Subdivision growth has slowed in Morton but our street network still continues to grow at almost 1% per year. The Village of Morton has still seen almost 30% growth in the street network over the past 20 years. Our snow and ice removal plan is constantly evolving to reflect those changes.
The Village of Morton has over 250 lane miles of pavement, plus over 90 dead-ends and cul-de-sacs, 13 parking lots, and numerous alleys. Currently, the Village has 9 trucks and 2 tractor/loader/backhoes available for snow removal. Public works employees will drive over 700 miles to clean-up after an average snowfall.
In 2011, the Village of Morton built a salt storage facility located at 450 Detroit Ave. capable of holding 2000 tons (a year supply) of road salt. This allows the Village to buy and receive delivery of salt in the off season when salt demand is low saving the salt budget many thousands of dollars annually.
Calcium Chloride (CaCl) is also used to treat the salt allowing the salt to be used effectively at a lower temperature.
The goal of the Snow and Ice Removal Plan is to have the entire city “cleaned up” within 14 hours AFTER it has stopped snowing. This is based upon a 4 inch or less of “dry”, non-drifting snowfall.
The goal does take into account shift changes, refueling, and restocking of salt and CaCl. It does not allow for any truck or equipment breakdowns and assumes all trucks are available and manned.
There will be a “snow boss” (who is a street department employee) out with the trucks during any snow plowing operation. Mike Ingold, Street Superintendant, will be in charge of the overall operation.
Priorities of Snow and Ice Removal Plan:
The Village of Morton is divided into four areas of effort. The areas are North, East, and South with the Major (main) routes being the fourth area. There are three crews with three manned trucks in each area. Each crew works a 12 hour shift. The Village of Morton Public Works Department relies upon employees from all departments to man the crews. The two tractor/loader/backhoes are used for plowing parking lots, dead-ends, cul-de-sacs and alleys.
The following roadways belong to and are maintained by IDOT; the Village of Morton Does Not plow or salt them:
- Route 98 (W. Birchwood), west of Detroit Ave.
- S. Main: from Birky Rd. to I-155
- Jackson St.: (all through the Village of Morton)
- N. Morton Ave.: from Jackson St. to Ashland Ave.
The following are private roads; the Village of Morton Does Not plow or salt them:
- The north leg of the intersection into K-Mart/Kroger
- Martha’s Parkway (the drive connecting Clark St. to Kroger)
- Hampton Way and Hampton Ct.
- W. Jefferson: west of Detroit is a Tazewell County highway.
Snow Emergency Parking Bans:
The “snow emergency” ordinance is included in the Village Code (Section 9, Chapter 13). It allows the President of the Board of Trustees, the Superintendant of Public Works or the Superintendant of Streets the power to issue a ban on on-street parking during snow removal emergencies.
If and when it is implemented, all vehicles must be off the street by 7:00 PM. Enforcement of the parking ban may include ticketing and/or towing of vehicles in violation.
Emergency Snow Routes:
In addition to parking bans, Section 9-13-5 mandates “after a 2” accumulation of snow and/or ice, an automatic prohibition of parking on snow routes shall be in effect”.
The designated snow routes are signed and are as follows:
First Ave: (between Jefferson and Birchwood)
Fourth Ave.: (between Idlewood and Washington)
Depositing Snow from Private property on Village Streets:
Many private snow removal contractors and individuals clearing private parking lots and driveways push snow into or across Village streets. Depositing snow in a public street is a violation of state law (Section 605ILCS 5/9-130) and Village Ordinance and subjects the violator to fines and considerable liability.
Snow piled in the street can present a hazard to traffic, can cause problems for Village plows, and certainly inconsiderate of the neighbor upon whose property was piled.