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Morris City Council annexes properties

142 acres at Gun Club & Bungalow Roads, 7.667 acres on Gore Road

The Morris City Council approved the annexation of 142.23 acres of land at the northwest corner of Bungalow and Gun Club Roads.
The Morris City Council approved the annexation of 142.23 acres of land at the northwest corner of Bungalow and Gun Club Roads.

MORRIS — The Morris City Council took a steps toward developing the land east of Morris to the Brisbin Road interchange Monday by annexing 142.23 acres of land at the northwest corner of Bungalow and Gun Club Roads owned by Quail Investments, LLC.

"It establishes contiguity with other parcels that the City has agreements with but have yet to be annexed into the City," said Chris Dearth, who was representing Scott Belt & Associates, the City's law firm. "It is a cornerstone in developing property toward the Brisbin interchange and is a great opportunity for the City."

The City also authorized an annexation agreement between the City of Morris and New Community Christian Church for 7.667 acres of land on Gore Road.

The City plans to annex other parcels of land east of Morris owned by ATG Trust Company, 5 Star Land Company, Practice Range, LLC, Noreen M. Dollinger Trust and HD Park Morris Land, LLC, totaling just over 400 acres. Mayor Richard Kopczick said that there was still some paperwork that needed to be done for those properties and they will most likely be approved at the next City Council meeting on Aug. 17.

In other action Monday night, the Council approved a liquor license transfer from Eduardo Valdivia, doing business as Tobby's Restaurant & Cantina, to Fidel Valenciano, doing business as El Jefe Mexicano Restaurante.

The Council awarded the bid for the Motor Fuel Tax portion of the 2020 Annual Street Maintenance Program to "D" Construction for $395,677.50. The bid for the General Fund and TIF Fund portion of the 2020 Annual Street Maintenance Program was awarded to "D" Construction as well, who was the low bidder at $294,488.96. The sealing and striping in the 2020 Annual Street Maintenance Program was awarded to Traffic Control Company for $49,261.25.

The Council awarded the Long Term Control Plan Phase IV-B Project to 'D' Construction for the low bid of $1,286,778.

"That will take place on Black St. north of Route 6 to George St.," Kopczick said. "It shouldn't take nearly as long as the current construction on Lisbon St."

The Council also adopted an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with A.D.M. to allow the City to complete test borings on the A.D.M property, which is east of the marina along the riverfront.

A request by the Home for the Holidays Parade Committee to use various city streets, to close Franklin Street at noon, Liberty Street to Chapin Street at 5 p.m. and to place No Parking signs on all sides of Chapin Park for their annual "Home for the Holidays Lighted Parade and Lighting of Chapin Park" on Friday, Nov. 27 was tabled for future discussion.

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