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MINUTES      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 bit. 

 

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 targeting tourists.   

 

Council member Gullickson noted if the chamber is being funded by businesses they should be taking their concerns to the chamber. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:16 p.m.

 

 

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