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MINUTES  - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL   -  REGULAR MEETING    -   JUNE 23, 2020

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 23rd day of June, 2020, by Mayor Giese. 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

ROLL CALL:  Roll call was taken with the following members present:  Council members Wohlers, Gullickson, Miller and Mayor Giese.  Council member Solvie was absent.  Also present was City Manager Hill, Police Chief Welle and Finance Director Raasch.

CITIZEN'S COMMENTS:  Introduction and Swearing in of Police Officers: Police Chief Welle introduced the three new police officers, which include Tyler Christianson, Michael Mordini and Kevin Skinner.  Mayor Giese administered the oath of office to the officers.

PUBLIC HEARING:  None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES6/9/20 Regular Meeting Minutes:  Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 6/9/20 regular meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

6/9/20 Condensed Version:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 6/9/20 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: 

A.             Audit of City Bills

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:  None

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSResolution Approving a Proposal from Mike Cihak for Public Access Channel Management:  City Manager Hill stated Mike Cihak came and looked at the city's system and has presented a proposal to put things in place and get it up and running again.  Hill noted the fees include some equipment and a monthly fee to manage the system.   

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Miller, to adopt Resolution #3698-6-20, Resolution Approving a Proposal from Mike Cihak for Public Access Channel Management.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Approving a Contribution to Community Education and Recreation for a Softball Complex:  Brian Hermann and Tony Reimers were present at the meeting to discuss the softall complex.  Hermann stated the design committee has finalized the plans, with bids due on July 13. The first phase includes two fields and the press box.  Phase 2 and 3 is another field and the parking lot, which would be done at a later time.  Hermann reviewed the plans for the project and noted the cost is estimated at $771,000.  Hermann noted there were tremendous fundraising efforts and they are looking for a contribution of $150,000 each from the city and school district to round out the costs.  Hermann indicated they hope to start the project in July and get the grass planted so it is ready for play next spring.     

Wohlers asked if water and sewer costs were factored in.  Hermann pointed out the connection is factored in and there is actually water and sewer that runs close to the field.  The entities would come together and put in some of the consumable costs for the year with everybody kicking in their share.  Hermann noted there would be a joint use agreement similar to what was done for Big Cat Stadium.

It was the consensus of the council that this was a very exciting project.   

Hill stated the city is making their contribution through Community Education.  Hill explained there will be an agreement for maintenance and utilities but it is not appropriate for the city to  be involved in that process.  Hill pointed out that doesn't mean that the city wouldn't be asked to participate in something at a later date. 

Hill spoke to the question of what happens if next year the city winds up losing local government aid.  Hill stated the city would never solve operating budget problems by using reserves.  The city would have to make a decision on what to do for the long haul.  Hill pointed out that more than $100,000 has been put into reserves from the liquor store for the last two years.  Hill indicated this softball complex is a community asset and tournaments will bring a lot of people to the community, along with it being another fantastic area for people to enjoy.

Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3699-6-20, Resolution Approving a Contribution to Community Education and Recreation for a Softball Complex.  Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfers:  Council member Miller moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3700-6-20, Resolution Authorizing Fund Transfers.  Upon a roll call vote taken and  

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:  City Manager Newsletter:  Hill reviewed what is happening with Covid with talks of reopening city hall and the library. 

OTHER BUSINESS:  The council discussed when to have a park board tour and it was decided it would work best after the second meeting of the month sometime in late summer or early fall. 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:  None

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:07 p.m.

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