Morris City Council recap: 3 new businesses approved, mayor talks Home for the Holidays schedule

The Morris City Council approved licensing for three new businesses on Monday night.

Jacob Meseke will be operating Express Employment, a staffing business. Dawn Corban will run a cake and cupcake business, GiGi’s Cakes. Andrea Brown will open Sister Queens Cleaning Service.

Morris Mayor Chris Brown announced Home for the Holidays is Nov. 26-28, starting with a parade and the lighting of Chapin Park on Nov. 26, followed by numerous scheduled activities.

“It is going to be a great event as it always is. We are working on pulling the date for the ice rink as well,” Brown said.

Currently, the ice rink has about $26,000 in sponsorships, Brown said.

In other council news

The Finance and Administration Committee recommended the council adopt an ordinance stemming from the battery fire in a Morris warehouse owned and operated by Superior Battery this summer. The ordinance would address the regulation in Morris of hazardous materials, cost recovery and liability for costs of services provided. The motion passed with an 8-0 vote.

“Essentially after the battery fire happened, we did not have some certain ordinances in place to be able to look at what was in there, but also the liability of everything else,” Brown said. “This will give us a little more protection based on some recommendations from a couple of attorneys who have worked on these in other municipalities. We are just trying to mirror that and protect ourselves as we move forward.”

The Finance and Administration Committee also recommended the City Council approve the purchase of property at 200 Armstrong St. from Edward Capko. The motion was passed by an 8-0 vote.