Morris City Council annexes more than 650 acres

Land added near Brisbin Road and Route 6

MORRIS – In one of the last acts in his 20-year run as the mayor of Morris, Richard Kopczick annexed more than 650 acres of land into the city Monday in his final City Council meeting as mayor.

The City Council approved the annexation of properties near the Brisbin Road and Route 6 intersection that will become part of the Love’s Truck Stop and Restaurant project.

The Parks and Annexation Committee recommended in the form of motions that the council adopt ordinances to annex the following lands into the city of Morris:

• About 40 acres with tax identification number 02-26-200-002 and about 206.49 acres with tax identification number 02-25-100-007 owned by ATG Trust Co., trust No. 98-037

• About 25.9 acres with tax identification number 02-25-300-010 owned by Practice Range LLC.

• About 157.98 acres with tax identification number 02-24-300-003 owned by HD Park Morris Land LLC.

• About 128.65 acres with tax identification number 02-24-400-004 owned by Five Star Land Company LLC.

• About 49.25 acres with tax identification number 02-24-200-010 and about 44.46 acres with tax identification number 02-24-200-011 owned by Noreen M. Dollinger Trust.

All told, it was a total of 652.23 acres, and all motions passed unanimously.

In other action Monday, the Airport Committee recommended in the form of a motion that the council approve the low bid of $123,805.00 by Denler Inc. for the project to apply an emulsified asphalt seal coat to and remark the runway at Morris Airport, as well as to authorize the city’s share of $16,897.85 for the project. The motion passed unanimously.

The Building and Grounds Committee recommended in the form of a motion that the council accept the landscape proposal for the Municipal Services Building from All Year Round Landscaping Services in the total sum of $7,150. The motion passed unaminously.

The Finance and Administration Committee recommended in the form of a motion that the council adopt an ordinance authorizing the establishment of a tax increment financing “interested parties registry” and that the council adopt an ordinance to establish a date for a public hearing for the proposed Morris Brisbin Road tax increment financing district at 6 p.m. June 21. Both motions passed unanimously.

The Water and Sewer Committee recommended in the form of a motion that the council authorize the purchase of the pipe for the sewer extension project on North Route 47 to Procter & Gamble at a cost of $573,612.32 in order to realize a savings of about $200,000 to $250,000. The motion passed unanimously.


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.