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Morris Water and Sewer Committee prepare for future, storms

To advertise bid specs for two projects

MORRIS – City of Morris officials are planning the next steps in the continued improvement of the city’s sanitation system.

The Water and Sewer Committee, in a meeting Tuesday evening, discussed a couple of measures that would make systems more reliable, particularly in emergency situations.

Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick said Wednesday that the committee decided to advertise bid specifications next week, open the bids in a Dec. 16 committee meeting, and hope for a city council vote Dec. 21.

One project discussed involves the installation of emergency generators for two wells and the city’s potable plant. 

Spurred on by a windstorm that caused an electrical outage several summers ago, Kopczick said, the generators would power the city’s water flow in case of a major outage.

“In that storm we lost all electrical feeds and scrambled to get generators to keep the water flow going,” he said. “These generators would hold things over until ComEd fixes everything in the event of an extended power outage.”

The committee also decided to advertise bid specifications on an Ashley Road lift station bypass project. The existing setup is a forced main that moves wastewater with pumps or compressors. The proposed project would allow for discharge by gravity to the city’s eastside treatment plant. In the event of a prolonged power outage, it was reasoned the addition would come in handy.

“It’s a preventative measure that would keep sanitary sewer backup out of the Ashley Road area,” Kopczick said.

The city has received the necessary Environmental Protection Agency permits, Kopczick said.

In other news, City Engineer Larry Good updated the committee that the design of the treatment plant upgrade project, related to the forthcoming Costco meat-processing plant, is about 20 percent complete.

The committee also discussed updating water and sewer ordinances to ensure companies pay discharge rates most beneficial to the city. The committee wants to prevent effluent overload in the city’s treatment system, Kopczick said.

“The community is growing, and we need to update ordinances to make sure industries now and in the future are paying their fair share,” Kopczick said.

With the probability that the city will continue to see industrial development, Kopczick said the committee wants proper rates in place if, for example, a food industry operation similar to Costco’s wanted to do business in Morris.

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