– MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING –
JUNE 12, 2018
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 12th day
of June, 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 arrived at 5:20 p.m. Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance
Director Raasch, Fire Chief Dybdal and Public Works Director Dittbenner.
ADDITION TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member
Wohlers, to add to the agenda an Application for Exempt Permit from the Morris
Lions. Motion carried.
CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: Tess McGahan, a student from Australia studying
at UMM, was present at the meeting to talk about the Morris Model before she
returns home. McGahan highlighted what
the Morris Model has been working on which includes building relationships with
Searbeck partners, building community engagement, working with the school
Robotics team on a solar project and the addition of electric car
chargers. Britta Fuenoers, a student from
Germany studying at UMM for two months, was also present at the meeting. Fuenoers and McGahan reviewed what is next
for the Morris Model which includes an understanding of city buildings and the
potential for solar energy. The City
will also see a GreenCorps member starting in October, along with City Manager
Hill and Council member Gullickson traveling to Germany in July as part of the
Climate Smart Municipalities Program.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
5/22/18 Regular City Council Meeting
Minutes: Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the 5/22/18 regular
meeting minutes. Motion carried.
5/22/18 Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by
Mayor Giese, to approve the 5/22/18 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Gullickson, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
A. Audit of City Bills
B. Pay Estimate #9 – Magney Construction
C. May Transit Report
D. 4/18/18 Tourism Board Minutes
E. Application for Exempt Permit –
Assumption Church of Morris
F. Gambling Report
G. Application for Exempt Permit – Morris
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Tourism Board – Event Schedule App: With regard to a potential conflict of
interest for the event scheduler app, City Attorney Jordan recommended it be treated
as a conflict of interest. Jordan stated
any time there is a public officer who is involved in making a decision where
he might financially benefit, it might be a conflict of interest.
Council member Wohlers agreed that it is
cleaner to do it this way. Jordan noted there
are different exceptions for the conflict of interest law but recommended the
city get a few different quotes. Gullickson
pointed out it doesn’t mean that Taylor can’t submit something, there’s just a
process that has to be followed in order to do it.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: None
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: This was informational for the council.
OTHER BUSINESS: None
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: MPD Media Reports: This was informational for the council.
Water Treatment Plant Construction Update: This was informational for the council.
Population Estimates: This was informational for the council.
Tour of MN Itinerary: This was informational for the council.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese
adjourned the meeting at 5:54 p.m.