Feeney to return to Morris City Council
BY SARWAT S. AHMAD Correspondent October 3, 2013 9:02PM
Updated: November 5, 2013 6:09AM
Former longtime Morris Ald. Brian Feeney is returning to the city council to fill the vacancy in the third ward.
The city council unanimously approved the nomination of Feeney in a special meeting Monday night to fill the seat vacated by Barry Aldrich, who resigned in August after selling his home and moving out of the city limits.
Feeney was one of five nominees who had come forward for the position, said Mayor Richard Kopczick. Although a vacancy appointment is left to the discretion of the mayor “with the advice and consent” of the council, Kopczick did have the sitting aldermen vote secretly on the selection of the nominee, he said.
With the majority having voted for Feeney, the formal vote was set for Monday night because the city must fill a vacancy within 60 days, which would have been up before the council’s regularly scheduled meeting next Monday.
Feeney, who has spent his entire 53 years in the third ward, had been first elected to the city council in 1991. He spent sixteen consecutive years on the council then left for two years but returned for another two years when he was appointed for a vacancy at that time. He then ran for that third ward seat in 2009 but was beaten by former Ald. Drew Muffler.
One of the main projects he promoted during his tenure was the sidewalk replacement program using motor fuel tax funds, Feeney said. He would like to see the city focus on that program again.
“Things have been running fairly well,” said Feeney. He does, however, want to return to his previous efforts on improving the dilapidated Federal Paperboard property in the third ward which the city has been purchasing and selling piecemeal since he previously sat on the council.