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Company to add 12 acres to city to build parking lot

MORRIS – Tri-State Asphalt in Morris received approval Monday from the Morris City Council to move forward with its property expansion.

An annexation agreement between the city and Tri-State Asphalt, located at 1362 Bungalow Road in Morris, was approved by the council to bring in about 12 more acres into the city.

The 12 additional acres will be used as a parking lot. There currently are no plans to build any structures on the land, President and CEO of the company, Todd Weist, told the council.

According to the company website,, it produces and supplies quality road and industrial grade asphalt emulsions. The company was founded in 1984 and owned by Weist since 2010.

Building and Zoning Officer Bill Cheshareck said previously a landscape berm may be put in between the current buildings. A detention pond also is planned.

About two of the 12 acres that are being annexed in are in a floodway so nothing can be built on that land.

Mayor Richard Kopczick said all property being annexed into the city comes in as residential, so the property was approved for rezoning to Manufacturing-2 to fit in with the surrounding zoning.

A public hearing was held regarding the annexation at the start of the council meeting, but no one from the public objected or spoke to the project, besides Weist.

In other business, the council also approved replacing the hard drives of two Digital Video Recorders for the police department for a cost of about $2,900.

The DVRs are used to record police interviews for investigations, Chief Brent Dite said. They have been having issues with one of the units and a technician recommended replacing the hard drive. To ensure the department is not left with just one DVR, they are replacing both.

In addition to the hard drives being replaced, the units will be refurbished. Dite said the department does back up its interviews, as well.

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