MINUTES – PLANNING
COMMISSION – REGULAR MEETING – DECEMBER 16, 2014
regular meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 16th day of December, 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
Gades, Hoffman, Rudney, Granger and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Commissioner
Livingston arrived at 5:17 and Commissioner Kurpiers arrived at 5:18.
Also present was City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill. Ex-officio
Miller arrived at 5:21.
AND APPROVAL OF 11/18/14 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Granger
moved, seconded by Rudney, to approve the minutes of the 11/18/14 Regular
Meeting with a change on page 2, first paragraph, changing the name of
Granger’s partner from “Steve” to “Scott”. Motion carried unanimously.
Conditional Use Permit Application: This hearing is to consider a
Conditional Use Permit application from Derek Gausman to operate a K-Bid online
auction collection site at 1100 Atlantic Avenue, parcel number
20-1728-000. This Conditional Use Permit, if granted, would allow a
collection site for auction items that will be sold via an online
auction. An inspection day for items on the auction will be set up for
potential bidders to inspect the items for sale.
Kuchenreuther opened the public hearing at 5:18. City Manager/Zoning Administrator
Hill indicated he has not received any calls or comments on this hearing.
There were also no comments from the public, so the hearing was closed at 5:19.
noted in his memo to the Planning Commission he included 7 possible conditions
the Commission may wish to place on the Conditional Use Permit. Hill
asked who would own the subject property. Ron Gausman, 52348 210th
Street, indicated he would be the owner, and a partner in the K-Bid business.
Hill read the 7 conditions he suggested: 1. That the entire
property be cleared of junk and debris prior to the start of the collection of
any items for an online auction. 2. That the area be designated on
the property where items will be placed for an online auction and that no items
will be placed anywhere else unless inside a permanent building. 3.
That the time period allowed for an online auction collection shall be set at
30 days and that multiple auctions cannot be run at the same time on this
site. 4. That all items must be removed within 3 days of the close
of an auction and prior to the collection of new items for a new auction.
5. That the surface area for the collection site shall be gravel or
bituminous paving and must be maintained and free from weeds and grass.
6. That the entire property shall be kept in a neat and orderly manner to
avoid the appearance of clutter and shall be free of junk and debris.
7. That the K-Bid business owner must have an ownership stake in the entire
Gausman noted at the Benson auction site they may have 3-4 auctions going on at
once and then they all close the same day. This may also be the case at
the Morris site. Hill noted one of his concerns is if someone doesn’t
pick up their items, he doesn’t want those things collecting at the site.
Phil Gausman, 54098 210th Street, noted that in Benson the sellers
don’t get paid for any of their items until all their items are sold or picked
up. He pointed out the smaller auction items will be inside a building.
Gausman indicated there are other online auction collection franchises, so he
requested the Conditional Use Permit not be solely for the K-Bid franchise.
asked if items for sale have to be brought to the collection site. Ron
Gausman indicated they do not have to be brought to the site.
asked about any additional lighting plans on the building or in the parking
lot. Ron Gausman indicated they haven’t really thought about
lighting. He noted the street light lights up the front of the lot pretty
good and they have installed a light on the back of the property which
helps. Kuchenreuther indicated the Planning Commission has been
recommending that any new lighting be dark sky compliant.
asked if the City is allowed to require the business owner to also be the owner
of the property. Hill noted Conditional Use Permits go with the business
on the property.
asked about signage. Hill noted that any signage would be covered under
the sign ordinance.
asked about the condition regarding the surface area being gravel or
bituminous. He didn’t feel that condition needs to be so specific.
It was felt by the Commission that weeds can be added to item 6, and this
condition could be eliminated.
Rudney moved, seconded by Livingston, to recommend to the City Council that
this Conditional Use Permit be granted with the following conditions:
the entire property be cleared of junk and debris prior to the start of the
of any items for an online auction.
the area be designated on the property where items will be placed for an online
auction and that no items will
be placed anywhere else unless inside a permanent
business will ensure online auction items are removed in a timely manner.
the entire property shall be kept in a neat and orderly manner to avoid the
of clutter and shall be free of junk, debris and weeds.
the online auction collection site business owner must have an ownership
in the entire property.
any additional lighting of the yard or buildings shall be “dark sky”
Machining Shops – Central Business District: The purpose of this
hearing is to consider an amendment to the City of Morris Zoning Code to add Precision
Machining Shops as a conditional use in the Central Business District.
indicated the Planning Commission should also consider adding precision
machining shops as Conditional Uses in the Light Industrial and Highway
indicated he did not receive any comments on this request. Discussion was
held on adding this in the Light Industrial zone. Granger read Section
11.40, Subd. 2.A.15 of the Code which addresses businesses such as precision
machining shops. It was felt precision machining shops do not need to be
added to the Light Industrial zone since it is covered already. Hill
noted it should still be added in the Highway Business zone though.
Rudney asked if it should be added in the Neighborhood Commercial zone.
It was not felt that was necessary.
opened the hearing at 5:52. There being no public comments, the hearing
was closed at 5:53.
Rudney moved, seconded by Gades, to recommend to the City Council to add
precision machining shops as a conditional use in the Central Business District
and the Highway Business District. Motion carried unanimously.
in New Development: Granger asked if the lighting in the new
development at the corner of Highways 9 and 28 will be dark sky
compliant. She is worried the car lot will have an excessive amount of
lighting. Hill indicated he will talk with Otter Tail Power Company about
the street lighting, and he will discuss this with the property owners out
asked if the City Council would ever consider passing an ordinance requiring
all new lighting be dark sky compliant. Rudney asked if it could be
included on building permits. Hill indicated it could only be included on
building permits if the City passes an ordinance that it be required.
Granger noted the Christus House at the corner of 2nd Street and
Columbia Avenue has installed lights on the building that are very
bright. She noted this is a non-profit entity in a residential
zone. Rudney pointed out the Christus House is an inspected rental.
Hill indicated no one has talked to him about the signage or the
lighting. Granger recommended that the lights be required to be turned
off because it’s against the ordinance, and it changes the character of the
indicated he will look into this. He did note that there is a sign similar to
this on the St. Mary’s School.
Gausman indicated his church and the Christus House have an association, and he
would be willing to have a conversation with their Pastor about this.
Commissioner Hoffman indicated he feels the Planning Commission should do a
thorough review of uses and conditional uses in the various zones. Hill
indicated he feels the process of changes in zoning should be looked into as
there is a lot of duplication in the steps to rezone. Granger indicated
she feels it’s been helpful to have both the Planning Commission and City
Council look at things when there’s a big issue. Ex-officio Miller indicated
the current process allows time to find out facts, etc., on the issue. He
feels the process has its reasoning.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Commissioner Hoffman moved, seconded by Rudney, to adjourn.
Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:15.