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The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 13th day of November, 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 and Mayor Giese. Council member Miller was absent. Also present was City Manager Hill, City Aaron Jordan and Police Chief Tiegs.

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: Sydney Bauer was present at the meeting and reminded the council that the Morris Model meeting is going to be held after the next city council meeting. If there are questions or concerns Bauer asked that the council let her know.

Gail Hockert and Peter Kelly were present at the meeting to request an outdoor skating rink in the city. Hockert presented a letter with reasons why an outdoor rink is needed. Hockert noted the city has the Lee Community Center and there is open skate two nights a week but otherwise the rink is used for hockey. Hockert suggested East Side Park as a comfortable location so if kids get cold they could walk to the library or downtown. Kelly added that a skating rink would be an opportunity for parts of the community to connect that maybe otherwise wouldn’t.

Council member Gullickson noted years ago they tried to connect an outdoor rink to the Lee Community Center but it got too warm. City Manager Hill stated the issue is global warming and the ice melts. Hill noted that is the main reason most places went to indoor ice arenas. Gullickson pointed out there are still communities that put time and energy into outdoor rinks. Giese indicated at one time the city bought a liner that was used once or twice but it didn't stay frozen.


READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 10/23/18 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 10/23/18 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.

10/23/18 Condensed Version Minutes: Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 10/23/18 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.

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

A. Audit of City Bills

B. Pay Estimate #14 – Magney Construction

C. October Transit Report

D. Gambling Report

Motion carried.


CONSENT AGENDA: (continued)

Discussion was held on the payment to Esultants Web Services. Hill noted this bill would be for labor to update the website to fix the problems to remake the connections that aren't connected on the actual web page. Hill noted the council could table the payment and have the Tourism Board discuss the issue.

Gullickson questioned having a web service that always needs to fix something. Hill pointed out bigger cities have employees that can do these things but Morris has to pay consultants.

Wohlers asked if the work has been done already since a bill has been sent. Hill stated the work has not been done because they have to be paid up front. Giese stated he feels the check needs to be written but that the question needs to be asked of the Tourism Board what exactly is being paid for.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to table the payment of $2,195 to Esultants Web Services for now. Motion carried.


ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Approving a Special Assessment for KJ Properties, LLC:

Hill explained that a new commercial building is being built on Hwy 28 West out by Michaelson’s car wash. Hill noted there were no water and sewer connections to the property, so a sewer and water connection fee was required. This building will house the Humane Society, a pet groomer and a vet office. The owner of the property, KJ Properties, LLC, is asking for a portion of the water and sewer connection fees to be assessed back to the property for 15 years at an interest rate of 5%. The building permit fee was paid, along with a portion of the connection fee. The remainder to be assessed is $4,355.15. Hill recommended the council approve this assessment.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3580-11-18, Resolution Approving a Special Assessment for KJ Properties, LLC. 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.
Discussion was held on the new water treatment plant and the increase in rates.

OTHER BUSINESS: Set Canvassing Meeting: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Wohlers, to hold the canvassing meeting for the general election on Wednesday, November 14th at noon at city hall.

Increase in 2019 Solid Waste Disposal Fees: This was informational for the council.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: MPD Media Reports: These were informational for the council.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:57 p.m.

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