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MINUTES  -  MORRIS CITY COUNCIL  - REGULAR MEETING  -  SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 10th day of September, 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, Miller and Mayor Giese.  Council member Gullickson was absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill and Police Chief Welle.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTSPolice Officer Presentation:  Police Chief Welle presented Corporal Anita Liebl with her 20 year service pin.  Liebl is the School Resource Officer and investigates juvenile cases. 

Cheryl Kuhn, SCEIC Director:  Kuhn was present at the meeting to give an update on the activities of the SCEIC.  Kuhn explained that over the last year they have retained 13 jobs in the county and helped created 19 new jobs.  Their agency has given out four loans, two to new businesses and two to established businesses.  Kuhn noted they are working with 24 potential and existing businesses in the county.  Kuhn added there is $253,000 available in their loan pool fund to lend out and currently $614,000 that is lent out to clients.

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  8/27/19 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 8/27/19 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

8/27/19 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 8/27/19 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 #24 - Magney Construction

            C.         August Transit Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Approving the Preliminary 2019 Tax Levy for Collection in 2020:  City Manager Hill reviewed the basic tax and levy information.  The proposed property tax levy is $1,608,987 which is 3% more than last year's levy.  With regard to market values, the 2020 market value went up 3.48% to $270,617,100, which means there was more property to spread the levy onto.

Hill pointed out LGA increased about 2.3% or $54,179.  Hill indicated this is not enough of an increase to keep pace with what the city is doing. 

 

Hill noted wages went up 2.5%.  Hill stated 2020 is the last year of a 3-year contract and negotiations will be contingent on funding ability.  Health insurance figures are not in but are estimated at a 10% increase.  Liability and work comp insurance premiums increased.

Hill explained that this budget completes the transition to split the water and sewer utilities into two separate entities.  Also, a portion of the costs of the PW Director has been moved to the general fund and a new water-wastewater position was created.   

Hill informed the council that this budget maintains a $300,000 capital improvement fund transfer for equipment.  This budget does not allocate resources for additional personnel that were requested for the police and public works.  There are no rate increases for utilities in 2020.

Hill reviewed the capital improvement projects, noting there are $960,000 worth of potential expenditures.  Some of the projects that may be funded include a sidewalk improvement project and the Chizek parking lot.  Hill indicated in looking ahead the ladder truck for the fire department needs to be refurbished.  Hill stated brand new ones are over a million dollars and used ones run around $600,000 so to refurbish the truck and get another 5-10 years out of it would make the most sense. 

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3650-9-19, Resolution Approving the Preliminary 2019 Tax Levy for Collection in 2020.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

Resolution Adopting the Preliminary 2020 Budget for the City of Morris:  Council member

Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3651-9-19, Resolution Adopting the Preliminary 2020 Budget for the City of Morris.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to schedule a budget worksession for 5:00 p.m. on October 24th in the city hall conference room.

Council member Miller left the meeting at 6:04 p.m.

Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3652-9-19, Resolution Adopting Assessment for Current Services.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer and Closing of Fund:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3653-9-19, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer and Closing of Fund.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

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

OTHER BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:09 p.m.

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