- PLANNING COMMISSION -
REGULAR MEETING - JUNE 19, 2007
The regular meeting of the
Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:17 p.m. this 19th
day of June, 2007, by Chairperson Kuchenreuther in the Council Chambers of the
Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.
CALL OF THE ROLL: Roll call was taken with the following
members present: Commissioners
Granger, Hoffman, Rudney, Carpenter, and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioner Johnson arrived at
5:40. Commissioner Stevenson was
absent. Also present was
READING AND APPROVAL OF
5/15/07 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES:
Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Hoffman, to approve the minutes
of the 5/15/07 regular meeting as presented. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: None.
OTHER BUSINESS: Dark Sky Ordinance: Commissioner Granger indicated she
feels she needs more time to study the language of this ordinance. She handed out information from the
national Electrical Manufacturers Association. One of the statements in the paper notes that an ordinance
written without a full understanding of the issue can inadvertently cause
Rudney indicated he has
spoken with Terry Timmerman, who has talked to Messner Electric and Messner has
found some new lights for Timmerman to use on his billboards.
Rudney indicated he is still
confused on the definition of a transitional yard.
Granger indicated she has a
number of questions regarding the potential ordinance as it is written. She feels the Planning Commission needs
to define its goals on lighting.
She questioned the difference between items #4 and #7 under General
Standards. Hoffman indicated he
feels #4 addresses transitional yards and #7 talks about commercial
Kuchenreuther agreed the
ordinance needs to be gone through with a fine tooth comb.
Carpenter asked if the
ordinance would rule out porch lights.
Granger indicated she feels the ordinance would try to help control
things over a certain brightness.
developing a fact sheet for contractors and retailers of lighting fixtures
regarding lighting. Granger
suggested handing out the information sheet along with building permits to
simplify the process.
Carpenter suggested that when
thinking about the ordinance, different lighting situations that currently
exist in town need to be taken into consideration, i.e. the Stevens County
Dark Sky Ordinance:
building. Miller also noted that
many times lights are used for security reasons.
Outdoor Wood Burners: Chairperson Kuchenreuther provided several
items on outdoors wood burners.
Included is information discussing health concerns with outdoor wood
burners, what governments can do about complaints, a model ordinance from the
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and a draft ordinance Kuchenreuther
put together on outdoor wood-fired furnaces. She stated she put a lot of alternatives in the draft
ordinance and the Planning Commission will have to decide what they want in the
Subd. 3 alternative 1 prohibits wood-fired furnaces altogether. She stated alternative 2 might be more
what Morris would do, that is allow outdoor wood-fired furnaces with certain
conditions. She indicated some
municipalities only allow wood-fired furnaces in ag zones. She indicated the zone restriction
could be eliminated. B. implies
all furnaces have to be compliant, not just new ones.
Granger asked about homemade
wood burners. Kuchenreuther indicated
there is nothing in the draft ordinance regarding homemade wood burners, but it
might make sense to have them included.
Subdivision 4 talks about
what can be burned in the furnaces.
Alternate 1 says only dry wood can be burned. The Wisconsin Division of Public Health’s information
indicates the burning of wet wood and other types of wood can release very
toxic chemicals and should never be burned in outdoor wood burners.
Subdivision 5 discusses
distance requirements between the wood burner and buildings. Kuchenreuther indicated the healthcare
information suggests a distance of 300’ – 500’ from the outdoor wood burner to
the nearest building which is not on the same property. The information from the manufacturer
suggests 25’ from the property line, and at least 100’ from another building
not served by the outdoor wood burner.
Miller noted that when an
outdoor wood burner is not calling for heat, it smolders and fills the
neighborhood up with smoke, but when it does call for heat it heats up and
creates an updraft.
Subdivision 6 discusses
Subdivision 7 discusses
questioned if this should be included in the ordinance.
Subdivision 9 outlines
violations and penalties.
Outdoor Wood Burners:
Hoffman indicated he likes
the alternate which prohibits outdoors wood-fired furnaces altogether. He feels it is such an uncontrollable
process. Miller commented the
furnaces are a health hazard.
Kuchenreuther asked if the
laundromat gets grandfathered in if this is adopted. Carpenter asked if the Beyer’s furnace meets the conditions
of the proposed ordinance. Rudney
indicated he doesn’t feel Beyer’s furnace meets the setbacks. He stated Beyer was allowed to install
the furnace because the City has no ordinances against it. He questioned how the ordinance would
apply to the UMM’s biomass project.
Miller indicated he thinks they are researching how to keep it burning
hot enough to not be a problem.
Kuchenreuther indicated MPCA has indicated the biomass project is not a
Kuchenreuther asked the
Planning Commission members to think hard about this before the next
meeting. She suggested the goal
for the July meeting is to make a recommendation on outdoor wood fired furnaces
to the City Council.
Carpenter indicated she
feels it would be a good idea for someone to talk with the Fire Chief regarding
the ordinance. Miller will discuss
this with him.
Granger asked if there is
any way to mitigate the negative health issues with the outdoor wood-fired
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business,
Commissioner Carpenter moved, seconded by Rudney, to adjourn. Motion carried and the meeting
adjourned at 6:22.