Morton Public Works projects get funded, approved by board

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers

The Morton Public Works Department is getting underway with some key projects and purchases.

Public Works Department Director Craig Loudermilk was approved for a reconstruction project  at the April 20 Village Board meeting.

The Crestwood, Fernwood and Greenwood Streets projects were approved for just over $1 million.

Some new equipment for the Public Works Department was also approved.

A Kenworth cab and  chassis tandem truck for the Gas Distribution Department was approved for $88,108. The price includes a trade-in for a 2000 Sterling Truck.

For the truck, a dump body, hydraulics and a wing snow plow was purchased for $74,613.

A new skid steer was purchased for the Street Department from Altorpher, Inc for $52,681 with a 36-month guaranteed buy-back of $32,500. The village will pay the difference.

“These are all within the budgeted amounts and that’s the reason these are all coming up at the same time is because we’re getting ready to gear up and get going here, so we’d like to take possession here in May or early June on these,” Loudermilk said.

Also disucussed at the April 20 meeting:

• Loudermilk requested permission to request bids for the downtown parking lot project located between West Adams Street and West Washington Street to the east of South Plum Avenue.

• Loudermilk requested permission to construct a new 7-foot wide sidewalk along the north side of East Kay Street, adjacent to the Morton High School property.

• Loudermilk gave an update on the status of the Downtown Plaza. He said plans are still being finalized.

Mayor Ron Rainson said he was informed by the Economic Development council that $875,000 has been raised for the project after the Morton Chamber of Commerce collected $50,000.

“The reason why we haven’t collected the rest is because the large donors want to do it in three pieces and we have every hope that we’re going to get the rest of that money,” Rainson said.

An estimated groundbreaking date is tentatively set for July.

• The board recognized the Morton Junior High School seventh-grade volleyball team for winning the Class A State title.