4 New Businesses Approved, Many Recognized Leaders – Shaw Local

MORRIS — A new barbecue restaurant, mortgage lender, new thrift store and logistics company are among four new business licenses Morris City Council approved Monday night.

Jason Durkin will operate Waterstone Mortgage Corp., a mortgage business at 1802 N. Division St.; Craig Strum will operate Strum’s BBQ, a restaurant at 721 Liberty St.; Cathy Decamp will run Cate’s Closet Boutique, a women’s apparel, gift, home decor and thrift business at 115 W. Washington St.; and Justin Redfern will operate Kenco Logistic Services at 222 Airport Road.

Meanwhile, the city has sworn in three new police officers and recognized several more.

Mayor Chris Brown swore in the three new officers, Officer Anna Scneidewend, Officer Javier Sanchez and Officer Trever Hodge.

Chief Alicia Steffes said the city had been “massively” understaffed for about a year and thanked the new officers for joining the force.

“It’s a great time of growth, we have two more officers we work with and appreciate their presence here. They have successfully completed their 14-week basic training at Southwestern Illinois College,” she said. .

Chief Steffes recognized the ProAct program, which includes officers from across Grundy, including the Grundy County Sheriff's Office.

Steffes congratulated Ben Zwolinzki on his promotion to sergeant, presented Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorist Awards to officers Ryan Ties, Sarah Markusic and Nick Pampinella, and recognized the ProAct program, which includes officers from across Grundy County. , including the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office.

Mayor Chris Brown and Chief Alicia with Officer of the Year Dustin Seale.

Officer of the Year was presented to Dustin Seale. The Officer of the Year is presented to the officer who, according to the Chiefs and Sergeants, has outdone himself during the year.

“We are very proud of Dustin. He took it upon himself to start teaching others and improved our department,” Steffes said.

The Police Service Award went to sergeant. Steve Huettemann for serving “honorably and faithfully” in law enforcement for 27 years.

Huettemann thanked the council and the community for always getting the police services back.

“No matter how tough things were in the big cities, our community was always behind us. They were always there to thank us,” he said.

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