The Morris City Council (before social distancing). (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Due to the holidays, the Morris City Council will meet 5:15 p.m. Monday, December 23 (instead of Tuesday, Christmas Eve). The Council also agreed at their meeting this week to close all city offices at noon on Christmas Eve day, with the exception of the police department.

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Council member Jeff Miller expressed some annoyance that playground equipment that has been sitting around since last spring has yet to be installed in City parks. The excuse last spring was that it was too wet, during the summer it was too busy with too many kids playing on the current equipment. There was no indication at this week’s meeting when the equipment will get installed.

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Two inquiries about solar systems will spark the City to come up with a policy on solar installations. Currently, anyone who wants to install a solar system has to apply for a Conditional Use Permit. There was discussion about whether that should changed to a permitted use category, which would make it easier to install. But a number of issues need to be addressed, such as how high will the City allow structures to be, will they be allowed on front lawns, how close to a neighbor’s property line can they be, and the like. One request to put up solar is coming from the Soils Lab, another inquiry was from a Morris homeowner.

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