CITY GOVERNMENT

 

COUNCIL AND MAYOR

The Mayor and the City Council members are elected leaders. The Council members are elected to four-year terms with two members elected in November of even number years. The Mayor is elected every two years.

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

City Council meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. The agenda is posted in the Post Office and in the Council Chambers at 402 Division Street

South on the Thursday before the meeting. The council minutes are posted at the Post Office and on the Morristown web site: www.morristownmn.org

 

CITY CLERK

The City Clerk's office is located in the Council Chambers at 402 Division Street

South: Office hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. -

5:00 p.m. The telephone number is (507) 685-2302.

 

VOTING REGISTRATION

You may register to vote up to twenty (20) days before an election at the City

Clerks office or at the Rice County Administration Building, 218 N.W. 3rd Street. In order to qualify to register you must be:

• At least 18 years old on election day;

• A citizen of the United States;

• Will have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding election day;

• Have a valid Minnesota driver's license, a MN identification card or

have a registered voter who will vouch for you.

 

ABSENTEE BALLOTS

Absentee ballots can be obtained before election day by contacting the Rice

County Auditor. The telephone number is (507) 332-6104.

 

ELECTIONS

Elections are held the Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even number

years. Elections are held at the Community Center, 402 Division Street South.

New Resident Information

Quick Guide

ELECTRIC SERVICE

Xcel Energy provides electricity. For customer service call 1-800-672-4300.

 

GAS SERVICE

CenterPoint provides Natural Gas. For customer service call 1-800-245-2377.

 

WATER SERVICE

Water is provided by the City of Morristown. For customer service call (507) 685-2302.

 

GARBAGE SERVICE

The current hauler is Archambault Brothers Disposal. For customer service call (507) 334-8910.

FIRE PROTECTION

MORRISTOWN FIRE/RESCUE DEPARTMENT

190 Second Street S.W. Emergency dial 911

 

Twenty-five volunteer fire fighters staff the Morristown Fire/Rescue Department.

 

OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS

Outdoor warning sirens are used for national weather service warnings as well as for other emergencies. Residents are urged to seek shelter when they hear the sirens and turn on the radio for emergency information. The outdoor sirens will also be used for other emergencies such as a hazardous chemical spill that requires residents to evacuate their homes. The sirens are tested for several minutes on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m.

 

POLICE PROTECTION

Emergency Call 911. Non-emergency calls the Rice County Sheriffs Office (507) 332-6010. The Morristown Police Department provides police protection for the citizens of Morristown. The police department will check residents' homes during residents' vacations if requested.

 

PARK REGULATIONS

MORRISTOWN CENTENNIAL PARK

We encourage residents to use the city park for picnics and family fun. There are a few regulations which must be followed to ensure the safety of all those who use the park.

They are:

• No person or persons shall consume intoxication liquor, nonintoxicating malt beverage in or on any bridge, catwalk, or historical building.

• You cannot have in possession any container larger than 32 ounces containing intoxicating or non-intoxicating malt liquor without a permit. A special permit for keg beer may be applied for at least one week in advance with the City Clerk or his/her designee.

• It is unlawful to clean fish except in designated areas.

• Fires are permitted only in the fireplaces or fire rings provided for that purpose.

• All pets must be kept on a leash.

• No glass beverage containers are allowed.

 

BOULEVARD TREES

Boulevards belong to the city but the care and removal of the trees are the responsibility of the property owners.

 

PUBLIC UTILITIES

ELECTRIC SERVICE

Xcel Energy provides electricity. For customer service call 1-800-672-4300.

 

GAS SERVICE

CenterPoint provides Natural Gas. For customer service call 1-800-245-2377.

 

WATER SERVICE

Water is provided by the City of Morristown, phone (507) 685-2302. All water used in the distribution system is well water. None comes from rivers or lakes. The water is pumped from the Jordan Aquifers located under our community. After the water is pumped from the city well, it is stored for distribution in an above ground storage reservoir that has a capacity of 80,000 gallons. The water operator flushes water mains the first Monday of each month from April through November. This helps to remove iron deposits from mains and decreases the chance of problems with rusty-colored water or stained clothes. It is better not to wash clothes during these times since flushing can cause water to turn rusty in the middle of the cycle.

 

The City Personnel reads your water meter by means of an outside readout device. The figures on the inside meter and the figures on the readout device should be the same. Compare them periodically. If they are different, contact the Morristown City Clerk so an employee can make the necessary corrections. Water fees pay the operating, maintenance and some of the capital cost of this city owned service.

 

Water is billed by the 10th of each month. Currently, the water rates are $6.16 per month plus $3.35 per thousand gallons of water used. A second meter may be purchased for $190 for outdoor watering purposes. The meter would just measure water used for outside gardening, filling of wading pools and running sprinklers which is water that does not enter the city's wastewater treatment system. There is no charge for wastewater on the second meter. A charge of $3.35 per thousand of gallons used will be billed on a monthly basis for the second meter.

 

WASTEWATER SERVICE

Sanitary sewer rates are based on water usage. Currently, the wastewater rates are $18.50 per month plus $6.90 per thousand gallons of water used. Wastewater is billed monthly on the water statement.

 

SUMP PUMP AND SANITARY SEWER CONNECTIONS

Sump pumps, foundation drains or other sources of surface or ground water cannot be connected to the Sanitary Sewer system. Wastewater is billed monthly on the water statement.

 

SANITATION SERVICES

GARBAGE SERVICE

A private hauler who is licensed to do business in the city provides garbage service. The current hauler is Archambault Brothers Disposal (507) 334-8910. Collection is Friday morning and includes three 30-gallon cans or bags to be placed on the streets boulevard by 7:30 a.m. Currently garbage rates are $10.85 per month plus $1.06 for Refuse Tax and are billed by the City of Morristown with the water and wastewater statement.

