– MORRIS CITY COUNCIL -
REGULAR MEETING – AUGUST 13, 2018
The regular meeting of the
Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 13th day
of August, 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, Gullickson,
Miller, and Mayor Giese. Council member
Solvie was absent. Also present was City
Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch and Police Chief Tiegs.
READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
7/24/18 Regular City Council Meeting
Minutes: Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to approve the 7/24/18 regular
meeting minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council
member Gullickson, to approve the consent agenda which included the following
items: Audit of City Bills, Pay Estimate
#11 – Magney Construction, July Transit Report and Gambling Report. Motion carried.
Motion to Approve Biennial Audit of the Morris
PD Portable Recording System: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by
Miller, to accept the Biennial Audit of the Morris Police Department Portable
Recording System. Motion carried.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Approving a School Resource
Officer Agreement for the 2018-2019 School Year: Police Chief Tiegs stated Superintendent Lahn
is an excited proponent of the good that a school resource officer does. Tiegs noted Officer Liebl spends the majority
of her 40 hour week at the school. Tiegs indicated since 2001 they have seen a
decrease in juvenile calls but noted that truancy is on the rise a little
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member
Miller, to adopt Resolution #3567-8-18, Resolution Approving a School Resource
Officer Agreement for the 2018-2019 School Year. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present
voting in favor, motion carried.
Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer and
Closing of Fund:
Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt
Resolution #3568-8-18, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer and Closing of
Fund, transferring money from the FAA Airport Parallel Taxiway Grant Fund to
the Capital Outlay Fund. Upon a roll
call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
First Reading of Ordinance No. 111, An
Ordinance Setting the Salaries for the Mayor and City Council:
Hill informed the council he has drafted an ordinance and given the council
some comparable wage information from other cities. Hill pointed out the effective date of this
ordinance would be January 1, 2019.
Wohlers stated in looking at the information it appears Morris is right
where they should be. Giese indicated
that these figures don’t show per diems or stipends that may be part of a
salary. Giese noted a $500 increase was
discussed at the last meeting. Miller agreed
that he didn’t see any problem with a $500 increase.
Giese stated with the increase the Mayor
salary would be $7,000 per year and $6,000 for Council Members.
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor
Giese, to accept this as the first reading of Ordinance No. 111, An Ordinance
Setting the Salaries for the Mayor and City Council and setting the public
hearing and second reading for 5:20 p.m. on August 28, 2018. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present
voting in favor, motion carried.
OTHER BUSINESS: Wohlers brought up that next year Prairie
Pioneer Days has been moved to the fall.
Wohlers stated he feels the retail community needs a boost in July. Wohlers noted his recommendation was to try
and do an additional event in September, not just one or the other. Wohlers indicated he wasn’t sure what the
city can do but feels the community needs to rally behind this event.
Hill stated PPD is an event the chamber puts
on and is decided and organized by them.
Hill pointed out the city doesn’t, nor can it, provide funding to the
chamber but there is some funding of tourism dollars that goes towards
Council member Gullickson noted if the chamber
is being funded by businesses they should be taking their concerns to the
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese
adjourned the meeting at 6:16 p.m.