Site for New Sewer Plant Chosen by Morrison City Council
Police Chief Brian Melton presented Lizzy Pfister with an award for action she took when her mother Rona suffered a heart attack in April. Left to Right: Officer Gabe Gomez, Lizzy, Rona, and Chief Melton. (PA photo/Lynnette Forth)
By LYNNETTE FORTH | For The Prairie Advocate News
MORRISON – A new trend seems to be developing at Morrison’s City Council meetings, with each meeting seeming just as short as the one before. The setting is very calm and relaxed; a nice change for the city.
During the August 12th meeting, board members made quick work of the agenda beginning with a report of the planning and zoning commission. Board chairman Kevin Kuehl was at the meeting to inform the council that at its July 31st meeting, a request for variance for the property located at 601 Genesee Avenue had been submitted by Terry and LuAnn Wieneke.
The Wieneke’s are asking to construct a garage with a reduction in the side yard setback to approximately two feet in the R-2 general residential district. Kuehl reported that no comments were received from surrounding property owners.
The Historic Preservation commission’s report was also reviewed by council members, with Todd Mickley asking for permission to attach a 12-16 foot overhead with a metal roof on his office at 102 W. Main Street. The request was granted.
Following the session, council members chose a site for the new sewer plant. The City of Morrison will be purchasing about 30 acres of land on the west side of Route 78, just south of the Morrison Institute of Technology. The property is owned by the Wilkens estate, and will be purchased for $439,000.00, contingent upon the results of Fehr-Graham’s engineering due diligence study on the property.
Public Works director Gary Tresenriter informed those in attendance that “a lot more activity is going on around the water tower. Our plan was to drain today, but that will happen tomorrow. Containment will go up and cover the whole tower during construction. It will be taken down at night.”
Some hydrants have pressure relief valves around town to monitor pressure. Once the tower is drained completely, it will expose some other items in need of replacement.
The emerald ash borer has been found at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds. Roughly 45 ash trees are in the parkway. In order to save the trees, once you start treating, you have to keep treating, or else the tree dies.
“It’s very expensive to do,” Tresenriter said. “I would recommend budgeting to remove those trees over an extended time.”
Mayor Everett Pannier reported that he had attended a second meeting of “Growth Rock Island,” and that the city had received 50 applications for the city administrator position, with the list being reduced to 28. The interview process will begin soon.
Chief of Police Melton asked that residents remember that the Fair is in progress, and that school will be starting, so “be aware of children,” Melton urged.
Good job, Lizzy!
Following that, Melton presented 8 year old Lizzy Pfister with an award for action she took which resulted in ultimately saving her mother Rona’s life. The child was home with her mother, when Rona suffered a serious heart attack. Lizzy is accredited with going to the neighbors home to call 911. She said she knew what to do because of Officer Gomez who had come to her school to educate them on the use of the 911 system.
The consent agenda was approved which included Bills Payable ($170,813.93; Request for street closure-CAPA-Paint the town (To be held on September 21st. Proof of insurance pending); Request for variance-Terry and LuAnn Wieneke 610 Genesee Avenue, Ordinance #13-26-request for variance 601 Genesee Avenue; Resolution #13-06-participation in State of IL Federal Surplus property program.
Items for consideration and possible action: Ordinance #13-27-Amend Enterprise Zone-Original legal description change; Add FY 2013-2014 budget line items: 51-80-8917-rehab well #3 pumping equipment and 51-80-8918-pull and install well #4 pumping equipment; Approval of revolving fund loan to Coz-E-Cornerz ($75,000.00 with 10 year payback at three percent interest); Approval of IDOT preliminary drawing on Rte 78 bridge/path plan dated 7/10/13 (Mayor Pannier stated that the path will not pass through the two homes that are there. Harvey Zuidema questioned what the cost to the city would be, Gary Tresenriter stated around $14,000.00).
Other items for consideration, discussion and information:
- Copies of annual financial report prepared by WipFli given to council to review before the auditors come to the 8-26 meeting.
- Review proposed ordinance on swimming pools- council members were asked to bring questions to the next meeting.
- City in process of reviewing contract with RK Dixon for computer/server upgrades and monthly maintenance contract.
- Review storm water management ordinance (Chief Melton is asking if it is reasonable to have a fence).
The next meeting of the Morrison City Council is set for August 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Whiteside County Board Room.