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Tri-State Asphalt hoping to expand its location

MORRIS – Tri-State Asphalt of Morris is working with the city to expand its location.

The Morris City Council’s Parks and Annexation Committee and the Water and Sewer Committee held a combined meeting Wednesday to discuss a proposed annexation agreement with the asphalt company to annex about 12 acres into the city, Mayor Richard Kopczick said Thursday.

President and CEO of the company, Todd Weist, presented to the committees, but could not be immediately reached before press time Thursday. According to the company website,, it produces and supplies quality road and industrial grade asphalt emulsions. The company was founded in 1984 and has been owned by Weist since 2010.

“The business has expanded. They are doing a lot of shipping from here all over the Midwest,” said Bill Cheshareck, Building and Zoning Officer.

The 12 additional acres will be used as a staging area for loading and unloading, he said. At this time, there are no plans to build any structures on the land. Cheshareck said, but a stone base will be put down to be able to accommodate the large equipment.

He said Weist mentioned possibly putting in a landscape berm between the current buildings. A detention pond also is planned.

Two of the 12 acres that are being annexed in are in a floodway so nothing can be built on that land, Kopczick said. Therefore the city will not be charging the annexation fees for that portion.

Because all property being annexed into the city comes in as residential, the project will go before the Planning Commission next week to request a zoning change to Manufacturing-2 to fit in with the surrounding zoning.

It will then go before the full council for approval at its Feb. 3 meeting.

In other business at the committee meeting, Kopczick said they heard a request from the Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity.

The organization is putting the finishing touches on their second home in its Hancock Page subdivision near the old papermill. The subdivision will ultimately be five homes.

The home is for Rey Mercado and his two daughters who will not be moving in until March. Habitat requested the family not have to pay the water and garbage fees until they officially move in. The committee supported this request, Kopczick said.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit that builds affordable homes for families that earn 30 to 60 percent of the area’s median income and are unable to qualify for a conventional home loan. The homes come with a no-interest mortgage, with mortgage payments going to fund other Habitat projects.

Habitat families are required to contribute 400 hours of “sweat equity” toward their new homes.

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