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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Agenda - Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees March 2, 2015

Feb 26, 2015

The agenda for the March 2, 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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Morton Recognized as Great Place to Raise a Family

Feb 19, 2015

Morton was nationally recognized again as a great place to raise a family. You may recall that in 2013 Family Circle magazine named Morton one of the ten best towns in America in which to raise a family. Now the consumer advocacy site NerdWallet has ranked Morton 8th in their "Best Cities for Young Families in Illinois" study. They evaluated 200 cities for home affordability, prosperity and growth, quality of education, and family friendliness. For the full report, click on this link

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Long Range Transportation Planning

Feb 5, 2015

IDOT makes their own plans for the use of Federal highway funds. IDOT’s 0-6 Year plan includes money for the Morton intersection at Jackson & Main ($3.9 Million). In addition, our Tri-County Regional Planning Commission makes it’s own plans by accepting project proposals for Federal and State funding from local communities in our area and, using a point system, determining which projects are the most deserving. They are prioritized into 0-5 years, 6-10 years, and 11-25 years. The Peoria-Pekin Metropolitan Planning Area Technical Committee (on which our own Craig Loudermilk serves) makes the recommendations to the Policy Committee (on which I serve) and the Policy Committee accepts, modifies, or rejects their recommendations. Here are some of the upcoming major projects for Morton that are scheduled or expected to receive 70% from the Federal government:

0-5 Years: Detroit Ave. (Jackson to 1600’ South). This project is funded.
6-10 Years: Detroit Ave. (Jackson to Birchwood). This project is approved and projected to cost $5.5 Million but the availability of Federal funds is expected; not guaranteed.
11-25 Years: 4th St. $5.6 Million, Tennessee Ave. $11.2 Million, and Main Street $5 Million. These projects are approved but funding is only estimated to be available; funding is not guaranteed.

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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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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.

For more information on this project, visit

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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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