MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING – JUNE 26,
regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m.
this 26th day of June, 2018, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers
of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.
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, Police Chief Tiegs and Public Works
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 6/12/18 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member
Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to approve the 6/12/18
regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent
agenda which included the following items: Audit of City Bills, Pay Estimate
#5 – Eleanor/Brook Avenue, 5/16/18 Tree Board Minutes . Application
for Exempt Permit – MN Deer Hunters, Communication Education Information,
Revenue & Expenditure Report, Gambling Reports and 2/20/18 Planning
Commission Minutes. Motion carried.
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: 2019 Budget Guidance Recommendation:
City Manager Hill noted with regard to LGA, 2019 should be okay. Hill stated
it if remains at the plateau it is now there will have to be a serious
discussion about the future. Hill indicated health insurance rates are an
unknown at this time but the new rates should be out in September.
indicated union contracts are done and the wage increase has been factored in.
There is no major funding for projects but the city will have to look at
financing for the new fire truck which should be delivered in December. There
is a debt levy that will be paid off so the offset with the new truck will be
fairly close. Hill stated there is nothing fancy in the budget moving
forward. There is money being put into roads and trying to maintain the
workforce. Hill explained this is just a budget so it can always be changed
before the end of the year. Hill stated he is looking at a 2-3% increase in
the tax levy for general fund purposes. A possible sidewalk program was
discussed and how it could be financed.
Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the 2019 budget
presented by the city manager.
Hill informed the council the city received a few sewer back up claims but the
city’s insurance typically doesn’t pay them as long as the city is maintaining
its sewer system in a timely manner. Hill noted a lot was corrected with the
new projects. Hill stated some of the problem comes because of tile around
people’s homes that goes directly into the sewer system, or people have their
sump pump running into the sewer system. Hill explained it is difficult to go
around to every home and check and it's only as good as the day you inspect
it. Giese suggested doing another advertising effort to get the word out about
ADJOURNMENT: There being no
further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:18 p.m.