NEW TIME SET FOR VILLAGE BOARD MEETINGS
The Village Board has changed its long-standing start time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m., which began May 2nd. The public is welcome at all board meetings. Anyone wishing to speak on a specific topic should contact Village Hall to be placed on the agenda.
THE VILLAGE OF ORION IS HIRING!
The Village of Orion is currently accepting applications for: (1) deputy clerk; and (2) a seasonal position in the street department.
The deputy clerk will work part-time, approximately 20 hours per week. He or she will primarily assist the village clerk with basic administrative tasks, such as manning the front desk, answering the phone, processing water & sewer bills, preparing bank deposits, filing, etc. The preferred applicant will be a friendly and reliable self-starter, with basic accounting knowledge, and experience using MS Office.
The village is also accepting applications for a summer position with the street department. He or she will work approximately 40 hours per week mowing, weeding, maintaining equipment/buildings, and performing other such tasks as assigned by the street superintendent. Applicants must be at least 17-years-old and possess a valid driver’s license.
Completed applications should be returned to Village Hall, at 1202 4th Street, Orion, Illinois, by May 13, 2022.
LANDSCAPE WASTE SITE OPEN
The Village of Orion's landscape waste site will be open this spring. Use of the site--located across from the Water Treatment Plan at 900 4th St.--is limited to Orion residents and only on the dates and times listed below. Most landscape waste is accepted, from leaves to fallen branches to tree cuttings. Grass clippings and mulch are prohibited. Bagged debris must be emptied and the bags removed.
The site will be open:
Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on April 4, 18; and May 2, 16;
Saturdays from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on April 9, 16, 23, 30; and May 7, 14, 21, and 28.
Thanks for your patience and cooperation.
ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT
You can obtain the details of Orion's most recent Annual Drinking Water Quality Report by clicking on the link below. The 2021 report will be made available as an insert in the June edition of the Nosy Neighbor newsletter.
If you have questions pertaining to the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, contact village hall (309-526-8139) and ask for Water Superintendent Arnie Sandberg.
CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS ACCEPTED
The village accepts credit and debit card payments for water and sewer bills, building permits, and recreational vehicle (UTV/golf cart) permits. A fee of 2.65% or $3 minimum will be charged for each transaction. Payments are accepted at the village hall, over the phone, and online at the following link: https://secure.municipay.com/payapp/public/ECSale.html?iteId=x6rzuwsc5q&urlKey=540301520406bb04b6920170f7e94fc3&deptId=x6rzuwsc5q.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PERMITS
Recreational vehicle permit applications are available under the Downloads/General tab. The application and inspection for your recreational vehicle is an annual process. Triple E performs the inspection. All completed paperwork must be delivered to the village hall for verification of insurance by a sheriff's deputy. Papers can be left in the drop box near the front door along with payment of $50 (or use our convenient credit/debit card option listed above). Village staff will contact you upon approval.
Important rules: Drivers of recreational vehicles must pull over to let regular vehicular traffic go by, and recreational vehicles are meant only for street use - they cannot be driven in Orion's parks. Also, no one under the age of 18 can drive recreational vehicles on the street.
WAIVER OF FEES EXTENDED TO 2023
In September of 2018, village board members voted to extend a waiver of building permit and water and sewer connection fees for new construction in the Prairie Knoll subdivision west of Hwy. Rt. 150. The extension is good through September of 2023.
Construction of a $250,000 house could result in a savings of more than $3,000.
EMPLOYER COST & PARTICIPATION INFORMATION
Public Act 101-0504 requires the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund to post certain employer cost and participation information on its website. IMRF will update these reports annually. Click on the following link to access this information:
Henry County Health Department
For complete information on health programs of benefit to county residents, contact www.henrystarkhealth.com or 309-852-7256. An example of its beneficial programs is the WIC program, assisting qualifying women and children with supplemental foods while learing benefits of proper health and nutrition.
Special Waste Disposal
Those wishing to dispose of appliances and other items not picked up with weekly trash may contact Joel Conrad at 1.309.945.1944 or Mike DePaepe at 1.309.235.2188 for private disposal.
An Option for E-Waste
Eagle Enterprises Recycling, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of an electronics collection site at its facility in Galva. Beginning January 2012, the number of electronic items banned at landfills will be expanded, making it ever more difficult to dispose of those televisions, computer monitors, printers, and the like.
Electronic recyclables cannot be combined with residential recyclables, so DO NOT put electronics in your curbside bin. Electronics can only be disposed of by transporting them to 510 S. E. Industrial Avenue, Galva, during Eagle's business hours of 6:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on Saturdays. There is a charge for televisions and computer monitors: screens 27" or less are $5, 28" or more are $10, console t.v.s are $10, and rear projection t.v.s are $20.
Don't Miss Your Chance to Recycle Curbside
Curbside recycling is available to all single family homes in Orion. To obtain a roll-out container, call Eagle Enterprises Recycling at 1.888.932.2936. The company will deliver the container directly to your house. Pick up is every other Thursday. You can find the pickup dates by clicking on our calendar tab at the top of this page or get a copy at Village Hall.
The fee to participate is $4.48 per month and is automatically added to your monthly utility bill. Seniors who qualify for the senior property tax freeze through the Henry County Assessor's office will not be charged the fee. The assessor's office will provide an updated list to the Village once per year.
Automatic Payment of Your Water & Sewer Bill
Are you interested in the hassle-free method of bill payment? If so, consider signing up for automatic payment of your water and sewer bill. To get the application form click on Downloads, General, ACH. Complete the form, attach a void check of the account from which funds are to be deducted, and drop off at Village Hall for processing. It's as easy as that!
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