Village of Morton, Illinois

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Village of Morton
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Post Office Box 28
Morton, IL  61550-0028
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2014 Fall Hydrant Flushing - Area 2 Zone I

Oct 21, 2014

The semi-annual hydrant flushing program is underway.  Flushing operations will be conducted from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM (Monday thru Friday), and from 8:30 PM to 6:30 AM nightly (Sunday thru Thursday).

Flushing of the entire system will take 2 to 3 months.  Residents in the affected areas may notice a brief drop in water pressure and some discoloration of the water.

The area being flushed (Zone I) will be bounded by:
Main St / Veterans Rd
Jackson St / Hyde Park

Click here to see a map showing the flushing areas.

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Agenda - Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees October 20, 2014

Oct 17, 2014

The agenda for the October 20, 2014, 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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2014 Fall Hydrant Flushing Areas 1-2 Zones A-J

Oct 7, 2014

An updated map containing areas, zone boundaries, and latest schedule for the ongoing Fall hydrant flushing program is available for viewing and downloading.

Hydrant Flushing Zones Map

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Fall 2014 Yard Waste Disposal Program

Oct 7, 2014


VILLAGE OF MORTON RESIDENTS ONLY:   Free yard waste disposal is available at Sewage Treatment Plant #2, 2625 S. Fourth (at the corner of S. Fourth and Broadway Rd.), between the hours of 8:00A.M. and 5:00 P.M. daily, for the following dates: October 20 through  November 9   AND   November  12 through  November  30.

The program will be shut down for 2 days November 10 and 11 for material removal.
Do not bring, or leave yard waste at the site during this shut down.

The program is "self-serve" as it has been in the past. A fenced area at STP#2 will be designated for yard waste disposal. Assistance will not be provided for removal or dumping of landscape waste, so please plan accordingly.

The following regulations and limitations must be met:

1)  Only leaves, grass clippings, and tree branches (no greater than 5' in
     length or 4" in diameter), and any associated landscape waste will be
2)  No plastic bags will be allowed for disposal.
3)  Neither landscaping timber (railroad ties) nor construction lumber is
4)  No commercial enterprise may deposit landscape waste at this site.
5)  "Root mass" from trees, bushes, or shrubbery is not allowed.
6)  No pet waste, household garbage or plant containers of any kind at this
7)  No yard waste is to be left outside the designated fenced area.
8)  Video surveillance will take place during the program.

Please follow, or help us police these rules to ensure the continued operation of this free yard waste disposal program for all citizens of Morton.

Remember that it is a violation of Village ordinances to deposit landscape and yard waste on Village property (in the streets, in Prairie and Bull Run Creeks, down storm sewers, etc.), and that open burning of landscape waste or any kind of garbage is prohibited within the Village limits.

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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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School Zone Enforcement

Aug 7, 2014

The Morton Police Department would like to remind motorists that Morton School District (709) resumes session on 8/13/14.  School speed zones and no parking zones will be enforced to ensure the safety of the students.

AAA reminds motorists to do the following:  Slow down in or near school or residential areas, and be sure to come to a complete stop at all intersections.  Look for crossing guards, bicycles and playgrounds which indicate children could be in the area.  Scan between parked cars and other objects for signs that children could dart into the road.  Always stop for school buses that are loading and unloading students.  Leave early so you are not rushed as you travel to work or school.  Drive with your headlights on - even during the day - so children and other drivers see you.


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Annual Water Quality Report

Jun 27, 2014

The annual water quality report is now available for review.  This report contains important information about the quality of your drinking water during 2013.  Please follow the link below to view the report.  Please call (309) 266-5361 to obtain a paper copy of the report.

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Temporary Daytime Closure of On-Street Bike Trail along W. Jefferson St.

Jun 27, 2014

The Village of Morton announces that the on-street bike trail along W. Jefferson St. from W. Bond St. to the South will be closed Monday through Friday during the daytime hours (7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) for approximately eight (8) weeks beginning Monday, June 30th.  This closure is necessary as Ameren upgrades the overhead power lines along W. Jefferson St.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Dept. at (309) 266-5361.

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Improving I-74/I-155 Project Update

May 23, 2014

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that northbound and southbound traffic on Morton Avenue in Morton will be shifted to the southbound lanes between Ashland Street and Clark Street Thursday, May 29th, weather permitting.

The traffic shift will allow for the reconstruction of the northbound lanes of Morton Avenue. A minimum of one lane in each direction and access to and from I-74 will remain open throughout construction. Traffic will remain in this revised pattern until November.

Also May 29th, the loop ramp taking eastbound I-74 traffic to northbound Morton Avenue will permanently close. Eastbound I-74 traffic will access northbound Morton Avenue by making a left turn from the ramp on the west side of Morton Avenue.

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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