- MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING -
MAY 12, 2020
The regular meeting
of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 12th
day of May, 2020, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
ROLL CALL : Roll call was taken with
the following members present: Council members Wohlers, Solvie,
Gullickson, Miller and Mayor Giese were present via Zoom. Also present
was City Manager Hill appearing via Zoom from the Council Chambers. Police
Chief Welle, City Attorney Jordan and Finance Director Raasch also appeared via
COMMENTS : None
PUBLIC HEARING : None
APPROVAL OF MINUTES :
4/28/20 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 4/28/20 regular meeting
minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 4/28/20
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:
Audit of City
AND COMMUNICATIONS :
Resolution Approving an Electric Utility Line Easement with Agralite
Electric Cooperative at the Morris Municipal Airport: City Manager
Hill stated this is more of the paperwork to get all the land lined up for the
airport runway project. This utility easement would give Agralite the
right to come on the airport land to install and maintain their electric
Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3691-5-20 Resolution Approving
an Electric Utility Line Easement with Agralite Electric Cooperative at the
Morris Municipal Airport. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present
voting in favor, motion carried.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS : City Manager Newsletter: Hill informed the
council that the League of MN Cities sent out a notice that the Senate was
working on passing a bill to allocate federal CARES money to local cities for
COVID-19 costs. Hill noted at this time the city doesn't have a lot of costs related
to COVID but one of the things in the guidelines was assistance to
businesses. Hill indicated city staff is waiting to hear what the Governor
is going to do after May 18th.
Solvie asked which businesses it might benefit and if any of that money could be
used for the RFC. Hill explained he just learned about these potential
funds so it is definitely something to take a look at.
Solvie asked what
the city's stance would be if the governor extended the stay at home order and
businesses opened anyway. City Attorney Jordan stated under no
circumstance should the city pass a resolution stating they are going to defer
the hierarchy. The city could pass a resolution urging the governor to
lift restrictions if they feel that's appropriate. Jordan noted if there
is proof that the law isn't being followed they could be subject to criminal
prosecution. Jordan explained under Chapter 12 of MN State Statute power
is granted to the Governor. Jordan stated the position from his office is
that you start with education and warnings if necessary. Jordan stated
this area has been lucky that the citizens have voluntarily complied and he
hopes that remains true. Gullickson pointed out as time goes on and the
weather gets nicer she sees it changing and getting harder to abide by
Jordan stated no one
wants to be in the position to punish someone for trying to make a
living. Solvie asked if there would be checks made on businesses and if
so he thinks that's a horrible idea. Giese indicated he feels some of
this has to fall back on the citizens to be responsible.
Police Chief Welle
stated they are trying to educate to the best of their ability and follow the
recommendations from the CDC and the Governor. Welle noted no one wants to
issue a citation if they don't have to.
OTHER BUSINESS : Police Chief Welle stated
the two new officers have been working for several weeks now and he just
finished interviews today for the last open position.
ITEMS : None
ADJOURNMENT : There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:42 p.m.