MINUTES - PLANNING COMMISSION - REGULAR MEETING - JULY 16,
The Regular Meeting
of the Morris Planning Commission was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 16th
day of July, 2019, 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 Rudney, Gades, Wulf, Brands,
and Chairperson Kuchenreuther. Absent were Commissioners Kurpiers and
Granger and Ex-Officio Gullickson. City Manager Hill was also present.
APPROVAL OF 9/18/18 REGULAR MEETING: Commissioner Gades moved, seconded by Rudney, to
approve the minutes of the 9/18/18 Regular Meeting as presented. With all
present voting in favor, motion carried.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: Jerry's U-Save, Inc.,
Conditional Use Permit Request: The purpose of this hearing is to
consider a Conditional Use Permit application from Jerry's U-Save, Inc., to
build and operate a Propane and Petroleum Products Distribution Center in the
Morris Industrial Park. The park is zoned I2 Heavy Industrial. The
property where the distribution center site will be located is on two lots,
addresses of 12 and 14 Hull Drive. The parcel numbers for the property
are 20-0004-000 and 20-0004-001. This Conditional Use Permit, if granted,
would allow the construction of a distribution center consisting of multiple
large storage tanks. The storage tanks will be placed in a manner to
insure maximum safety. The site will contain other appropriate safety
precautions to include property controls in case of leaks or spills.
City Manager Hill
indicated there are only 4 owners within the required 350' notice area of the
proposed site. The site was originally sold to Backman Welding, but they
decided not to build on the property and the City got the property back.
Hill stated he only received one phone call regarding this request. That
caller was wondering why a Conditional Use Permit was required, and Hill
explained that flammable liquids would be involved with the project.
includes two parcels of land in the Industrial Park. Backmans only
purchased the westerly parcel, and at that time there was a lot of discussion
regarding utilities and roads. Bonanza Bean has built a road to their
property, which is east of this property, and that would be the road Jerry's would
use to access their property. There are fire hydrants to the northwest
and northeast of this property.
Hill noted there are
platted streets in this area and the City will still own the right of
way. The main storm sewer line runs on the west side of the westerly lot
with a 60' easement.
Rudney asked if
access to this property has the possibility of being blocked by a train on the
railroad tracks. Pete Hentges, who is on the fire department, indicated
they would use the bypass to access this property.
owner of Prairie Trailer at 20 Industrial Boulevard, asked if any streets would
be improved when this property is developed. Hill indicated there are no
plans for that at this time.
stated the street that will be used to access this property is gravel. He
asked if that will be upgraded for larger trucks. Pete Hentges indicated
Bonanza Bean drives semis on that road and there are no plans to upgrade it
Kuchenreuther asked about the safety precautions noted in the Public
Notice. Pete Hentges indicated all Federal and State guidelines will be
followed on this project.
Hill noted that
because of the location of this project, screening does not need to be a
condition of the conditional use permit. Commissioner Gades asked
if there would be other buildings on the site. Hentges indicated there
may be a shed for cold storage.
if they will use dark sky compliant lighting. Commissioner Wulf indicated
that for safety reasons, he doesn't want to restrict the amount of lighting
allowed. Kuchenreuther pointed out that lighting that is not dark sky
compliant interferes with the telescope at the UMM. It was the consensus
that dark sky compliant lighting should be a condition.
moved, seconded by Rudney, to recommend to the City Council the approval of
this Conditional Use Permit request, with the condition that dark sky compliant
lighting be used. With all present voting in favor, motion carried.
OTHER BUSINESS: Election of Chairperson
and Vice-Chairperson: Commissioner Rudney moved, seconded by Brands,
to nominate Chairperson Kuchenreuther as Chairperson and Commissioner Gades as
Vice Chairperson for 2019. With all present voting in favor, motion
Morris Model: Kuchenreuther feels the
Planning Commission should start thinking about alternative energy and
residential uses. Hill indicated the City has received an LCCMR grant and
through this grant there may be a staff person and interns available to look
ADJOURNMENT: Commissioner Wulf moved,
seconded by Rudney, to adjourn. Motion carried and the meeting adjourned