 

RECYCLING

Materials accepted for recycling includes dry newspaper, aluminum cans, glass containers and # 1 and #2 plastic containers. All containers must be rinsed clean with caps removed. It is not necessary to remove labels. All residents received a green recycling bin that is picked up weekly. To ensure pickup, the bins should be on the boulevard by 7:30 a.m. on Friday.

 

BRUSH SITE/COMPOST

The Morristown yard waste compost site is located one and one-half miles east of Morristown. Take County Road 15, turn on Hamel Trail. The City Council leases land to accept grass, leaves and tree trimming, No other items are allowed. The city requests that residents do not blow their lawn clippings into the street or sidewalk because they can plug the storm sewer lines.

 

OTHER REGULATIONS

GOPHER STATE ONE-CALL

The State of Minnesota requires that all persons call Gopher State One Call before digging on public or private property at least 48 hours before digging. The number is 1-800-252-1166.

 

SNOW PLOWING

Streets and alleys are usually plowed within six hours after snowfall. Residents are encouraged to move their vehicle off the streets during times when plowing is required. Vehicles cannot be parked on Rice County Highways numbered 15, 16 and 44 within the City limits between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. from November 1 through April 30 as they are designated as snow emergency routes.

 

SIDEWALK SNOW/ICE REMOVAL

The owner or occupant of any property adjacent to a public sidewalk must remove the snow and ice within twenty-four hours after a snowfall or freezing rain. Residents are reminded that snow should not be thrown into a street. Residents are encouraged to adopt a fire hydrant and remove the snow around it.

 

ZONING REGULATIONS

The City of Morristown has adopted a Zoning Ordinance that creates various zoning districts. Within these districts the ordinance regulates the placement, spacing and size of buildings and the uses permitted in a specific zone. All property in Morristown has been placed in a specific zone and is subject to these various regulations. If you have any questions regarding zoning regulations including specific issues such as a building setback, on-site parking, fences, businesses conducted out of a home and permitted uses in a particular zone. Please contact John Byers at (507) 685-4663 after 6:00 p.m. for an application or for more information. A zoning permit is required before you start building.

 

It is not necessary to get a permit for:

• Inside remodeling

• Building a dog house or playhouse

• Gazebos

• Trellises

• Hot tubs

• Swing sets

• Arbors

• Inflatable swimming pools

 

OPEN BURNING

City ordinance forbids open burning except at times designated by the City Council. Usually the Council allows burning of leaves and garden refuse during the spring and fall. All other material is prohibited from being burned. If open burning is allowed, the dates will be announced on cable television Channel 22.

 

Recreational fires are allowed without a permit; however, such fires must not be larger then three feet in diameter and must be contained in a fireplace, fire ring, charcoal grill, portable gas or liquid fuel camp stove, or other similar container.

 

CURFEW

Children under 15 years of age cannot be on or present in any public street, park, or other public place, places of amusement and entertainment, vacant lots or other unsupervised places in the city between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. For children aged 15, 16 or 17, the curfew hours are from 12:00 Midnight to 5:00 a.m.

 

ANIMAL CONTROL

All dogs over four months of age must be licensed. License may be obtained from the City Clerk. The cost of the license is $5.00 per animal. Every application shall be accompanied by a certificate from a qualified veterinary certified pet clinic that such dog has been vaccinated against rabies and distemper. All licenses expire April 30 and must be renewed annually prior to the expiration date. The City Council sponsors a Dog Immunization Clinic in April.

 

Dogs are prohibited from running at large. Dogs found running loose may be picked up by the police or animal control officer and taken to the dog pound in Faribault. Fines are charged for all dogs impounded. It is the responsibility of the owner to remove droppings from the public streets, alleys, sidewalks and public parks. Prolonged, habitual barking is declared to be a public nuisance and is prohibited.

 

FIREARMS AND HUNTING

No person shall fire or discharge any cannon, gun, pistol, air gun, B-B gun, or firearm of any description or bow including crossbow, hunting bow, compound bow, or any other type or description of bow having a drawing or pull twenty pounds or more within the city limits without first receiving written permission from the mayor and police chief to do so.

 

PARKING

A vehicle cannot remain parked for more than 36 hours on a street or alley.

 

UNLICENSED VEHICLES

No inoperable or unlicensed vehicle may be stored outside a building in any residential district.

 

SNOWMOBILES

Snowmobiles may not be operated between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and sunrise unless they are coming into, passing through or leaving the city. Such operation may be only on the most direct route using the marked trail or designated city streets. The maximum speed is 15 miles per hour.

 

BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER SKATES OR ROLLER BLADES

 

Bicycles, skateboards, roller skates or roller blades are not allowed to be ridden upon a sidewalk with in the business district. Persons must yield the right of way to pedestrians and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrians.

 

CLUB AND ORGANIZATIONS

There are a variety of clubs and organizations available in Morristown. They are:

• American Legion Post 149

• Boy Scouts of America

• Commercial Club

• Girl Scouts of America

• Gun Club

• Historical Society

• Senior Citizens

 

EDUCATION

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Morristown is served by Independent School District 2143.

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

 

ANNUAL DAM DAYS CELEBRATION - Held the first weekend after Memorial Day.

CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE - Held the first Saturday in August.

 

 

 

 

 

City of Morristown

402 Division St S

Morristown, MN  55052

Phone (507) 685-2302

Fax (507) 685-2632

Email: motown@bevcomm.net

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