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Morris City Council approves 2019 road maintenance contracts

Projects will cost $1.1M for 2019

The city of Morris will spend $1.1 million on street work in 2019, including $49,287 for its crack filling and pavement marking program.
The city of Morris will spend $1.1 million on street work in 2019, including $49,287 for its crack filling and pavement marking program.

Multiple plans for local street repairs and improvements have gained the approval of city leaders.

Last week, the members of the Morris City Council gave the OK to three measures presented for approval by the Streets and Alley Committee, with a combined total of $1.1 million.

The first was for the 2019 Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) project.

MFT funds are a tax charged at the pump for the privilege of utilizing roads and waterways. The money is collected by the state and distributed to municipalities and road districts and earmarked for local road projects. Those projects require approval from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

"Motor Fuel Tax funds, whatever we do, has to be contingent because everything has to be sent to IDOT District 3 in Ottawa," Mayor Richard Kopczik explained. "They review all the bids and all the materials we receive with pricing, and they they'll give us the approval. As long as it's contingent by the council, if they approve it, then we can go forward, otherwise if it's not approved, we bring it back to council."

The council approved the MFT bid from D. Construction of Coal City in the amount of $297,259, well below the engineer's estimate of $375,964. D. Construction was one of two companies to submit bids.

The second measure approved was for the street maintenance program. Street maintenance covers regular road work and repairs to city roads that the public works department oversees annually.

While the engineer's estimate for that project was just above $780,000, the city awarded the bid to D. Construction in the amount of $811,139. D. Construction was the sole bidder on that project.

Funding for those street maintenance projects will come from a combination of money from the general fund and the TIF fund.

The final road project approved was the city's 2019 crack filling and pavement marking program.

That project was awarded to AC Pavement Striping Company of Elgin, in the amount of $49,287. That bid was below the engineer's estimate of $56,094.

All three road projects required a 5% security bond.

The council also accepted the fines for the month of June 2019. During that time, the city collected $1,490 in city levied fines, and $3,489 in fines from Grundy County.

The council also approved four new business licenses:

• Tom Turner Gallery, 756 E. Illinois Ave.

• Tantastic Tiki Hut Tanning Salon, 100 Commercial Dr., Suite 11

• The Vintage Tin Roof, 212 Liberty St.

• Vape Station, 2419 Sycamore Dr.

Additionally, the council approved payment of bills in the amount of $271,519.

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