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Morris adds its support to hydroelectric

Plan includes project at Dresden Island

Published: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 5:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 2:17 p.m. CDT

The Morris City Council has joined Grundy County and other neighboring communities in supporting Dresden Island and Brandon Road hydroelectric projects.

Northern Illinois Hydropower is looking to create two hydroelectric facilities to utilize water from the rivers to generate electricity, said Mayor Richard Kopczick after the meeting. They are looking for support from the municipalities even though there is no tax dollar gain for Morris.

It will, however, provide a lot of trade jobs through the construction of the projects, he said. The council voted to support this unanimously.

In other business brought forth by the mayor, the council approved waiving the required $3,000 retainer for All Those Left Behind Animal Rescue Inc. of Morris to obtain a conditional use permit to have a rescue center in the city.

The rescue is looking to open in a former part of the old papermill property on North Street. It is currently applying for non-profit status and operates with the use of foster homes right now, according to the letter to the city from Gina and Christopher Bartucci, president and vice president of the rescue.

The city council also approved the bid from D.J. Sickley Construction Co. of $488,448 for the expansion project at the city’s water treatment plant.

The city received four bids for this project, said Alderman Duane Wolfe.

The original plant was built in 1981 and designed for expansion, said Kopczick previously. The project will include a fourth unit, a new aerator and multiple water softeners.

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