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Morris now provider for the Red Cross

Authorized to provide training classes locally

Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 8:34 a.m. CDT

The city of Morris is now an authorized provider with the Red Cross to offer training courses, thus allowing people to stay local for CPR, lifeguard and other training.

The Morris City Council Monday approved Mayor Richard Kopczick entering into an agreement with the Red Cross for the ability to teach certain classes. There is no cost to the city to do this, Kopczick said.

The local Grundy County Chapter of the American Red Cross merged with American Red Cross of Greater Chicago in July 2011 and closed the local office in Morris by the end of that year.

With the local office closing, the closest place for people to go for certified Red Cross lifeguard training was in Romeoville and the cost is expensive, Kopczick said.

The city’s lifeguards at the Morris Pool have always been Red Cross-certified, he said, and having it local also allows for nurses, doctor’s office employees, policemen and firemen to get their training in Morris for training in skills such as CPR and AED use.

Morris Community High School teacher Joanne Engle is also an instructor for Red Cross and volunteers her time to give training at no cost, Kopczick said.

The only time there might be a cost is if books are needed for training that Engle does not already have.

The city also has access to other certified instructors, including Morris Community High School nurse Tracy Steffes, Chiropractor Dr. Terri Gillette, high school teacher Tammy Fritchtnitch and local resident Heather Lamb.

“Now we are still able to offer training here in Morris and other programs can become available with us being a Red Cross provider,” said Kopczick Thursday.

The city council also approved a minor subdivision plat for property on Newton Drive. The plat was to split one lot into two. The lot is zoned commercial and located behind the Taco Bell and Boz’s Hot Dogs.

The lot was an unusual shape so the owners wanted to make it into two lots, said Building and Zoning Officer Bill Cheshareck. They started this process by getting a preliminary plat in 2007, but they never went forward with the final plat then. The plat was approved unanimously Monday.

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