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New sign, tree clearing coming to Morris Municipal Airport

Tree clearing, new sign will total almost $70,000

A turboprop airplane from Minnesota lands at Morris Municipal Airport in this photo from May 2015.
A turboprop airplane from Minnesota lands at Morris Municipal Airport in this photo from May 2015.

The members of the Morris City Council approved two measures on Monday aimed at upkeep and maintenance at the Morris Municipal Airport.

The council approved a bid from Homer Tree Services for removal of trees at the north end of the airport, for a total amount of $22,000.

Per the agreement, the scope of the work will include clearing 6.4 acres of trees and brush from around the airport property.

The tree service will include wood chipping and log removal from the site, and stumps 4-inches in diameter and larger will be ground down. Stump grindings and brush clippings will remain on the property.

The city will need to secure permission from a nearby property owner to use their land for access to some of the areas slated for tree and brush removal before moving forward with the project.

The council also approved a bid from Midwest Signworks to create and erect an 18-foot tall sign for the airport, which will hold an 8-foot by 5-foot LED sign as well as an 8-foot by 3-foot message center.

The sign will clearly be labeled “Morris Municipal Airport, James R. Washburn Field.”

The new signage will include an LED lit sign with aluminum faces backed in acrylic. The message center will light up in full color.

The sign was one of three options made available to the city, and will total $47,875. A timeline for when the sign will be complete was not discussed.

Both measures were passed by unanimous consent.

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