Morrison City Council Approves Parade Permits for Homecoming & Halloween
By LYNNETTE FORTH | For The Prairie Advocate News
MORRISON – Members of the Morrison City Council met on September 23rd for a regular meeting, led by the public comment portion, with three residents speaking.
First was Jim Britt, addressing the issue of not enough “No Parking” signs being present on the northern end of town. He also voiced concern over signage in the cemetery regarding “No Dogs” needing to be made much larger.
Nancy Anderson commented on the practice of allowing private citizens who purchase a business being allowed to bargain for free water and sewer usage. Anderson feels that this is unfair to elderly citizens that cannot pay their bills currently, and will struggle even more with the proposed increase in rates. Mayor Pannier assured Anderson that he would look into the issue. Morrison residents will be noticing an increase in water and sewer charges beginning in October.
Finally, returning once again to address the council was John Kuehl. Mr. Kuehl has been to several council meetings in the past to ask the council to consider allowing recreational vehicles to be driven on the streets. Kuehl was told by Mayor Pannier that Chief of Police Melton is looking into the ordinance that the City of Sterling has in place.
Consent agenda items included September 9th, 2013 regular session council meeting minutes; September 12th, 2013 special session council meeting minutes; Bills payable ($172,627.70); Appointment of Sarah Thorndike to Odell Library board replacing Kelly West; Request for Parade permit for Morrison High School Homecoming Parade (October 11, 2013 @3:00); Request for Parade permit for the Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade (10-26-13 @1:30 p.m.); Request for street closure for the Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade/Fun Fair; Create line items in revolving loan fund for principal and interest payments for Coz-E-Corners and Resthave Revolving Loan Fund; and Request for change order for water tower rehabilitation project ($14,250.00.)
Items for consideration and possible action:
Resolution #13-09-Industrial Revenue Bonds Resthave Home; Accept bid for Market street parking lot improvements (Civil contractors had lowest bid $53,900.20); Approval of revolving loan fund for Vision Source- Mr. and Mrs. Brad Yaklich ($50,000.00).
Ordinance #13-39, an ordinance confirming vacation of a portion of a sidewalk on Market street being revised based on change to the Abatement Plan previously approved. Alderman Wood informed the council that the resident feedback she had received was not in favor of the ordinances passed.
Harvey Zuidema commented that Bob Vaughn had gotten an excavation permit for 207 W. Main, stating that Vaughn is responsible to replace what he tore out. Alderman Eizenga reported that Bob Vaughn has been using the talents of local businesses to provide the work in order to keep the money local.
Michael Blean stated, “We are going 50-50 doing a street extension, sanitary sewer improvement, and water main relocation and improvement for HR Green development, so we should do something for our own business people that are already established here.”
Ordinance #13-40, an ordinance repealing the previously approved abatement and authorizing a different abatement of utility charges for properties located at 201,203, and 205 West Main Street was approved. Bob Vaughn will receive free water/sewer for his upstairs apartment, as well as Donnybrook Bakery for the next ten years, but no garbage service would be included, and entitlement to receive abatement shall not transfer to subsequent owners or lessees.
Items for consideration, discussion, and information: Change notice approval process; Update on due diligence report-Wilkens property; Permits issued for Windsor Manor’ Update on Rockwood Recreational Trail; Move sign ordinance to zoning ordinance; Public forum at Odell Library Community Room-Rock Island GROWTH Corporation on 9-26-13.
The next meeting of the Morrison City Council will be held on TUESDAY October 15th, 2012. The public is encouraged to attend.