MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING - MARCH 24, 2020
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
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.
PUBLIC HEARING: None
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.
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:
Audit of City
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
OTHER BUSINESS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:58 p.m.