At their Tuesday evening meeting, the Morris City Council approved putting street lights on County Road 22 by the Stevens County Fairgrounds. The City had been approached by members of the County Fair board to consider the issue as the fair board has had to rent lights during the time of the fair for public safety. Council member Jeff Miller agreed with the plan.
“With the activities we have at the Lee Community Center all the time between the hockey and the different functions that are going on there, I think it makes sense to have it lit up,” said Miller.
The Council approved a series of 40 foot wooden poles with overhead wires. The city manager will work out with Otter Tail Power Company the best configuration for the area.
While no traditional Arbor Day activities will be held in the city due to the coronavirus, the City Council did approve a proclamation declaring May as Arbor Month. It encourages residents to plant at least one tree in 2020 to beautify the city and improve the environment.
The Council also approved an amendment to a MnDOT airport maintenance and operation grant. The procedural move allows the city to receive an additional $30,000 for airport maintenance from the state. It can be used for things like replacing an outdated card reader at the airport’s fueling system, which itself is a $20,000 item.