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Elburn Cooperative to construct new building

Elburn Cooperative was given the go ahead from the Morris City Council to construct a new office building on its property on Calhoun Street.

During its regular meeting Monday the council approved a variance request to allow the company to construct a metal building for its offices, rather than the masonry facade that is required in Manufacturing-2 zoning.

Last month, the council’s Zoning Board of Appeals recommended the variance and the Development Review Committee approved pending the ZBA’s approval. The DRC suggested the company add some landscaping to the property.

At the ZBA meeting, Morris location manager Jeff Neisler said Elburn Coop is trying to renovate its local facility, but on a budget, and has a lot of improvements in the works.

General Manager John Husk said that they are completely reconstructing the location.

According to, the location is a barge loading and truck receiving facility that can hold 307,000 bushels in its grain storage and does grain merchandising and grain drying.

In other business, the council also appropriated money to finish paying off the Ottawa Avenue Bridge project.

For construction costs it allocated $40,000 and for engineering $7,500, although the final costs are expected to be lower than this, Alderman Brian Feeney said.

Mayor Richard Kopczick said the bridge has been open for about two years. It was a joint project among the city, Grundy County and the state with Grundy County taking the lead. They entered into a contract in 2009 for the re-decking of the bridge.

The city was unaware there was anymore payments to be made for the project, but apparently the project has not been closed out yet.

“It was kind of a shock when we got information that we still owed on the project,” said the mayor after the meeting.

The city will be double-checking the bids, what they have spent and what is still owed to make sure it is prepared for any future unexpected payments, Kopczick said.

The funds have been allocated from the city’s Motor Fuel Tax Funds.

In other business, Kopczick announced the city’s Halloween Trick or Treat hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. He also announced the city’s water department can now take bill payments with a credit card at City Hall and online.

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