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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 March, 2020, 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 members Wohlers, Solvie, Gullickson and Mayor Giese. Council member Miller was absent. Also present was City Manager Hill.



READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 3/10/20 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 3/10/20 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.

3/10/20 Condensed Version: Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 3/10/20 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. Gambling Report

C. 1/8/20 Library Board Minutes

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS : Consumption & Display Permit for Crystal Lanes: Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the consumption and display permit for Crystal Lanes. Motion carried.


CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS : COVID 19 Guidance to City Employees: City Manager Hill stated the city mirrored what the county did with their policy, and also looked at the CDC guidance. The Federal government has enacted a law, which will allow for an extra two weeks of sick time.

Council member Wohlers stated he is having a hard time with paying employees who have gone on a trip and then need to be quarantined at home. Wohlers indicated this virus isn't something new and if people went and traveled, they did it at their own risk. Hill explained there isn't a magic point when COVID-19 started and when the city implemented the policy, noting the County just adopted it last Tuesday. Mayor Giese felt the timeframe comes from the governor. Solvie added that he doesn't believe employees were totally surprised it was coming, but you can't expect somebody to follow the rule when it hasn't been made. Gullickson pointed out the quarantine is a safety precaution for themselves and the rest of the employees.

Considerable discussion was held on the COVID-19 health crisis. It was the consensus of the council that this guidance is within what is fair for the employees.

Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to ratify the COVID-19 guidance set forth by City Manager Hill. Motion carried.

City Manager Newsletter: Hill updated the council on city operations. The liquor store will remain open until it has been deemed non-essential by the state. Transit ridership is down 75% but it is funded 80% by the state. Giese questioned library staff and what happens if they run out of stuff to do. Hill stated if employees are laid off they would file for unemployment and that ends up being an expense for the city. Gullickson stated the money has been budgeted for the year so the city may as well keep staff employed. Hill indicated there are no plans to lay off any city employees.

Mayor Giese expressed concern about how this crisis would affect the census, especially with the UMM students. Hill stated the University has a very good handle on the census and making sure everyone will be accounted for.



ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:58 p.m.

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