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Pomme de Terre getting more upgrades

Several improvements have been completed or are in progress at Morris' Pomme de Terre Park.

A fishing dock, which is a donation to the city park from the Women of Today, is ready for use. Some maintenance on the grounds and sign installation will be completed soon, but the dock is open.

City workers also have installed a new motor in Pomme de Terre's splash park. The new motor, which replaces one that was prone to breaking down, will allow the city to operate more efficiently.

Playground equipment also has been installed, and an area near the old swimming pond has been converted into a volleyball court.

And Boy Scout Vaughn Dieter is making final preparations for the installation of horseshoe pits in the park. The pits are part of Dieter's Eagle Scout project. Paving for the pits has been completed and Dieter is obtaining materials for completing the pits this summer.

In other business from Tuesday's City Council meeting:

• The council approved continuing the city's School Resource Officer program with the Morris Area School District.

The city and district have collaborated on the program for several years. Officer Anita Liebl has been working on a two-third basis at the school.

The school district pays 60 percent of the cost for salary, insurance and other expenses.

The SRO program runs from Sept. 7, 2010 to June 3, 2011.

City and district officials say the program helps the department stay attuned to activities and trends among younger people while also providing security for students and staff. The department has said the it's tracked a reduction in some crimes since the SRO program was initiated.

• The council approved a contract with Nagell Appraisal and Consulting to assess the benefits homeowners may realize after infrastructure repairs.

The council approved paying Nagell $1,400 for work to determine the potential benefits of repairs in future projects on East 8th and East 9th streets, and on West 10th and West 11th streets.

The city for the last few years have provided the service to help homeowners who are being assessed for street improvements see how that work could increase their property values.

• The Minnesota Institute of Public Health approved a grant award to the city for alcohol compliance checks.

The city will be reimbursed $30 for each compliance check, and the city must complete two rounds of checks on each liquor license. The first round of checks must be completed between Aug. 1 and Dec. 15, and the second round of checks must be completed between Jan. 1, 2011 and May 31, 2011