MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING
- SEPTEMBER 10, 2019
meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 10th
day of September, 2019, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris
Senior Citizens/Community Center.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
call was taken with the following members present: Council member
Wohlers, Solvie, Miller and Mayor Giese. Council member Gullickson was
absent. Also present was City Manager Hill and Police Chief Welle.
Officer Presentation: Police Chief Welle presented Corporal Anita
Liebl with her 20 year service pin. Liebl is the School Resource Officer
and investigates juvenile cases.
Kuhn, SCEIC Director:
Kuhn was present at the meeting to give an update on the activities of the
SCEIC. Kuhn explained that over the last year they have retained 13 jobs
in the county and helped created 19 new jobs. Their agency has given out
four loans, two to new businesses and two to established businesses. Kuhn
noted they are working with 24 potential and existing businesses in the
county. Kuhn added there is $253,000 available in their loan pool fund to
lend out and currently $614,000 that is lent out to clients.
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 8/27/19 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member
Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 8/27/19 regular meeting
minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 8/27/19
condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent
agenda which included the following items:
of City Bills
Estimate #24 - Magney Construction
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: None
Resolution Approving the Preliminary 2019 Tax Levy for Collection in 2020:
City Manager Hill reviewed the basic tax and levy information. The
proposed property tax levy is $1,608,987 which is 3% more than last year's
levy. With regard to market values, the 2020 market value went up 3.48%
to $270,617,100, which means there was more property to spread the levy onto.
pointed out LGA increased about 2.3% or $54,179. Hill indicated this is
not enough of an increase to keep pace with what the city is doing.
wages went up 2.5%. Hill stated 2020 is the last year of a 3-year
contract and negotiations will be contingent on funding ability. Health
insurance figures are not in but are estimated at a 10% increase.
Liability and work comp insurance premiums increased.
explained that this budget completes the transition to split the water and
sewer utilities into two separate entities. Also, a portion of the costs
of the PW Director has been moved to the general fund and a new
water-wastewater position was created.
informed the council that this budget maintains a $300,000 capital improvement
fund transfer for equipment. This budget does not allocate resources for
additional personnel that were requested for the police and public works.
There are no rate increases for utilities in 2020.
reviewed the capital improvement projects, noting there are $960,000 worth of
potential expenditures. Some of the projects that may be funded include a
sidewalk improvement project and the Chizek parking lot. Hill indicated
in looking ahead the ladder truck for the fire department needs to be
refurbished. Hill stated brand new ones are over a million dollars and
used ones run around $600,000 so to refurbish the truck and get another 5-10
years out of it would make the most sense.
member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3650-9-19,
Resolution Approving the Preliminary 2019 Tax Levy for Collection in
2020. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion
Adopting the Preliminary 2020 Budget for the City of Morris: Council member
moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3651-9-19, Resolution Adopting
the Preliminary 2020 Budget for the City of Morris. Upon a roll call vote
taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
member Solvie moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to schedule a budget worksession
for 5:00 p.m. on October 24th in the city hall conference room.
member Miller left the meeting at 6:04 p.m.
Adopting Assessment for Current Services: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Council
member Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3652-9-19, Resolution Adopting Assessment
for Current Services. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in
favor, motion carried.
Authorizing Fund Transfer and Closing of Fund: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Wohlers, to
adopt Resolution #3653-9-19, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfer and Closing
of Fund. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor,
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: This was
informational for the council.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:09 p.m.