MINUTES - MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING - JULY 28, 2020
The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at
5:17 p.m. this 28th day of July, 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, Solvie, Gullickson,
Miller and Mayor Giese were present via Zoom. Also present was Police Chief Welle and Finance
Director Raasch via Zoom. City Manager
Hill was present in the Council Chambers.
ADDITION TO AGENDA:
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to add to the
agenda a Supplemental Pay Estimate #2 for Runway Extension Land Acquisition
Services. Motion carried.
CITIZEN'S COMMENTS: None
PUBLIC HEARING: None
READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 7/14/20 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by
Wohlers, to approve the 7/14/20 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.
7/14/20 Condensed Version: Council member Miller moved, seconded by
Gullickson, to approve the 7/14/20 condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the
consent agenda which included the following items:
Audit of City Bills
Pay Estimate #3 - 2020 Improvement Project
Final Pay Estimate - Airport Apron Rehabilitation
June Transit Report
Pay Estimate #2 - Runway Extension Land
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: None
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: None
CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: 2021 Budget Guidance Recommendation: City Manager Hill stated it is uncertain
what is going to happen with the State of MN going into the next legislative
session and specifically LGA. Hill
indicated his plan is to keep the budget where it is at and worst-case scenario
prepare for a cut. The cuts could
be long term depending on what happens with the economy. Hill stated for planning purposes he is
going to put an additional 3% on the tax levy but the end goal is to try to
Hill reviewed the budget guidance as presented to the council. The following items were discussed:
cannot be used to increase ongoing spending. They can only be used to help cover
short term unplanned shortages and delays in receiving funding.
· LGA is
in question due to COVID-19.
Public Works loader was paid off in 2020.
is a plan to review all fees that the city takes in.
aid highway funds may be cut with the reduction in fuel sales.
liquor store has remained a steady source of income.
contracts are up for renewal. Labor
is the biggest part of the budget and there has to be revenue to pay for
it. The City has a small work force
and there's not a lot of room for downsizing.
insurance will be budgeted for now with the standard 10% rate increase and a
$250 increase in deductible.
slight cut may need to be made in contributions to Community Ed and SCEIC.
at least $200,000 for Capital Outlay expenditures.
comp premiums are up.
water plant will be looked at now that it has been up and running a whole
year. Due to COVID the ethanol
plant was shut down which resulted in lower water usage.
Hill informed the council he will be telling department heads to look
at absolutely only what they need since no one knows how long COVID will affect
things. Hill indicated the city
does need to focus on some things that need to be fixed up with maintenance
money. Hill stated the majority of
the city's budget is people and it's a good opportunity to take a look at
operations and the what ifs.
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Gullickson, to accept the 2021
budget guidance and recommendations.
City Manager Newsletter: Discussion was held on how it would work
to allow citizens to attend the council meetings via zoom. Hill is the administrator of the calls
and would need to know ahead of time who wanted to join. It was suggested to contact City Manager
Hill or a member of the council if there was a concern about any issues, not
necessarily waiting until a meeting date.
With regard to the CARES Act, Hill stated any expenses related to COVID
need to be reasonable. Hill
noted one of the things the city will use the money for is technology, such as
computers, cameras and microphones, to facilitate working from home if someone
needs to quarantine. Hill added any
leftover CARES money is going to be put into a local business grant fund but it
has to be vetted very carefully. If
it is mishandled the feds will come back and get it from the city.
OTHER BUSINESS: Council member Solvie asked if the city
was making any sort of statement about the masks. Also, how the Police Department is handling
calls if people are reported for not wearing masks. Police Chief Welle indicated they have
not made any statements and will treat it like any other executive order from
the Governor with education first.
Welle noted if they receive any complaints about mask violations, they
will be forwarding them to Public Health.
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: None
There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:17