MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING – JULY 24,
regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m.
this 24th day of July, 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, Head Librarian Barber and Police Chief
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 7/10/18 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member
Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 7/10/18 regular meeting
minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the consent
agenda which included the following items: Audit of City Bills, 6/20/18 Tree
Board Minutes, 6/13/18 Library Board Minutes, 6/20/18 Tourism Meeting Minutes,
Raffle License Report – SCMC Relay for Life, Revenue & Expenditure Report
and Community Ed Information.
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Application for Temporary On Sale Liquor License –
American Legion: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to
approve the temporary on sale liquor license from the American Legion for the
Stevens County Fair, August 9-12. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present
voting in favor, and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the Legion, motion
Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer: Council member Solvie moved,
seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3566-7-18, Resolution Authorizing
Fund Transfer, moving $208,959.29 from the Brook/Court/Eleanor Street Project
Fund to the 2017 G.O. Improvement Bond Fund. Upon a roll call vote taken and
all present voting in favor, motion carried.
No. 110, An Ordinance Amending the City of Morris Zoning map to Rezone a Single
and Two Family Residence (R) Lot to Highway Business (HB0 for Jerry’s U Save,
Manager explained that a major wind storm came through on July 4th
and took out the Jerry’s U Save car wash and office building. Hill indicated
the owners have presented a plan to demo their existing building and rebuild on
the other side of the road but they need the area rezoned from residential to
stated by Jerry’s U Save petitioning for the change it starts the rezoning
process. Hill recommended the council take action and the next step would be
to have the Planning Commission hold a public hearing, which would be set for
August 21st. Hill pointed out that typically the city doesn't like
to do spot zoning but this area is right next to highway business. The second
reading of the public hearing would be held on August 28th.
reviewed the plan and pointed out the area on the map. Hill explained the
preliminary plan has three areas on the parcel, a car wash, an office building
closer to the highway and then a detailing area with a canopy and things to
clean your car. Hill noted they are also looking at
up a new gas station at the current location because they need more room for
what they want to do. Hill pointed out everyone within 350 feet will be given
a mailed notice of what’s being proposed along with notice being published in
asked if they would have a detailed drawing of the property for the Planning
Commission showing what’s going to be hard surface and what will be grass.
Hill noted they are not asking for a conditional use permit or a variance, they
are simply asking for the lot to be rezoned and all the other rules and
regulations for highway business would fall into play. Hill stated changing
the zoning doesn’t necessarily give the council the right to tell them how to
build on their lot. Hill indicated the city could certainly get a more
detailed drawing and those questions will probably come up at the planning
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to accept this as the first reading
of Ordinance No. 110, An Ordinance Amending the City of Morris Zoning Map to
Rezone a Single and Two Family Residence (R) Lot to Highway Business (HB) for
Jerry’s U Save, Inc., and set the second reading and public hearing for August
28, 2018 at 5:20 p.m. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in
favor, motion carried.
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: Mayor and City Council Pay: Giese
asked what other cities the size of Morris receive for compensation. Hill
stated he could do some research and find out. Hill noted one thing that
happened last time is that the council raised the pay and got rid of per
diems. Hill indicated the ordinance process to change the salaries could be
started at the next meeting. Solvie suggested it be scaled along with what
employees are getting. Giese added a 10% raise would be $500 for an average of
2% per year. Wohlers asked what the attendance policy was for council
Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to instruct City Manager Hill
to bring a draft ordinance back to the next meeting with regard to Mayor and
Council salaries. Motion carried.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no
further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:04 p.m.