MORRISON – City Council members continued to refine a new ordinance covering solar farms at their meeting Monday.
Council members are looking at adding an ordinance that will govern solar farms from small to large, define what is a solar farm, and regulate how they are to be used. It also contains requirements for taking them out of service when owners no longer need or want them.
The council discussed the new ordinance at Monday’s meeting and likely will refine it a bit before a final version is presented for approval, City Administrator Barry Dykhuizen said.
“It’s something similar to what Dixon did, and we’ll talk again about it and bring it back,” Dykhuizen said.
The permitted uses under the solar farms ordinance include rooftop gardens, ground-mounted gardens and solar farms. Those wishing to install a solar garden or farm must go through a permitting process and pay a permit fee.
Now that the weather is warming up, Dykhuizen and city officials can turn their attention to some of the capital projects this season, he said.
“The big thing is the Main Street construction this year. We’re trying to figure out how other capital improvement needs fit into the big picture.”
One immediate concern to address is the pounding that city streets took during the brutal winter weather.
“The severe winter has been difficult on the streets, so we’re going to look at some of those,” Dykhuizen said.
He also said much of the work for upcoming major construction projects will be done behind the scenes this season, because a lot of planning needs to be done before the real construction phase begins next year.