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MINUTES   -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL    -  REGULAR MEETING  -  JULY 23, 2019

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 23rd day of July, 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, City Attorney Jordan and Police Chief Welle. 

ADDITIONS TO AGENDA:  Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to add the following items to the agenda: Application for Temporary Wine License – Stevens County Historical Society, Application for Exempt Permit for Stevens Community Humane Society, Resolution Authorizing Execution of MN Department of Transportation Grant Agreement for Airport Improvement Excluding Land Acquisition and Resolution Accepting a Federal Grant Offer for the Morris Airport Charlie Schmidt Field Project. Motion carried. . 

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: Introduction and Swearing In of New Police Offier Anthony Tiesler: Police Chief Welle introduced new Officer Tiesler and City Attorney Jordan administered the oath of office.

County Attorney Jordan introduced Allison Whalen, Assistant County Attorney.

Mayor Giese presented Ben Erickson, GreenCorps service member, with a certificate thanking him for all the hard work he has done while working for the City of Morris.

PUBLIC HEARINGPublic Hearing and Resolution Approving the Issuance of Health Care Facilities Refunding Bonds, Series 2019: City Manager Hill stated he did not receive any comments from the public on this bond issue. Hill explained this is a conduit bond issue that the city is going to facilitate for up to $22 million of healthcare bonds for Farmington Health Services to be used for refunding and new construction.

Mayor Giese opened the public hearing at 5:24 p.m. There being no comments from the public, Mayor Giese closed the public hearing at 5:25 p.m. and brought the matter back to the council for action.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3638-7-19, Resolution Approving the Issuance of Health Care Facilities Revenue Refunding Bonds (Farmington Health Services/St. Francis Health Services of Morris, Inc.), Series 2019. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  6/25/19 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 6/25/19 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

6/25/19 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 6/25/19 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.      Pay Estimate #22 - Magney Construction

         C.      June Transit Report

         D.      Gambling Reports

         E.      Application for Exempt Permit - Assumption Church

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:  Resolution Approving a Five-Year Transit System Plan:  Lee Nichols of WSB Engineering was present at the meeting. Nichols stated they were hired by the State of Minnesota to take care of the five-year transit plans for the central region. Nichols reviewed the five-year plan, noting that it is a living document where it is not final and can be modified in future years. Nichols indicated the bus replacement plan has the city purchasing a new bus every other year. The capital plan includes a fleet replacement plan, the purchase of two 30 foot electric buses, two electric bus charging stations and dispatching and scheduling software.

Nichols pointed out the unconstrained plan items are wish list items and they include bus stops, bus storage, an operations facility expansion, improved fare collection software and solar panels for the bus garage roof. Nichols noted an increase in hours on weekends is another item to consider.   

Resolution Approving a Five-Year Transit System Plan(continued):  Nichols stated the grant also wants all agencies to track performance measures for the annual grant, although no funding will be tied to that. Nichols indicated the Morris Transit system is doing everything really well and is a model transit system for the area.    

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

OTHER BUSINESS:  Council member Wohlers asked where things are at with sidewalks in town. Hill stated there is not a plan in place right now for sidewalks. Gullickson noted it is hard to promote walking when some of the sidewalks are so bad that people can't be expected to walk on them. Hill explained that sidewalks are the property owner's responsibility. Hill indicated the city had talked in the past about a special assessment plan for sidewalks and updating the sidewalk plan.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS None. 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:01 p.m.

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