Rumor Has It

Recently there were several Letters to the Editor questioning the actions of the City of Morris.  While nobody has talked with me personally about these issues, I was encouraged by several people to respond.  This is not typically the philosophy I have with regards to rumors and other pieces of information that seem to be…
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What Is TIF?

What is TIF? Recently I presented information to the City Council about using TIF for the old elementary school demolition project and the follow on development.  The acronym TIF stands for Tax Increment Financing.  TIF is an economic development tool that was put in place by the State to give local governments assistance in developing…
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Funding Public Infrastructure

As we prepare our budget for the upcoming year and look at our public improvement project for 2013, it is very clear that we need to review how we fund public infrastructure.  I will be making recommendations to the City Council in several areas to include storm sewers, streets, sanitary sewer and water.  The future…
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Is Morris Safe For Riding Bike?

Recently I attended a speech class presentation at the University of Minnesota Morris.  The topic of the presentation was bicycle safety in Morris.  I think the students did a great job, and as a City Manager, I went away from the speech with a few good ideas about things we could do differently. I won’t…
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Road Project Update

The time is getting close for the 2012 road projects to start.  The City will again try to do a number of improvements to include a major underground project on Pacific Avenue from County Road 22 to West 5th Street/Highway 28 by Lake Crystal.  You may have noticed the uneven road surface as you drive…
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