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Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick swears in police officer Dakota Collofello on Monday, Aug. 6. Collofello graduated from the police academy July 6.
Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick swears in police officer Dakota Collofello on Monday, Aug. 6. Collofello graduated from the police academy July 6.

MORRIS – Family and friends were on hand to support Dakota Collofello as he was sworn in Monday as the newest member of the Morris Police Department.

Collofello graduated from the police academy July 6 and began his field training thereafter, according to the Morris Police Department’s Facebook page.

“The Field Training period is one of the toughest times in a new officer’s careers,” the page reads.

He still has a few weeks remaining.

The City Council discussed a proposal to approve a conditional use permit in the Copper Springs Subdivision behind the old Morris Herald-News building on Division Street.

The conditional permitted use would allow the developer to construct duplexes in the area instead of the previously planned 4-unit buildings.

“It’s a reduction in density,” Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick told the council.

Only two lots would be affected by the change.

In other business, the council also heard and approved a number
of requests for street closures during upcoming events:

• A request by Jeff Carlson, Cub Master of Cub Scout Pack 476, to use the band shell in Lower Goold Park to hold a Pack meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27.

• A request by Chief Shabbona Chapter No. 86 of Disabled American Veterans, to use various city sidewalks for their annual Corn Fest raffle beginning Aug. 31.

• A request from Immaculate Conception School Parent Club to close Pine Street between Jackson and North streets for their “Back to School Party” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

• A request from Immaculate Conception School Parent Club, to close North Street from Pine to Price streets for a 1-mile “Fun Run” from 5:30 to
6:45 p.m. Friday.

• A request from Kelly Adamick to close Shabbona Street from 901 Shabbona to 940 Shabbona, from 2 to 10 p.m. Aug. 25, for a block party.

• A request from Corri Trotter to “Turn the Town Teal” by placing bows at various locations throughout the city for the month of September to support ovarian cancer awareness month.

• A request from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs for Illinois -Morris to use various city streets for their 4th annual Superhero Run from
7 to 10:30 a.m. April 13, 2019.