the first reading of Ordinance No. 109, An Ordinance Repealing and Replacing City Code Section 2.74, Public Improvements and setting the public hearing and second reading for 5:20 p.m. on February 13, 2018. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

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

Hill informed the council of a false alarm issue at Key Row Apartments.  Hill explained the manager was very upset with the number of fire call charges they received and indicated the owner would be coming to talk to the council.   

Schedule Board of Review for 4/2/18:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to schedule the board of review for 5:15 p.m. on April 2, 2018.  Motion carried. 

OTHER BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMSMorris Police Department Media Report:  This was informational for the council.

Progress Report - Water Treatment Facility:  This was informational for the council.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:48 p.m.

 

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