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Morris City Council grants seven requests


MORRIS – Every request was granted by a 7-0 vote at the Feb. 5 meeting of the Morris City Council. Alderman Jeff Wachowski was not present at the meeting.

The meeting began with Mayor Richard Kopczick asking for a moment of silence in honor of former City Clerk John Enger. Enger retired as city clerk in 2014 and also served as a former alderman on the council.

He also was a volunteer firefighter with the Morris Fire Department for several years. Kopczick then presented the annual Motor Fuel Tax Review for 2017.

Then, all of the requests were grouped as one and voted on, and all were granted by a unanimous 7-0 vote.

Those requests were:

• Request by the Will-Grundy Counties Building & Construction Trades Council and Kankakee/Iroquois Building Trades of the AFL-CIO to hold its annual DAD’s Day fundraiser from 8 a.m. until noon June 16.

• Request by Joliet Area Community Hospice to hold a scavenger hunt May 5 in downtown Morris.

• Request by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 86 to hold their annual Forget-Me-Not fundraiser on May 4-5 and May 11-12.

• Request by Grundy County Clerk Kay Olson to reserve various parking spaces along Liberty Street from Illinois Avenue to Washington Street on March 19-21 for the General Primary Election.

• Request by Grundy County Corn Festival Committee to use various city streets and parking lots beginning Sept. 24-Oct. 1 for the 70th annual Grundy County Corn Festival.

• Request by Morris Community YMCA to use upper Goold Park for one hour a day, two days a week for its “Fitness Fun Under the Sun” program June 4-Aug. 12.

• Request by Morris Downtown Development Partnership to use various city streets as well as the Goold Park band shell for their annual Liberty Arts Festival from July 19 to July 21.

In committee meetings, the airport committee recommended to enter into a three-year contract for Airport Liability Insurance with Global Aerospace Insurance at a cost of $13,776 annually, which is no increase from the current rate. That recommendation was accepted by a unanimous vote.

The judiciary and license committee recommended to grant a business license to Jillianne Overman, doing business as Happy Daisy Art Studio at 106 W. Washington St. to operate a studio for paint parties and private art lessons.

The committee also recommended to approve a Class H liquor license application for Immaculate Conception School for its annual “Night at the Races” fundraiser from 3 p.m. to midnight March 10. Both were approved by a 7-0 vote.

The planning commission unanimously recommended to approve “Ridgeside Commercial Park Resubdivision” minor subdivision final plat and plat of easement vacation for the property commonly known as 1600 W. Route 6 (Morris Cancer Center) in the city of Morris, consisting of the consolidation of four existing lots into a one lot subdivision.

The recommendation was approved by a 7-0 vote.

The meeting ended with a motion to adjourn until Feb. 20.

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