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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 Citizens/Community Center.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: 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.



READING AND 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.

3/24/20 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 3/24/20 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.

3/24/20 Condensed Version: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Miller, to approve the 3/24/20 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.

4/6/20 Board of Review Minutes: 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:

A. Audit of City Bills

B. Transit Report

C. 2/19/20 Tree Board Minutes

D. Arbor Day Foundation - Tree City USA

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, 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.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: 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.

CITY MANAGER'S 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.

Council member 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.

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