MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING – MAY 22,
regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m.
this 22nd day of May, 2018, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers
of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Roll call was taken with the following members present: Council member
Wohlers, Solvie, Miller and Mayor Giese. Council member Gullickson was
absent. Also present was City Manager Hill, Finance Director Raasch, Police
Chief Tiegs and City Attorney Jordan.
Mary Elizabeth Bezanson was present at the meeting and thanked the council for
the sidewalks at East Side Park.
Accepting Insurance Renewal Proposal: Tom Quam of Bremer Insurance was present at
the meeting to review the city's upcoming insurance renewal on July 1st.
The expiring premium was $235,918 with a renewal premium of $249,322. The city
received a dividend of $12,984 for all coverage lines except work comp.
stated the city's experience modification on work comp went from a .84 to a .90
which resulted in an $8,034 renewal premium increase. Quam recommended the
city take the no deductible option on the work comp for the renewal policy
member Miller moved, seconded by Solvie, to adopt Resolution #3560-5-18,
Resolution Accepting Insurance Renewal Proposal with the zero deductible option
on the work comp. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor,
AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 5/8/18 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member
Solvie moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the 5/8/18 regular
meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Council member Miller moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the 5/8/18
condensed version minutes. Motion carried.
Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Wohlers, to approve the consent
agenda which included the following items:
of City Bills
Tree Board Minutes
Library Board Minutes
REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: American Legion Day Proclamation: Mayor Giese
read the proclamation which calls for August 24, 2018 to be American Legion
Day. The proclamation will be read as part of the Memorial Day services this
Board Request for Funds: Wohlers stated the Tourism Board is requesting funds to
create an event app which would be targeted for events in the area. The
initial set up fee is $300 with a $1,000 annual fee to maintain the app.
Wohlers indicated Babe Taylor, who sits on the Tourism Board and has a company
called Shooting Sky Entertainment, would be setting up the event app.
Attorney Jordan mentioned that it might be a conflict of interest if Taylor is
on the board and he is also the one providing the service to the board. Hill
indicated he assumed the app would be done through Dayta Marketing, who is
doing other work for the Tourism Board. Wohlers stated Dayta is not in that
business. Wohlers understood that if it was a conflict they would have to look
elsewhere. Giese suggested tabling this item and having City Attorney Jordan
look at the conflict of interest policy to make sure this is kosher.
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to table a motion to enter into
an agreement with Shooting Sky Entertainment until City Attorney Jordan has a
chance to review a possible conflict of interest. Motion carried.
Resolution Authorizing the Submission of a West Central Initiative Fund Planning
Grant Application: Mike Reese, Renewable Energy Director at WROC, was
present at the meeting. Reese stated Morris has been a leader with climate
smart municipalities and applying for this grant would be another step
forward. Reese indicated the application is for a West Central Initiative
planning grant of up to $7,500. The grant funds would be used to have a
strategic planning retreat. Reese noted it has been mentioned to hold it at
Camp Ripley, which is an excellent facility for an event and the hope is to
gather input from the city, county, school, hospital and others.
member Wohlers moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to adopt Resolution
#3561-5-18, Resolution Authorizing the Submission of a West Central Initiative
Fund Planning Grant Application. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present
voting in favor, motion carried.
MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: Addition of Another City Representative
on the Germany Trip: Hill recommended the council pass a motion to authorize
Council member Gullickson to participate in the climate smart municipalities
trip to Germany. Hill noted the only stipulation for the trip is that the city
pays for her airfare. Hill pointed out it is important for members of the
council to get involved in this and it would be a great opportunity to learn
more about what happens in Germany. Hill noted it depends on when his daughter
has her baby as to whether or not he will be going on the trip.
member Wohlers stated with the city facing an uncertainty in LGA and an
increase in insurance premiums, maybe the City should revisit the list of
projects and apply the airfare money to some things that were already
identified. Wohlers stated his personal feeling is that the city could spend
the $1,500 on something else. Wohlers indicated it is hard for him to justify
spending the taxpayer’s money on this in light of all the potential shortfalls.
Giese stated he understands where Wohlers is coming from but does not support
those thoughts. Giese noted Morris has been a leader in renewable energy and
received several awards. Giese noted now is not the time for Morris to sit
back and reassess, plus the city hasn’t spent
a dime yet on the trips. Giese pointed out there are travel funds in the
budget that aren’t typically used. Giese stated he would support this
member Miller added that Gullickson has something to learn as an elected
official to see first-hand what is being done over there. Miller commented
that it’s a very minimal investment to have an elected official go to Germany.
Council member Solvie stated he thinks it’s a good idea that someone from the
council is going. Solvie acknowledged that the city is trying to save money
and that it is a balancing act but supports Gullickson going.
added that this is absolutely not a sight-seeing trip. Gullickson will be
involved in activities with information and policies and be asked to sit on a
panel and answer questions.
Giese moved, seconded by Council member Miller, to authorize spending money on
airfare for Council member Gullickson to go to Germany. Motion carried.
This was informational for the council.
Morris Police Department Media Reports: This was informational for the
ADJOURNMENT: There being no
further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 6:11 p.m.