The Morris City Council (before social distancing). (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

A number of administrative resolutions were approved at Tuesday’s meeting of the Morris City Council.

The City gave its consent to release bonds to allow the St. Francis Health system to refinance. St. Francis CEO Carol Raw told the Council they wanted to transfer some of the financials to Scanlan, Minnesota, where they have a property.

The Council also approved an updated emergency operations plan, which the City is now a part of. On that note, an active threat exercise will be held in 2020.

The Council authorized its City Manager to advertise to solicit qualifications for airport engineering. The move is required by the FAA before engineers can be hired to work on any upgrades to the Morris airport.

The City Council approved a Respectful Workplace Policy for the City of Morris. The policy incorporates new terminology commonly dealt with in today’s workplace. To that end, Council Member Kim Gullickson asked if the City ever does regular training with its staff on how to properly handle difficult clients. City Manager Blaine Hill said it has been talked about, but hasn’t really been implemented to this point.

Also approved was the submission of the 2020 Pay Equity Report, which only addresses “female classes” of jobs if they are consistently underpaid. Hill told the Council the pay equity system the City has in place has been around for a long time and has a 10-point criteria which seems to work well.

“As far as I know, in my career I’ve never ever had to adjust a class — and I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” said Hill.

The Council approved a list of election judges appointed for the March 3 presidential nomination party election. Mayor Sheldon Giese thanked all those who stepped forward to serve as election judges.

And finally, the Council authorized a fund transfer to the Central Garage Fund in the amount of $6,500 for an unexpected expense when the large pressure washer had to be replaced.

 

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