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‘D’ Construction will do curb work

City could not have finished before Corn Fest

Liberty Street curbing will be replaced this summer, but the city has to hire “D” Construction for the work, rather than doing the work itself as planned.

The Morris City Council approved Monday having the company replace the curbing on Liberty, between North and Washington streets, and the south side of Washington, between Liberty and Franklin streets, for $73,944.

Originally the Public Works Department was going to do the work, but due to a couple of concrete employees being off due to injuries, and the city’s street maintenance work load, the project had to be hired out in order for it to be completed before the Grundy County Corn Festival, said City Engineer Guy Christensen of Chamlin and Associates.

The cost for the concrete will be $10,000 to $15,000, whether its done by the city or “D” Construction, said Christensen.

Alderman Randy Larson told the council this was discussed in detail during the last Street and Alley Committee meeting. The blacktop is being replaced as well through the street maintenance program and the curbing has to be completed first, he said.

“That is why we are doing it right now because it needs to be resurfaced,” he said.

Alderman Bill Martin added the street maintenance estimates came in under budget originally.

Mayor Richard Kopczick said when the curbing is complete, it will last the city 20 to 30 years.

In other business, the council approved a recommendation from the Zoning Board of Appeals granting a variance request from Robert and James Hayes for a house at 1041 Westwood Dr.

For Residential 1A zoning districts, side yards are required to be 10 feet. The council granted a one-foot side yard setback variance reducing the setback to nine feet for the house.

Alderman Larson pointed out that the house is already constructed and that the request is coming in late.

The home is currently for sale and, when the developers did the final survey for the house, it was discovered the house was two-thirds of a foot off in one corner and even less than that in another corner, said Bill Cheshareck, building and zoning officer previously.

To keep the title unaffected for sale, they had to request a variance. Cheshareck told the council the yard stakes marking the lot lines could have been bumped during construction or even by wildlife that is known to be active where the house is built.

Cheshareck said the neighboring lot owners have no issues with the house or the variance. The house is surrounded by empty lots.

City Attorney Scott Belt was not able to advise the council on the variance due to a conflict of interest.

The action was approved unanimously.

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