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One-way traffic expected to come to Depot Street

Street improvements could mean changing traffic or eliminating parking

Morris city clerk Carol Adair (left), Mayor Dick Kopczick and city attorney Scott Belt at Tuesday's meeting of the Morris City Council.
Morris city clerk Carol Adair (left), Mayor Dick Kopczick and city attorney Scott Belt at Tuesday's meeting of the Morris City Council.

MORRIS – It was a choice between having two-way traffic on a stretch of Depot Street, or having parking on both sides.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Morris City Council, the council approved a plan making the stretch of Depot Street between Liberty and Wauponsee streets westbound only.

“We put curbing on the side,” Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick said. “When we did that, we could either put parking on one side or parking on both sides, but then it was too narrow for two-way traffic.”

If cars were parked on each side of the street, the passage between them would be too narrow for two cars to pass each other.

Housekeeping

The City Council also repealed an ordinance from the Morris Municipal Code that governed shooting galleries. City attorney Scott Belt said that the ordinance was not unconstitutional or unlawful but was outdated.

He said he found the old ordinance while he was researching for the conditional use permit on the new firing range going in along Route 6. Belt said he occasionally finds old ordinances on the books while doing research.

“As I find them I bring them to the mayor,” he said.

He said removing the ordinance would not change anything as far as what is currently allowed in the city, and that the ordinance currently has no literal application. The repeal is just a housekeeping move.

The earliest reference Belt said he could find for the ordinance is from 1954.

Other business

The City Council also approved:

• The proclamation of September 2018 as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

• The proclamation of the week of Sept 17 to 23 as Constitution Week.

• The renewal of the cable TV franchise agreement between the city and Comcast.

• A Class H liquor license for Immaculate Conception Parish for its annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 20.

• A Class L liquor license to the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 1024 for
Sept. 30 for Corn Fest.

• An ordinance establishing standards for the construction of facilities within the city’s right-of-way and establishing standards for deployment of small wireless facilities within the right-of-ways.

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