Village of Morton, Illinois

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Village of Morton
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120 North Main Street
Post Office Box 28
Morton, IL  61550-0028
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Update on the Status of Morton's Drinking Water

Jan 28, 2015

Update on the status of Morton’s drinking water – 1/28/15

Our recent tests show that our drinking water remains safe as it always has been.  We continue, however, to have sporadic positive tests for coliform bacteria.  Coliform bacteria are commonly found everywhere, but are benign.  They only serve as a warning that conditions could exist for harmful bacteria.  The laws governing drinking water are very strict, so even the presence of the harmless indicator bacteria can require a boil order.  We realize boil orders are an inconvenience, but they are required under law.  We want to stress again that no pathogenic bacteria have been detected in our water.

We have been trying different methods to disinfect the problem areas of the distribution system.  This includes higher chlorine, an aggressive flushing program, and the addition of a biofilm dispersant.  We believe the biofilm has built up over time in the pipes and is harboring bacterial growth. 

Depending on what area of town you live in, you may notice the smell of chlorine more than usual.  This is a good thing because it means that the water is free of any bacteria.  In time, after the situation is remedied, we hope to lower the chlorine so its taste and odor will diminish.

The issue we are experiencing with our water is not exclusive to Morton.  Many other systems, large and small, have contended with similar problems.  We take the quality of our drinking water very seriously and are doing everything possible to alleviate any problems or inconvenience for our customers.

If there are any questions, please contact the Director of Public Works, Craig Loudermilk, or the Supt. of the Water Treatment Dept., Bob Burton, or the Chief Water Treatment Technician, Mark Graf, at (309) 266-5361.

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Agenda - Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees January 19, 2015

Jan 15, 2015

The agenda for the January 19, 2015, Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Morton, Illinois is now available for review.  The meetings are open to the public.  Follow the link below to view the agenda for the upcoming meeting.

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Disaster Preparedness Update

Jan 14, 2015

We are working with Morton’s churches to continue our Village preparations for dealing with a disaster. We need to know who we can count on in an emergency.

The Pastor of The First Mennonite Church, Aaron Yoder,  has advised me that his Board has agreed to provide cooked meals during the first few days of a disaster (perhaps until Red Cross is functioning) and to organize and make available large equipment for clearing debris. They are also considering ways they could help with rebuilding. 

Thanks in advance to Aaron and First Mennonite for being one of the first churches to step up, get prepared, and place themselves on call.
If you have any special skills or knowledge for dealing with disasters of any kind and are willing to share, please contact me at  (309) 266-5361 x248 or

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Grimm Bros. Trucking Drop-off Point

Dec 17, 2014

Grimm Bros. Trucking operates a drop-off point at 1090 W. Jefferson St. for their Morton customers.  They accept cardboard, used motor oil and e-waste such as computers, cell phones, TVs, dry cell batteries and audio-video equipment.

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Disaster Preparedness

Dec 8, 2014

Since the Washington, Illinois disaster, we have been evaluating and modifying our ability to respond to a similar situation.  If you have any special skills or knowledge for dealing with disasters of any kind and are willing to share, please contact me at  (309) 266-5361 x248 or

Our Director of Fire & Emergency Services, Police Chief, and Director of Public Works are trained and prepared to deal with many kinds of disasters. In addition I have had discussions with officials in Joplin, Missouri (a city that suffered a devastating tornado a few years ago) and with many of the ministers in Morton who are now determining which churches can and will provide emergency help during a disaster. One, for example, may provide shelter for the families and pets of those impacted by a disaster.  This would be particularly important for the families of our Police, Auxiliary Police, Volunteer Firemen, Paramedics and Public Works employees who will have to respond to any widespread emergency.

We are coordinating with District 709, which is well prepared and working with our Fire and Police to practice for a variety of incidents from Terrorism to Tornados.  We have also met with the Coroner to prepare for the unthinkable.

We have reviewed our backup power supplies and methods of providing food and water and we are working with the Township, FEMA, Tazewell County EMA’s Dawn Cook, and the Red Cross. We have met with Caterpillar not only to coordinate emergency response but to plan for getting them and other businesses functioning again as soon as possible. We have also made arrangements with Panhandle Eastern and Ameren for an alternate natural gas connection.

Cash donations must go through a 501c3 plan and we have established such a plan at Morton Community Bank so there will be no delay in accepting and distributing contributions should we need them. We have trained and dedicated people in Morton and we will keep planning to be as prepared as we can for an emergency.

Ron Rainson

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Improving I-74/I-155 Project Update

Dec 4, 2014

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces the ramp carrying northbound I-155 traffic to eastbound I-74 and the portion of Jefferson Street under I-74 in Morton are expected to reopen Monday, December 8th.

In addition, the following I-74 lane closures are scheduled for crews to relocate temporary barrier wall and place pavement markings:

• 5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 4th to 6:00 a.m. Monday, December 8th
o The right lane of eastbound I-74 from I-474 to I-155 will be closed.*
• 5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 4th to 6:00 a.m. Friday, December 5th and 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 5th to 6:00 a.m. Monday, December 8th
o The left lane of westbound I-74 from Morton Avenue to I-474 will be closed.
• 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 5th to 6:00 a.m. Monday, December 8th
o Two right lanes of eastbound I-74 from I-474 to I-155 and the single right lane from I-155 to Morton Avenue will be closed.

* Two lanes of I-74 will be open between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 5th. The exit ramp to southbound I-155 will remain open at all times.

This traffic configuration will remain throughout the winter.

The overall project is the complete reconstruction of I-74 from Pleasant Hill Road to Morton Avenue in Tazewell County.

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

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Nov 14, 2014

Village of Morton, Morton, Illinois

Effective 11:00 am today, Friday, November 14, 2014, the Village of Morton Public Works Department has lifted (cancelled) the boil order for the  area north of Interstate 74 and south of Lakeland Rd. and bounded on the west by W. Jackson St./Veterans Rd. and on the east by N. Main St./Harding Rd.  Customers are no longer advised to boil their water prior to consumption.

All additional samples were cleared from any contamination by an EPA certified lab.  The Illinois EPA has advised the Village of Morton that we can lift the Boil Order. 

As stated during the Notice of Boil Order, any inconsistency from sampling must be dealt with immediately including notification to customers that there is a potential for possible contamination of the water system.

The Village of Morton Public Works Department sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience to our citizens and customers and will continue to strive to produce and deliver clean, safe and reliable water.

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2014 Fall Hydrant Flushing Complete

Nov 6, 2014

The fire hydrant flushing program has been completed.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding while flushing operations were conducted.

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Video - September 3, 2014 Public Meeting Regarding New Water Treatment Process

Sep 4, 2014

Video of the September 3, 2014, public meeting held by the Village of Morton and representatives from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) regarding a new process to eliminate buildup in the water main pipes is now available.  Follow the link below to view the video.

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The Village of Morton is Working with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) on a New Process to Eliminate Buildup in the Water Main Pipes

Aug 22, 2014

The Village of Morton has a plentiful and safe supply of drinking water. Our water is pumped daily through wells from a sand and gravel aquifer located approximately 300 feet underground. Once this well water enters one of our three water treatment plants, it is filtered, softened, and disinfected prior to being distributed for consumption.  The water we pump from our treatment plants has been constantly good quality for many decades.

The water supply distribution system which conveys drinking water from the treatment plants to the consumer, through a series of interconnected pipes, has seen a cumulative effect of mineral and biological buildup along the walls of the water main. This has resulted in the occasional detection of total coliform bacteria. These bacteria only indicate that conditions could exist that would allow harmful bacteria to grow. Toxic or fecal bacteria have never been detected in our drinking water. When coliforms are detected, a boil water advisory may occur until disinfection and retesting can confirm that the risk of contamination has been eliminated.

The Village has been working with the IEPA in taking necessary steps to eliminate the buildup. The steps to clean the water pipes include use of a new non-toxic chemical feed in conjunction with system-wide flushing from fire hydrants. This project may take an extended period of time to complete.

During this process, there is a chance that precautionary boil orders may be needed.  Such boil orders are an inconvenience but consumers need to be aware of these possibilities to avoid surprise and allow steps to lessen their impact.  People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk.  Residents who fall into one of these categories should seek advice from health care providers regarding drinking water.

The Village will maintain open communication concerning this matter through the Morton Village website (, Comcast channel 22, iTV-3 channel 23, and through mailings in utility bills.

The Village of Morton will hold a public meeting on this matter on Wed., Sept. 3, 2014 at 6:00pm at Freedom Hall, 349 W. Birchwood St., Morton, IL, 61550.  For more information, please contact Craig Loudermilk, Director of Public Works, or Bob Burton, Superintendent of the Water Treatment Department, at (309)266-5361.

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