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MINUTES  - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL -  REGULAR MEETING -  FEBRUARY 25, 2020

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 25th day of February, 2020, 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 was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Police Chief Welle and City Attorney Jordan. 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  None

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES2/11/20 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 2/11/20 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

2/11/20 Condensed Version:  Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 2/11/20 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the consent agenda which included the following items: 

A.             Audit of City Bills

B.             Gambling Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSMotion to Authorize Sale of City Equipment: Hill stated MN Bid was complicated and a lot of paperwork so now the city will be using Fragodt Auctions to sell city equipment.  Discussion was held on how people would find out about the items that were for sale. 

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to authorize the sale of city equipment as listed with Fragodt Auctions.  Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Providing for the Issuance and Sale of a $1,825,000 Refunding Bond, Series 2020A:  Nick Anhut of Ehlers and Associates was present at the meeting.  Anhut stated at the end of January a request for proposals to seek financing to refund existing debt of the city was presented to the council.  Anhut noted the financing included four separate bond issues for various street projects as well as the fire equipment from last year.  Five proposals were received from various banks with the low big coming from US Bank with a true interest rate of 1.58%.  Anhut added that US Bank had two contingencies; that the city pay $2,000 in financing costs and that the city not pre-pay the debt.  Anhut explained they mapped out the debt and there is no detrimental impact by doing these two things.  Anhut stated with recalculating payments it would result in a future savings of $116,000 on this transaction.  

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3682-2-20 Resolution Providing for the Issuance and Sale of a $1,825,000 G.O. Refunding Bond, Series 2020A, Pledging for the Security Thereof Special Assessment and Levying a Tax for the Payment Thereof.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Designating TKDA Engineering as the Airport Engineer for the Morris Airport:  Hill stated the city advertised for qualified engineers and TKDA was the one that supplied a list of qualifications.  Hill recommended the council accept them as the airport engineer. 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3683-2-20, Resolution Designating TKDA Engineering as the Airport Engineer for the Morris Municipal Airport.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: This was informational for the council.

OTHER BUSINESS: The status of the access channel was discussed. 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:47 p.m.

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