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MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING - OCTOBER 22, 2019

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 22nd day of October, 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 members Wohlers, Solvie, Gullickson, Miller and Mayor Giese.  Also present were City Manager Hill, City Attorney Jordan, Finance Director Raasch, Police Chief Welle, and Sustainability Project Coordinator Kotala.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:    Lee Community Center:  Jordan Staples, representing the Morris Hockey Association, was present and explained the Lee Community Center's Capital Improvement fundraising campaign.  The Lee Center was built in 1994 and at that time the city donated money toward construction.  The County will be paying $180,000 to replace the roof and doors at the Community Center.  The Hockey Association is working on raising $250,000 for three other major projects - a dehumidifying system, repair and reskin of the hockey system and a State-mandated update of their refrigeration system.  At this time they have received $105,000 in pledges and donations.  Staples indicated Stevens County owns the building, and the Hockey Association is the tenant. 

The Hockey Association would like the City to consider a donation toward this campaign.

Bike Lanes:  Chris Atkinson was present.  He has lived in Morris since 2012.  At the last meeting the City Council discussed bike lanes, and Atkinson indicated he strongly supports adding bike lanes on Morris' roads.  He indicated he rides bike year around.  And although it is legal to ride bikes on sidewalks, he feels it can be dangerous.  He would like to see more bike lanes in Morris, and feels it fits in with the Morris Model.

Council member Wohlers stated it is also dangerous having a bike on the sidewalk when walking a pet.

Guido Waldraven:  Waldraven noted he is proud to be here again.  He is here for a week to work on Morris Model projects and bring Morris and Saerbeck closer.

Sustainability Project:  City Manager Hill introduced Sandeep Kotala, the City's new Sustainability Project Coordinator.  Kotala reviewed his general background.  Hill noted he is here for 2 _ years under grant funding.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  None.

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES10/8/19 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the minutes of the 10/8/19 regular meeting.  Motion carried unanimously.

10/8/19 Condensed Version Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 10/8/19 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried unanimously.

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.    Community Ed Information

C.   9/18/19 Tree Board Minutes

D.   Revenue and Expenditures Report

Motion carried unanimously.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  None.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONSCity Manager Newsletter:  Hill indicated he has been asked to participate on a discussion next Monday in Chatfield about Sustainability. 

OTHER BUSINESS:  None.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese closed the meeting at 5:40.

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