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A modesty streak in government

Is modesty a trait usually associated with government?

It sure doesn't seem like it. When government finishes a new building, road or bridge, every politician in sight shows up for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, eager to take credit.

Morrison, however, appears to operate in a different political universe.

The other day, the City Council approved the construction costs for extending a bike path to Rockwood State Park.

The project will cost $256,000, with the state paying for 80 percent and the city the rest.

City Administrator Jim Wise told the City Council that two government agencies would help with the project anonymously.

I found that interesting, so I asked him about it later.

Wise said the two agencies will donate labor and materials, dealing with such issues as erosion control and brush removal.

He said the agencies don't want to make a big issue of their help.

"They said, 'We're more than happy to assist but don't expect any publicity or accolades,'" he said.

Of course, Morrison should be excited to receive help for a project. But I can't help but wonder how taxpayer-funded government agencies can make anonymous donations.

David Giuliani is a reporter for Sauk Valley Media. He can be reached at dgiuliani@saukvalley or at 800-798-4085, ext. 525. 

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