CONTINUING EFFORTS FOR SAFE SIDEWALKS
Village of Orion is submitting an application for federal funding under the Illinois Department of Transportation, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Grant. Funds from this grant will provide for the construction of a pedestrian sidewalk and accessible curb ramps that will allow students a safe and healthy means to travel to and from school. The funds from this grant will help the Village of Orion with their continued efforts to provide sidewalks for our community.
ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT
The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for calendar year 2022 was published in the June 2023 edition of the Nosy Neighbor. You can also view or download an electronic version of the report at:
If you have any questions, please call Chad McCleary at 563-299-2214.
FY 2023 ANNUAL TREASURER'S REPORT AVAILABLE
The Village of Orion's Annual Treasurer's Report for fiscal year 2023 (May 1, 2022-April 30, 2023) is now available. A copy of the report is available via this link: Annual Treasurer's Report
NEW TIME SET FOR VILLAGE BOARD MEETINGS
Effective May 2, 2022, the regular meetings of the village board will now begin at 6:00 p.m. Board meetings are held on the first on the first and third Monday of each month. If the first or third Monday falls on a holiday, the meeting is moved back to Wednesday.
The public is encouraged to attend these board meetings. If you would like a specific issue on the agenda, please contact the staff at Village Hall by 3:00 p.m. on the Friday before a scheduled board meeting.
CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS ACCEPTED
The village accepts credit and debit card payments for water and sewer bills, Orion issued tickets, 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:
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
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 the extension of the TIF.
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, visit www.henrystarkhealth.com or call 309-852-0197. An example of its beneficial programs is the WIC program, assisting qualifying women and children with supplemental foods while learning 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 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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