MINUTES - PLANNING COMMISSION - REGULAR
MEETING - FEBRUARY 17, 2015
Regular Meeting of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15
p.m. this 17th day of February, 2015, 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, Kurpiers, Livingston, Rudney, Gades and Chairperson
Kuchenreuther. Commissioner Hoffman was absent. Also present were
ex-officio Miller and City Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill.
OF 2015 CHAIRPERSON AND VICE CHAIRPERSON: Chairperson Kuchenreuther added this item to the
Kurpiers nominated Kuchenreuther as Chairperson for 2015 and Rudney as Vice
Chairperson for 2015. With all voting in favor, motion carried.
AND APPROVAL OF 12/16/14 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Commissioner Rudney moved,
seconded by Gades, to accept the minutes of the 12/16/14 regular meeting as
presented. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
Precision, Inc., Conditional Use Permit Application: This hearing is on
a request for a Conditional Use Permit from Wilco Precision, Inc., to operate a
precision machine shop in the Central Business District. The shop will be
located at 16 East 5th Street, parcel number 20-0113-000.
Manager/Zoning Administrator Hill indicated notice of the hearing was published
and sent to property owners within 350’ of the subject parcel. He did
receive one call from a neighbor ½ block away asking how much noise the
shop would produce. He received no other calls or comments.
indicated he does not expect any noise issues with this request but if there
are it would be dealt with as a nuisance complaint.
asked if all precision operation businesses are quiet. Jeff Wilcox,
representing Wilco Precision, Inc., indicated the noise level shouldn’t be
anything louder than a lawn mower. Kathy Wilcox, also representing Wilco
Precision, Inc., indicated if the doors to the shop are open a person may hear
something, but they have installed air conditioning and will keep the doors
closed, so it shouldn’t be an issue.
asked what would happen if they decided not to use the air conditioning and
opened their doors during operation. Kathy Wilcox indicated that won’t
happen and is the reason they installed the air conditioning.
Wilcox indicated there will be some outside noise with deliveries, but nothing
more than any other business that has deliveries. Kathy Wilcox noted the
liquor store gets a lot more deliveries than they will. She also noted
their materials will be stored inside their building.
Gades moved, seconded by Kurpiers, to recommend approval of this Conditional
Use Permit to the City Council. With all present voting in favor, motion
Commissioner Granger asked what happened with the lighting issues at the new
development and the Lutheran Campus Ministry building at the corner of East 2nd
Street and Columbia.
indicated he forwarded the Planning Commission’s request for dark sky compliant
lighting in the new development at Highways 28 and 9 to the developers and they
seemed amenable to the request. He noted the lighting at the new car lot
in Glenwood is box lighting and shines downward.
the Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) building, Hill indicated it is a sign on the
side of a building with lighting behind the letters. He stated the
Planning Commission needs to determine what it wants to do with lighting on
feel it is a sign that it is compatible in a neighborhood, and if they at least
turned it off at night it wouldn’t be as intrusive into the neighborhood.
Commissioner Gades indicated he feels the street lights cast more light
outward. Granger commented it’s a non-residential use in a residential
neighborhood. Hill indicated his point is that there are a lot of
signs in the City that are not allowed in our zoning ordinance, e.g. Morris
Area High School, St. Mary’s School and various churches.
indicated it bothers her that LCM did not follow the process of obtaining a
sign permit and asked what the City can do about it.
noted no one in the neighborhood has complained to him about the sign.
Hill will send a letter to Lutheran Campus Ministry and let them know of the
Planning Commission’s concerns.
noted that DENCO put shields on their lights, which she appreciates.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further
business, Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Livingston, to adjourn.
Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 5:55.