Morrison briefs

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By Deborah Swearingen

Morrison to allow commercial coffee roasting as special use
Morrison Town Board unanimously approved an ordinance that includes commercial coffee roasting as a special use in the town’s commercial zone district.
According to minutes from the Nov. 6 board meeting, the town directed Town Attorney Gerald Dahl to look into the matter after receiving a request to open a coffee roasting business in town.
Prior to Dec. 4, commercial coffee roasting wasn’t explicitly allowed under the Morrison Town Code. However, the newly approved ordinance allows roasting as a special use, and thus would require those interested to receive approval from the board. As such, the board would have the authority to set rules about odor, noise control, hours of operation and more on a case-by-case basis.
The ordinance permits the roasting of coffee beans in batches of 25 pounds or more for commercial sale. It also notes that batches cannot exceed 100 pounds and cannot include re-circulating, continuous roasters.

Town seeks public feedback on utility lines

Although Morrison Town Board agreed to move forward with a plan to put its overhead utility lines underground in April 2017, the town now says it would like to gather more feedback from the public before doing so.
“We don’t want to pursue it and spend a bunch of time and money on it … to find out the residents overwhelmingly don’t want it,” said Mayor Sean Forey.
The board will host a study session on the topic at 5 p.m. Jan. 15, an hour before its regularly scheduled board meeting.