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City approves overlay projects, awaits bids

By Tom Larson

Sun Tribune

The City of Morris has picked its list of streets and surfaces to repair and now will await bids to determine which will be completed.

The City Council approved the list for milling and overlays, and also scheduled a bid opening for 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Jeff Kuhn, an engineer for Widseth Smith Nolting, estimated the projects to cost between $400,000 and $700,000.

City Manager Blaine Hill said the list may have to be paired down depending on the bids.

The projects include:

•South Street from Atlantic to Columbia avenues.

•California Avenue from Elm Street to South Street.

•Meadow Lane, Glendale and Ridge Road.

•East 8th Street from Atlantic to Columbia, in areas where the sewer is finished.

•East 9th Street from Oregon to Columbia avenues.

•Iowa Avenue from 7th Street to Highway 28.

•The portions of Montana, Colorado and California avenues that intersect East 8th and East 9th streets.

•The City Hall parking lot.

•The Morris Fire Hall parking lot.

Projects that were dropped from the list were the bike path on the west side of the Pomme de Terre River from County Road 329 to Green River Road, and Wyoming Avenue from Highway 28 to West 10th Street.

In other council business:

•The council approved accepting a $362,420 grant through the Minnesota Small Cities Development Program.

Through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the program, makes money available to rehabilitate 11 owner-occupied houses and five rental units in Stevens County.

The Stevens County Housing and Redevelopment Authority administers the program and the city will serve only as the fiscal agent, Hill said.

•Hill presented U.S. Census data about Morris to the council for information only.

According to the Census, Morris' 2010 population is 5,286, with a household population of 4,426. The Group Quarters population is 860.

There are 2,199 total housing units in Morris and 1,986 are occupied. That leaves 213 unoccupied housing units in the city. There is an average of 2.23 people per household.

•The public hearing for work scheduled on Pacific Avenue from East 5th Street to County Road 22 next summer has been changed to Aug. 23.

The council approved the plans and specifications for the project, the bulk of which will be funded through federal money. Property owners along the avenues will incur some assessments.