Morris City Council 27 Aug 14

The Morris City Council approved for property tax abatements and awarding a business subsidy to assist in financing improvements to be made by Dripps Automotive LLC. This is the first project regarding the Hwy 28 development. Blaine Hill, City Manager of Morris, says that the expense of building a business off a highway in Minnesota because you can’t have a driveway off the highway. You have to provide a frontage road. The property tax abatement will Offset some of those costs.
Dan Dribbs, Project Developer for Dripps Automotive LLC us going to ask Stevens County and the Morris Area School District if they will award property tax abatement for this project. If does not get awarded from all three government organizations then the project will not go through.

Morris City Council approved the resolution for an updated subsidy assistance for private development policy at their council meeting. The city has to have a policy in place for a business to provide a business subsidy. Blaine Hill, Morris City Manager, says, “They updated the policy to make it more generic, so they can utilize it for different subsidy programs that come up.”
Each project that wants to come into the Highway 28 Development project will be looked at specifically. Updated subsidy assistance does not set a precedence but establishes a reason to help businesses.

The final plat for the Riley’s Commercial Development was approved at the Morris City Council meeting.

This plat was approved in 2006, but the development did not take place. The plat was redesigned because of new interested parties. Blaine Hill, Morris City Manager, says the biggest part of the platting process was working with MnDOT to get access points off the highway to the businesses.
There is one more step for this plat to be certified and filed, that is to vacate the roads that were on the plat from 2006.
There is one more step for this plat to be certified and filed, that is to vacate the roads that were on the plat from 2006.

Morris City Council approved the Resolution for the submission of a DNR Park Legacy Grant Application. Many of you enjoy camping at Pomme De Terre Park, and this grant would be used to remodel the old Pomme de Terre Park swimming beach concession stand in conjuction with the picnic shelter. Last year city council was approved to authorize an architect to look at options.
Campers would gain additional showers and public space, and kitchen would be remodeled.