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MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING – December 26, 2018

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 26th day of December, 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 Finance Director Raasch, City Attorney Jordan and Police Chief Tiegs.

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: Swearing in of New Sergeant Ikonitski: Police Chief Tiegs introduced new police Sergeant Ikonitski and City Attorney Jordan administered the oath of office.

Tiegs presented Officer Cole Reichenbacher with a Merit Award for an action performed while not on duty, which prevented a citizen from more serious harm.

Mayor Giese presented Police Chief Tiegs with a plaque of appreciation for his years of service with the city. He will be retiring on December 28th.

PUBLIC HEARING: None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 12/11/18 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Miller to approve the 12/11/18 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.

12/11/18 Condensed Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 12/11/18 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. 11/28/18 Tourism Board Minutes

C. 11/14/18 Library Board Minutes

D. Revenue & Expenditure Report

E. Community Ed Monthly Board Report

F. Gambling Reports

G. Application for Exempt Permit — Stevens County Pheasants Forever

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Donation to Fire Department from Horton Community Chest: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Gullickson, to accept a donation of $400 to the Morris Fire Department from the Horton Community Chest. Motion carried.

Recommendation to Print Tri-Fold Brochures: With regard to the tourism brochure, Mayor Giese stated that the map printed in it is unacceptable. Giese noted there are many items that are not right, or omissions were made. Council member Gullickson cautioned, as she has in the past, that local pictures be used to promote tourism. Gullickson asked what the point was of putting the brochure together. Council member Wohlers stated it is for people that are traveling through town and come into the chamber office. Gullickson pointed out that the PDT campground is not highlighted at all and the brochure mentions shopping for antiques when Morris doesn’t even offer that. Gullickson questioned spending money on printing something that isn’t accurate.

Wohlers mentioned that Andrea from the Chamber and Dayta Marketing have been working on this and that the Stevens County Times will print it when it is ready. Giese recommended that the brochure not be printed and the things that need to be fixed be relayed to Andrea.

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to table the recommendation to approve the tri-fold brochure for tourism. Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Setting Polling Places for 2019 Elections: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3594-12-18, Resolution Setting Polling Places for 2019 Elections. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Renewing the WSN Engineering Services Agreement for 2019: The council questioned whether or not the city ever went out for bids for an engineering company. There was also concern about what the increase was from 2018.

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3595-12-18, Resolution Renewing the WSN Engineering Services Agreement for 2019, with a request for the City Manager to note any differences from the 2018 fees to 2019. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter:

Giese stated he is looking forward to the water softener ordinance and getting the information out to the public. Miller indicated that will be a big step, to get the public informed between now and April. Solvie asked if something could be published in the paper that shows a sample bill and a line item with the water rate. The council agreed that information about water softeners and sump pumps should be relayed to the public as well.

OTHER BUSINESS: None

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

WTP Construction Progress Report: This was informational for the council.

LMC Dividend: This was informational for the council.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:48 p.m.

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