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The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 24th day of September, 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 and Mayor Giese.  Council member Miller was absent.  Also present was Finance Director Raasch and Police Chief Welle.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTSSydney Bauer:  Bauer updated the council on the Climate Strike that took place in Morris on September 19th and 20th. Bauer indicated the event went wonderful with 98 people attending the first day and over 120 the second day.  The goal was to discuss climate change and how it's affecting this area and the state as a whole.  Bauer added over 4 million people around the world participated in the event. 


READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  9/10/19 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 9/10/19 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.


9/10/19 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Giese, to approve the 9/10/19 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.


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

            A.         Audit of City Bills

            B.         Application for Exempt Permit - Fire Department Relief Assn.

            C.         Gambling Report

            D.         8/21/19 Tree Board Minutes

            E.         Revenue & Expenditure Report

Motion carried.

The Emerald Ash Borer was discussed as part of the Tree Board minutes.  Gullickson noted that 40% of the trees in the city are ash trees.  Giese noted that the city has been planting a variety of all types of trees over the past few years, not including ash trees.  Jay Fier, a Tree Board member, stated that it has been 20 years since an ash tree was planted in the city.  Fier added that there are 1,000 open spots to plant trees in the city. 

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONSSale of 2009 Ford Eldorado Aeroteach:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to authorize the sale of the 2009 Ford Eldorado transit bus.  Motion carried.


CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter:   With regard to a water plant open house, it was the consensus of the council that they agreed with City Manager Hill's recommendation that the public shouldn't be invited to tour the facility due to safety and security issues. 



ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:30 p.m.

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