The “Save the Pool” committee would like to thank the Park Board and the 40 people for their support in deciding to open the pool again in the spring. The Park Board is trying its best to balance the needs of this community and needs to be congratulated for their efforts.
At the December 9th meeting about 40 people spoke in support of the pool. They also “put their money where their mouth was” by passing the hat to provide money for promotion. The nearly $150 collected will be put into an account to help promote the pool.
Also a thank you needs to go out to the media for their help in getting the word out about the closing of the pool. The Savanna Times Journal, the Prairie Advocate News, the Carroll County Review and WCCI radio have been very good about keeping the community informed and we the want to thank them.
Lots of work remains ahead, but we have made a good start and we wanted to thank everyone for their support of the pool and this community. We need to keep this asset. Thank you all!
Executive Committee of Save the Pool
Appreciation to Public Works Director
Unfortunately, Morrison has suffered a number of issues with our water supply system. While I am sure none of us who have been directly affected by the troubles is particularly thrilled with what has beset us, we offer our sincerest compliments and appreciation to the Director of Public Works and his staff with the way in which they have dealt with the situation.
When the main that fed our home failed, we, of course, notified Mr. Tresenreiter. He was altogether courteous, empathetic and informative. The emergency response by his staff (particularly Pete Swearingen and Kendra Kophamer) was quick and expertly handled. Thereafter, his hard-working personnel attacked the underlying problem beneath the street, and, before long, had it resolved.
Of course, as noted, we were not happy about what occurred, but we also know that the issues presented do not lie at the feet of the present administration. Decades of reticence to issue bonds and spend the funds necessary to keep our infrastructure in good repair and upgrade it preceded those good people now charged with the duty to operate a deteriorated system.
There can be nothing more frustrating for anyone than to have to deal with problems not of his or her own making, but Gary Tresenreiter and his department have handled the present circumstances with incredible skill, professionalism and even compassion.
We give kudos, a hearty “thank you” and even a salute to the entire Morrison Department of Public Works.
Tim and Ann Slavin
Morrison Council Corner
Morrison City Council met on Dec. 9, 2013 for the last time this year on December 23, 2013 there will not be a meeting.
Chief Melton reported that he will be asking the council to approve the purchase for a much needed new squad car which is budgeted in his vehicle replacement program. So that will be on the agenda at the beginning of the year. The 2014 Annual Tax Levy was approved, Ordinance 13-49 Authorizing Text Amendment to the Zoning Code, the first for land to be annexed to the city was approved. Resolution 13-15—Authorize Petition for Annexation - the Mayor will take care of this.
The City of Morrison will be replacing RK Dixon as our computer system providers. The City will be hiring William and Mary Computers of Rock Falls to replace the city’s computer system, provide new hardware and take care of servicing the system. (No monthly rate). Their bid of $33,000 was lower than our previous provider’s rate. The system we have in place has been down quite a bit lately so it really slows down productivity of office personnel and staff. William and Mary Computers should be servicing Morrison by Jan/Feb timeframe.
The Morrison Business Advisory Group will be disbanding. They feel they have served their purpose and can do better service to the community with some of the members working with the Chamber of Commerce as a “Governmental Relations Body”.
More discussion on the parking tickets/fines that were issued the weekend of Paint the Town. Residents would like to see some of the money given back to the offenders since the signage was an issue. New “NO PARKING” signs are in place on W. Wall. Gary Treseriter would like to put a new process in place to inventory/replace signs around the city with “uniform traffic control” sign placement. Sounds great!
Resident concerns: 1) Do we plow the walking path at the Sports Complex? If not, why do we have the walking path lights lit at all? My take is preventing insurance issues. I feel plowing and lighting the path during the “off season” is an invitation to someone falling and getting injured with no one around. 2) The electric bill for the Complex for this month was $1,258.21. This is with NO ACTIVITIES taking place there. Gary Tresenriter stated “the main concession stand needs to be heated to protect the drywall in that building.” I do believe we heat two of the buildings out there and they are not insulated well enough to be heated. Can we do something to insulate or change that would make heating the buildings more cost efficient? 3) The constant pressure toilet system cannot be drained because we never put in a main shut off valve when the complex was built. 4) We store chemicals, paint and herbicides there. That is pretty costly storage – just saying. 5) How can we track inventory better at the concession stands? 5) Can we separate the Complex from the Parks and Recreation in the budget to better see what we can do to improve our processes? We need to get a handle on the expenses, especially since we are making large payments on it every year. These are thoughts for the 2014.
