Since a snow storm was in the forecast, the Morris City Council discussed the sidewalk snow removal ordinance at the Dec. 26 meeting.
City attorney Aaron Jordan said the city ordinance requires snow to be removed from sidewalks within two days of a snow event. "Each day after that is a violation," Jordan said.
City officials also discussed the city's ordinance on removing vehicles from streets after a snowfall.
Police Chief Ross Tiegs said he used a Facebook post on the Morris Police Department page on Dec. 24 to remind vehicle owners to remove their vehicles from streets because of the predicted storm from overnight Dec. 26 through noon Friday, Dec. 28.
The department had not yet issued a snow alert which requires moving vehicles as of Dec. 26 but said on Facebook that one is likely to be issued on Thursday night (Dec. 27.)
Council member Jeff Miller said the warning posted on Dec. 24 was a good idea because drivers don't want to get tickets.
Council member Kim Gullickson said a reminder about snow removal on sidewalks should also be posted in the city of Morris' Facebook page.
In non-related snow items, the council approved a contract with Widseth Smith Nolting and Associates to provide engineering services for 2019.
The council had several questions about the contract and wanted city manager Blaine Hill to provide additional information at an upcoming meeting. Hill was not at the meeting because of his mother's death, Giese said.
While he liked WSN's service, council member Brian Solvie asked if the council ever took bids on an engineering firm contract.
"I don't think we should switch, I just think we should make a comparison," Solvie said.
Other council members asked if the contract had changed from 2018.
A copy of the fee schedule was included in the meeting packet. The city will pay fees on an hourly or daily rate.
The council tabled one action item as it did not approve a recommendation to print tri-fold brochures for tourism purposes.
"The map is unacceptable," Giese said. The map is inaccurate, Giese said.
Gullickson said the map suggests taking a master gardener class but that isn't something most tourists will be able to do. She also said the map highlights vintage antiques and she's not sure those are available in Morris.
"Again, you've got to get this stuff right," Gullickson said. "What is the point of printing something inaccurate?"
Council member Kevin Wohlers, who is a representative on the Morris Tourism Committee, said some of the mistakes found by council members were supposed to have been corrected by the marketing company the committee and city work with. There may have been a communication gap, Wohlers said.
Wohlers said he'd give the council's feedback to the tourism committee.