Morris City Manager Blaine Hill. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

While the City of Morris awaits direction from the governor about when it’s safe to re-open campgrounds, the Pomme de Terre Park and Campground remains closed. In fact, all the city’s playgrounds have been closed, as well as all the public bathrooms in the parks. City Manager Blaine Hill told the KMRS Community Connection that they continue to get information from groups like the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and the League of Minnesota Cities about their obligations as a city to protect people who come on to City property.

“So when it comes to bathrooms, if you’re going to open up bathrooms what do we need to do in a bathroom to sanitize it so that people can come in and use it?” Hill asked. “You know, putting hand sanitizer in a bathroom — we don’t think that hand sanitizer would last very long because it would walk out the door probably the first few people that went in there.”

The City has legal liabilities to consider whenever it opens its parks up for public use, Hill suggested.

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            On Tuesday, the Morris City Council accepted a $2,500 donation from the Heil and Erdahl families in honor of Brad and Pam Heil. It will primarily be used to put benches along the bike path. Mayor Sheldon Giese thought others in the community might also be interested in buying benches for the City, and City Manager Blaine Hill said citizens can contact City Hall if they are interested in doing so.

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