MORRIS – The Morris City Council met Monday night and extended the ordinance amending the Morris Liquor Code authorizing outdoor sidewalk, limited on-street and city alley dining through Halloween, Oct. 31.
"When we first passed this ordinance, it was only until Sept. 1," Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick said. "We decided that, since the weather has been great and people seem to enjoy sitting outside, to go ahead and extend it a little further, up to the end of October. By then, the weather probably won't be very conducive to sitting outside."
The council also adopted an ordinance approving and authorizing the execution of the contract between the city of Morris and Layne Christensen Company for the Alluvial Aquifer Water Supply Phase 2 – Test Drilling and Preliminary Testing at a cost of $67,864.50.
"This will hopefully give us another source of potable water," Kopczick said. "It's along the river but set back from the river. The water will be filtered through the sand and gravel and it will turn raw water into usable water. This project is testing to see if this is a viable location."
Kopczick then proclaimed October 2020 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and then the council approved a request from Morris Woman’s Club to "Paint the Town Pink" by placing pink ribbons in the downtown area for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The council also approved a request from Morris Hospital to place a pink ribbon on the corner of Route 47 and Benton Street during the month of October to help raise breast cancer awareness and approved a request from Homes Cool Kids 4-H Club to "Chalk the Walk" on the sidewalks on Liberty Street on Oct. 9 to celebrate National 4-H Week.
The council approved a motion to enter into an engagement agreement for accounting-related services with William J. Crawford. Kopczick explained that the work is for the 2020 tax levy, which will be payable in 2021. He said Crawford has been doing this work for the city for about 25 years and kept his price at $750.
The council approved a business license application by Jacob Roberts, doing business as RBI Sports Academy LLC, 824 Liberty St., to operate a sports training/baseball organization business and approved a business license application by Emma Keating, doing business as My Besties Boutique, 2596 Creekside Lane, to operate an online retail women’s athletic-wear business
The council announced that the city of Morris' Leaf Bag Giveaway will be from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 3 at Upper Goold Park. The giveaway is for Morris residents only and will be limited to 10 bags per resident. If inclement weather occurs, it will be held at the Public Works Building at 319 River Road.