MINUTES – PLANNING
COMMISSION - REGULAR MEETING - AUGUST 19, 2014
Regular Meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 19th day of August, 2014, by Chairperson Kuchenreuther in
the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.
OF THE ROLL:
Roll Call was taken with the following members present: Commissioners
Granger, Livingston, Gades and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioners
Hoffman, Rudney and Kurpiers were absent. Also present were ex-officio
Miller and City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.
AND APPROVAL OF 8/5/14 SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Granger
moved, seconded by Livingston, to approve the minutes of the 8/5/14 Special
Meeting as presented. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Plat of Riley’s Commercial Development First Addition: Zoning
Administrator Hill explained the Planning Commission approved the Preliminary
Plat of Riley’s Commercial Development First Addition at a special meeting
August 5, 2014. The next day notification was received from MNDOT that
they did not need the extra 25’ of right of way that was platted along MN
Highway 28 for a center turn lane on Highway 28; however, they did need an
additional 25’ of right of way along MN Highway 9. The City Council
approved the updated preliminary plat with instructions to make those changes
for the final plat. Hill noted there is another change on the final plat,
that being that there is a small chunk of land in the northwest corner of this
plat that is owned by Riley’s but was not platted, so it was included on the
Kuchenreuther asked if there are three access points to this development.
Hill noted that is correct.
indicated when the last preliminary plat was approved by the Planning
Commission, it was noted the holding pond was a sufficient size. That is
not correct, and the pond is the correct size on this plat. He also noted
MNDOT will not be draining any of their runoff into the holding pond.
Miller asked if the North side of Highway 28 will still be torn up for
utilities. Hill indicated water and sewer will be constructed in that
Granger asked if the frontage road would be wider along Highway 28 since MNDOT
doesn’t need the additional 25’. Hill indicated it would not be wider.
indicated City Engineering Surveyor/Inspector Fier will be the City’s inspector
on this project.
Granger moved, seconded by Gades, to make a recommendation to the City Council
to approve this final plat. With all present voting in favor, motion
Public Hearing for Consideration of Street Vacation in Riley’s Commercial
Development Subdivision: Hill indicated there is already a plat filed for the Riley’s
Commercial Development, and the roads and public right of way on that plat need
to be vacated. Hill suggested the Planning Commission set a public
hearing on the vacation on September 2nd, which is two weeks before
the next regularly-scheduled meeting. This would allow a shorter time in
which to file the new final plat. After discussion, Commissioner Gades
moved, seconded by Livingston, to set a public hearing for the street vacation
in Riley’s Commercial Development Subdivision at the Planning Commission’s
regular meeting Tuesday, September 16. With all present voting in favor,
Gausman, 325 South Columbia, handed out several pictures of the proposed K-bid
site they would like to start at 1100 Atlantic Avenue, which is the site of
West Central Implement. He explained K-Bid is an online consignment
auction. People would bring their items to 1100 Atlantic Avenue, bidders
would bid online, and then pick their items up at this site. Derek
Gausman and his father, Ron Gausman, are interested in purchasing the property
at 1100 Atlantic Avenue and incorporating a K-Bid Auction Site into the
existing farm implement dealership at the site.
Gausman identified several areas on the proposed site that need to be cleaned
up. He indicated the K-Bid site would be just to the north of the
existing implement dealership. Their goal would be to consign vehicles
and heavy equipment, along with smaller household items. The number of
registered bidders in the surrounding 5 states is approaching 200,000.
They are interested in getting this business up and running and provide this
service to the community.
Gausman, 52348 210th Street, indicated he looks at this as a service
for people that have a few items to sell that do not want people coming on to
their property. He noted he would like to think they could have up to 50
items/week. There would be one inspection day, and several pick up
days. He feels this would be a good opportunity to bring people to Morris
that may not come here otherwise.
Miller asked about how long items would be on display. Ron Gausman
replied items would be on display for a week to 10 days. He noted pick up
day is usually 2 days after the closing date of the auction. Miller noted
one of his concerns would be items not selling and sitting on the auction site
for a long time. Phil Gausman, 54098 210th Street, noted most
K-Bid sites are very strict with their customers and police items very
noted any small items up for bid would be inside the present West Central
aerial photo of the site that Gausman provided it was noted that the present
owners have items stored across their property line to the East, which is
asked where customers would park. Ron Gausman indicated there are 8
parking spots on the East side of Atlantic Avenue, along with street parking
across the street. Derek Gausman noted not all customers would be there
at the same time on pick up day, so parking should not be a problem.
Granger asked if they have any off-street parking. Ron Gausman indicated
there are drives into the property they propose to purchase, so parking could
be provided there. Kuchenreuther noted that if this property is rezoned
to HB, off-street parking would be required. Miller noted customers could
park east of the green line on the aerial map.
two pictures handed out by Derek Gausman are of the original and present K-Bid
sites in Benson.
noted she is concerned about the storage of things at a main entrance to
town. She feels main street is not a good fit for a business like
noted that in the HB zone, if a person is selling someone elses merchandise,
that merchandise has to be in a building or it must be fenced with a 5’ high
fence.. Phil Gausman indicated he didn’t feel there would be a problem
with screening the merchandise, because everything for sale would be pictured
on the K-Bid site. Derek Gausman indicated he feels it would be an
advantage to not have to fence the merchandise.
indicated the Planning Commission has a strong policy against spot
zoning. Hill noted changing this area from I1 to HB would not be spot
zoning because this is right next to a HB zone. He would recommend
changing the zoning to residential (R) along 10th Street also.
Gades noted he would not be in favor of fencing the merchandise as he feels
that would make it look like an auto wrecking business. Granger agreed
and indicated she feels this is a tight site for this type of business.
Kuchenreuther noted she felt this would clean up an eye sore.
indicated the procedure would be to first change the zoning from I1 to HB, and
then add online auction sites as a conditional use in the zone.
Gausman asked if the alleyway is owned by the City. Hill indicated he
didn’t think so, but indicated there is a utility right of way there.
asked if there would be an issue with security. Ron Gausman indicated he
didn’t think so as they do not have any problems presently.
Planning Commission will take this request under consideration.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Commissioner Gades moved, seconded by Livingston, to adjourn.
Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:23.