- MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING -
AUGUST 11, 2020
The regular meeting
of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 11th
day of August, 2020, by Mayor Giese.
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 via
Zoom was City Manager Hill and Finance Director Raasch.
Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to add to the agenda a Resolution
to Enter Into an Agreement for a 2021 Capital Grant. Motion carried.
PUBLIC HEARING: None
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
7/28/20 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Solvie
moved, seconded by Wohlers, to approve the 7/28/20 regular meeting
minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Gullickson moved, seconded by Solvie, to approve the 7/28/20
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
#28 & Closeout Documentation - Magney Construction, WTP
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: None
Resolution Authorizing the Transfer of $300,000 of Federal Cares Act Funding
to Stevens County: City Manager Hill explained that the city received
$411,000 of federal CARES Act funding and based on the allowable uses of the
funds, the city will more than likely not use it all and it would automatically
be returned to Stevens County. Hill stated this is federal money given
through the State of MN and along with that comes federal rules and regulations,
and a federal audit. Hill noted he has been working with the county on
possible uses of the money.
Hill recommended the
council authorize the transfer of $250,000 of CARES Act funding to Stevens
County to be given out as business grants. Hill indicated he had
originally proposed $300,000 but is recommending it be reduced to $250,000
based on possible additional payroll costs for the city for sick and quarantine
time. Hill stated the county has policies and procedures in place to
identify allowable expenditures.
Mayor Giese noted he
likes this program but has a problem with all of the grant information being
public. Giese indicated a lot of private businesses may apply for this money
and be required to show their wares. Hill stated it has to be done for
audit purposes. Hill was unsure if the tax information would be made
public but he would check into it. Hill pointed out he and Finance
Director Raasch would be sitting on the committee that will review the grant
whether or not a business could apply for a grant from the city and the county
and stated he learned it is possible to do both, but a business has to make
sure they are not using the monies for the same expenses. Solvie
suggested ear marking some of the city money to be used for Morris
businesses. Hill pointed out applications are already coming in and they
were only from Morris businesses so far. Hill questioned whether or not
the county would even be able to get rid of all the money.
Solvie asked how the
city was handling the quarantine process for employees. Hill explained
that it depends on the scenario and staff has encountered 4-5 different
situations already. Hill indicated as more and more people become exposed
the policy may have to be adapted.
concern over whether or not the city has thought of everything it needs and if
the money kept by the city was enough. Considerable discussion was held
on the eligible expenses and employee exposure situations. Hill stated he
would stay in touch with the county as the process continues.
Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Miller, to adopt Resolution #3701-8-20, Resolution Authorizing
the Transfer of $250,000 of Federal Cares Act Funding to Stevens County.
Upon a roll call vote taken and all presenting voting in favor, motion carried.
Enter Into an Agreement for a 2021 Capital Grant: Hill stated this is the
application for the 2021 funding for the bus grant. This year the city's
share will only be 10% instead of 20%.
Council member Wohlers
moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3702-8-200,
Resolution to Enter
Into an Agreement for a 2021 Capital Grant. Upon a roll call vote taken
and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter: Hill indicated the Park
Board tour would be held the following day with social distancing in mind.
The investigation into the theft and burning of the BLM signs was completed.
Wohlers expressed his disappointment in how the new basketball court turned out
at East Side Park.
The poor condition
of weeds and grass on city property was discussed.
OTHER BUSINESS: None
Ridge COVID-19 Funding Request: This was informational for the council.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:55 p.m.