MINUTES MORRIS - CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING - OCTOBER 13, 2020
The regular meeting
of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 13th
day of October, 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 and Mayor Giese were present via Zoom. Council member Miller
was absent. Also present via Zoom was City Manager Hill, Finance Director
Raasch, Police Chief Welle and City Attorney Jordan.
Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to add to the agenda an
Application for Exempt Permit from Stevens County Ducks Unlimited .
Staples - Hockey Association: Jordan Staples was present at the
meeting via Zoom on behalf of the Morris Hockey Association. Staples
stated they have three major improvement projects for the Lee Community Center
building budgeted at $250,000. The first is a dehumidification system,
which they have raised enough funds to complete. The second is resurfacing
the boards and the third is a new refrigerant for the cooling system. Staples
indicated the Hockey Association and Lee Center are a huge asset for the
community, with hockey bringing many people to town. Staples requested
$25,000 from the city to help with project expenses.
Council member Wohlers
stated the hockey rink is a great asset and the city would be lost without
it. Giese suggested discussing the item under the City Manager report.
Chris Watkins -
Sustainability Coordinator: Watkins was present at the meeting to introduce himself as the
new Sustainability Coordinator for the City. Watkins stated he has 10
years of experience with the Navy doing utility work. Watkins noted it is
very inspiring to see all the stuff happening in Morris.
PUBLIC HEARING: None
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
9/22/20 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Solvie
moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 9/22/20 regular meeting
minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 9/22/20
condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Solvie to approve the consent agenda, which included
the following items:
Audit of City
for Exempt Permit - Stevens County Ducks Unlimited
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Accept Donation to Morris Fire Department:
Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to accept a donation of $250
to the Morris Fire Department from Bryan and Theresa Kerkaert. Motion
Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Gullickson, to accept a donation of $100 to the
Morris Fire Department from Bart and Sally Finzel. Motion carried.
Resolution Setting a Public Hearing for an Active Rental Housing
Rehabilitation Project Grant: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded
by Council member Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3712-10-20, Resolution Setting
a Public Hearing for an Active Rental Housing Rehabilitation Project Grant, and
set the public hearing for 5:20 p.m. on October 27, 2020. Upon a roll
call vote taken and all presenting voting in favor, motion carried.
an Assessing Contract with Stevens County: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie,
to adopt Resolution #3713-10-20, 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: 2021 Budget Worksession Mayor Giese moved, seconded by
Council member Solvie, to hold a budget worksession at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday,
October 29, 2020, in the Council Chambers. Motion carried.
City Manager Newsletter: Hill recommended the
council talk about the donation to the Hockey Association during the budget
worksession and look at budgeting for it next year.
Hill informed the
council the building inspector has talked to Chris Melberg at Morris
Floral. Hill stated the failure in the roof and the outside of the
building puts it in a category where it cannot be repaired, so the next step is
to look at demolition. Hill noted Melberg is trying to figure out where
he might go and how he might demolish the building.
discussion was held on how and when the building could be demolished.
City Attorney Jordan explained that the city would want to give Melberg clear
notice of what the city wants him to do and a timeframe within which to do
it. Jordan indicated he is cooperating so reasonably the city would want
to give him 60-90 days.
Hill noted that
Building Inspector Jacobson is not concerned about the roof caving in, but it is
leaking. Gullickson asked who pays for the demolition. Hill stated one
of the things Cheryl Kuhn of the SCEIC looked into is that there may be dollars
available through DEED to rehabilitate that piece of property. Hill noted
the bottom line is that if the city orders the building removed and it doesn't
get done, the city will do it and assess the costs on to the property.
she would like to see if there are dollars available to help take it down,
otherwise this might be something that hangs on for a while. Giese stated
that Melberg does have a viable business and he doesn't want to be part of closing
his business. Giese noted timing is a bit of an issue in order for him to
find a better location. Solvie agreed that the city wants to do the best
they can for him. Hill added it is a tough situation because he has a
skill set that he is very good at and it is very needed.
Mayor Giese moved,
seconded by Council member Solvie, to direct City Manager Hill to draft a
letter to Morris Floral offering 60 days to find a solution for demolition of
the building, and in the meantime do the research to see if grants or any other
kind of help is avilable. Motion carried.
Discussion was held
on park bathrooms and when they are closed and how to notify people of the
OTHER BUSINESS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:24 p.m.