Morris City Council approves new businesses

Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s among those with new business licenses

MORRIS – The Morris City Council met Monday night and approved business licenses for four new businesses, including a pair of national chains.

Lisa Baker, doing business as Starbucks Coffee, 44 Green Acres Drive, was approved for a license to operate a coffee shop. Raymond Shimmond, doing business as Jersey Mike’s Subs, 1731 N. Division St., was approved for a license to operate a submarine sandwich shop.

Other licenses were approved for Troy Johnson, doing business as County Blaze BBQ, 1514 Creek Drive, to operate a restaurant business; and for Thommy Evans, doing business as Chic, Geek and Antique, 315 Bedford Road, to operate an antique and collectibles business.

The council also unanimously passed, 7-0, a pair of ordinances that will change parking and traffic in town. First Ward Alderman Jake Duvick was absent.

The first ordinance amends Section 10.36.020 of the Morris Municipal Code regarding two-hour parking zones to include the south side of Jackson Street from Liberty Street east to Franklin Street.

“On Jackson Street, from Liberty Street to the alley, is two-hour parking,” Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick said. “From the alley east to Franklin Street is 48-hour parking. The businesses of LaMex and Tire Tracks were having people parking their cars in front of their businesses for two days. This will eliminate that.”

The other ordinance amends Section 10.10.10 of the Morris Municipal Code regulating one-way streets and alleys within the city. The ordinance would limit the alleyway located between East Jefferson and East Main streets running from East to Washington streets as a one-way for eastbound traffic within Morris.

“There had been people using that alley to go west and they were traveling at a high rate of speed,” Kopczick said. “There are people that have their garages on that alley and their kids play back there. We want to make things as safe as we can, so that alley will be one-way from now on.”

In other action, the budget officer will place the tentative budget for fiscal 2020-21 on file. Kopczick said the public can view the budget by visiting the Morris City Clerk’s office, 700 N. Division St. in Morris, during business hours. However, the budget must stay in the building.

A public hearing to consider a fourth amendment to the annexation agreement between the city of Morris and Procter & Gamble Distributing LLC was finalized. City Attorney Christopher Dearth said the amendment included water and sewer tap fees, as well as infrastructure on Airport Road. Procter & Gamble wanted to pay for that earlier than what was in the original agreement.

“I am always in favor of someone paying upfront,” Kopczick said.

The council also granted requests from the Morris VFW to host its annual Poppy Days on May 8 and 15 and to use various city streets to hold its annual Memorial Day Parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. May 31.

The Finance and Administration Committee recommended in the form of a motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote, that the council authorize Kopczick to enter into a one-year extension agreement with telecommunications services provider Call One Inc. for city landline phones.

The Parks and Annexation Committee recommended in the form of a motion that the council approve an ordinance authorizing the fourth amendment to the Annexation Agreement between the city of Morris and Procter & Gamble Distributing LLC. The motion passed by an 8-0 vote, which included a vote cast by Kopczick.

The Water and Sewer Committee recommended in the form of a motion that the council approve an ordinance authorizing and approving the execution of a memorialization of agreement between the city of Morris and various landowners. The committee also recommended in the form of a motion that the council authorize Kopczick to enter into an agreement with Chamlin & Associates Inc. to prepare and submit a Water System Risk Assessment and Emergency Response Plan, which is mandated by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Both motions passed by a 7-0 vote.

Rob Oesterle

Rob has been a sports writer for the Morris Herald-News and Joliet Herald-News for more than 20 years. He is currently also writing news for the Morris Herald-News.