Morris City Council approves water tower cleaning

City’s three towers to be cleaned for $21,850

MORRIS — The Morris City Council met Monday night and approved a recommendation from the Water & Sewer Committee to clean the City’s three water towers. The recommendation is for the cost not to exceed $23,000, and the City has a bid from National Soft Wash to do the job for $21,850.

“We are hoping to have this done by early October,” Morris Mayor Chris Brown said. “They certainly need cleaning, and it will spruce things up when they are cleaned.”

The Water & Sewer Committee also recommended in the form of a motion that the Council pass a resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute Illinois Environmental Protection Agency documents for a new water treatment facility, to be located at Gun Club and Ashley Road. That motion passed by a 7-0 vote.

Mayor Brown announced that the annual leaf bag giveaway will take place Saturday, Oct. 2 at Upper Goold Park from 8 a.m. until noon. There will be a limit of 10 bags given away per person, and, in the event of bad weather, the giveaway will take place at the Morris Public Works building on River Road.

The Council also unanimously approved several requests. The requests were by Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers to place a pink ribbon on the corner of Division and Benton Streets for the month of October for breast cancer awareness; Officer Jessica Smith for the use of City of Morris streets and Goold Park for the Run the Beat 5K Costume Run on Saturday, Oct. 16; Immaculate Conception Parent Club to close Pine Street between Jackson Street and North Street on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 2-5 p.m.; Morris Women’s Club for up to three Special Event Permits for mobile food vendors on Oct. 23; and True North to use lower Goold Park and the Goold Park Bandshell on Saturday, June 4, 2022, from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

The Building and Grounds Committee recommended in the form of a motion that the Council approve a proposal from Cummins for a Planned Maintenance Agreement for the backup generator at the Municipal Services Building. The motion passed with a 7-0 vote. The committee also recommended in the form of a motion that the Council approve a proposal from Temperature Service for a Maintenance Agreement and upgrade to the control system for the HVAC system at the Municipal Services Building for a cost of $3,830 annually. The motion passed by a 7-0 vote.

Parks & Annexation Committee chair Sarah Mettille announced that there is an online contest by Kiwanis Club that could net the City of Morris a $25,000 grant for playground equipment. She urged those in attendance to visit play.kiwanis.org and vote for the City of Morris. Voting can be done once every 24 hours and lasts until Sept. 30.

The Judiciary & License Committee granted business licenses to Laura Farmer, doing business as Sparkies, 1836-B N. Division Street, to operate a tobacco shop business; Joseph Maye, doing business as Mighty’s Towing & Recovery, Inc., 1302 S. Spruce Street, Unit B, to operate a towing business; and Nicole Mack, doing business as No Reservations, 328 Illinois Avenue, to operate a meal prep kitchen/catering business.

Street & Alley Committee chair Derrick Wren reported that the annual Street Maintenance project is underway.

During audience recognition, Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District Chief Tracey Steffes thanked the Cruise Night organization for the parade during the Cruise Night of Sept. 11.


Rob Oesterle

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.