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City vehicles will be auctioned on April 21

MORRIS – The Morris City Council has approved allowing the auction of four police vehicles and the sale of some Public Works vehicles.

In a unanimous vote Monday, the council approved the auction of a 2007 Ford Explorer, two 2004 Dodge Durangoes and a 1997 Chevy G3500 van from the police department.

The former police vehicles have already been converted from police squads into civilian vehicles and will be auctioned April 21 to the highest bidder, Mayor Richard Kopczick said Thursday. Bids will begin at 10 a.m. and are given through the city clerk. The vehicles will be located in the parking lot for the auction.

The vehicles to be auctioned are outdated and several have more than 130,000 miles on them, Morris Police Chief Brent Dite said previously. The police department plans to replace the four vehicles. The new vehicles will cost about $27,400 each and will be paid for through the police department’s budget.

In addition to the police vehicles, seven Public Works retired vehicles are being sold to Cardinal Recycling for scrap. The city is receiving $3,200 for the vehicles that range from 1982 to 1998.

The council also approved purchasing a backhoe and two pickup trucks for the Public Works Department. The backhoe is being bought from Illinois Truck & Equipment as a rent-to-own vehicle with a first month’s rent of $3,375. The remaining balance will be paid in the city’s new budget year starting May 1.

“It’s a used piece with 600 hours on it. It is basically brand new,” Alderman Brian Feeney said.

“I wish we bought a brand new one, but due to budgeting, I think we got a pretty good price,” he said.

Alderman Don Matteson voted against the purchase, stating he wanted the city to buy a new one.

Feeney said the city is saving an estimated $50,000 with a used backhoe.

“Not having money [designated] in the budget – legally we couldn’t go spending $140,000 on backhoe,” Feeney said.

The purchase of the two pickup trucks will be from Greenway Ford in Morris. This purchase also will be after May 1.

In other news, the city’s website will soon be redesigned.

The council approved the city entering into a contract with Diane Stelken Associations for the city’s website design and maintenance.

“It is outdated and time for a change,” KJ Olson, the mayor’s secretary, who has handled the project, said Tuesday.

The work is being done for less than $10,000 and will begin at the end of May.

Alderman Bill Martin said Monday the last time the site received major work was in 2003.

The new website will have many more features for users, Kopczick told the council.

• Staff Writer Jessica Bourque contributed to this report.

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