See you at the January 13, 2014 meeting at the County Board Room. Bring your comments, ideas, and compliments! Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
A Morrison Taxpayer,
One Man’s Opinion
A Guest Column By Jim Sacia
Eleven years as your State Representative made me a keen observer of the political process. There is literally nothing that affects our lives more than politics. You might argue that medical breakthroughs, technological advances, or any number of tangible achievements surpasses politics. I would argue that first the politics of your arena, be they local, state, national, or worldly, will determine if your tangible breakthrough can find its feet and wings.
All one has to do is observe impoverished countries, war torn societies or any number of places on earth where the politics of that country do not allow its people to develop wishes.
It’s so difficult for us, a totally free people, who can become anything we set our mind to, to get our arms around the thought of people with no such privileges. Politics sets the stage. Our greatness depends on our chosen leaders to make wise political decisions. The biggest difference of course is our “chosen leaders.” If the opposing side is in leadership, it is up to us to democratically take back the leadership at the next free and democratic election.
It is so different from so much of the world where there is no such thing as freely “chosen leaders” - their citizens pay a dreadful price. Often they simply accept their plight as they know no other. Yes, we are a blessed and fortunate country.
I am such a believer in “what the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve,” I would suggest however, only in a free and democratic society.
In the mid-nineteenth century, our own nation was divided to the point of war over the political issue of slavery. Thousands died over such a polarizing issue. In the end, freedom won but at a horrible cost.
The world politics of the past one hundred years has drawn our country into two world wars and numerous other involvements. Politics was always the root cause.
Today our own country is significantly divided over government responsibility versus personal responsibility. The fear I have is that government can force its will and do it in the name of good. Pay attention America, remember who and what we are. Your involvement is absolutely required. Your vote and your opinion are the cornerstone of this greatest of treasures.
By Brian Stewart
IL State Representative, 89th District
December is always a busy month for everyone, including the offices of Illinois’ newest member of the General Assembly. I have had the opportunity to attend and represent you in numerous events recently which are very important to me and Northwest Illinois. Last Thursday, I attended the 23rd Annual Freeport Mayor’s Hunger Luncheon. This event was very well attended and the proceeds benefit the Freeport Area Church Cooperative (FACC). The money raised is used to buy items to fill the food pantry, and unfortunately due to our poor economy and high jobless rate the need is even greater. In fact, FACC has served more than 300 homeless people this year. Please keep FACC in mind when giving this holiday season.
Next, I had the opportunity to participate in the Salvation Army Toy Drive on Friday sponsored by Big Radio Kickin Country 92.1 and The Big Rock Q102.1. Scott Thompson and his fantastic crew including Shary Meinert, Mike Schlicting, and of course the News “Puba” Brad Hart, were broadcasting live all day in the Student Center at Highland Community College. The turnout and giving of toys by area businesses and individuals was absolutely amazing. The count by my estimation was over 700 toys to benefit needy children. The Salvation Army has been active in our community since 1885 and is currently led by John and Jennifer Wilson. A big thank you to all who participated and if you would still like to give a toy I am sure you can contact them.
I have also been hosting luncheons which Representative Sacia began a number of years ago to provide updates from recent legislative sessions and to solicit input for the upcoming spring session of the General Assembly. Those groups were school superintendents, mayors and village presidents, law enforcement, agriculture, and small business leaders. I have found these to be very helpful and important to solicit feedback from stakeholders in these areas. This allows me to bring forth and support legislation that is key to their future success.
Senator Bivins and I attended the 21st Annual Community Development Fund of Galena (CDFG) Legislators Day at the DeSoto House in Galena. This event brings together members of Galena and Jo Daviess County governments and business leaders. This event was led by various CDFG members and I appreciate the updates and the commitment of their leadership to the area.
The holidays are upon us and I would ask that you all keep in mind those citizens in need in our communities. They depend on our support and I would encourage you to donate to any of the many worthy local charitable organizations.
And as you finish your shopping here are some “Christmas gift suggestions: