Morrison City Council Discusses
Recreational Vehicles and ‘Run for the Roses’
By LYNNETTE FORTH | For The Prairie Advocate News
MORRISON – Morrison City Council members discussed a variety of issues during the September 9th regular meeting. Reports were reviewed from the Morrison Business Advisory Group meeting which was held on June 6th, and also the Historic Preservation Commission meeting from September 3rd.
Resident John Kuehl approached the council in regard to the possibility of allowing recreational vehicles to operate on public streets as a form of transportation.
“I have been approached by many people that think it’s a good idea,” said Kuehl. “It is a convenience issue, it saves gas. Everything has to be legal. Noise would be kept down. If you have a collision with a recreational vehicle, it wouldn’t be as bad. City personnel could also use them for doing checking on water meters and such, which could save money. I just wanted to bring this issue up again, and see what you think. Lyndon and Sterling allow it.”
Mayor Pannier added, “I understand that for golf carts, they have to be fully equipped with a horn, seat belts, lights, and a slow moving vehicle sign as well. I will be collecting more information and pass it onto the council. We will look at it, and see what we think.”
Next, council members heard a request from the Morrison Community Hospital to allow a special use permit for the Fifth Annual “Run for the Roses” event scheduled for October 5th. The event is raising funds to purchase an analog mammogram machine.
This year, the theme will be “Kentucky Derby,” with low-key games, and alcoholic derby themed beverages provided by “KJ’s.
Mick Welding of the Hospital apologized for the short notice, but stated that there was some confusion with paperwork. Insurance information will be provided to the council. The item was not on the agenda for the evening, because the request was just received that day, and the state requires 14 days notice. Council members set a special meeting for September 12th at 7:00 p.m. to vote on the issue.
In the report of City officers, Mayor Pannier explained that he had received two resignations from the Morrison Business Advisory Group from Bart Smith, and Dr. Jennings. Pannier will be working on finding replacements for those positions, as well as an appointment to the Library Board for an opening.
Bob Vaughn of the Historic Preservation Commission commented, “We are continuing the efforts of researching downtown buildings. It’s slow going, but we have found some really interesting photos.”
City Attorney Tim Zollinger reported to the council that with the approaching Concealed Carry law coming into effect on January 1st, businesses will need to post the proper signage if they want to place a limit. “The Illinois State Police should have the proper signs available,” Zollinger stated.
City Engineer Noah Carmichael made note that the Rockwood Trail project has begun, and that the opening of bids for the Market Street property project started last week.
Public Works Director Gary Tresenritter reported on the progress of the water tower work. Tresenritter informed council members that the city crew has been dealing with a lot of water leaks, and they are mainly due to problems with galvanized service lines that are 80 to 100 years old.
“The metal is very thin. Most of them look like they have leaked for quite a while. The water tower normally looks at the level in the tower, and turns the pumps on and off. The pressure gauge monitor is in the well house. It is maintaining between 75-76 pounds in well #5. We are trying to fluctuate the pressure. Well #4 may fluctuate a few pounds.
‘We have purchased a pressure recorder for Route 30,” Trensenritter continued. “The last time the tower was out of service, the same thing happened. Since the beginning of the year, we have had 42 leaks. Getting service lines renewed is the only positive thing out of this. 95% of the leaks have been the city’s issue.”
Mayor Pannier replied, “We can’t get the tower fixed any too quick.” Pannier also complimented Tresenritter and the city crew for all of the extra work put forth, and for getting the jobs done safely. Work on the tower is scheduled for completion in October if no problems arise.
The consent agenda was approved, including the August 24th 2013 special session council meeting minutes; August 26th 2013 regular session council meeting minutes (following correction); August 29th 2013 special session council meeting minutes; Bills payable ($207,124.91); and August 2013 Treasurer’s report.
Items removed from the consent agenda: Ordinance #13-34-Amendment to Enterprise Zone-Renovation of part of Lee Wayne Plaza, Sterling. Breck and Sheri Loos $2.25 million (approved subject to contract being signed by developer)
Items for consideration and possible action:
Ordinance #13-31-Storm water management and erosion control (approved). Fashioned under county’s ordinance and surrounding communities.
Ordinance #13-35-Revolving loan fund request-Resthave Nursing Home ($300,000.00 receipt obtained from USDA approved).
Ordinance #13-36-Authorize Mayor to execute on-site utility maintenance, right of entry and hold harmless agreement with Resthave Home (approved). Gary Tresenritter explained, “Basically we are taking over the water lines leading to Resthave and around on their private property with the exception of any maintenance. Resthave is putting in mains at their cost.” Resthave is to obtain final approval from the State to allow installation.
Plat approval for vacated sidewalk in 200 block of West Market Street (approved). Marti Wood informed council members that she has had quite a few residents state that they are unhappy with this deal and the ten year forgiveness on the water bills.
“So noted,” Mayor Pannier replied.
Ordinance #13-38-Windsor Manor Utility Cost Share Agreement (HR Green Construction). A 3/4 vote is required, Mayor Pannier voted yes, there was a 2/3 vote, Attorney Zollinger to review policy and will decide if it passed.
Mt. Pleasant Township Easement-Rockwood Recreational Trail. Vote will be taken at next meeting. Judge Hoffman reported that Resthave is expanding from a 49 bed care facility to 70 bed nursing facility, adding an assisted living area, to be completed over three years. Funding will come from THE National Bank and a USDA direct loan. No cost will be incurred by the city except for legal costs.
Other items for consideration, discussion and information:
Resolution #13-XX-A resolution facilitation issuance of health facility capital improvement bonds for the benefit of Resthave Home of Whiteside County, Illinois.
After re-entering regular session, Council passed Resolution #13-08-Authorizing contract for new City Administrator (passed unanimously). Barry Dykhuizen to begin duties beginning in October if he agrees with proposed contract.
The next meeting of the Morrison City Council is scheduled for September 23rd.