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The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 27th day of February, 2018, 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, Police Chief Tiegs and Finance Director Raasch.


CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: Tess McGhan, a student at UMM from Australia, was present at the meeting. Tess stated she is impressed with all the sustainability stuff going on in Morris and the wider community. Tess has been active with the Morris Model and informed the council of a Rural Climate Dialogue to be held on Wednesday February 28th. Tess added that a highlight of her trip has been seeing snow for the first time.




READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 2/13/18 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to approve the 2/13/18 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.


2/13/18 Condensed Minutes: Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 2/13/18 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 #5 - Magney Construction, Water Treatment Facility

C. 9/19/17 Planning Commission Minutes

D. 1/17/18 Tourism Board Minutes

E. 12/14/17 Tree Board Minutes

F. Gambling Report

G. Raffle License Report

Motion carried.


Council member Gullickson asked about photographs on the Tourism website and suggested paying a local photographer to get pictures of people from the area. Wohlers stated he would take that idea back to the Tourism Board.


PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Appointment to Tourism Board: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to appoint Megan Welle to the Tourism Board. Motion carried.


Approval of Liquor License for Stone's Throw Cafe: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the liquor license for Stone's Throw Cafe. Motion carried.



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


Sheila Hemming Storck asked if voting precincts were taken into consideration when people were annexed to the city because she doesn't live close to her polling place. Hill explained that an actual drawing of district lines has to be done at a certain time, usually after a census. When the annexation was done, each group had to be put into a voting district, and that particular one got put in with one on the west side. Hill noted the county commissioner districts are also tied into it. Hill pointed out that after the 2020 census the city will redraw its boundaries based on population.




INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: Legislative Conference, March 21-22: This was informational for the council.


MPD Incident Report: This was informational for the council.


ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:44 p.m.

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