MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL
- REGULAR MEETING – SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m.
this 11th day of September, 2018, by Mayor Giese in the Council
Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Roll call was taken with the following members present: Council member
Wohlers, Solvie, Miller, and Mayor Giese. Council member Gullickson was
absent. Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch and Police
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 8/28/18 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes:
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 8/28/18 regular
meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to
approve the 8/28/18 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent
agenda which included the following items:
of City Bills
Estimate #12 – Magney Construction
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: None
Resolution Approving the Preliminary 2018 Tax Levy for Collection in 2019:
City Manager Hill reviewed the preliminary levy and it is an increase of 5.2%
over last year’s levy. Hill noted the levy can be reduced down in December but
it cannot be raised so that’s why it is higher now. Hill stated there is a
slight change in the levy for the fire truck and it should be $65,000 instead
of $60,000. Hill noted the city is working with Ehlers and the plan is to
issue a certificate of debt to be sold through a local bank. The total levy
with this change is $1,600,036.
pointed out that insurance rates for next year haven’t come in yet. Hill
anticipated a 10% increase in rates and a $500 increase in the deductible. The
levy includes 3% more for the general fund and 3% more for the library fund. Hill
indicated between now and December he hopes to get the levy down to a 3% increase
over last year’s.
stated with regard to the budget there is not a lot of fluctuation in the general
fund. There is a 1.3% increase in the budget over last year. Hill pointed out
the city’s number one revenue source is LGA and there was a very minimal
increase over last year.
Approving the Preliminary 2018 Tax Levy for Collection in 2019: (continued)
explained the financing process for the fire truck. The city will need to
finance $500,000 after trade in. The truck will need to be financed between
now and the delivery date, more than likely with a certificate of debt through
a local bank for up to ten years.
noted this budget splits out the utility fund into both water and sewer. Hill
explained because the city received financing for the water plant is has to be
a separate fund. Hill recommended an increase in rates at the beginning of
next year. The start-up for the plant is scheduled for March or April.
stated he has had people question him about the by-products from the plant. Hill
noted it could be out sourced to farmers or taken to the landfill. Hill noted
it would be beneficial if somebody is willing to buy it rather than pay to
dispose of it. Wohlers asked if the city needed to talk about the softener policy.
Hill informed the council that the Green Corps service member that's coming in October
will be working on the informational piece to property owners and an inspection
policy. Wohlers stated he is concerned about people on a fixed income with the
increase in rates. Hill noted people shouldn’t need a softener because it will
be going from 41 grains of hardness down to 5. Residents won’t be allowed to
keep an old system hooked up to the sewer system.
indicated he reviewed the list of capital projects with Public Works Director
Dittbenner and Jeff Kuhn. Hill noted the big item is East 7th
Street from Columbia to Line Drive.
member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution
#3571-9-18, Resolution Approving the Preliminary 2018 Tax Levy for Collection
in 2019. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion
Adopting the Preliminary 2019 Budget for the City of Morris: Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3572-9-18, Resolution
Adopting the Preliminary 2019 Budget for the City of Morris. Upon a roll call
vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Approving the Renewal of a Climate Protection Partnership Agreement with
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3573-9-18,
Resolution Approving the Renewal of a Climate Protection Partnership Agreement
with Saerbeck, Germany. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in
favor, motion carried.
Authorizing a Design Engineering Contract for the Airport Apron and Taxilane
Reconstruction Project: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to
adopt Resolution #3574-9-18, Resolution Authorizing a Design Engineering
Contract for the Airport Apron and Taxilane Reconstruction Project. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: This was
informational for the council.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to schedule a worksession
for the Morris Model on September 25th following the council meeting
and a budget worksession for 5:15 on October 25th. Motion carried.
River/Creek by Ballpark: Miller asked about the creek along Green River and if
the trees in there were slowing down the flow of water. Hill noted there has
been talk of taking some trees out of the creek. Hill also mentioned that
there are a lot of thistles and weeds in amongst the native grass and plants
along the river and he will talk to Dittbenner about it. Solvie stated he was
under the impression that there would be a strip of grass left before the area
where they killed off all the grass.
Hill stated a topic in the legislature is whether or not to allow the sale of liquor
in grocery stores. Hill noted the city has opposed that in the past. Hill
mentioned that state law does allow the city to be the only off sale liquor store.
Solvie indicated he feels being the only liquor store is good for the city and
helps reduce taxes.
MPD Media Reports: This was informational for the council.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no
further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at city 6:07 p.m.