Council Says A-OK for Sunday Liquor Sales in Morrison
By LYNNETTE FORTH | For The Prairie Advocate News
MORRISON – After being voted down in the past, council members voted to allow Sunday liquor sales in the City of Morrison at the July 8th meeting.
Aldermen heard from residents expressing their opinion on giving permission to bar owners to open on Sundays. Aldermen Michael Blean and Leo Sullivan were absent.
Stephanie Vavra addressed the council about the proposed change, speaking on behalf of the Morrison Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Vavra noted that the Chamber wants taverns and other businesses to be open on Sundays if they like.
Vavra expressed concern that the hours of noon to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday’s limits enterprise, as stated in the City slogan, “The City of Friendly Enterprise.” The Board would like to see taverns in Morrison to be open from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., like the county.
Resident Nancy Gravert submitted a letter to Mayor Pannier noting her concerns on the issue, asking the council not to allow Sunday liquor sales at all.
Council the approved Ordinance #13-2, to Change class C liquor license to allow Sunday liquor sales from noon- 10:00 p.m. while maintaining the current class “C” fee.
Historic Preservation Commission
A report was given from the Historic Preservation Commission with a summary of their July 2nd meeting. A public hearing was held on a request for a certificate of appropriateness for the property located at 102 West Main, owned by T & G Partnership.
Todd Mickley was present on behalf of the company. The purpose of the request was for installation of a metal overhang on the Lincolnway side of the property to assist with eliminating water seepage into the basement.
A voice vote was conducted, but the issue was tabled to August 6th meeting for further consideration.
Another public hearing was held on a request for a certificate of appropriateness for the property located at 103 West Main, owned by Morrison Trust for Revitalization. Lon Rice spoke on behalf of the trust.
The purpose for the request was to install 2nd floor windows into the existing openings. The certificate was approved.
The next Historic Preservation Commission meeting is scheduled for August 6th at 5:00 p.m.
A report of Department Heads was heard, with Mayor Pannier updating council members of projects around town. Pannier noted that the projects at Meadowbrook and Tech Drive are moving forward, and that 80% of the Rockwood Trail has been engineered and ready to be submitted to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The Market Street parking lot design is almost finished, with bids to go out the first part of August.
Pannier has met with owners of the properties that may be purchased for the Waste Water Treatment Plant, and is waiting for responses from them.
The water tower will begin sandblasting on August 1st, with a possible change to eliminate the wording on the tower. This would save around $10,000 by painting it white.
The consent agenda was approved and included Bills Payable ($238,798.43). Council approved the appointment of Doug Belha to planning and zoning board, with his term ending in 2017. They also approved a final payment to Layne Christensen for Well #5 in the amount of $180,373.05.
Council approved: Resolution #13-05-Establish future sewer rates to match loan repayment; Add line items to budget to clarify engineering expenses and construction costs; and Ordinance #13-22-Disposal of surplus equipment for sale or scrap.
Chief of Police Brian Melton discussed reviewing of the pool ordinance for clarification purposes, regarding fencing. Mayor Pannier requested that Melton look at other town ordinances and get ideas on how to deal with fencing for pools and to bring the information to the council when it is available.
The next scheduled meeting for the council is to be held on July 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Whiteside County Board Room.