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City seeks grant for Pomme de Terre Park improvements

MORRIS – The city of Morris Park Board hopes to use state Legacy Grant funding to reuse the concession stand building at Pomme de Terre Park.

Last year, the Morris City Council voted to hire an architect to study the area and develop plans for the building. On Tuesday, the Morris City Council voted to submit an application for the project and contract with Pat Conroy of WSN Engineering to write the grant application.

After reviewing several potential designs, the Park Board chose one that would include two new showers/bathrooms, an update to the old bathrooms and a community room for campers and community members to use.

The project also includes a patio area and a remodel to the kitchen area of the main shelter.

“This building is built very well – we don’t have to do anything to the outside structure, it’s just not configured right for a campground-type building,” said City Manager Blaine Hill.

The total cost of the project will be about $181,000. Although a local share is not required for the application, the city plans to cover about 20 percent of the project, around $36,000.

“This is going to tweak the picnic shelter area and that bathroom facility for some showers so it can be used by both the people that are coming here to spend sometime in the park and our locals who are using it to have a get together out there,” said Council member Jeff Miller.

If the grant is approved, construction on the building would start next summer.

Council approves school resource officer agreement

On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved a new agreement with the Morris Area School District for Officer Anita Liebl to serve as School Resource Officer.

Under the new agreement, Liebl’s time is reduced from two-thirds to half-time for the upcoming school year at the request of the district.  

Morris Police Chief Ross Tiegs said Leibl will be in the school three or four days per week instead of five days per week.

“Even though it was considered a two-thirds time position before, it was still closer to full time, her being up there, because it was advantageous to us for investigations and problems down the road,” said Tiegs.

Other business

  • The council approved a final plat for Riley’s Commercial Development. Now that the plat is approved, it can be filed at the Stevens County Courthouse.
  • The council approved a payment of about $4,200 to F and S Concrete of Halvorson. Total payments to the company for work over the summer have been about $34,000.
  • The council approved a change order and final payment to Ebert Construction for work building a new hangar at the Morris Municipal Airport. The total amount for the contract is $804,555 which will be paid with a mix of federal, state and local funds.
  • The council accepted a $2,500 grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the Morris Fire Department to purchase turnout gear.