- MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING -
APRIL 14, 2020
The regular meeting
of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 14th
day of April, 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 via Zoom: Council members Wohlers, Solvie,
Gullickson, Miller and Mayor Giese. Also appearing via Zoom was City
Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch and City Attorney Jordan.
PUBLIC HEARING: None
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Wohlers made a clarification to the minutes that he understood the reasoning
behind paying employees if they had been on vacation and needed to
quarantine. Wohlers stated the #1 goal is to keep everyone safe and thanked
City Manager Hill for clarifying that.
Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 3/24/20
regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 3/24/20
condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
4/6/20 Board of
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 4/6/20 board
of review minutes.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent agenda which
included the following items:
Audit of City
Foundation - Tree City USA
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS : Rescheduled Public Hearing: Hill explained that
the conditional use permit request for the county Planning Commission has been
rescheduled for a conference call on Monday, April 20th. Hill
added that Marcus from TKDA would be in attendance on the call.
Resolution Accepting and Approving the 2019 Annual Financial Statements for
the City of Morris: Hill explained that normally the auditors would
be present at this meeting but that is not possible with everything going
on. Hill stated the audit came out very well. There was nothing the
auditors had to give an opinion on, which is what the city wants. Hill reviewed
the Executive Summary with the council.
Council member Miller
moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3688-4-20, Resolution Accepting
and Approving the 2019 Annual Financial Statements for the City of Morris.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS : Utility Penalties and Potential Water Shut Offs:
Hill recommended the city waive the penalty on water bills and not shut water
off for the next two billing cycles. Hill pointed out because the city
bills every two months this would catch the whole town.
Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve waiving the late fees for
utility bills for the next two billing cycles and not to shut any water off
during that time. Motion carried.
City Manager Newsletter: Hill noted the issue of
parks and playground equipment has come up and it was suggested that
playgrounds be closed as they are not cleaned or sanitized. City staff
made some signs to put up saying the playgrounds are closed until further
notice due to COVID-19. Hill noted PDT Park is not yet open but people
can park outside of it and go walking through the park. Hill explained
that if the park were to open that includes the campground, splash park and
bathrooms and at this point the city doesn't want to invite people to come out
and utilize those facilities. Discussion was held on the parks and what
may happen as time goes on.
OTHER BUSINESS: Wohlers stated he received
a complaint about junk and debris along East 7th Street and asked if
the city requires contractors to have a container for their junk. Hill
noted there is no specific requirement and if it winds up being an issue then
somebody will talk to the contractor. Hill noted he has talked with the
owner of the property along 7th Street. Miller added there is
also a lot of debris across from the DAC along Green River Road.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:08 p.m.