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MINUTES   -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL    -  REGULAR MEETING  -  JULY 9, 2019

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 23th day of July, 2019, 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, Transit Coordinator Heinrich and Police Chief Welle. 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: None

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  6/25/19 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 6/25/19 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

6/25/19 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 6/25/19 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 #22 - Magney Construction

         C.      June Transit Report

         D.      Gambling Reports

         E.      Application for Exempt Permit - Assumption Church

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  Resolution Approving a Five-Year Transit System Plan:  Lee Nichols of WSB Engineering was present at the meeting. Nichols stated they were hired by the State of Minnesota to take care of the five-year transit plans for the central region. Nichols reviewed the five-year plan, noting that it is a living document where it is not final and can be modified in future years. Nichols indicated the bus replacement plan has the city purchasing a new bus every other year. The capital plan includes a fleet replacement plan, the purchase of two 30 foot electric buses, two electric bus charging stations and dispatching and scheduling software.

Nichols pointed out the unconstrained plan items are wish list items and they include bus stops, bus storage, an operations facility expansion, improved fare collection software and solar panels for the bus garage roof. Nichols noted an increase in hours on weekends is another item to consider.   

Resolution Approving a Five-Year Transit System Plan(continued):  Nichols stated the grant also wants all agencies to track performance measures for the annual grant, although no funding will be tied to that. Nichols indicated the Morris Transit system is doing everything really well and is a model transit system for the area.    

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

OTHER BUSINESS:  Council member Wohlers asked where things are at with sidewalks in town. Hill stated there is not a plan in place right now for sidewalks. Gullickson noted it is hard to promote walking when some of the sidewalks are so bad that people can’t be expected to walk on them. Hill explained that sidewalks are the property owner’s responsibility. Hill indicated the city had talked in the past about a special assessment plan for sidewalks and updating the sidewalk plan.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS None. 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:01 p.m.

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