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The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 12th day of November, 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 City Manager Hill and Public Works Director Dittbenner. 

ADDITION TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to add to the agenda an Application for Exempt Permit from the Morris Area Gymnastics Association and Stevens County Gobblers.  Motion carried.



READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  10/22/19 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 10/22/19 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.


10/22/19 Condensed Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 10/22/19 condensed version minutes.  Motion carried.

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

            A.         Audit of City Bills

            B.         Pay Estimate #25 - Magney Construction

            C.         October Transit Report

            D.         Gambling Reports

            E.         Application for Exempt Permit - Morris Area Gymnastics

            F.         Application for Exempt Permit - NWTF - Stevens County Gobblers

Motion carried.



CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: Morris Model Meeting:  Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Wohlers, to hold a Morris Model meeting on November 26th after the council meeting.  Motion carried. 

City Manager Newsletter:  City Manager Hill presented the council with information on Gerard Reid, a speaker about energy and transportation that will be at the Old #1 on November 21st

Hill gave an update on the bike path tunnel and noted it is a MN DOT issue.  They have been made aware of the problem and will look into a solution. 

Hill noted staff would be working on a Safe Routes to School Grant application that would be presented to the council in December. 

OTHER BUSINESS:  Council member Wohlers asked about the services that Bill Ekerson has offered in doing a video of the water plant.  Mayor Giese agreed it was a good idea.  Hill stated it goes back to safety and security and he doesn't think a video of the facility is a good idea.  Solvie agreed with Hill.  It was suggested that the council take a tour of the plant first since they haven't done that yet. 

Gullickson asked about the lighting of trees on main street during the holiday season.  Dittbenner indicated it hasn't been done the last 3-4 years because it is a process to get the outlets dug up on the 37 grates and see if they even work.  Dittbenner noted during snow removal in the winter a lot of the outlets would get ruined.  Gullickson added that a lot of time and energy was spent putting those outlets in and it's dead in the water.  It was suggested to take a look at the outlets in the summer.  Gullickson stated it a way to make main street look good and inviting. 

Gullickson also asked why there were no lights on the Welcome to Morris signs.  Hill explained that when they were put in there was no power ran to them.  Solar power was suggested for the lights.  Gullickson noted it is disappointing to drive through and not have the signs lit up when you can drive to other little communities and they're lit up very nice.  Gullickson would like to see them spruced up a bit.   


ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:46 p.m.

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