The city of Morris Finance Committee discussed several donations, TIF grants and a website update during its meeting on Thursday night.
Mayor Dick Kopczick requested the committee’s permission for the city to donate $1,000 to the Grundy County Crime Stoppers. Kopczick noted that Morris still had $15,000 available for donations and that it had been 11 years since GCCS requested a donation from the city. The motion was unanimously approved.
Kopczick also requested approval to enter into negotiations to grant a TIF loan to Insight Real Estate Developers for a new retail project on the peninsula of land between Route 47 and Route 6 across from Walmart super center. He said the loan would be in the city’s interest because it would mean the intersection at Walmart would be improved. Kopczick said he didn’t know what business would move into the developed lot. The motion was unanimously approved.
The committee also discussed a TIF grant to the Grundy County Historical Society. GCHS had requested $14,845 in TIF grants to purchase a smoke detector system and security cameras, as the facility in downtown Morris had been vandalized three times. Kopczick said the current fire detector system would be too slow to save the artifacts stored at the museum and suggested approving the grant.
“A lot of the stuff down there is priceless; one of a kind,” Kopczick said.
The committee said they had $10,000 available for the TIF grant as long as GCHS was found to be eligible.
The approved donation list will move to the full council for final approval.
Kopczick said that CGI Communication 2019 had offered to add video resources to the city’s website for free. The company had made the current city tour video on the website and creates revenue for itself through local advertisements before the video.
Before adjourning the committee discussed news that several townships in Texas recently had their computer systems hacked and held hostage.
The committee will discuss updating the town cybersecurity in the near future.