MORTON — Police overtime and auxiliary payroll expenses totaled $16,919 for 14 community events in 2017, Morton Police Chief Craig Hilliard reported Monday to the Village Board.
Expenses ranged from $79 each for a Bethel Lutheran Church walk/run and a dining stroll/tractor show to $10,474 for the Morton Pumpkin Festival.
Among other expenses were $544 for the Morton High School homecoming parade, $486 for Arts in the Park concerts and $411 for trick or treat on Main Street.
As they do each year, board members approved using hotel/motel tax revenue to cover the police expenses.
The expenses for 2017 exceed each of the previous five years — $13,849 for 2016, $14,401 for 2015, $15,313 for 2014, $15,605 for 2013 and $15,861 for 2013 — but Hilliard said he included for the first time pay for officers who were pulled off their regular beats and salaried personnel like himself who provided security at events.
"This is a more accurate accounting of our expenses," Hilliard said.
Also at Monday's board meeting:
- Mayor Jeff Kaufman said the U.S. flag at the Morton fire station that is flying at half-staff in honor of 17-year Morton Fire Department volunteer firefighter Joshua Greene will be presented to Greene's family.
Greene, 42, was killed late Thursday in a traffic accident near Mossy Trail and Timber Creek Trail in Morton.
The Morton resident and 1993 Morton High School graduate was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that hit an empty parked vehicle in a residential area. He was found by first responders in the roadway and pronounced dead at the scene.
Glen Abney, 52, of Morton, the driver of the vehicle in which Greene was riding, was cited with failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, DUI and aggravated DUI.
The accident remains under investigation by the Morton Police Department and Tazewell County Sheriff's Office.
"Josh was always smiling. He was a great guy and very involved in our department," said Morton Fire Chief Joe Kelley.
Greene helped organize the Kids Muddy Madness for St. Jude event in Morton, and he and his wife, Alishia, participated in the Morton to Peoria Run for St. Jude the last eight years.
Also among Greene's survivors are two children.
He was operations manager for Heart Technologies in East Peoria.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at Grace Church in Morton. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.
- Board members approved bids of $2.19 per gallon for unleaded gas, $2.29 per gallon for diesel fuel and $2.34 per gallon for diesel fuel with winter additive for Feb. 1 through Jan. 31 from lone bidder Ag-Land FS of Tremont.
Morton Public Works Director Craig Loudermilk said he's comfortable with the bids and Ag-Land FS has provided good service to the village for many years. Bid are sought annually for gas and fuel used in village vehicles.
Including state motor fuel taxes, the village will pay $2.40, $2.51 and $2.56 per gallon for the 12 months starting Feb. 1. The village does not pay the federal motor fuel tax of about 20 cents per gallon.
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