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Public Works replacing truck, eliminating leaks

Council approves dump truck purchase, roof repairs

The Morris Public Works department will be getting some upgrades.

During its regular city council meeting Monday, the council approved the purchase of a new dump truck for the department and for roof repairs to be done on its building.

The truck will replace a 1989 one-ton truck the city has, said Jim Gretencord, Public Works director.

“It’s not safe to operate and to keep it on the road is not cost effective,” he said.

The truck will be about $40,000, which is $25,000 cheaper than Gretencord had expected. He said the city is getting a truck that was ordered by another municipality, but was never purchased. He originally thought they would be ordering a new truck for $65,000.

The council also approved spending $25,575 on roof repairs to the front shop of public works. Gretencord said the roof has not been replaced since 1982 and is leaking.

The council approved this unanimously, pending the roof work having a warranty.

In other business, the Police Pension Board is changing its meeting date and time. The council approved it meeting the fourth Thursday of each quarter at 8:15 a.m. Previously it met the fourth Wednesday at 8 a.m.
City Attorney Scott Belt said this change will have to be published and would not be effective until 10 days after the publication.

Mayor Richard Kopczick announced Spring Clean-up for the city will be June 3 to June 6. Residents will be able to put large items out for garbage pickup during these days on their designated day of regular pickup.

He also told the council and audience that the Joliet Slammers have designated July 23 as Morris Night at the stadium. Local organizations will be selling tickets for this special night.

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