MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING
- OCTOBER 8, 2019
meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 8th
day of October, 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 and Mayor Giese. Council members Gullickson and Miller
were absent. Also present was City Manager Hill, City Attorney Jordan and
Police Chief Welle.
Park Issues: Louis Folkman, Jayden Alderson and Drake Schmidt were
present at the meeting to discuss some needed repairs at the skate park.
Alderson stated they appreciate that the city built a skate park but feel it
could use a few improvements. Alderson presented the council with
pictures of the needed repairs. Alderson feels it is a safety hazard, and
oftentimes if skaters are looking at their boards they won't see the
member Solvie noted the skate park was discussed on the park board tour.
Wohlers appreciated them doing the ground work and bringing it to the council's
stated it is an obvious safety hazard and not what the city wants to have out
Manager Hill added the city would look into and see what could be done.
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 9/24/19 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member
Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 9/24/19 regular meeting
minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 9/24/19
condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to approve the consent
agenda which included the following items:
of City Bills
Estimate #2 - Riley Bros.
for Exempt Permit - Ducks Unlimited
License Report - Miss Morris
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Gambling Reports - American Legion: Council member
Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to accept the gambling reports from the
American Legion. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in
favor and Mayor Giese abstaining as an officer of the Legion, motion carried.
Resolution Authorizing the City to be a Sponsor Organization for the
Saerbeck Student Summer Camp: Hill stated his visit to Germany was
very good and one of the things they came up was a project to host a summer
camp. A grant would be written through the German government and include
Morris and Fukushima, Japan. Hill explained this would bring together 10
high school students from Morris, 10 from Japan and 10 from Saerbeck to work on
projects together and then bring the ideas back to their country. Hill
noted this would not involve any money on the city's part, except maybe a
registration fee. Hill noted a sponsor organization is needed from each community.
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3654-10-19,
Resolution Authorizing the City to be a Sponsor Organization for the Saerbeck
Student Summer Camp. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting
in favor, motion carried.
Revoking Rental Housing License for Non-Compliance: Naomi Hoffman from the
Stevens County HRA Office was present at the meeting and stated the license in
question is for Jamie Swenson's residence at 305 West 11th.
Hoffman stated Swenson is the landlord and he has a history of being
non-compliant. Hoffman indicated they are seeking to revoke the
rental license for 306 West 11th. Hoffman added Mike
Jacobson, the city's building inspector, came with for an inspection and
multiple issues were found with the structure of the home. Swenson was
given several weeks to bring the property into compliance but has not done
so. Hoffman pointed out the process started from a tenant complaint who
was living there at the time but the rental is currently
moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3655-10-19,
Resolution Revoking Rental Housing License for Non-Compliance. Upon a
roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: Wohlers asked
about the parking lanes on East 7th Street and expressed concern
about the high traffic and safety of bike riders. Wohlers stated he feels
there is a real potential for accidents.
questioned whether or not the city had to have parking on both sides.
Hill stated there does not have to be parking on both sides but the road was
striped according to the state aid highway rules. Hill noted people are
used to wider streets. Hill pointed out that 7th Street isn't
the road people should be riding their bikes on anyway, or they can ride on the
sidewalks. Wohlers stated the condition of the sidewalks along 7th
Street is not good. Giese agreed that East 7th is not the
street to ride bike on but the reality of life, especially in the summertime,
is that people ride up and down 7th Street all the time.
discussion was held on what should be done with the lanes moving forward.
Suggestions were made to create a bike lane instead of a parking lane.
City Manager Hill stated staff would take a look at the issue.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:06 p.m.