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MINUTES  -  MORRIS CITY COUNCIL  - REGULAR MEETING  -  NOVEMBER 26, 2019

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 26th day of November, 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 and Police Chief Welle.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: Police Chief Welle informed the council that the Morris Police Department conducted alcohol compliance checks of seven establishments and three of them were not compliant.  Welle stated a letter was sent imposing a fine of $250 for the establishment and the employee.   

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  11/12/19 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 11/12/19 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

11/12/19 Condensed Minutes:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 11/12/19 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.         Community Ed Information

            C.         10/16/19 Tree Board Minutes

            D.         Revenue and Expenditure Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSAuthorization to Use Click Content Studios for Social Media Posting - Tourism:  City Manager Hill indicated the Tourism Board met with Click Content to talk about the website update that's going to take place.  Hill stated one issue that was discussed is the oversight of the social media platforms and postings.  The recommendation from the Tourism Board is to start with a minimal package of $400 a month for 8-10 postings.  Hill noted approval will be given before things are posted.  Hill added that he met with Iceberg Hosting about updating the city's website. 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to authorize Click Content Studios to do social media postings for $400 a month until further notice.  Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Setting Polling Places for 2020 Elections:  Hill stated each year the city needs to set their polling places for the coming year's elections.  Hill indicated that this coming year is a census year and he would be looking at the process for changing the precincts. 

Gullickson asked if there was any follow up after the polling place on campus was moved.  Hill noted they really liked having the polling pads.  Brian Hermann, who was present at the meeting, stated there was a drop off in the number of voters.  Hermann indicated there is a definite interest in having a polling location return to UMM.   

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3656-11-19, Resolution Setting Polling Places for 2020 Elections.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter:  Mayor Giese asked where the city was at with the chloride restrictions.  Hill explained the city is very close to meeting the limits and Kris Swanson from Bolton & Menk is working to make sure the city is doing everything it can to get under that.  Hill stated staff has talked to the big institutional water users to make sure they're doing what they need to do.  Discussion was held on sending an informational letter out to property owners and what information should be included

Gullickson stated there are many people that still don't know what has been done and having an updated website and making sure information is out there is needed. 

OTHER BUSINESSChange Date of 12/24/ Council Meeting:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to change the date of the second meeting of the month to December 23 at 5:15, due to the Christmas Eve holiday.  Motion carried.

Authorize Closing at Noon on Christmas Eve:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to authorize closing of city facilities at noon on Christmas Eve.  Motion carried.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Increase in 2020 Solid Waste Disposal Fees:  This was informational for the council. 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:13 p.m.

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