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LANDSCAPE WASTE SITE TO BE OPEN ON SATURDAY BUT PARTICIPANTS MUST USE SOCIAL DISTANCING

A village trustee will be on duty to make sure the landscape waste site can be used, but residents must use social distancing.  Keep your distance from anyone else using the site.  You might be required to stay outside the fenced area until someone else leaves.  Be patient.  The site is open from 8-10 a.m.
 

PARKS CLOSED!

As of April 1st and through at least April 30th, village parks are closed.  Do not use playground equipment, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, shelters, the band shell, or any other equipment.  Also, do not congregate in the parks.  Any questions, please contact village hall, 309-526-8139.  In order to survive the coronavirus, social distancing is a must!
 

VILLAGE HALL CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 30TH - Staff Still on Duty

Village hall is officially closed to the public starting March 16th and will remain closed through at least April 30th.  Payments can be put in the drop box at the front door.  The drop box will be emptied periodically throughout each day.  If you must pay in cash, contact village staff for options.  Staff can be contacted via phone, 309-526-8139, or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 

GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES IN IL

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is launching the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program with $14 million drawn from funds originally budgeted for job training, tourism promotion, and other purposes. Grant funds are intended to help hospitality businesses make ends meet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Copy and paste this URL into your browser for details:  https://us.accion.org/news/covid-19-hospitality-business-grant-program.  Grant deadline is April 1, 2020!   

 

Gov. Pritzker Launches Coronavirus.illinois.gov with Resources for Illinois Residents, Small Businesses

Murphysboro, Ill. — Following an earlier stop at the St. Clair County Health Department in Belleville this morning, Governor JB Pritzker held his administration’s daily COVID-19 press briefing in Jackson County today and announced the launch of a new website detailing the state’s evolving response to COVID-19 and resources available to Illinois residents during this challenging time.

“My administration is doing everything in our power to support our working families and our small businesses during this time—which means a lot of new information coming at you every day. Consider our new website as a hub for all the resources we’ve developed in response to this crisis,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “If you want to review our announcements on unemployment eligibility benefits—which we expanded and sped up for those impacted by COVID-19—or the work we’ve done to prevent utility shut-offs, expand health care, and support small businesses, you’ll find it all on this new website at coronavirus.illinois.gov.”

In another effort to provide timely and accurate information to the public, Coronavirus.illinois.gov centralizes the breaking updates from state government, prevention and preparation tips, frequently asked questions and resources from public health experts.

· News: The latest announcements from the Governor’s Office and state agencies on the evolving response to COVID-19.

· Prevention: Tips to keep safe and healthy practices at home, in the office, in long term care facilities, in homeless shelters, around local neighborhoods and during day-to-day activities.

· Preparation: How to take effective actions to plan for a situation where you may get sick, such as implementing family action plans, and what to do if you suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

· FAQs: Answers to general questions on COVID-19 and more specific questions related to education and unemployment.

· Resources: Guidance from experts at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and crucial information for both families and medical providers.

· About Coronavirus: What is coronavirus? Instructions on what individuals can do to protect themselves and help prevent community spread.

ILLINOISANS: STAY HOME

Social distancing is the paramount strategy for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. The Governor continues to make tough calls to keep Illinoisans safe, including suspending dine-in operations of bars and restaurants and temporarily closing public and private K-12 schools. Public health officials continue to urge Illinoisans to stay home as much as possible.

Those experiencing symptoms should call a health care provider who will help arrange medical treatment without putting others at risk of exposure.

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.

 

NEW METER READER JOINS STAFF

Ken Cook joined the village staff as meter reader on Tuesday, March 3rd.  He recently completed his first round of meter reading.  Residents can expect to see Ken reading meters around the first of each month.  He is allowed to read meters during daylight hours on any day including weekends and holidays.  We welcome him to our crew of village employees!

 

LANDSCAPE WASTE SITE

Spring landscape waste dates have already been set.  See below for dates and times.  The site will be monitored by volunteers or village staff.  No mulch or grass clippings will be accepted.  Bags must be emptied and removed from the site.

Saturdays from 8-10 a.m.    April 4th, April 18th, May 2nd, May 16th, and May 30th

Mondays from 1-3 p.m.       April 6th, April 20th, May 4th, and May 18th

 

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.  

 

Cross-Connection Control Survey - It's That Time Again

Every other year, the Village is required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to obtain Cross-Connection Control Surveys completed by each property owner in Orion.  A Cross-Connection Control Survey can be found by clicking on the Downloads tab at the top of this page, select General then Water - Cross Connection Control Survey, print a copy, complete, and return to Village Hall.  You might have done this before, but it needs to be completed again.

If you do not complete a survey, village employees will come to your door and complete it with you.  Your cooperation is appreciated and essential to maintaining compliance.

Questions?  Call us at 309-526-8139.  We can help!   

 

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. 

 

Applicance/E-Waste Disposal
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.

For more information contact Eagle Enterprises Recycling at 1.888.932.2936 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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!

Freedom of Information Act Officer
FOIA officers for the Village of Orion are Lori A. Sampson and Deanna Lundburg.  FOIA requests can be submitted in writing by mail to the Village Hall at P.O. Box 69, Orion, IL  61273, hand delivered to the physical address of 1202 4th Street, Orion, IL, or sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by facsimilie to 1.309.526.8444.