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MINUTES   -   MORRIS CITY COUNCIL    -  REGULAR MEETING  -  AUGUST 27, 2019

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 27th day of August, 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,    Gullickson, Miller and Mayor Giese.  Council member Solvie was absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill, City Attorney Jordan and Police Chief Welle.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTSRebecca Petersen, West Central Initiative:  Petersen was present at the meeting to give an update on what is going on with the West Central Initiative, and specifically Stevens County.  Petersen stated that within the last 3 years grants invested in Morris have totaled $497,914 and the loan program has invested $338,500.  Petersen indicated child care is a big issue and they have been spending a lot of time at the legislature looking for a statewide remedy.  Petersen thanked the council for their past support and asked for a small increase from $2,000 to $2,500 over each of the next three years. 

Sydney Bauer and Theresa Boyd were present at the meeting to discuss a strike event they are planning on September 19th and 20th to demonstrate support for climate change.  Bauer explained that a 16 year old Swedish girl started the trend by striking from school every Friday because of the climate crisis.  The campaign is called Fridays for the Future.  Bauer and Boyd wanted the council to be informed and to share the event so word gets out.   

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  8/13/19 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 8/13/19 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

8/13/19 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 8/13/19 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

            A.        Audit of City Bills

            B.         Gambling Reports

            C.        7/16/19 Tree Board Minutes

            D.        Community Ed Information

            E.         Revenue & Expenditure Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Approving a School Resource Officer Agreement for the 2019-2020 School Year:  Police Chief Welle pointed out there are a few changes from the previous year's agreement.  Well stated in the past the SRO has been at the school Monday-

 

Friday of each week and they are now looking at a 4-day week at the school.  Welle explained that in looking at numbers, fortunately crime at the school is low but the officer will continue teaching and educating which is a great asset.  Welle noted that in looking at it in two week increments the SRO will be assigned to the school and also responding to calls within the city, while the second week will be designated to the school as the primary responsibility.  Welle stated this is not just a benefit to the school but the community as a whole so the department is utilizing their manpower to the fullest extent.

Parking in front of the school was discussed and trying to eliminate problems with parents dropping off and making room for the transit buses. 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3646-8-19, Resolution Approving a School Resource Officer Agreement for the 2019-2020 School Year.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving Change Order No. 2 to the 2017 Morris Water Treatment Facility Project

Ryan Kotta of Bolton & Menk stated as part of the water treatment plant project they learned that Well No. 3 was not going to meet code from the Department of Health.  Kotta noted with the age of the well and how the inner casing was installed it is recommended to drill a new one.  Kotta stated Thein Well would do the work at a cost of $164,994.95.  It would be paid for through contingency funding through the Public Facility Authority loan  

Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3647-8-19, Resolution Approving Change Order No. 2 to the 2017 Morris Water Treatment Facility Project.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Kotta updated the council on the water treatment plant.  Kotta indicated the beginning of June was the official start-up date and since July 13th the plant has been getting good, consistent results.  Kotta pointed out Ryan Mogard has been doing a great job running the plant.  The site work for the driveway is being prepared and the landscaping and seeding should be done in 2-3 weeks.  Kotta added that they are 50% done with a preliminary punch list.  Kotta stated it has been a successful project and the plant is running at about 6 grains of hardness per gallon and their target design was between 5 to 7 grains.   

Resolution Ordering a Parking Lot Improvement:  Hill explained he received a petition from property owner Donny Wohlers.  Wohlers acquired a house next to his alley and tore it down and would like to have the area paved with the cost assessed to his property.  Hill recommended a special assessment for 15 years at 5% interest.  Hill noted Wohlers would own the lot but it would be available for anyone to use for parking, similar to the one he owns now. 

Mayor Giese commended Wohlers for doing this project and stepping up and taking care of business. 

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3648-8-19, Resolution Ordering a Parking Lot Improvement.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried. 

 

Resolution Approving a City Facilities ADA Evaluation and Recommendation Report

Hill stated the council recently approved a proposal from WSN to look at the handicap crossings and this project would add a city facilities evaluation.   

Gullickson asked if once the project is done and the recommendations made, would the study have to be done again if things aren't completed right away.  Hill explained that all the facilities would not have to be gone through again.  Hill stated the corner study is different in that the specifications for those change a lot.  It was the consensus that the project would be valuable to see where the city stands with the facilities it has. 

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3649-8-19, Resolution Approving a City Facilities ADA Evaluation and Recommendation Report.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

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

Sidewalk survey and possible sidewalk program was discussed. 

OTHER BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None 

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:08 p.m.

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