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MINUTES  -  MORRIS CITY COUNCIL  - REGULAR MEETING  -  OCTOBER 8, 2019

The regular 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.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

ROLL CALL:  Roll 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.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTSSkate 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 damages. 

Council 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 attention.   

Mayor Giese stated it is an obvious safety hazard and not what the city wants to have out there. 

City Manager Hill added the city would look into and see what could be done. 

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

READING 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.

 

9/24/19 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 9/24/19 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

            A.         Audit of City Bills

            B.         Pay Estimate #2 - Riley Bros.

            C.         September Transit Report

            D.         Application for Exempt Permit - Ducks Unlimited

            E.         Raffle License Report - Miss Morris

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, 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.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution 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.

Council 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. 

Resolution 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 vacant.   

Mayor Giese 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.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONSCity 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.   

Giese 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. 

Considerable 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. 

OTHER BUSINESS:  None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:06 p.m.

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