HELP IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNITY AND KEEP SALES TAX DOLLARS LOCAL - SHOP ORION FIRST!
Thank you to those who are supporting Orion businesses during this difficult time of COVID-19. Sales tax revenue received by the Village of Orion in the months during COVID-19 exceeds revenue received during the same months last year. This is proof that Orion residents and others are giving their support to Orion businesses now more than ever. Your loyalty is admirable. It keeps our community thriving.
A LITTLE RETURN TO NORMALCY - HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREAT IS ON!
Take the little ones out for a night of tricks-or-treats on Saturday, October 31st. Those planning to hand out treats should leave a porch light on from 5-7 p.m. It will be up to each resident to safely offer treats to ghosts and goblins.
The U. S. Centers for Disease Control ask that you consider participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goody bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard)
- If you are preparing goody bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing the bags.
Also on October 31st, Main Street Orion is sponsoring All Hallows Drive, offering a drive-through, grab-and-go goody bag on the east side (5th St.) of Central Park from 3-4:30 p.m. More information can be found on MSO's Facebook page.
Be safe and have fun!
FALL SCHEDULE FOR LANDSCAPE WASTE
The village board approved the following schedule for opening the landscape waste site: Saturdays from 8-10 a.m. on September 19th, October 3rd, 17th & 31st, and November 14th. Also, Mondays from 1-3 p.m. on September 21st, October 5th & 19th, and November 2nd & 16th.
This facility is only for the use of those who live in the village limits of Orion. Grass and mulch are not accepted at the site. If you bring bagged landscape waste the bags must be removed from the site after being emptied.
VILLAGE HALL CLOSED TO PUBLIC - Staff Still on Duty
CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS NOW ACCEPTED
The village is now accepting 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, or online at the following link: https://secure.municipay.com/payapp/public/ECSale.html?iteId=x6rzuwsc5q&urlKey=540301520406bb04b6920170f7e94fc3&deptId=x6rzuwsc5q. If making payments in-person at village hall, residents must wear a mask and remain outside while the transaction is processed. Call ahead or knock at the door for service.
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.
UNITED STATE CENSUS 2020
The United States Census has set up a helpline for anyone who has a question about the Census, or who needs assistance in filling out the questionnaire online. A live Census representative will be happy to help you at this number: 844-330-2020. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to take calls.
Census workers will begin door-to-door activity on August 11th. Those who did not already complete a census questionnaire will be contacted in person. Census activities will continue through the end of October.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case: call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.
For affected businesses: SBA.gov/disaster and https://DisasterLoan.sba.gov
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019
The most up-to-date information and guidance on the coronavirus can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/. Wash your hands often and avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Maintain physical distance from others.
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.
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.
Those wishing to dispose of appliances may contact Joel Conrad at 1.309.945.1944 or Mike DePaepe at 1.309.235.2188 for private disposal.
Another 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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