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MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING – October 23, 2018

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 23rd day of October, 2018, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/ Community Center.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

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, City Attorney Jordan, Head Librarian Hennen Barber and Police Chief Tiegs.

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: Sydney Bauer reminded the council of a robotics team event at the movie theater on Saturday the 27th.

PUBLIC HEARINGS: None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 10/9/18 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 10/9/18 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.

10/9/18 Condensed Minutes: Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 10/9/18 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items:

A. Audit of City Bills

B. 9/19/18 Tourism Board Minutes

C. 9/19/18 Tree Board Minutes

D. Gambling Reports

E. Revenue & Expenditure Report

Motion carried.

Mayor Giese mentioned that he would like to see who is at the Tourism Board meetings in the minutes.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Opposing the Concept of Allowing Strong Beer, Spirits & Wine to be Sold, for Off Premise Consumption, At Any Outlet Other Than the Municipal Liquor Store:: City Manager Hill explained there is a push by the big box retailers to expand and sell liquor at their stores. Hill noted state law allows municipalities to choose to be the only liquor store in their cities. Hill indicated from the League's standpoint this lobbying effort helps protect the city’s ability to own their own business. Hill noted if other retailers were allowed to sell liquor the city liquor store would be out of business. Hill stated he wouldn’t subsidize the city’s store with taxpayer dollars and the municipal liquor store makes money with proceeds going back into the community.

Miller added that the city normally transfers $75,000-$100,000 annually from the liquor store to help with improvement projects.

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3579-10-18, Resolution Opposing the Concept of Allowing Strong Beer, Spirits & Wine to be Sold, for Off Premise Consumption, At Any Outlet Other than the Municipal Liquor Store. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: This was informational for the council.

OTHER BUSINESS: MPD Media Reports: This was informational for the council.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: none

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:39 p.m.

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