Stalter retiring from village

Adam Larck

After working for the Village of Morton for 35 ½ years, Lonn Stalter is in his final month with the village.

Stalter, the department head of the water treatment department, will retire from the village on March 31. His retirement letter was accepted by the village board at the Feb. 17 meeting.

His replacement, Bob Burton, was also approved.

Stalter started working for the public works department in Hopedale in 1973. Five years later, he transferred to the wastewater department in Morton.

He later joined the water treatment department in 1988 before becoming the department head in 1989.

“Lon is a super guy,” Mayor Ron Rainson said. “He’s a very gentile guy. He worked night and day for the good of the community.”

Burton started his stint with water plants in 1973 in Eureka. He started working for the Morton water treatment department in 1976.

He was promoted to chief water operator in 1980 and has been at that position ever since.

He will take over as department head on April 1.

Also on April 1, Mark Graf will receive a promotion from water laboratory technician to chief water operator.

Rainson said that ads for a replacement for Graf have already been placed on various websites.

Also at the meeting, the board approved an amendment to the Morton Municipal Code regarding gambling.

The amendment allows for raffles to be legal in Morton.

At the previous meeting, a raffle ordinance was passed by a 4-3 vote. However, the ordinance contradicted a previous ordinance that allowed no type of gambling in the village.

The board also received the public works recap for January.