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The 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:  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 Director Dittbenner.


READING 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.


CONSENT AGENDA:  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.


CITY 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. 


Hill 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. 


Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the 2019 budget guidance

as presented by the city manager.


City Manager Newsletter:  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 sump pumps.    


ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:18 p.m. 

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