- MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR
MEETING - JUNE 23, 2020
The regular meeting
of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 23rd
day of June, 2020, by Mayor Giese.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
ROLL CALL: Roll call was taken with
the following members present: Council members Wohlers, Gullickson,
Miller and Mayor Giese. Council member Solvie was absent. Also
present was City Manager Hill, Police Chief Welle and Finance Director Raasch.
and Swearing in of Police Officers: Police Chief Welle
introduced the three new police officers, which include Tyler Christianson,
Michael Mordini and Kevin Skinner. Mayor Giese administered the oath of
office to the officers.
PUBLIC HEARING: None
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
6/9/20 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved,
seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 6/9/20 regular meeting minutes.
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 6/9/20
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:
Audit of City
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: None
Resolution Approving a Proposal from Mike Cihak for Public Access Channel
Management: City Manager Hill stated Mike Cihak came and looked at
the city's system and has presented a proposal to put things in place and get
it up and running again. Hill noted the fees include some equipment and a
monthly fee to manage the system.
Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3698-6-20, Resolution Approving
a Proposal from Mike Cihak for Public Access Channel Management. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
a Contribution to Community Education and Recreation for a Softball Complex: Brian Hermann and Tony
Reimers were present at the meeting to discuss the softall complex. Hermann
stated the design committee has finalized the plans, with bids due on July 13. The
first phase includes two fields and the press box. Phase 2 and 3 is
another field and the parking lot, which would be done at a later time. Hermann
reviewed the plans for the project and noted the cost is estimated at $771,000.
Hermann noted there were tremendous fundraising efforts and they are looking
for a contribution of $150,000 each from the city and school district to round
out the costs. Hermann indicated they hope to start the project in July
and get the grass planted so it is ready for play next
Wohlers asked if water
and sewer costs were factored in. Hermann pointed out the connection is
factored in and there is actually water and sewer that runs close to the
field. The entities would come together and put in some of the consumable
costs for the year with everybody kicking in their share. Hermann noted
there would be a joint use agreement similar to what was done for Big Cat
It was the consensus
of the council that this was a very exciting project.
Hill stated the city
is making their contribution through Community Education. Hill explained
there will be an agreement for maintenance and utilities but it is not
appropriate for the city to be involved in that process. Hill
pointed out that doesn't mean that the city wouldn't be asked to participate in
something at a later date.
Hill spoke to the
question of what happens if next year the city winds up losing local government
aid. Hill stated the city would never solve operating budget problems by
using reserves. The city would have to make a decision on what to do for
the long haul. Hill pointed out that more than $100,000 has been put into
reserves from the liquor store for the last two years. Hill indicated
this softball complex is a community asset and tournaments will bring a lot of
people to the community, along with it being another fantastic area for people
Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3699-6-20,
Resolution Approving a Contribution to Community Education and Recreation for a
Softball Complex. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in
favor, motion carried.
Authorizing Fund Transfers: Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt
Resolution #3700-6-20, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfers. Upon a roll
call vote taken and
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: Hill reviewed what is
happening with Covid with talks of reopening city hall and the library.
OTHER BUSINESS: The council discussed when
to have a park board tour and it was decided it would work best after the
second meeting of the month sometime in late summer or early fall.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:07 p.m.