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Morrison working on ‘clean up’ annexation

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By Deborah Swearingen

Morrison is working on two annexation projects, one of which could provide jurisdictional clarity and include a small piece of property on Highway 8 into town limits.

If approved, the Highway 8 annexation project, which has been in the works since 2006, would include the portion of the road from the new Town of Morrison sign and moving east toward the Conoco gas station near the C-470 intersection.

“This really was what you call … a housekeeping annexation,” said Jamee Chambers, chair of the Planning Commission. “It’s to make things right.”

In addition to being a seemingly logical inclusion, considering most would assume the area already is within Morrison’s jurisdiction, it helps the Morrison Police Department with emergency response. For example, if someone were to get in a bicycle accident on that stretch of pavement, the accident would technically be in the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction — despite the area’s proximity to the Morrison Police Department.

In order to annex the land into Morrison, the city and county of Denver, who owns a portion, had to sign off on it. According to information published on Nov. 14 in the Canyon Courier, Denver green-lighted the project via its water commissioners.

Additionally, Mayor Sean Forey and his wife, Celeste, are looking to annex and rezone a piece of property on 4th Street in Morrison that they purchased in 2013, according to Jeffco property records. The land is just south of the Bear Creek Center nursing home and east of the town post office.

Minutes from a Nov. 6 town board meeting indicate Forey recused himself from the discussion about the property he owns and show that zoning to R-1 or single-family residential would be in accordance with Morrison’s zoning regulations.

In that meeting, the Morrison Town Board unanimously agreed to move forward with the public process on both annexations. The zoning application will go before the Planning Commission prior to a public hearing and decision on annexation from the board.

Both of these annexation petitions are scheduled for a Dec. 18 public hearing at the regularly scheduled Morrison Town Board meeting, held at 6 p.m. at 110 Stone Street. After that, both matters will come before the board before approval or denial.