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MINUTES – MORRIS CITY COUNCIL - REGULAR MEETING – January 22, 2019

The regular meeting of the Morris City Council was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 22nd day of January, 2019, by Mayor Giese in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

ROLL CALL: Roll call was taken with the following members present: Council member Wohlers, Solvie, Gullickson and Mayor Giese. Council member Miller was absent. Also present was City Manager Hill, City Attorney Jordan, Police Officer Welle and Public Works Director Dittbenner.

ADDITION TO AGENDA: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Solvie, to add to the agenda a Resolution Providing for the Sale of $510,000 G.O. Capital Notes, Series 2019A. Motion carried.

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS: Resolution and Oath of Office Appointing Reggie Welle as Interim Police Chief: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3598-1-19, Resolution Appointing Reggie Welle as Interim Police Chief. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.
City Attorney Jordan administered the oath of office to Interim Police Chief Welle.

PUBLIC HEARING: None

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: 1/8/19 Regular Meeting Minutes: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Solvie to approve the 1/8/19 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried.

1/8/19 Condensed Minutes: Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Gullickson, to approve the 1/8/19 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

B. Pay Estimate #1 – Riley Bros. – Reclaim

C. Gambling Report

D. Community Ed Monthly Board Report

Motion carried.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Acceptance of Donation to Fire Department from Members of Orville Jensen’s Family: Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to accept a donation of $2,500 to the Fire Department from various members of Orville Jensen’s family. Motion carried.

Appointments to Boards and Commissions: Mayor Giese moved, seconded by Council member Gullickson, to appoint the remaining people to their boards and commissions as presented. Motion carried

Motions for Tourism Board Recommendations: City Manager Hill explained the recommendations from the Tourism Board. The first is to discontinue services with Dayta Marketing. Hill noted they need to be given a 30 day notice. The second is a request to allow the marketing director to attend the state tourism conference on February 4, 5 and 6. Hill indicated this should be a good conference where she can learn more about what's going on and network with other people that do the same kinds of things.
Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Mayor Giese, to approve the recommendations from the Tourism Board and discontinue services with DAYTA and to authorize attendance of the marketing director at the state tourism conference. Motion carried.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Resolution Approving Change Order No. 1 to the 2017 Morris Water Treatment Facility Project: Hill stated that when the construction started on the new plant the water table was very high and it took some time and effort to dewater the site. This change order simply changes the substantial completion date from January 15, 2019 to April 15, 2019. It also includes a change in the ready for final payment date of March 16, 2019 to June 14, 2019.

Contingencies were discussed and how they work. Hill noted that brochures will be going out with information on the plant. Solvie indicated it is important to point out that the city was mandated by the State of MN to make these changes to the water.

Council member Wohlers moved, seconded by Gullickson, to adopt Resolution #3599-1-19, Resolution Approving Change Order No. 1 to the 2017 Morris Water Treatment Facility Project. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

Resolution Providing for the Sale of $510,000 G.O. Capital Notes, Series 2019A: Hill stated the city needs to solicit bids for the note sale for the new fire truck. Nick Anhut of Ehlers suggested the city get quotes from a couple different banks. Hill indicated he will bring the information back at the next meeting and the council can decide what they want to do. Council member Solvie moved, seconded by Wohlers, to adopt Resolution #3600-1-19, Resolution Providing for the Sale of $510,000 G.O. Capital Notes, Series 2019A. Upon a roll call vote taken and all present voting in favor, motion carried.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: City Manager Newsletter:

Hill thanked Interim Chief Welle for all the work he is doing. Hill noted the new deadline for chief applications is February 22nd.

Hill pointed out he received a letter from a concerned individual about the city’s engineering and construction projects. Hill noted the issue may come up again in the spring but this individual does not live in the city.

OTHER BUSINESS: None

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: WTP Construction Progress Report: This was informational for the council.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Giese adjourned the meeting at 5:50 p.m.

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