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City Council approves appointments to Police Pension Board

Whybark, Rzasa will fill vacated spots

The Morris City Council approved the appointments of Grant Whybark and Jeff Rzasa to the Police Pension Board.
The Morris City Council approved the appointments of Grant Whybark and Jeff Rzasa to the Police Pension Board.

MORRIS — At Tuesday night's City Council meeting, Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick appointed Grant Whybark of First Midwest Bank and Jeff Rzasa of Busey Bank to the Police Pension Board to fill positions vacated by Kelly Beaty and Don Brown.

"The Police Pension Board makes determinations on how to invest for the improvement of the pension fund," Kopczick said.

The appointments were both approved by the Council via an 8-0 vote.

Committee recommendation that Council approve the following donation requests for the remaining fiscal year: $ 5,000 to Canal Corridor Association; $10,000.00 to Grundy Historical Society; $55,000 to Morris Downtown Development; and $10,000 to Morris Retail Association. Mayor Kopczick pointed out that each donation is less than was originally requested, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A request from Grundy County Clerk, Kay Olson, to designate one temporary parking spot near the Courthouse entrance on Liberty Street for voters to easily utilize the Ballot Drop Box, from Sept. 24 through Nov. 3, 2020 was approved.

"The box will be on the south end of Liberty Street on the east side of the street," Kopczick said. "There were provisions that the area be well-lit and that there be video cameras that cover the area. That spot will satisfy both."

A request from Jane Kerr, on behalf of Morris Retail Association, to put corn stalks up on the lamp posts on Liberty Street and Washington Street was approved.

A request from GFWC Illinois Morris Woman’s Club to use various City streets for their 6th Annual Superhero Run” to raise money for Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute on Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 7-11:30 a.m. was approved, as was a request to place the event banner at the corner of Benton and Division Streets beginning March 26, 2021.

A request from First Presbyterian Church to close Franklin Street from Jackson Street to North Street on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 4-9 p.m., to host an outdoor concert was approved.

Mayor Kopczick then proclaimed the month of September, 2020 to be National Suicide Prevention Awareness and Action Month," and proclaimed the week of Sept. 17-23 as “Constitution Week” in honor of the 233rd anniversary of the United State Constitution.

The Finance Committee recommended that Council adopt an Ordinance Approving and Authorizing Execution of the Hudson Energy Illinois Natural Gas Transaction Confirmation Agreement, Illinois Rider, and Illinois Letter of Agency and also that Council adopt an Ordinance Approving and Authorizing Execution of the Hudson Energy Illinois Electric Transaction Confirmation Agreement, Illinois Rider, and Illinois Letter of Agency. Both motions were approved, 8-0, and Mayor Kopczick said that they would save the City nearly $1,500 next year.

"These were contracts that we were already in," Kopczick explained. "With the rates as low as they are, we were able to get in at the lower rates."

The Judiciary & License Committee recommended to the Council that business licenses be granted to: Shelly Kleinmaier, doing business as SK Property Management, LLC, 1518 Creek Drive, to operate a property management business; Michael Savarese, dba Accurate Personnel, LLC, 1715 N. Division Street, to operate a staffing agency business; Tim Scaman, dba S & S Concrete, 537 Fremont Avenue, to operate a concrete business; and Sean Shenberg, dba Next Level Academy, 1302 Spruce Street, Unit E, to operate a baseball and softball facility business. All motions passed by an 8-0 vote. 

The Water & Sewer Committee recommended that the Council approve the low bid for the Central Waste Water Treatment Plant Raw Sewage Pump Replacement by Vissering Construction of $1,966,000.00  Alderman Duane Wolfe said that the bid was the lowest of five bids. The project will increase the amount of sewage that the plant can treat, and the motion passed 8-0.

The Planning Commission recommended that the Council adopt an Ordinance Approving the Preliminary and Final Plat of Minor Subdivision Related to Property Located at 2655 Sycamore Drive. The parcel, which will contain Panda Express, Starbucks and a dentist's office, will be divided into two separate lots. The motion passed 8-0.

The Zoning Board of Appeals recommended to deny a request by Scott and Karen Kindelspire for a variance from Section 17.09.170 #12 of the Morris Municipal Code for a fence height variance for property located at 305 E. Main Street to allow a six-foot high fence in a front and side yard along Main Street and Illinois Route 47 (Division Street) from a four-foot maximum height, resulting in a two-foot height variance  However, after comments from Aldermen Duvick, Wren and Wyeth, the Council approved the request by 7-1 vote.

The ZBA also recommended for Council to adopt an Ordinance approving the request of Nancy Reyes, owner of 1517 Carol Anne Drive, requesting a six foot variance from Section 17.09.150 requiring an accessory building setback of ten feet from the principal building, resulting in a four foot setback for an accessory building  The Council approved the request, with added stipulations of a $500 fine, that 1/2" fire-rated drywall be used on the west wall of the building, that no automobiles be parked in the building and that Reyes will pay for legal, surveying and final inspection by the City.

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