MORRIS — In a very quick and straightforward fashion, the Morris City Council approved several motions Monday night at its monthly meeting.
The council approved on 7-0 votes - Councilman Kurt Nolen was absent - a proclamation declaring May 19-25 National Safe Boating Week, a request by Heidi Litchfield on Grundy Resource Organization to reserve three parking spaces in front of the courthouse to serve food, snacks, and drinks during the Concerts on the Courthouse Lawn series, a request by Jacob Raymer of New Community Christian Church to use the Goold Park band shell on Sunday, Aug. 12 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. for their Sunday service, and a request by Brian and Kelly Laughary of CrossFit Four D to use several parking spaces in the city parking lot at the corner of Jefferson and Wauponsee Streets for 11 rowing machines for a fundraiser benefitting Special Olympics on Saturday, July 7 from 8 a.m. until noon.
The Finance and Administration Committee recommended to approve entring into a contract with William J. Crawford to conduct the city's annual audit at a cost not to exceed $30,000 for the year ending April 30, 2018. That motion passed by a 7-0 vote.
The Finance and Administration Committee also recommended to approve the following donations to be paid from the listed fund. From the General Fund, $10,000 to Morris Mobile Meals. From the Hotel/Motel Fund: $5,000 to the Canal Corridor Association; $6,000 to the Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival; $19,000 to the Grundy County Corn Festival; $15,000 to Grundy County Historical Society; $7,500 for Home for the Holidays; $6,500 for Morris Athletic Association; $62,500 for Morris Downtown Development Partnership; $10,000 for Morris Retail Association; $7,500 for Morris Boys Shootout; $7,500 for Morris Ladies Shootout; $5,000 for Morris Soccer Association; $5,000 for Morris Warriors Youth Football; and $5,000 for Morris Youth Tackle Football Association (Chiefs).
"There are requirements for these donations," Mayor Richard Kopczick said. "They have to be a 501(c)(3) organization. Most of the organizations are either geared toward kids or have a benefit to the community. The kids' organizations teach kids to get along and how to lose, which is an important lesson. They give an opportunity to raise upstanding citizens.
"Others are organizations that benefit the community and bring people into the community. We take each one on a case-by-case basis. All the requests are sent to the Mayor's office, but they all go through committee and council before they are approved."
The Street and Alley Committee announced the bid opening for the Motor Fuel Tax portion of the annual Steet Maintenance Program will be at 11 a.m. on May 31 in the City Council Chambers, and that the bid opening for the General Fund/TIF portion of the annual Street Maintenance Program and the Crack Filling/Striping Program will be at 11:15 a.m. on May 31 in the City Council Chambers. The committee also recommended to approve a resolution authorizing Lenny's Gas-N-Wsh Morris, LLC to apply for a permit from IDOT to construct a private commercial road to the Route 6 right-of-way, which was approved by a 7-0 vote.
The Water and Sewer Committee recommended to approve a resolution authorizing Island Properties, LLC/Henry Brown Subdivision to apply for a permit from IDOT to extend city water and sewer lines within the Route 47 right-of-way. That was approved by a 7-0 vote.